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  Breaking News

State Canvassers Reject Minimum Wage Proposal
LANSING - The state Board of State Canvassers voted 3-1 Thursday against certifying a petition to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and bring tipped workers up to that wage in an unexpected bipartisan vote.


More Than 700 Professionals Network At Pure Michigan Detroit Three Auto Matchmaking Summit
DETROIT – More than 700 professionals networked with automotive suppliers and auto OEMs, engaged in meetings, and heard from Michigan leaders on July 22 at the Detroit Three Matchmaking Summit hosted by Pure Michigan Business Connect at Cobo Hall.


Suniva To Build New Plant In Saginaw Township; Hire 350 People
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP - Suniva, Inc., a metro-Atlanta based manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announced it is opening a second U.S. manufacturing facility in Saginaw Township. Construction will begin in August, with production in the last three months of 2014. Some 350 jobs will be created.


Automotive, Solar Companies Score Big With Strategic Fund
LANSING - The Strategic Fund approved five Michigan Business Development Program incentives on Tuesday, with expansions for automotive or solar companies coming to Albion Township, Watertown Township, Troy, Benzonia and China townships, and Saginaw Township.


Hackers Access Wireless Controls Of Tesla Model S
BEIJING – Hackers have succeeded in attacking a car, the Tesla Model S, Chinese security giant Qihoo 360 Security Technology announced last week. Can highly wired vehicles made by Detroit automakers be far behind?


Arbor Networks: DDoS Attacks Set Six-Month Record
ANN ARBOR - Arbor Networks reported that the number of distributed denial-of-service events topping 20Gbps in the first half of the year doubled in comparison to all of 2013, making the first half of 2014 the highest number and most intense DDoS attacks on record.


Internet Advisor Podcast: Exploring The Dark Web, Red Dwarf Book, MITechNews Headlines
DETROIT - editor Wendy Boswell joins the show to uncover the massive presence of the sinister Darknet or Deep Web as it is sometimes know where massive volumes of information are illegally traded along with guns and pornography. Author Joe Bastian talks about the launch of the third in the series of books about the legend of the Red Dwarf (Nain Rouge). MITechNews headlines.


MITechNews.Com Internet Advisor News Updates Now Available As Podcasts
GRAND RAPIDS – If you missed the MITechNews.Com headline report on the Internet Advisor as heard on WJR 760 AM in Detroit and over the Michigan Talk Network then we have you covered. It is now available as a webcast.

  Cyber Defense

SunTel Services Adds Video Surveillance Offering And Support Team
TROY - SunTel Services has expanded its service to include video surveillance platforms to help assist its customers meet the changing demands of company security.


Advice For The Incoming CISO Of Target
BIRMINGHAM - There is no task more difficult for a CISO than stepping into that role at a large organization that has never had a CISO and has recently experienced a devastating breach that is at least partly responsible for the departure of senior IT management and the CEO.


Suniva To Build New Plant In Saginaw Township; Hire 350 People
SAGINAW TOWNSHIP - Suniva, a metro-Atlanta based manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, announced it is opening a second U.S. manufacturing facility in Saginaw Township. Construction will begin in August, with production in the last three months of 2014. Some 350 jobs will be created.


Consumers Energy Rated Top Midwest Environmental Champion
JACKSON - An independent national survey has ranked Consumers Energy as the top "environmental champion" among providers of electricity and natural gas in the Midwest.

  Entrepreneur's Corner

MMIC To Host Bootstrappers Breakfast With Travis Johnson Of Foodjunky
MIDLAND – Mid Michigan Innovation Center will host a Bootstrappers Breakfast at its Midland headquarters on Aug. 13. The event allows entrepreneurs from early-stage tech companies to share knowledge and experiences gained through their business development. The breakfast will feature special guest Travis Johnson, the founder of foodjunky, a startup that provides a simpler way to order food for large meetings.


Middle School STEM Mi-STAR Program Lands $5 Million Grant For Curriculum Reform
HOUGHTON - After a decade of groundwork, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education programs in the state received a $5 million grant that will be used to unlock doors for the next generation to develop STEM careers.


MichBio Members Qualify For 33 Percent Discount On Shipping
LANSING - As a MichBio member, did you know that your company can save up to 33 percent on your shipping needs via MichBio’s FedEx Advantage Program? This includes great discounts on FedEx’s CryoPort Deep Frozen Solutions, with temperature control down to -150C.


Online Registration Open For INNO-VENTION 2014
PONTIAC - Online registration is open for INNO-VENTION 2014, now in its third year, scheduled for Oct. 21-22 at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. Along with the Medical Main Street Network, INNO-VENTION 2014 will help companies build valuable relationships and productive collaborations.


Video Game and Mobile App Projects Approved For Incentives
LANSING – The Michigan Film Office announced today three projects – Scrap Yard, Health Games for Kids and Santa & His Elves – have been approved for digital media incentives from the state.


Poll Shows Dismal Outlook On Affordable Care Act, Urgency On Transportation
LANSING - The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was viewed by 600 likely voters in statistically equal proportions of "mostly negative" or "neutral," and more than three-quarters of respondents said they were either "very concerned" or "somewhat concerned" about the discrepancy between what the state is providing for road funding and what it actually needs, a poll by Public Sector Consultants and Denno Research released Tuesday showed.

  New Products/Contracts

Marvel Technologies Names Desikan Managing Partner
NOVI - Marvel Technologies has appointed Chakravarti Desikan (Desi) as its managing partner. He will be responsible for leading Marvel’s Consulting Services division.


Trivalent Group Appoints Puplava To Board Of Directors
GRANDVILLE - Trivalent Group has appointed Jennifer Puplava, member and attorney at Mika Meyers Beckett & Jones, to its Board of Directors as one of its two outside board members.

  Guest Columns

IDC Comment: Apple And IBM Will Make Formidable Combination For Enterprise Mobility
LONDON - Apple and IBM announced a strategic partnership whereby IBM will sell iPhones and iPads to its business customers, and will develop cloud services optimized for Apple’s iOS. Apple will provide hardware support for devices through a dedicated large-enterprise AppleCare program.


Seeing The Entire Elephant: Or, You’re Not Secure If You’re Not Secure
DETROIT - Almost everybody thinks that the systems that power our society are secure. Nonetheless, computer crime has officially surpassed the drug trade for profitability and God only knows what the world’s various nation states are up to when it comes to stealing each other’s secrets.

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