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Lenovo Recalls Sanyo Notebook Batteries

Lenovo Group Ltd. is recalling about 208,000 notebook batteries worldwide after receiving five complaints that they overheated after computers were dropped or hit. The defect in the Sanyo Electric Co. nine-cell, extended-life batteries caused minor eye irritation for one user while the others experienced property damage, said the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Dell Woes Continue As Sales, Profit Drop

Dell Inc. reported significant declines in fourth-quarter sales and profits as the PC maker copes with an ongoing investigation of its accounting practices and the resignation of CEO Kevin Rollins.

DELL BY THE NUMBERS
REVENUE PROFIT
Q4 07 $14.4B $673M
Q4 06 $15.2B $1B

Judge Nixes Claim Against Microsoft

A judge in San Diego federal court late last week dismissed one of several patent claims that Alcatel-Lucent SA has made against Microsoft Corp. The judge ruled that Microsoft did not infringe on a patent for speech-recognition technology, as Alcatel-Lucent asserted. The ruling came a week after a jury ordered Microsoft to pay $1.5 billion to Alcatel-Lucent for infringing on other patents.

Sun Unveils New Version of Java ES

Sun Microsystems Inc. has released a new version of its Java Enterprise System set of subscription-based enterprise middleware. Java ES 5.0, the first new release of the software since October 2005, is aimed at companies looking to purchase middleware at a gradual, predictable rate. Java ES is priced starting at $100 per employee per year for a package that includes Sun’s applications, portal and Web servers.

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