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A roundup of the latest high-tech news from The Associated Press:

• Significant inventors inducted into hall of fame

WASHINGTON — The inventors of Post-it notes and the technologies that led to video games, modern scuba diving equipment and GPS technology are among the 16 new members of the

The 2010 honorees will be inducted Wednesday afternoon at the Commerce Department. Previous members include Edward Calahan, for inventing the stock ticker, and Samuel Blum for his contribution to the invention of LASIK eye surgery.

Roger Easton said his group was trying to solve a different problem when they created the technology that formed the foundation for GPS.

"It started really with a problem very different from GPS," he said of the research on time signals. "Some weeks later the idea came that why don’t we use it for navigation?" he said in an interview.

Ralph Baer developed early video game technology while working for a defense contractor. Before inventing the system that became known as the Magnavox Odyssey home video game system, co-workers often asked him how they would make any money from the project.

"People thought I was wasting my time and the company’s money for that matter," said Baer, who is still working in the gaming industry. "There’s no way anybody could have predicted how fast this industry would take off."

The Akron, Ohio-based hall was founded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations. It has inducted members since 1973 and will have honored 421 inventors with the new class, which includes 6 living and 10 deceased inventors.

The other 2010 inductees:

• Yvonne Brill for the space propulsion system engines called electrothermal hydrazine thrusters.
• Art Fry and Spencer Silver for Post-it notes.
• S. Donald Stookey for glass ceramics.
• M. Judah Folkman for using angiogenesis inhibition in fighting tumors.
• Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Emile Gagnan for Aqua-Lung diving equipment.
• W. Lincoln Hawkins, Vincent Lanza and Field Winslow for polymer cable sheath.
• H. Tracy Hall, Herbert Strong, Francis Bundy and Robert Wentorf Jr. for synthetic diamonds.

• IBM to help aviation agency with computer security

WASHINGTON – IBM Corp. (NYSE: IBM) said Tuesday that it is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to build an improved security system for the agency’s computer networks.

The company said its technology will allow the agency to make better use of the data flowing though its networks to spot cyber attacks.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

• Journalists in China say Yahoo accounts hacked

BEIJING – Yahoo e-mail accounts belonging to foreign journalists appeared to have been hacked and Google’s Chinese search engine was intermittently blocked Tuesday, the latest troubles in China’s heavily censored Internet market.

The Yahoo Inc. accounts of at least three journalists and an analyst became inaccessible over the last few weeks. They were greeted with messages saying, "We’ve detected an issue with your account" and were told to contact Yahoo, they said Tuesday. Yahoo technicians told one of the four that his account had been hacked and restored his access, but it was not clear if the other instances were related.

Sensitivity about Internet security has run high since Google Inc. announced in January it might leave China after a series of cyberattacks and complaints about censorship. Last week, Google made a partial retreat, shutting down its mainland-based search engine and redirecting those queries offshore, to the freer Chinese territory of Hong Kong.

Analysts have been watching closely to see if China retaliates for Google’s high-profile departure from the mainland search engine market.

Many redirected queries appeared blocked Tuesday on the Hong Kong-based search engine. Although searches for benign terms were met with results on Chinese competitors such as and, an error page would pop up when the same terms were typed into