RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. – In the latest Bulldog roundup of life science and technology news: The real difference between Microsoft and Apple; Novo Nordisk leapfrogs Glaxo as U.K. drug giant declines; U.S. Map shows more community-owned broadband networks than expected; Google email scan leads to sex offender arrest; and Metrics Contract Services adopt new name and logo.
The real difference between Microsoft and Apple
SEATTLE, Wash. – After spending a lot of time recently with many of Microsoft’s OEM partners and looking at its overall strategic view of the PC and tablet markets of the future, it has become clear that there is really a huge difference between how Microsoft and its partners view the computing market compared to the way Apple designs and markets its Macs and tablets. In a sense, Microsoft approaches the market from the top down, while Apple goes after the market from the bottom up.
Read full story in PC World.
Novo Nordisk leapfrogs Glaxo as U.K. drug giant declines
UNITED KINGDOM – GlaxoSmithKline’s sales slump has allowed Novo Nordisk A/S (NOVOB) to leapfrog the U.K. drug giant to become Europe’s fourth-biggest drugmaker by market value. Novo Nordisk’s 27 percent surge in the share price of the world’s biggest maker of insulin this year has propelled its market capitalization to $120 billion, while Glaxo’s declining stock has pushed its value down to $117 billion. Tumbling sales of Glaxo’s most important product – the Advair inhaler – led the drugmaker to lower its full-year forecast on July 23, sending the stock to its biggest weekly drop since 2008.
Read full story in Bloomberg.
U.S. Map shows more community-owned broadband networks than expected
WASHINGTON, D.C. – More than 400 U.S. cities have publicly owned broadband networks, according to a comprehensive map that plots U.S. cities with publicly owned citywide wired networks. Developed by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR), a nonprofit economic and community development consultancy that advocates for community broadband, the map is the first of its kind to track community owned broadband access nationwide.
Read full story in Government Technology
Google email scan leads to sex offender arrest
HOUSTON, Texas – With the cooperation of Google, police in Houston, Texas, arrested a 41-year-old man for possession of child pornography. John Henry Skillern, by day a cook at Denny’s, in his spare time a registered sex offender, used his Gmail account to send three illicit photos of a female child.
Google’s automatic scanning software includes the ability to detect photographs of this nature. How that works, exactly, Google is not saying, since the company doesn’t want to give away its secrets while possibly helping other sex offenders learn how to duck the software.
Google then tipped off the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to the email and picture. Armed with the evidence, Houston police arrested Skillern.
Read full story in Tech Times.
Metrics Contract Services adopt new name and logo
GREENVILLE, N.C. – Metrics Contract Services, a full-service contract pharmaceutical formulation development and manufacturing organization, has adopted a new and more descriptive name. And it is unveiling a new brand look that more clearly identifies Metrics Contract Services as being part of the Mayne Pharma global family.
Read full story from MCS.