In today’s wrapup of technology and life science news:

  • Bandwidth lands national contract with Earthlink for 911 service
  • Pozen lands three patents
  • A U.S. tech firm is fined for underpaying Indian workers
  • Microsoft earnings climb
  • Amazon under pressure after earnings report

The details:

  • Bandwidth Lands Earthlink Contract

Internet service provider Earthlink has selected Raleigh-based Bandwidth to manage its 9-1-1 emergency services across its network.

“For a provider the size of EarthLink to rely on us for their 9-1-1 response, it speaks to the trust and confidence they have in our network,” said Steve Leonard, EVP and General Manager at Bandwidth. “We’ve worked hard to become a provider that companies can depend on, with the speed and efficiency to manage critical services in seconds, not days. We’re delighted to expand our relationship with EarthLink and continue to provide the highest quality 9-1-1 services that EarthLink has come to trust.”

  • Pozen Wins Three Patents

Chapel Hill-based Pozen has been awarded three patents related to its technology for the coatings of delayed-released tablets.

“These newly issued patents provide additional claims to the VIMOVO patent estate,” said John Plachetka, Pozen’s top executive. “Additionally, these patents demonstrate the continued pattern of innovation by Pozen, which has resulted in 16 issued U.S. Patents and many related foreign patents.”

  • US Tech Firm Fined for Underpaying Indian Workers

A Silicon Valley company is paying more than $43,000 in back wages and penalties after labor regulators found eight employees brought from India were grossly underpaid and overworked while assigned to a special project in the U.S.

The probe announced this week by the U.S Department of Labor uncovered several egregious violations at Electronics for Imaging Inc., a printing technology specialist that generated revenue of $728 million last year, when the misconduct occurred.

Among other things, Electronics for Imaging paid the eight workers far below California’s required minimum wage — $8 per hour at the time — while they helped the company move its headquarters from Foster City, California, to Fremont, California, during a three-month period, according to the Labor Department.

While assigned to the project, some of the Indian workers logged as many as 122 hours in a week without being paid overtime. As result, they received as little as $1.21 per hour.

Electronics for Imaging says it “unintentionally overlooked” U.S. laws requiring foreign workers to be paid at least minimum wage, with overtime for more than 40 weekly hours on the job. Instead, the company gave the Indians unspecified bonuses while paying the transferred workers the same wages they normally received in their normal jobs in Bangalore, India. The workers were even paid in rupees while in the U.S.

Electronics for Imaging is paying more than $40,000 in back wages and damages to the eight Indian workers and a $3,520 fine.

  • Cloud Business Lifts Microsoft’s Quarterly Results

Microsoft’s quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella’s push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent.

Revenue from cloud services, including software delivered over the Internet, more than doubled last quarter at a time when some of Microsoft’s better-known segments are slowing. Shares jumped over 3 percent in after-hours trading. The stock, which closed at $45.02 before the results were released, is up 33 percent in the last 12 months.

Microsoft still makes most of its money from selling traditional software for businesses and home computers. But Nadella has acknowledged that traditional software has an uncertain future, as people buy fewer personal computers and businesses switch to software that can be accessed online, instead of installing programs on individual machines.

The tech giant reported net income of $4.54 billion, or 54 cents per share, for its fiscal first quarter that ended in September — beating analysts’ consensus estimate of 49 cents per share, according to FactSet. That’s down from $5.24 billion, or 62 cents per share, a year ago, due to over $1 billion in costs to restructure and integrate its recent purchase of Nokia’s smartphone business. The company also spent more on sales, marketing and research and development during the three-month period.

Revenue grew to $23.20 billion from $18.53 billion, topping analysts’ $22.01 billion forecast. This quarter’s sales include $2.6 billion revenue from the phone business, which Microsoft didn’t own a year ago.

“It feels like Nadella is finally steering the Microsoft ship in the right direction,” after several years in which the company struggled under its previous CEO, Steve Ballmer, said FBR Capital Markets analyst Daniel Ives. He said Microsoft’s performance is especially striking at a time when other tech stalwarts, such as IBM Corp., have reported weak earnings for the last quarter.

  • Amazon’s Loss Makes Holidays a Question Mark

Amazon’s trademark smile icon is becoming more of a grimace.

The world’s largest online retailer reported a wider third-quarter loss than analysts expected and gave a disappointing holiday forecast.

Investors are increasingly irked by Amazon’s strategy of investing heavily in new products and services to spur revenue growth while reporting quarter after quarter of losses or thin profit. The stock price tumbled 11 percent after the results came out Thursday. That’s on top of the 22 percent decline the stock has already suffered this year.

Chief Financial Officer Thomas Szkutak said the company had to be “selective” in taking on new projects. For years, Amazon’s strategy has been spending the money it makes to grow and expand into new areas. It launched a smartphone, the Fire, this summer and has been offering a set-top video-streaming device, a streaming video service and several tablets and e-book readers.

The company has also been investing in services for its $99-a-year loyalty program, Prime. It has added a grocery delivery services and music streaming for Prime members as well as offering original TV shows such as the critically acclaimed “Transparent” starring Jeffrey Tambor.

But all of those initiatives cost money and time to develop. And not all of them have been hits.