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  Breaking News
 

JPMorgan Chase Computer Attack Much Larger Than Reported
NEW YORK - The scope of last week’s computer attack against JPMorgan Chase and at least one other bank appears to be much larger than initially reported.

 

NSA Scoops Up Data On American Public, Shares With Other US Agencies
SAN FRANCISCO - Not only is the National Security Agency scooping up vast troves of data on the American public, it's also sharing that data with other US government agencies.

 

IDC Lowers Tablet Projections For 2014 As Demand In Mature Markets Levels Off
SAN MATEO, Calif. - Following a second consecutive quarter of softer than expected demand, International Data Corporation has lowered its worldwide tablet plus 2-in-1 forecast for 2014 to 233.1 million units. The new Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker forecast represents a 6.5 percent year-over-year growth rate, which is well below the 12.1 percent growth rate previously forecast.

 

MSU College Of Engineering Breaks Record For Incoming Freshman, Women
EAST LANSING – Michigan State University’s College of Engineering has recruited not only the largest incoming class of freshmen since 1986, but also the largest number of women to enroll in decades.

 

Lear To Acquire Eagle Ottawa Auto Leather Maker For $850 Million
SOUTHFIELD - Lear Corporation Wednesday announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Eagle Ottawa, the world's largest supplier of automotive leather for $850 million on a cash and debt free basis.

 

ACSI: Customer Satisfaction With Automakers Falls to Five-Year Low
ANN ARBOR – Customer satisfaction with automakers is down for a second straight year, according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index. In the latest ACSI report, automobiles and light vehicles fall 1.2 percent to 82 on a 100-point scale, as 16 of 21 measured nameplates exhibit declines in customer satisfaction – only Chevrolet and Buick, among American automakers, posted increases.

  Webcasts
 

Internet Advisor Podcast: Best Streaming Digital Devices, Matt Roush At ESD, MITechNews Headlines
DETROIT - Rick Broida, the Gadget Guy, picks the best of the “streamers,” digital devices that connects you to a world of entertainment on your TV over the Internet. Legendary Detroit Tech Commentator, Matt Roush, talks about his new job as head of PR and Communications for the Engineering Society of Detroit; Mike Brennan shares headlines from MITechNews.Com.

 

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
 

Google Takes Steps To Show Its Cloud Data Is Protected
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is taking unprecedented steps to show its cloud, business, and education customers that data protection is its top priority.

 

Anonymity App Secret Victim Of Hacker Attack
SAN FRANCISCO - Anonymity app Secret and an independent security consultant are coming clean about a hack that could have destroyed the entire point of the popular secret-sharing app.

  CleanUpdate
 

Michigan Ranks Third In New Ranking Of Clean Energy Jobs
CHICAGO - One large clean transportation project and a much smaller clean energy project were enough to vault Michigan into the Top 10 in a new ranking of clean jobs, according to a report issued today by the nonprofit, nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs.

 

West Michigan Sustainable Biz Forum Looks At 20 Years Of Sustainable Business
GRAND RAPIDS - West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will present a retrospective on 20 years of sustainable business in West Michigan on September 8 at the Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch from to discuss how a diverse cross-section of industry and community initiatives coalesced to make the region a national hub for sustainable business.

  Entrepreneur's Corner
 

Petroski Named Vice Chairwoman Regional Council Inforum-Great Lakes Bay
SOUTHFIELD - Christin D. Petroski of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP has been appointed to serve as the vice chairwoman of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Council of Inforum.

 

Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy Opens For Second Year
MANISTEE - Michigan Great Lakes Virtual Academy, a tuition-free online public school for students in Michigan, will begin the 2014-15 school year on September 2, marking the start of its second year as one of the fastest growing schools in Michigan.

  Biotechnology
 

Author Joseph Gulfo Named Plenary Speaker At MichBio Expo
DETROIT - Just announced by MichBio, Joseph Gulfo, author of the Innovation Breakdown: How the FDA and Wall Street Cripple Medical Advances, has been named the plenary speaker for the MichBio Expo Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at the Motor City Casino.

 

Emerging Bioscience Showcase Applications Due August 29
ANN ARBOR - Is your company a bioscience start-up looking for exposure and support? Then apply for the MichBio Emerging Bioscience Showcase, a fast-paced competition of ten emerging, seed, and early-stage companies. Applications are due Aug. 29.

  Politics
 

Poll Gives Schauer First Lead In 14 Months
LANSING - With the 2014 election some nine weeks away, a public opinion poll shows Democrat Mark Schauer slightly leading Governor Rick Snyder. The poll released Wednesday by the Lansing firm of EPIC/MRA shows Schauer supported by 45 percent of those asked, while Snyder is supported by 43 percent.

 

Snyder Orders Panel To Study Radioactive Waste Disposal
LANSING - Governor Rick Snyder on Monday directed that a panel of experts be convened to review the state's current standards for disposals of landfill wastes that are radioactive at low levels, but critics charged Snyder should take steps to ban the waste.

  New Products/Contracts
 

Smartphone Outlook Remains Strong for 2014, Up 23.8 Percent
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - According to a new mobile phone forecast from the International Data Corp., more than 1.25 billion smartphones will be shipped worldwide in 2014, representing a 23.8 percent increase from the 1.01 billion units shipped in 2013.

 

Warner Norcross Welcomes New TIP Attorney
SOUTHFIELD - Wyatt J. Istvan-Mitchell has joined the Technology and Intellectual Property Practice Group of Warner Norcross & Judd LLP.

  Guest Columns
 

On Cyber Czars and Policy Makers
BIRMINGHAM - Michael Daniel, the White House Cyber Policy Coordinator, created a disturbance in the force last week when he was quoted as saying: "Being too down in the weeds at the technical level could actually be a little bit of a distraction."

 

August 'On the Road' With Stephen Rapundalo
ANN ARBOR - The summer vacation season curtailed people’s calendars and my travels over the last month. Nonetheless, we begin this report much like we ended the previous month—meeting with state legislators. Representatives from Novartis, Amgen, and BIO along with their contract lobbyists and myself met with Rep. Ken Yonker (R-Caledonia), sponsor of HB 5598. The bill would permit the substitution of biosimilar drugs by pharmacists for innovator biologics.


 
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