Financial news on August 12, 2006

Business and Financial news
A Chip for All Seasons (and Jobs)

New technologies like a computer chip that will morph to fulfill whatever function you need and batteries that can last for decades, could become common in the near future. Read more..

By PAUL B. BROWN - The New York Times

Boeing Deal for Supplies From Russia

Boeing entered into a joint venture with Russian company VSMPO-Avisma, a major supplier for its new midsize airliner, the 787 Dreamliner. Read more..

By ANDREW E. KRAMER - The New York Times

Brazilian Mining Company Joins Bidding for Canadian Nickel Producer

Companhia Vale do Rio Doce joined the bidding for Inco, the Canadian nickel producer, seeking to trump two bids made by suitors in the United States and Canada. Read more..

By PAULO PRADA - The New York Times

Business Briefs

DELPHI HEARING DELAYED The Delphi Corporation, the auto-parts maker, received more time to negotiate with its unions after a judge granted the company’s request to delay hearings on voiding labor contracts. Judge Robert Drain of Federal Bankruptcy... Read more..

By BLOOMBERG NEWS - The New York Times

Houseguests Shouldn’t Get a Free Ride

The hazy etiquette of handling weekend guest expenses. Read more..

By M.P. DUNLEAVEY - The New York Times

How to Digitally Hide (Somewhat) in Plain Sight

If AOL’s recent mishap with user search requests has you worried about who may be keeping track of your own Internet trail, you are probably not alone. Read more..

By J. D. BIERSDORFER - The New York Times

Making Robots for the Home or a Battlefield

The iRobot Corporation’s chief executive talked about the company’s products and plans, including its robots deployed in Iraq. Read more..

By JUSTON JONES - The New York Times

There’s More Than the Currency Advantage Behind China’s Export Surge

The U.S. trade deficit narrowed but the improvement did not deter calls for a currency revaluation by China to make American exports more competitive. Read more..

By FLOYD NORRIS - The New York Times

Whiffs of Combat Waft Over Natural Cosmetics

French cosmetics company L’Occitane’s is preparing for a showdown with beauty giant L’Oréal after it purchased its longtime rival. Read more..

By DOREEN CARVAJAL - The New York Times

With Business Leading a Push, Liquor Comes to Dry Bible Belt

Businesses have spent millions on campaigns to persuade voters in six dry Southern states to legalize alcohol sales. Read more..

By MELANIE WARNER - The New York Times

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