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Teens drive robot half a world away

By now the students of team Beta, a West Des Moines school district robotics team, are used to performing under pressure. That pressure that rose to a new level this month when the group took part in an Australian competition without ever leaving Iowa.

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Mortgage-bond sales hit highest level since 2009

Nearly $176 billion in bonds backed by fixed-rate home loans are issued in November amid a refinance boom and lenders' hurry to securitize loans before Fannie's and Freddie's fees rise. Sales of government-backed mortgage securities rose in November to the highest level in more than three years, stoked by a refinance boom and a rush by banks to avoid a fee increase from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

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Rim, Apple, Mistras, Monster Beverage: Intellectual Property

Research In Motion Ltd. , the Canadian maker of BlackBerry devices, won a judge’s order overturning a $147.2 million patent-infringement award to rival MFormation Technologies Inc. RIM rose as much as 5 percent.

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Apple Shares Rise Despite Proview’s iPad Trademark Suit

Shares of Apple rose more than $5 Friday to $521.86 despite a lawsuit by a Chinese company alleging it had used false statements? to obtain rights to the name iPad.

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Zion Church Wants Derrick Rose to Help in Trademark Fight

Of course, a multi-billion dollar international company is not going to let some little Chicago area church get in its way, so Adidas is trying to kill a Chicagoland church’s claim to the trademarked phrase “Add a Zero.” [ more ]

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Church Seeks Rose Help in Trademark Dispute

A Lake County church is hoping local superstar Derrick Rose can help get a message across to one of his sponsors: back off.

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Felonies up 6% in NY train system

Felonies rose on New York’s commuter rail system by 6 percent so far this year over 2010 with thefts of electronic gadgets accounting for most of the rising crime, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said in its latest monthly report.

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