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Hearing date set in moviegoer mov·ie·go·er
One who goes to see movies.
movie·going adj. suit
An Aug. 2 hearing date was set Friday to finalize possibly a settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed against Sony Pictures Entertainment by moviegoers who saw films allegedly endorsed by a fake critic.
The judge will make a final decision about the settlement at that hearing, which had been on the court calendar for this week, but was postponed, said plaintiffs' attorney Norm Blumenthal.
Sony Pictures Entertainment allegedly advertised movies using quotes erroneously attributed to ``David Manning'' of The Ridgefield (Conn.) Press and endorsements by people who were actually Sony employees, attorneys for the plaintiffs said in a legal notice concerning the settlement.
Sony has admitted no liability but agreed to settle the action by paying the plaintiffs up to $1.5 million. In return, the members of the class will release their claims against Sony.
Consumers who purchased tickets between Aug. 3, 2000, and Oct. 31, 2001, for ``Hollow Man,'' ``Vertical Limit,'' ``A Knight's Tale,'' ``The Animal'' or ``The Patriot'' in the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. are eligible. Claims forms are available at www.gilardi.com/rezec.
Intel will release dual-core chips
SAN JOSE San Jose, city, United States
San Jose (sănəzā`, săn hōzā`), city (1990 pop. 782,248), seat of Santa Clara co., W central Calif.; founded 1777, inc. 1850. - After months of talking up the benefits of single chips with two computing engines instead of one, Intel Corp. said computer makers will start shipping PCs with its dual-core microprocessors Monday.
The chips will boost performance of PCs running multiple programs at once or a single program that's been optimized to work on a dual-core system. But depending on how the PC is used, some users might see a performance decrease over the fastest single-core processors.
Intel's first dual-core chip, the Pentium Extreme Edition See Pentium 4 Extreme Edition and Pentium Processor Extreme Edition. 840, will be available in systems from Dell Inc., Alienware and others. Intel declined to release prices, but today's single-core Extreme Edition chips run about $1,000 each - nearly $400 more than the fastest Pentium 4.
The announcement is the culmination of an acrimonious race between Intel and archrival arch·ri·val
A principal rival. Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Both promised to be the first to launch dual-core chips, and it seems Intel is beating AMD (Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Sunnyvale, CA, www.amd.com) A major manufacturer of semiconductor devices including x86-compatible CPUs, embedded processors, flash memories, programmable logic devices and networking chips. by just a few days.
Industrial output edges up in March
WASHINGTON - Output at the nation's factories, mines and utilities rose by 0.3 percent in March despite the first decline in manufacturing in six months.
The Federal Reserve said Friday that the increase in industrial production followed gains of 0.2 percent in February and no change in January. It was the best overall showing since an 0.8 percent jump in December.
Much of the strength came from a big 0.7 percent rise in output at the nation's utilities, reflecting colder weather in March. Production at factories edged down 0.1 percent last month as auto plants cut back on production, the first factory decline since last September.
Analysts said that could reflect growing worries that rising energy prices could produce another economic ``soft patch A quick fix to machine language currently in memory that only lasts for the current session. ,'' repeating the slowdown that occurred in the spring of last year.
Investors to take over Brookstone
MERRIMACK, N.H. - Brookstone Inc., a retailer of high-end gadgets, on Friday said it agreed to be acquired by a group of investors comprising two Singapore companies This is a list of major companies based in Singapore.
Company industry SGX
Aetos Security Management Private Limited Security -
Aspial Corporation Retail SGX: A30
Aurigin Technology Electronics and manufacturing -
Bee Cheng Hiang Food and beverage - and a domestic private equity firm for $20.50 per share, in a deal worth about $445 million.
Brookstone said the consortium is led by OSIM OSIM Oficiul de Stat pentru Inventii si Marci (Romania)
OSIM Oh Shoot It's Monday
OSIM Open Source in Mobile
OSIM Open Systems Implementation and Migration International, a Singapore-listed retailer of massage chairs and other health-focused products, JW Childs JW Childs is a private equity firm based in Boston, Massachusetts, United States, focused on leveraged buyout transactions External links
Raytheon news hits share price
BOSTON - Shares in defense contractor Raytheon Co. dipped Friday after the company placed its chief financial officer on leave and offered to settle a government inquiry into accounting practices at one of its units.
Separately, Raytheon also said Friday that it has agreed to pay $39 million to settle a shareholder lawsuit related to the July 2000 sale of its engineering and construction business to Washington Group International.
Edward S. Pliner, Raytheon's senior vice president and CFO See Chief Financial Officer. since 2002, was placed on administrative leave, effective immediately, company spokesman James Fetig said. A second employee was also suspended, but Fetig did not identify that person except to say it was not an executive officer.