Alternative fuel symposium set
Central Oklahoma Clean Cities will hold an alternative fuel symposium for business and government fleets from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma City campus of Oklahoma State University. Morning and lunch sessions will feature discussions about alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. The afternoon will feature a Ride and Drive event where attendees will be able to see and drive the newest commercially available alternative fuel vehicles. The event will include a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle, a plug-in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, several natural gas vehicles and two propane-powered trucks. Cost is $30 per person. Registration is required at www.okcleancities.org.
State ranks in retirement list
Oklahoma is the 14th-best state for retirement, according to rankings issued Monday by Bankrate.com. The analysis included cost of living, taxes, health care, crime and climate. Oklahoma has the lowest cost of living in the nation, and the state also boasts below-average taxes and above-average access to hospital care. In assembling the rankings, Bankrate considered health, safety and costs, using statistics on cost of living, crime rates, tax rates, access to medical care and average annual temperatures.
Adobe moving to subscriptions
NEW YORK — Adobe says it is moving to a subscription-based model for the software package it sells to designers, Web developers, video editors and other creative professionals. Adobe Systems Inc. said Monday that it will not release new versions of its Creative Suite software package. Instead, the maker of Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat is shifting focus to Creative Cloud, which makes its software available through a monthly subscription that starts at $50 for an individual. Scott Morris, a senior marketing director at the San Jose, Calif.-based company, says the shift will help Adobe respond to changes in the marketplace much faster. Adobe's engineers, he says, will be freed up to release updates and improvements much faster than the company's traditional 18 to 24-month upgrade cycle.
U.S. cites Chinese cyberattacks
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon for the first time used its annual report on China to directly assert that Beijing's government and military have conducted computer-based attacks against the U.S., including efforts to steal information from federal agencies. In a new report on the Chinese military, the Defense Department goes a small step further than it has gone in the past, when it said that cyberattacks originated in China and may be linked to Beijing's use of civilian experts in clandestine attacks against American companies. But over the past year, U.S. government officials and private cybersecurity experts have increasingly stepped up accusations that the Chinese government is directly involved in cyber espionage against the U.S. In February, a U.S.-based cybersecurity firm, Mandiant, issued a report accusing a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai of years of cyberattacks against more than 140 companies, a majority of them American. The Pentagon report, released Monday, said that, “In 2012, numerous computer systems around the world, including those owned by the U.S. government, continued to be targeted for intrusions, some of which appear to be attributable directly to the Chinese government and military.”
EU findings may lead to charges
BRUSSELS — The European Commission says Motorola Mobility may have abused its dominant market position to deny Apple the right to use technology essential for mobile phones. It's a violation of EU antitrust rules for a patent-holder to deny use to technologically essential patents to companies willing to pay a fair and reasonable price. Motorola Mobility, now owned by Google, obtained an injunction preventing Apple from using certain patented technologies. Joaquin Almunia, the European Union's competition commissioner, said: “The protection of intellectual property is a cornerstone of innovation and growth. But so is competition. I think that companies should spend their time innovating and competing on the merits of the products they offer, not misusing their intellectual property rights to hold up competitors.” The preliminary finding could lead to formal antitrust charges.
GREYSTONE LOGISTICS INC.
TULSA — Greystone Logistics Inc., which makes and sells recycled plastic pallets, posted a $174,215 profit for the three-month period ending Feb. 28. That compared to net income of $163,798 for the same period last year. CEO Warren Kruger said he was pleased with the results over the past nine months. “Our core pallet business was up 4 percent and pallet demand remains steady,” he said.
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