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Cleantech Venture Investments Surpass $1 billion in Q3 - Cleantech Venture Network

North American and European Cleantech venture capital investment in Q3 2006 totaled $1.081 billion, according to Cleantech Venture Network. More than $934 million was invested in North American cleantech companies in Q3 2006, 14% of the overall $6.5 billion invested, making cleantech the third largest venture capital category for the quarter. 

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Nanotech Venture Capital to Exceed $650 Million in 2006 - Lux Research

Total VC investments in nanotech start-ups will reach $650 million in 2006, according to Lux Research. However, with the long expected time from investment to exit of six years, exits are thin on the ground in Nanotech, according to a new report from Lux Research. 

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November U.S. Auto Sales Fell 0.7% to Lowest Level in a Year

November U.S. auto sales fell 0.7% from the prior month to 16.04 million vehicles,  according to the Autodata Corporation. This is the lowest level since October 2005. 

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U.S. Corporate Bankruptcies to Rise 17% in 2007 - Global Insight

U.S. corporate bankruptcies are expected to increase by 17% in 2007, after falling an estimated 20% in 2006, according to Global Insight. The majority of these increases are expected to occur in the metals, mining, and energy sectors, as well as in real estate.

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Chip Equipment Sales Expected to Grow 24% and Hit $40.64 billion in 2006 - SEMI

Semiconductor equipment sales are expected to jump 24% versus last year to reach $40.64 billion in 2006, according to the SEMI Capital Equipment Consensus Forecast, released by SEMI at the annual SEMICON Japan exposition.

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Mobile Entertainment Market to Reach $77 billion by 2011 - Juniper Research

The total global mobile entertainment market (including gambling, adult content, mobile games, mobile music, mobile TV and infotainment) is estimated to grow to $77 billion by 2011, from the current level of $17 billion and a projected $47 billion in 2009, as broadcast mobile TV and mass market casual games really take off, according to Juniper Research. 

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$15 billion in Mobile Adult Entertainment; Europe & Asia Lead

The mobile adult content market is forecast to grow from $1.4 billion in 2006 to over $3.3 billion by 2011 according to Juniper Research latest study.  

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US Tech Sector Best in Over 5 Years - Forrester/ITAA US Tech Sector Index Q3 2006

The health of the US tech sector improved in Q3 2006 and posted its best performance in five and a half years, based on the readings from the Forrester/ITAA US Tech Sector Index. The index rose 3.2 points compared with Q2 2006, and 6.7 points from Q3 2005. 

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ABI Research: Mobile Advertising - Small Today, Huge Tomorrow

By the end of 2006, advertising delivered via mobile phones will have a turnover of $1.9 billion worldwide, according to a new study from ABI Research. Compared to the $60 to $70 billion spent annually on broadcast television advertising in the United States alone, it is insignificant.

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MySpace-for-grown-ups: LinkedIn Could Become a Multibillion-dollar Biz

PayPal alum Reid Hoffman's LinkedIn, a three-year-old online business networking company, is at a tipping point, writes Business 2.0 in a detailed profile of the service - you're either LinkedIn or left out. 

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Phishing Emails Increased 3 Fold Last Week. China No.1 Generator, Jumping from 10th Place.

Phishing emails increased from 0.4% of total spam 2.2% during the last week, the highest level of phishing emails since July 2006, according to Marshal’s Threat Research and Content Engineering (TRACE). The spike represents a tripling of the average phishing email rates over the last six months. China is now the number one generator of phishing emails in the world, jumping from 10th position last week. 

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iSuppli: Top-25 Semiconductor Companies in 2006; AMD Up 90%, Intel Slips 12%

7 of the top-10 semiconductor suppliers in 2006 will achieve revenue growth in excess of the overall industry projected growth of 9%, according to iSuppli. AMD and Hynix Semiconductor hit the big time in 2006, while Intel’s revenue decline will leave the company with its lowest share of the market since before 2000, at 12.1%. 

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Ad Age Salary Survey: Average CEO $14.4 million; Average Worker $37,000

The average american worker last year made about $37,000, just 1.7% gain over the previous year, while the average CEO made $14.4 million in pay, up 51% from 2004, according to Advertising Age's annual salary review. More than half the compensation of executives came from exercising options granted in earlier years. The average exec on the list snared options to buy 288,234 shares, exercisable in coming years; if stocks keep climbing, that could mean millions more in pay down the road.

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$30B Market Value Lost on World's Biggest-selling Drug Replacement Failure at Pfizer

Lipitor, the world's biggest-selling drug at $12.2 billion last year, is one of six Pfizer products losing patent protection by 2011. Pfizer's (PFE) shares fell as much as 15%, wiping nearly $30 billion off the company's market value, after the world's biggest drugmaker ended development of its cholesterol pill torcetrapib designed to replace Lipitor when its patent expires.

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World Economic Forum Announced 47 Technology Pioneers 2007: US (26), UK(6), India(3)

The World Economic Forum has announced 47 visionary companies selected as Technology Pioneers 2007. The Technology Pioneers 2007 were nominated by the world’s leading venture capital and technology companies. The final selection from 225 nominees was made by a panel of leading technology experts appointed by the World Economic Forum.

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