U.S. Peanut Company in Criminal Investigation

ATLANTA, Georgia – The Food and Drug Administration said Friday that a criminal investigation has begun in Georgia plant linked to an outbreak of salmonella.

Stephen Sundlof, director of FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told reporters that the agency’s office of criminal investigation work through the Department of Justice to prepare a case and prosecute if necessary.

More than 500 cases of salmonella in 43 states and Canada have been linked to products (peanut butter and peanut paste, ground roasted peanuts) from the Corporation of America’s peanut Blakely, Georgia, plant since September. At least eight people are believed to have died from the outbreak.

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Melting Arctic Poses Security Concerns to NATO

Representatives of NATO and the alliance of legislators will meet in Iceland nations Thursday to discuss the security challenges that may arise as melting the Arctic Circle.

The area – one of the planet’s most fragile and pristine ecosystems – sits atop a wealth of untapped fossil fuel. And the melting of polar ice in the Arctic more accessible to ships, several countries argue over jurisdiction in the area.

“The interest is reflected in … claims by relevant stakeholders, and resumed a military presence in the area,” NATO said on its website. “As a region of strategic importance enduring NATO and allied security, progress in the High North require careful consideration and ongoing.”

U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 90 billion barrels of oil, 44 million barrels of natural gas liquids and 1,670 trillion cubic feet of recoverable natural gas in the frozen north of the Arctic Circle.

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McDonald’s Will Open 1000 New Restaurant in 2009

NEW YORK  – McDonald’s Corp. reported a better than expected quarterly profit on Monday, though revenue fell short of Wall Street’s expectations due to a strong U.S. dollar, and their actions fell more than 2%.

The world’s largest hamburger chain also will open 1000 new restaurant this year.

Fourth quarter net income fell 23% to $ 985.3 million, or 87 cents per share, from $ 1.27 billion, or $ 1.06 per share, a year earlier, when results included a large tax-related with the benefit.

Analysts on average expected earnings of 83 cents per share, according to sources.

Revenue in the quarter ended December 31, fell 3% to $ 5.57 billion, down from nearly $ 5.7 million expected by Wall Street. McDonald’s said it was hit by a strong dollar in many foreign markets, including Canada, Europe, Britain and Australia.

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Microsoft Refocuses on Mobile Services

Microsoft has made some setbacks in the mobile world, but a change in strategy carried out over a year ago will soon pay dividends, the company’s top Windows Mobile executive said.

Andy Lees, the executive through the server unit a year ago, said that efforts by Microsoft to ensure that its mobile software might work in a wide range of inquiries led to an operating system that does not exploit advances in hardware.

“The goal of a lowest common denominator,” said Lees. Microsoft also was limited by the origin of Windows Mobile, which was developed for handheld computers that power or connected to a voice network or manipulated.

“We started when we were in the PDA (personal digital assistants), and then a phone is tied to the back of the PDA,” said Lees. The company also acknowledged that no phones – even those that were used for business – still the largest number of professional staff as they were.

Meanwhile, Apple and Google have joined the fray with the operating system designed from scratch to build the ultimate in phone technology.

But Lees said that Microsoft embarked on a new strategy that will take some time to complete over the next 18 months. The first steps in that strategy, he said, the conference announced at Mobile World Congress which takes place in Barcelona in the middle of next month.

“It’s what you’ll see a lot of announcements in the Mobile World Congress, but will also be the beginning of a 12 -, 18-months you will see a lot of different things,” said Lees.

Part of the new strategy for Microsoft, Lees said, is not based on operating system upgrades to improve its products. The new approach, while making money by selling a mobile operating system, puts considerable attention to services that help connect the phone to the PC and Web, as well as devices like the Xbox.

Microsoft has two separate teams in the work of the piece. One is the Microsoft Windows Live group, while the other is a secret group led by former Chief of Unit Roz Ho Mac – a group that also includes equipment acquired when Microsoft bought Danger. Lees refused to say specifically what it is for Ho, however.

Lees, but acknowledged the company also needs to improve the operating system kernel, which is widely seen as less than most of its rivals.

For some time, Microsoft has been working on a major overhaul of its operating system, known as Windows Mobile 7. However, that project has hit delays, prompting Microsoft to move forward with an update, Windows Mobile 6.5, the company is expected to detail next month. Lees refused to comment specifically on either version of the operating system, but promised that the company has more to say about the operating system front in Barcelona.

Lees also promised that Microsoft would begin working more closely with hardware makers. He noted that concerns late last year with LG and Samsung.

He noted that the power of the types of phones that come out next year will be incredible, even today far beyond the devices. Phones next year will have dual-core processors, super-fast data connections, and graphics power rivaling that of the original Xbox.

“That’s a phenomenal thing on a phone,” he said. The phones of the future will also have more than just information about the location of GPS sensors. “We know where it says, we know that the angle which is celebrated.”

Web browsing was another weak spot for Microsoft. The company made up some ground late last year with a pocket browser essentially crams the desktop Internet Explorer 6 on a Windows Mobile phone. But it lacks the kind of easy zoom and gesture recognition in the iPhone or pre Palm. Lees Microsoft promised that would surpass those interfaces by the end of the year.

Lees not confirm the details of a rumored rival Apple App Store, known as SkyMarket.

“There is some question whether we can connect directly with the developer and end user,” he said. “We’re seeing that.”

Apple dismissed the idea that Microsoft and others, are gaining ground for the iPhone, however.

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer dismissed the increasing competition from rival Apple kept saying “coming years”.

“Our competitors are scrambling to try to copy our success,” he said.

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New Year in New York

NEW YORK – Strong winds, cold temperatures and blowing snow froze Celebrators worldwide since it began in 2009 in New York in Times Square on Wednesday night.

An estimated 100 million viewers tuning in nationally televised event can be thankful that he stayed at home as temperatures dropped into the teens at midnight and strong winds felt like a single-digit weather.
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