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Nervous scientists twisted thumbscrews and made final adjustments of their costly instruments along the coast, from Point Loma to Ensenada.
Qualcomm CEO not optimistic about Nokia talks [Reuters] CEO Paul Jacobs turns the thumbscrews on Nokia, which would probably very much like to renew its licensing agreements with chipmaker and patent house Qualcomm.
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