Business Briefs: Wabtec signs deal with Alaska Railroad

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Wabtec signs deal with Alaska Railroad

Wilm­erd­ing-based rail parts man­u­fac­turer Wabtec said Wed­nes­day it has signed a $16.6 mil­lion con­tract for its pos­i­tive train con­trol sys­tem equip­ment and ser­vices with Alaska Rail­road Corp.

Video tech firm receives capital investment

Green Tree-based pan­o­ramic video tech­nol­ogy com­pany EyeSee360 has re­ceived an un­spec­i­fied cap­i­tal in­vest­ment from Green­wich, Conn.,-based pri­vate eq­uity firm Cat­ter­ton Part­ners. The in­vest­ment will go to­ward mar­ket­ing and de­vel­op­ment of the 360Fly pan­o­ramic video cam­era, the 360Mi­croFly smart­phone at­tach­ment and video host­ing.

Phishing scam claims to be from IRS service

The In­ter­nal Rev­e­nue Ser­vice is warn­ing con­sum­ers about a phish­ing scam that uses emails falsely claim­ing to be from the IRS Tax­payer Ad­vo­cate Ser­vice. The emails di­rect re­cip­i­ents to click on links for in­for­ma­tion about the "ad­vo­cate" as­signed to their case or to let them re­view re­ported in­come. The links lead to Web pages that so­licit con­fi­den­tial per­sonal in­for­ma­tion. Re­cip­i­ents should not re­spond or click any links in the emails, and are urged to for­ward the sus­pi­cious mes­sages to the IRS at phish­

Amazon announces $99 TV box

Am­a­zon an­nounced Wed­nes­day that it was mak­ing a $99 set-top box, its bold­est de­par­ture yet from its or­i­gins as a shop­ping site. The small de­vice, called Am­a­zon Fire TV and avail­able now, will al­low con­sum­ers to watch Am­a­zon’s video li­brary on their tele­vi­sion sets. Fire TV will show a range of con­tent from other pro­vid­ers, in­clud­ing Hulu, Net­flix and ESPN.

BlackBerry ending licensing deal with T-Mobile

BlackBerry is end­ing its U.S. li­cens­ing deal with T-Mo­bile, say­ing the com­pa­nies no lon­ger have com­ple­men­tary strat­e­gies. The dis­con­nect ap­pears to be re­lated to a T-Mo­bile pro­mo­tion that BlackBerry took is­sue with last month that asked us­ers to switch their BlackBerry de­vices to a com­pet­i­tor’s smart­phone. BlackBerry’s ex­ist­ing li­cens­ing agree­ment with T-Mo­bile ex­pires April 25.

Factory orders rebound 1.6 percent in February

Fac­tory or­ders rose 1.6 per­cent in Feb­ru­ary, the most in five months, fol­low­ing de­clines of 1 per­cent in Jan­u­ary and 2 per­cent in Decem­ber, the Com­merce Depart­ment re­ported Wed­nes­day. The Feb­ru­ary gain re­flected a re­bound in or­ders for com­mer­cial air­craft and au­tos. But de­mand for core cap­i­tal goods, con­sid­ered a good guide to busi­ness in­vest­ment plans, fell 1.4 per­cent in Feb­ru­ary.

Chrysler recalls SUVs to fix brake system

Chrysler is re­call­ing 867,795 Jeep Grand Chero­kee and Dodge Durango sport-util­ity ve­hi­cles to in­stall a shield to pro­tect brake boost­ers from wa­ter cor­ro­sion. Ve­hi­cles from model years 2011 through 2014 will be in­spected and the boost­ers re­placed where nec­es­sary, the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based car­maker said in a state­ment.

Lufthansa pilot strike grounds jets

Deut­sche Luft­hansa AG can­celed thou­sands of flights Wed­nes­day at the start of a three-day strike by pi­lots that’s set to cause the worst dis­rup­tion in the air­line’s his­tory. Some 3,315 ser­vices were sus­pended through Fri­day, ac­cord­ing to Luft­hansa. The Frank­furt, Ger­many-based com­pany is ne­go­ti­at­ing with about 5,400 pi­lots in the dis­pute over re­tire­ment ben­e­fits.

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