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Bright idea: Konarka Technologies, a Lowell company trying to harness energy from sunlight and interior light to wirelessly power everything from cellphones to signboards, has won federal financial backing. The funding will aid Konarka's development of flexible plastic solar cell strips -- held by company president and chief executive Rick Hess (above).

Ruling: Wilmington-based Dusa Pharmaceuticals USA said a federal judge lifted a ban on sales of a generic version of the acne treatment Nicomide by River's Edge Pharmaceuticals LLC. Dusa's shares fell 38 cents, or 10.1 percent, to $3.40.

Paper cuts: Neenah Paper Inc. plans to close a Massachusetts paper mill by July. Closing the Housatonic mill near Great Barrington will eliminate 140 jobs and eventually save about $5 million in annual expenses, the Alpharetta, Ga., company said.

Resignation: Advanced Magnetics, a Cambridge maker of diagnostic imaging agents, said in a regulatory filing that chief financial officer, Michael N. Avallone, resigned effective March 21.

Denied: Merck & Co. lost a bid to overturn last year's $8.73 million loss in a Texas jury trial over its painkiller Vioxx. Judge Alex Gabert in Rio Grande City allowed a 75-day time limit for granting the company a new trial to expire without taking action, effectively denying the request.

Drug war: Billy Tauzin, who formerly chaired a House committee that regulated drug makers but now heads the lobbying group Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, said there are "better, safer alternatives" to a renewed effort in Congress to enable US consumers to buy cheaper prescription drugs from Canada and other countries.

Play station: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. plans to create a three-dimensional online user community of video-game players called "Home" this year.

Battery of suits: 3M Co. sued companies including Sony Corp., Lenovo Group Inc., and Matsushita Industrial Electric Co. accusing them of infringing patents for rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.

Hired: JetBlue Airways Corp. tapped Russell Chew for the newly created position of chief operating officer. He was the Federal Aviation Administration's COO.

Planet patent: Google Inc. won a court ruling in Boston that its Google Earth map service doesn't infringe Skyline Software Systems Inc.'s patent.

(Globe wire services)

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