OfficeMax to sell Sharper Image furniture 

OfficeMax Inc. (OMX) will begin offering office furniture branded with the name of San Francisco’s Sharper Image Corp. (SHRP). The firms said Friday that they signed a multi-year licensing agreement, Sharper Image’s first.

Take-Two Interactive

The shareholder uprising that threw out nearly the entire board of the San Jose electronic games company was a victory for investors who are fighting for new leadership at troubled companies, observers said Friday. The upheaval at the publisher of "Grand Theft Auto" culminated Thursday with the election of a new chairman, the appointment of new directors and the ouster of the CEO.

Christopher Cox

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission chairman said the agency’s attempt to scale back the Sarbanes-Oxley Act will shrink corporate expenses, countering criticism that the revisions won’t go far enough to reduce burdens on business. Business groups want revisions to "SarbOx" to exempt small companies from its auditing rules and give the SEC authority to weaken the law.

Synopsys Inc., Magma settle patent litigation

South Bay technology firms Synopsys Inc. (SNPS) and Magma Design Automation (LAVA) have settled the pending patent litigation between them, according to a joint release issued Friday.

As part of the settlement, the competing firms agreed to cross-license their patents and refrain from patent litigation for two years unless certain terms are met. Magma will also pay Synopsys $12.5 million.

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