Intel Corp. is moving up the planned shipment date of a computer chip that will compete against one from rival Advanced Micro Devices Inc. The company expects to ship its Tulsa chip in the third quarter instead of the fourth quarter. The microprocessor is one of Intel's latest for server systems, one of the markets in which AMD's Opteron chips have made recent gains at Intel's expense. Intel said the launch of another server chip, code-named Woodcrest, will be June 26.

New Hampshire securities officials have charged units of Dutch financial services giant ING Groep NV with taking undisclosed payments for promoting poor investments to state employees in their individual retirement plans. Regulators ordered ING Financial Advisors and ING Life Insurance and Annuity Co. to stop that and a host of other alleged improper practices and to provide information they said the companies so far have withheld. A U.S. spokesman for ING said the company disputes the allegations and is working with the state to resolve them. The complaint accuses ING of accepting millions of dollars from mutual funds over several years in so-called "revenue sharing" payments to promote their products without telling investors about the payments.

America's strong productivity performance has been bolstered not only by the greater use of computers and other technologies but also by the economy's flexibility, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday. Those were some of the explanations the Fed chief offered to explain why productivity since 1995 has been growing at a significantly faster rate than it had in the previous two decades. His remarks came in a commencement address to students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Bernanke earned his Ph.D. in economics in 1979. Productivity -- the amount of output produced per worker -- is a key ingredient to the economy's long-term vitality.

Oil prices rose by more than $1 a barrel Friday, reversing a three-day decline. Brokers attributed the rise to tough talk from an Iranian cleric and the kidnapping of a senior Iraqi petroleum industry official -- proof that the killing of al-Qaida's leader in Iraq did not mark the end of instability in that country. Also, a Nigerian government official said more than 800,000 barrels a day of the country's oil production was shut -- about 60 percent more than previously reported -- because of violence in the Niger Delta. Meantime, Valero Energy Corp. experienced a "total power failure" at its 240,000-barrel-per-day Aruba refinery Wednesday night, a spokeswoman said Friday, adding that it would be at least two weeks before the plant would be operating at "reduced rates." Light sweet crude for July delivery was up $1.10 to $71.45 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. In London, Brent crude was trading at $69.90, up 85 cents on the ICE Futures exchange.

Drugs will have to be tracked every time they change hands from the factory to the pharmacy under provisions of an 18-year-old law the government is just now ready to enforce. The Food and Drug Administration had long put off enforcement of the provisions in response to concerns from secondary wholesalers that the tracking requirement could put them out of business. The slow pace in the adoption of enabling technology led to further delays. The regulatory agency now says those concerns have either dissipated or no longer justify staving off enforcement any further.

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