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Report: Federal Agencies Issued Record Fines In 2014

February 27, 2015 9:44 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A pair of federal regulatory agencies each levied record fines – particularly against auto companies – in 2014, according to a recent report on recall activity during the year.

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Researchers Develop More Efficient 'Lithium-Air' Battery

February 27, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Massachusetts researchers using a fabricated form of carbon have developed battery technology that they hope will enable electric cars to travel far longer distances.

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Is The Craft Beer Market Getting Too Crowded?

February 27, 2015 11:38 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Chris Gallant, co-founder of The Bronx Brewery, discusses his beer business with Bloomberg's Pimm Fox.

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Hands On With The Very First Mac

February 27, 2015 11:05 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Daniel Kottke, an early Apple engineer, shows off some of the prototypes he assembled of the very first Macintosh computer.

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Net Neutrality: Steve Wozniak Calls FCC Decision A Victory For Consumers

February 27, 2015 11:01 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak discusses the FCC approving Net Neutrality Internet rules with Bloomberg’s Peter Cook 

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things on Thursday announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices.

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look to Women To Address Skills Gap

February 27, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry.

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H-P Report Sparks Concern Among Investors, Industry Observers

February 27, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard's quarterly financial report fell below analysts' expectations this week, which prompted tumbling stock prices and concern from some corners about the PC maker's future.

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 27, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the Internet.

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Automakers Hire Rocket Firm To Probe Airbag Problems

February 27, 2015 9:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some airbags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.

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Sweden's Ericsson Sues Apple In Patent Dispute

February 27, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement.

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Happening Today: FCC Votes On Net Neutrality

February 26, 2015 1:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) finally votes on its controversial proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility.

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid On Factory

February 26, 2015 12:46 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing | News | Comments

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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Goldman CEO On Hacking: 'Certainty Is Unavailable'

February 26, 2015 12:40 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein says securing the bank's technology is "anxiety producing" and that "it would be foolish to make claims of perfection" because "the reliance on technology is one of the biggest risks we all have."

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Thought Leaders: How Much Money Is Tied Up In Your Inventory?

February 26, 2015 12:29 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

According to Grainger, some of the sweetest low hanging fruit for a cost conscious company is actually in your MRO inventory.

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A Bottle Of Belgian Beer That Costs $43

February 26, 2015 11:31 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ted Kenny, owner of Top Hops Beer Shop, discusses the rising popularity of craft beer in the U.S.

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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent For Electric Car Project

February 26, 2015 11:15 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Reports that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry.

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Elon Musk's Solar Company To Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra.

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EU Investigating Proposed Chocolate Acquisition

February 26, 2015 10:35 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices.

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Industry Group Warns Of Vapors At Fracking Sites

February 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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$100M Settlement For Hundreds In Florida Tobacco Lawsuits

February 26, 2015 10:17 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer | News | Comments

A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them in Florida federal court.

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