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Microsoft Fixes Mistakes With Surface 3 Tablet

March 31, 2015 | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Comments

Microsoft unveiled its brand new Surface 3 tablet that takes a different approach than its predecessors.

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GM Ignition Switch Death Toll Rises To 77

March 31, 2015 11:02 am | by The Associated Press

Families of at least 77 people killed in crashes caused by defective General Motors ignition switches will get compensation from the company.

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Tesla To Unveil New Product Next Month

March 31, 2015 11:00 am | by The Associated Press

Tesla Motors says it will reveal a new product next month, but it's not a car.

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Toyota Cuts Price Of Automatic Braking Safety Devices

March 31, 2015 10:51 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

Those pricey high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper.

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Study: Manufacturers Should Upgrade Risk Management Practices

March 31, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report from Deloitte and the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation recommends that manufacturers convert their risk management practices to "an ongoing conversation rather than a periodic presentation."

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Low Crude Prices Curb Job Growth For Oil-Producing States

March 31, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. gained 295,000 jobs in February to continue strong hiring patterns from 2014, according to monthly data from federal officials.

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Business Forecasters Boost 2-year Outlook For U.S. Economy

March 30, 2015 10:56 am | by The Associated Press

A business economics group has boosted its outlook for U.S. economic improvement this year and next, particularly for job growth.

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Google, Johnson & Johnson Team Up To Build Robot Surgeons

March 30, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press

Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to build robots that can help surgeons in the operating room.

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BMW Recalls Nearly 49K Motorcycles; Rear Wheel Can Loosen

March 30, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press

BMW is recalling nearly 49,000 motorcycles in the U.S. and Canada because flanges that hold the rear wheel can crack if bolts are too tight.

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Study: Lifting Crude Export Ban Would Benefit U.S. Energy Security

March 30, 2015 9:48 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The U.S. energy market would largely benefit from lifting the current ban on crude oil exports, according to a new report from researchers at Rice University.

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Report: Auto Industry Must Overhaul Supply Chain Training

March 30, 2015 9:30 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A new report recommends that auto companies strengthen industry collaboration, worker training and career opportunities in order to resolve a worsening talent crisis in their supply chains.

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Diet Sodas Fall In U.S.; Pepsi Takes Back No. 2 Spot

March 27, 2015 10:38 am | by The Associated Press

Americans bought less soda for the 10th straight year in 2014, with diet sodas shrinking more than their sugary counterparts, according to a report released Thursday.

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Republican Lawmakers Target 'Micro-Unions'

March 27, 2015 10:35 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Republican lawmakers fired yet another salvo on federal labor regulators this month with the introduction of a proposal banning so-called "micro-unions."

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Analyst Suggests Apple Watch Sales Could Exceed $30 Billion

March 27, 2015 10:25 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent survey by Credit Suisse projected that the Apple Watch could see $32 billion in sales during its first year on the market.

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Facebook Looks To Embrace Internet Of Things

March 27, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Facebook unveiled a new software developer kit that enables users of its Parse platform to build apps that connect devices – from garage door openers to wristbands – to the cloud.

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Saudi Official: Return To $100 Oil Unlikely

March 27, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Saudi Arabia's representative to OPEC predicted crude prices would not soon return to mid-2014 levels because price increases would only draw other producers back into the field.

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Poll: Americans Evenly Divided On Fracking

March 27, 2015 9:34 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

A recent nationwide poll showed Americans are evenly split between support and opposition for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S.

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Feds Investigate Safety Of Lumber Liquidators Flooring

March 26, 2015 10:56 am | by The Associated Press

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday it is investigating Lumber Liquidators Chinese-made laminate flooring following a national TV broadcast raised concerns over levels of formaldehyde.

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Ford Recalls 213,000 Police Vehicles To Fix Door Springs

March 26, 2015 10:50 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 213,000 police vehicles in North America to fix springs that may not keep doors closed in a crash.

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders Stumbled In February

March 26, 2015 10:45 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

Orders to U.S. factories for long-lasting manufactured goods fell in February, the latest installment of disappointing data this quarter that suggests the economy has hit a soft patch.

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Toyota Outlines Growth Architecture After Lull From Recalls

March 26, 2015 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Toyota Motor Corp. is ready to ramp up its growth again, emerging from an intentional soul-searching lull brought on by its massive global recall scandal that began in 2009.

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