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Google Wireless Phone Service Challenges Major Carriers

April 23, 2015 10:27 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is trying to shake up the wireless phone industry with a low-priced service designed to pressure major carriers into making it more affordable for people to get online and use Google's services.

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Frito-Lay Helps PepsiCo Crunch Wall St. Expectations

April 23, 2015 10:21 am | News | Comments

PepsiCo's profit in the first quarter topped Wall Street expectations, boosted by the popularity of its Frito-Lay snacks and lower costs.

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Drivers Want New Safety Technology, But It Will Cost Them

April 23, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drivers want more technology that prevents collisions in their cars, but there's a limit to how much they'll pay.

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Truck, SUV Sales Drive GM Profits

April 23, 2015 10:14 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

First-quarter profit at General Motors rose nearly eight times above a year ago as consumers spent big on pickups and SUVs and the company didn't have to set aside money to pay for recalls.

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Obama Administration, Tech Companies Hope To Bring Environmental Data To The Cloud

April 23, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration is teaming up with a slew of tech giants in an effort to bring the government's vast collection of environmental information to the cloud.

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Belgian Brewery Turns Food Waste Into Beer

April 23, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Belgian microbrewery is selling beer that utilizes unsold bread from supermarkets.

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Trek Issues Recall Over Wheel Issue

April 23, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Trek Bicycle is recalling nearly 1 million bikes due to a potential safety hazard involving their front wheels.

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Critics Question Gulf Drilling Activity Five Years After BP Spill

April 23, 2015 9:49 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Energy companies are delving deeper below the ocean's surface to drill for oil in the Gulf of Mexico despite lingering questions about the industry's safety standards.

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VW Official: Automaker May Revive 'Bus'

April 23, 2015 9:45 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A member of Volkswagen's board recently disclosed that the German automaker is working on an electric version of its iconic "bus" that could revive the model for the first time since 2013.

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U.S. Postal Service Considering Drone Fleet

April 23, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Postal Service could be looking to add drones to its delivery fleet in coming years.

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Jaguar Land Rover Is Furious Over Chinese Knockoff

April 22, 2015 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Jaguar Land Rover is accusing a Chinese automaker of copying its cars. At issue is the Chinese LandWind,  which appears to be a rip-off of the Land Rover Evoque SUV design.

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Computer Security Has ‘Failed,’ Tech Expert Says

April 22, 2015 11:57 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Breaches and attacks have gotten worse and will continue to get worse until the computer security world changes its mindset, says RSA President Amit Yoran. Elizabeth Weise reports from the big cybersecurity conference in San Francisco. 

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PepsiCo's Taster Sips 600 Cups Of Tea A Day

April 22, 2015 11:50 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

PepsiCo's Pure Leaf Tea Master John Cheetham is a 'tea sommelier' with 17 years of experience. He takes Cristina Alesci through his tasting process.

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The Internet Of Things Really Is A Thing

April 22, 2015 11:34 am | by Mitch Maiman | Blogs | Comments

There is tremendous potential for the use of IoT in many unusual and novel ways, as well as continued potential for inclusion of products and technologies which actually pre-date the phrase and formed the basis for its inception. IoT is prompting huge shifts in everyday and specialized products for users of all kinds. 

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VW Edges GM In 1Q Global Sales To Take At Least No. 2 Spot

April 22, 2015 10:28 am | News | Comments

Volkswagen Group edged out General Motors again to take at least second place in the race to be the world's top-selling automaker.

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Chipotle: Carnitas Shortage To Persist For Months

April 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry | News | Comments

Bad news for die-hard carnitas fans: Chipotle said it doesn't expect its pork shortage to fully recover until closer to the end of the year.

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Boeing Tops 1Q Profit Forecasts, Airplane Deliveries Rise

April 22, 2015 10:19 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Boeing Co. delivered more airliners in the first quarter, offsetting sluggish results in the defense side of its business and pushing its first-quarter earnings up 38 percent.

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Coke Profit Tops Expectations, Helped By Price Hikes

April 22, 2015 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola reported a quarterly profit Wednesday that beat Wall Street expectations as the world's largest beverage maker raised prices to offset slower growth.

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Report Details Potential Uses Of Drones In Disaster Relief

April 22, 2015 10:07 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report commissioned by the American Red Cross detailed the many potential benefits of drones to first responders and emergency personnel.

Vermont Adopts GMO Labeling Rules

April 22, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Vermont is one step closer to becoming the first state to require companies to clearly label food produced with genetic modification.

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