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U.S. To Fine Airbag Maker Takata $14,000 Per Day

February 20, 2015 12:08 pm | by Joan Lowy & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government will fine Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in a long-running investigation of faulty and potentially dangerous airbag inflators.

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Engineering Newswire: The Navy's Firefighting Robot

February 20, 2015 11:56 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at changing the face of the Navy, having our lives taken over by A.I., and fighting fires with the shipboard autonomous robot. 

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Nestle CEO : Why We Removed Artificial Coloring

February 20, 2015 11:44 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO speaks about earnings and the company's decision to remove artificial additives from its products.

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Robots Move Into Japanese Homes

February 20, 2015 11:38 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Softbank plans to market humanoid robots to Japanese consumers and sees them as a mass-market technology, like personal computers and smartphones. 

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Adopting Technology To Go Lean In 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 11:16 am | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.

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Economist: Stronger Dollar To Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Mfg. Growth

February 20, 2015 10:59 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A manufacturing group predicts that the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. Further manufacturing growth, however, is likely to be hampered by further increases in the nation's trade deficit. 

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General Motors Hires New Legal Chief

February 20, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has hired a top lawyer from a large plastics and chemical company as its new general counsel.

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Ex-Qualcomm Manager Pleads Guilty To Insider Trading

February 20, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former Qualcomm sales director who bought up stock in a company that Qualcomm planned to buy and then sold it for a $200,000 profit pleaded guilty to insider trading Thursday.

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FTC Moves To Block Sysco's $3.5B Purchase Of US Foods

February 20, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators are challenging the $3.5 billion sale of US Foods to Sysco, saying the deal would hurt customers by reducing competition between food supply companies.

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Lenovo Shipped Laptops With Security Flaw, Experts Say

February 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Experts say the world's biggest computer maker shipped laptops with pre-installed software that could let hackers steal passwords or other sensitive information when you use the web to shop, pay bills or check email.

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Reynolds American Delving Deeper Into Nicotine Gum Business

February 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is partnering with a pharmaceutical consultancy to develop products that help people stop smoking.

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Industry Lashes Out At Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.

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Is Your State Considering Changes In Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year. 

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Lego Story: What the Company Learned From Its Mistakes

February 19, 2015 11:23 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Lego Systems President, Soren Torp Laursen, discusses the company's turnaround strategy. 

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U.S. Army Launches Giant Blimp To Test Air Defense

February 19, 2015 11:20 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's not a bird or a plane, but a blimp in the sky, floating over Maryland's Baltimore suburbs. It's the newest security system launched by the Army to protect major cities along the East Coast, and it can detect everything from a cruise missile to a large drone.

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Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 19, 2015 11:09 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering — via a desk top or mobile device — has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But it’s not always as easy as simply hopping on a website and tracking down a very specific product. Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in this process.

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The Aston Martin Vantage GT3

February 19, 2015 10:55 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin's limited run Vantage GT3 is a 592bhp track-focused monster headed for a full unveil at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

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Samsung Buying Mobile-Pay Co. In Bid To Challenge Apple Pay

February 19, 2015 10:40 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.

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Caterpillar Says U.S. Is Investigating Its Movement Of Cash

February 19, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

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GM, Opponents Make Arguments In Bankruptcy Court Over Shield

February 19, 2015 10:32 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge this week heard arguments from consumers who are suing General Motors, saying their cars dropped in value because of a defect with its ignition switches.

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