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Worker Killed At Tennessee Alcoa Plant

February 24, 2015 12:57 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

An Alcoa employee was killed Monday evening at a plant in eastern Tennessee, according to media reports. 

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U.S. Military Has A Heat Ray

February 24, 2015 11:50 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

The U.S. military is developing a real-life heat ray. Thom Patterson explains this non-lethal "active denial system."

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Will Wal-Mart Pay Raises Move The Needle On Wages?

February 24, 2015 11:40 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Last week's announcement that the Bentonville, Arkansas company would spend more than $1 billion to raise pay for 500,000 of its employees — or 40 percent of its U.S. workforce — made serious waves in business and political circles.

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JPMorgan Chase's $100M Plan To Turn Detroit Around

February 24, 2015 11:23 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon is trying to move past the mortgage meltdown, as his bank is part of a massive new investment in Detroit. The struggling city emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history.

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Why Manufacturers Need To Do Their Duty To Protect Core Applications

February 24, 2015 11:17 am | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

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UAW Chief Doesn’t Rule Out Work Stoppage

February 24, 2015 10:30 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The head of the United Autoworkers union recognizes the need to ensure the long-term health of the U.S. auto industry, but says that the union is prepared to call for its members to walk out, if necessary.

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Apple To Set Up High-Tech Data Hubs In Northern Europe

February 24, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises To 57

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

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Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

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Merck Grants Free License For Pediatric HIV Drug

February 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:48 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country.

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Apple's Electric Car Plans: Should Tesla Worry?

February 23, 2015 11:36 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg's David Welch discusses the reports on Apple's electric vehicle plans with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson. 

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Honda's CEO Stepping Down

February 23, 2015 11:29 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito will step aside in June. The automaker has been struggling after a massive recall over faulty airbags and poor sales.

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Fish Farm Goes Vegetarian To Save Seafood

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

Fish farms have a big problem: They’ve been making feed out of sardines and anchovies from the oceans, a source that could be depleted within a few decades. A California company called Two X Sea could have a solution.

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M&A In Manufacturing - Top 3 Data Lessons Learned

February 23, 2015 11:05 am | by Eric Stout | Articles | Comments

As manufacturing companies look toward the fast-growth areas of their business in favor of reducing non-core assets, M&A has become an effective strategy. However, from a data perspective, manufacturers must take the right steps to ensure proper quality and migration for all enterprise data involved. 

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

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Superfish Points Fingers Over Ad Software Security Flaws

February 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 A little-known Silicon Valley startup was caught in a firestorm of criticism this week for making software that exposed Lenovo laptop users to hackers bent on stealing personal information. But Superfish Inc. has also won praise for producing visual search technology that many see as the next big thing in online shopping.

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Lockheed Martin To Pay $62M To Settle 401(k) Plan Lawsuit

February 23, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $62 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of mismanaging employee retirement accounts and using funds with excessive fees.

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Surging Dollar Takes Bite Out Of U.S. Corporate Profits

February 23, 2015 9:25 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The dollar has been a source of constant complaint this earnings season. Global corporations from Avon Products to Yum Brands have said their quarterly results would have been much better if it hadn't been for the rising dollar. For some, the currency's strength has meant the difference between a profit and a loss.

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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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