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ISM: Manufacturing Slows In March

April 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 27th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 70th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Inside Microsoft's Secret Design Lab

April 2, 2015 11:53 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Microsoft demonstrates how it designs and prototypes all of its gadgets at the hardware lab in Redmond, Wash.

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Mercedes-Benz's 2015 Prospects `Really Strong'

April 2, 2015 11:50 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Stephen Cannon, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, talks about the luxury automaker's sales, the outlook for new models and the demand for sport-utility vehicles.

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Google Reveals New Computer Stick

April 2, 2015 11:47 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Google has developed a stick that plugs in to any display to create a computer. CNET senior editor Jeff Bakalar takes a look at the new gadget.

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Negotiation Considerations For Performance Guarantees And Service Level Agreements

April 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Steele Clayton & Shelley R. Thomas | Articles | Comments

A discussion regarding the use of performance guarantees and service level agreements to establish contractual metrics that allows both customer and vendor the opportunity to assess objectively the other party’s performance under the contract. 

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Obama Signs Order Creating New Cyber Sanctions Program

April 2, 2015 10:20 am | by Ken Dilanian, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.

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Honda Shows Off Dramatic New Civic Coupe At New York Show

April 2, 2015 10:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

If a sporty lime-green metallic coupe shown at the New York auto show is any indication, Honda isn't playing it safe with the Civic anymore.

U.S. Agency Charges Kraft, Mondelez With Wheat Price Rigging

April 2, 2015 10:08 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Federal regulators have charged two major U.S. food companies, Kraft and Mondelez, with manipulating prices for wheat and wheat futures in a scheme that reaped more than $5.4 million in profit.

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Nestle Hopes To Boost Chocolate Brand, Weather Russian Downturn

April 2, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Nestle officials recently detailed plans to steer the world's largest food company through an uncertain chocolate market and weakness in the Russian economy.

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Survey: Midsize Manufacturers More Optimistic About U.S. Economy

April 2, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The seventh annual poll by Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based purchasing aggregator, indicated that half of the participating chief financial officers anticipated growth in the U.S. economy this year, a four percent increase over the 2014 poll and a record high for the survey.

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Starbucks, Dannon Partner On Yogurt Products

April 2, 2015 9:40 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Starbucks on Tuesday announced a new yogurt partnership with Danone SA as part of efforts to double food sales at the iconic coffeehouse chain.

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Rewarding Your Readership With Constant Improvement

April 1, 2015 11:02 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | News | Comments

Editorial director Jeff Reinke announces some of the new things we’re doing to improve the daily content mix.

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Sam Adams CEO: Craft Brewers 'Driving The Beer Industry'

April 1, 2015 10:51 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Although Sam Adams is a big name in beer, it makes up only 1 percent of the American market. Boston Beer Company founder and CEO Jim Koch says his company still has "a long way to grow."

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Up Close With Project Spartan, The Successor To IE

April 1, 2015 10:44 am | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

The Verge goes hands-on with Project Spartan, the new browser Microsoft is donning the successor to Internet Explorer.

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Aston Martin Exploring Electric Car Partners

April 1, 2015 10:40 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. Chief Executive Officer Andy Palmer talks about the automaker's prospects for developing an electric car and the luxury sport-utility vehicle market. 

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The Three Ms For Industrial Success In 2015

April 1, 2015 10:36 am | by John Renick | Articles | Comments

As we look at staying competitive in an ever-changing global market, the value of connectivity — connected people, processes and technology — cannot be underestimated. Manufacturers must implement a fully connected framework for top asset performance and strategic data analysis.

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Next-generation GMOs: Pink Pineapples And Purple Tomatoes

April 1, 2015 10:05 am | by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils may someday be on grocery shelves alongside more traditional products.

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Chrysler-Fiat Parent Sales Up 2 Percent On Jeep Demand

April 1, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The parent of Chrysler and Fiat says its U.S. sales rose 2 percent in March as strong demand for Jeep offset lower Ram pickup truck sales.

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Judge To Hear Arguments In Chobani Lawsuit

April 1, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A New York judge will hear arguments Tuesday in a potentially $1 billion legal fight over control of Chobani Greek yogurt.

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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View Of Manufacturing

April 1, 2015 9:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. job training efforts and economic statistics should include a broader look at manufacturing processes, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution.

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