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U.S. Factory Output Rises In September

October 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by Josh Boak, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing and plastics.                                       

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After A Solid Run Of Advances, Manufacturing Takes A Slight Step Back

October 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

A nearly two-year upward trend experienced a hiccup according to the quarterly MAPI Foundation Business Outlook.                                      

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A Smartwatch That Can Replace Your Phone

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Musician will.i.am is launching a smartwatch that will compete with the Apple watch. But with this new watch, there is no need for a smartphone.                               

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Google Executive Chairman's Artificial Intelligence Prediction

October 16, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Google can be the perfect personal assistant that makes you smarter. The cost? Just a little bit of privacy.                              

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Voxeljet's Factory Flop: 3D Printing Boom Or Bust?

October 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

3D printer maker Voxeljet said it would use IPO proceeds to expand its business in the U.S., but the company isn't telling investors just how slowly that U.S. expansion is going.                     

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How Intel Is Playing Catch Up In The Mobile Market

October 16, 2014 12:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Intel President Renee James says the company is not interested in making a phone, but instead wants to power the devices that people are using around the world.                         

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Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.                   

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Google Tries To Upstage Apple With Its Latest Devices

October 16, 2014 10:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad.               

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Chrysler Recalling Nearly 907K Vehicles

October 16, 2014 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Nearly 907,000 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep SUVs and cars are being recalled for alternators that can fail and heated power mirror wiring that can short and cause minor fires.                       

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Falling Oil Prices Shake Up Global Economies

October 16, 2014 9:54 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A sudden plunge in the price of oil is sending economic and political shockwaves around the world. Oil exporting countries are bracing for potentially crippling budget shortfalls and importing nations are benefiting from the lowest prices in four years.

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AbbVie Sours On Shire Deal After Tax Changes

October 16, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AbbVie's board is telling shareholders vote against its own $55 billion takeover bid for the Irish drugmaker Shire after the U.S. made reincorporating overseas a less lucrative tax maneuver.                 

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U.S. Criticizes China's Currency Policy

October 16, 2014 9:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration said Wednesday that China's currency remains "significantly undervalued," but it stopped short of citing China or any other country for unfairly manipulating its currency to gain trade advantages.         

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Toyota Recalls Lexuses For Fuel Leak Risk

October 16, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota is recalling about 423,000 older-model Lexus luxury cars in the U.S. because a gasket can leak fuel and possibly cause a fire.                                 

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U.S. Jobless Aid Applications Fall To 14-Year Low

October 16, 2014 9:31 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment aid dropped to the lowest level in 14 years last week, the latest signal that companies are cutting fewer workers and hiring could remain healthy.                 

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Brazilian Pair Boosts Bid For Chiquita

October 15, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two Brazilian companies are raising their bid for banana company Chiquita to approximately $658 million.                                         

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VW Tops GM In Global Sales Race

October 15, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen barely edged out General Motors for second place in the global auto sales race during the first three quarters of the year, but Toyota was expected to keep its lead to stay in first place.               

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Test Driving The $34K Electric Superbike

October 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Tesla has built a well-known brand of high-end electric automobiles, but when it comes to electric motorcycles, no company has reached Tesla's status. Energica, an Italian company, is looking to lead the charge.           

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McDonald's: No More 'Pink Slime'

October 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The fast-food operator is countering criticism of its food quality with a campaign answering questions from would-be diners.                                    

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Nike, Converse Chuck A Lawsuit At 31 Companies

October 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades, so what leaves me scratching my head is — what took so long to file the lawsuit?

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Using Automation To Leverage Existing Assets & Accommodate Growth

October 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Gary Frank | Articles | Comments

By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth.                            

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