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Obama Touts Auto Recovery, Yet AAM Says There's 'A Long Way To Go'

January 8, 2015 11:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Although President Obama touted the recovery of the nation's auto industry near Detroit yesterday, a national manufacturing group said the country still has "a long way to go."                     

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Noncompetition Agreements: Right Or Wrong?

January 8, 2015 11:19 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The Associated Press recently reported on the dangers of noncompetition agreements for workers. The article mainly focused on minimum wage employees working outside of the manufacturing sector, however, this is an issue that translates across industries. 

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AED To Congress: Responsible Policy Can Be Powerful Medicine

January 8, 2015 10:59 am | by AED | News | Comments

Associated Equipment Distributors (AED) President & CEO Brian P. McGuire have delivered a strong message to Capitol Hill urging swift, bipartisan action to spur economic growth and job creation in a letter outlining the association’s policy agenda for the 114th Congress.

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Online Tool Simplifies Design And Procurement Of Low-Voltage Enclosed Starters

January 8, 2015 10:46 am | by ABB | Product Releases | Comments

To facilitate selecting enclosed starter components that are compliant with regulations and pass ratings tests, ABB has developed an enclosed starter product configurator for low-voltage applications. 

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Industry 4.0: Turning The Vision Into Reality

January 8, 2015 10:32 am | by Mike Hannah | Articles | Comments

The future of automation is inextricably tied to the rise of Why IP. That reality has been recognized by leaders around the world, including those in private industry, academia and government, who have formed initiatives to accelerate the Internet of Things (IoT) revolution.

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Investment Group Buys Into Marijuana Business

January 8, 2015 10:18 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Founders Fund, the $2 billion San Francisco venture capital firm run by Silicon Valley stars including Peter Thiel, co-founder and former CEO of Paypal, is investing in Privateer Holdings, a marijuana company that owns several pot-related brands.

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Chattanooga Lawmakers Raise Questions Over VW Incentives

January 8, 2015 10:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Some Republican lawmakers from a southeastern Tennessee county that's home to a Volkswagen plant are raising questions about a $300 million incentive package for the German automaker because of the United Auto Workers union's role at the facility.

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FCC Hints At Utility-Style Rules For Internet

January 8, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler appears poised to propose new rules that would classify Internet service providers as public utilities in a move designed to ensure everyone has the same access to free content online.           

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Shrinking Foreign Oil Bill Sends Trade Deficit Lower

January 8, 2015 10:02 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in almost a year, thanks to the country's swiftly shrinking thirst for foreign oil.                               

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Applications Fall For Jobless Aid, Suggests Strong Hiring

January 8, 2015 9:53 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Fewer Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that employers expect ongoing economic growth and the need to hold onto workers.                             

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Subaru Recalls 199K Vehicles For Brake Line Rust

January 8, 2015 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Subaru is recalling about 199,000 cars and SUVs for a second time to fix rusty brake lines that can leak fluid and cause longer stopping distances.                             

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Tech Firm Monster Sues Beats, Founders

January 7, 2015 1:22 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Rapper Dr. Dre and record producer Jimmy Iovine are being vilified as scam artists in a lawsuit that alleges the duo duped one of their former partners in Beat Electronics before selling the trendy headphone maker to Apple for $3 billion last year.

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Ford CEO Talks Innovation, Cuba

January 7, 2015 1:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford’s CEO Mark Fields says the future of the automaker will go beyond making cars, it will be about helping drivers get from one place to the next in the most efficient way.                     

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Meet Gogoro, The Electric Scooter Of Your Dreams

January 7, 2015 1:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Startup Gogoro is making news after operating in stealth for years. It has revealed an electric scooter for commuters along with an ambitious plan to power the vehicles.                       

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Photo Of The Week: 3D Systems And Hershey Team Up

January 7, 2015 12:48 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced the CocoJet, a chocolate 3D printer developed in collaboration with The Hershey Company.                                       

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GasBuddy Releases Fuel Price Outlook For 2015

January 7, 2015 12:35 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

GasBuddy has released its GasBuddy Fuel Price Outlook 2015. The report forecasts monthly gas averages and dives into the factors affecting the prices.                             

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Call On Threat Intelligence To Secure Your Organization

January 7, 2015 12:03 pm | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

You may wish you had a crystal ball to see what cyber threats are headed your way, but there’s something far more reliable. Threat intelligence provides you with true evidence of current-day threats that have already been spotted hitting organizations like yours.

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Don't Sound The Death Knell For The PC Just Yet

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturers are crafting high-resolution, curved screens for desktops and other new features you can't get in a hand-held device, while trying new laptop designs that mimic the tablet's appeal.               

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Dr. Pepper Snapple Strikes Deal With Keurig Green Mountain

January 7, 2015 10:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain struck a deal with Dr. Pepper Snapple to make single-serve capsules for use in Keurig's soon-to-be released cold beverage system.                             

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Survey: U.S. Companies Stepped Up Hiring In December

January 7, 2015 10:46 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. businesses ramped up hiring last month in the latest sign that the nation's economy is expanding despite worries about global growth that have sent financial markets tumbling.                    

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