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Breakingviews: Is Google Building The Terminator?

December 18, 2013 10:13 am | by Reuters TV | Videos | Comments

Rob Cox and Rob Cyran try to make sense of Google's purchase of robotics firm Boston Dynamics, its eighth in the space this year.                                   

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Delta: No Voice Calls On Our Planes

December 18, 2013 10:07 am | by Joshua Freed, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines says it won't allow passengers to make voice calls from its planes.                                                

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Mercedes-Benz Opening Logistics Center In Ala.

December 18, 2013 10:00 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The German automaker is cutting the ribbon on a $70 million logistics center at its automotive factory in Vance on Wednesday afternoon.                                 

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EPA: Chevron Violated Law At California Refinery

December 18, 2013 9:55 am | by Jason Dearen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Chevron Corp. failed to maintain equipment at a California refinery and has not responded adequately to multiple airborne chemical releases, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday.                

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How Budget Deal Should Help Support U.S. Economy

December 18, 2013 9:52 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The two-year spending plan the Senate is expected to approve Wednesday all but removes the threat of another government shutdown like the one that slowed the economy in October. Among other things, the agreement will roll back some of the automatic federal spending cuts that kicked in this year.

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Novelis To Spend $120 Million On Upstate NY Plant

December 18, 2013 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's largest producer of aluminum for the automobile industry is expanding again in upstate New York.                                         

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HP Raises CEO Whitman's Salary To $1.5M From $1

December 18, 2013 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman is getting a huge raise as she enters the third year of her attempt to turn around the slumping personal computer and printer maker.                         

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Consumer Prices Flat As Gas Costs Keep Falling

December 17, 2013 3:02 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumer prices stayed flat in November, held down by falling gas prices. Inflation remains low across the broader economy, giving the Federal Reserve latitude to continue its extraordinary stimulus program.           

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Congress Report Shows Manufacturing Revitalization, Urges Legislative Support

December 17, 2013 3:00 pm | by U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Vice Chair of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, has released a new report detailing the revitalization in U.S. manufacturing, showing it has added over 500,000 jobs since February 2010 and exceeded its pre-recession peak for exports, up 38 percent since 2009

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Judge Dismisses Monster Beverage's Lawsuit Vs. SF

December 17, 2013 2:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by Monster Beverage Corp. that sought to block the San Francisco city attorney's investigation into the company's marketing practices.                     

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BP Sues Lawyer Over Oil Spill Claim Filings

December 17, 2013 2:55 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

BP PLC has sued Texas lawyer Mikal (MEYE'-kahl) Watts, saying he fraudulently claimed to represent 40,000 deckhands who lost money because of the 2010 oil spill.                         

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Washington Courts Airbus Amid Boeing Tension

December 17, 2013 2:54 pm | by Mike Baker, Associated Press | News | Comments

Even as they try desperately to hang on to Boeing Co., officials in Washington state have been courting the main competitor of the aerospace giant.                             

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Thompson: Microsoft To Pick CEO Early Next Year

December 17, 2013 2:52 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year.                                             

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Top 10 Worldwide Manufacturing Predictions 2014: No. 1 & 2

December 17, 2013 10:33 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology & Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

IDC Manufacturing Insights provides organizations with insight and perspective on long-term industry trends along with new themes that may be on the horizon.                           

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RFID Enables Omniscient View Of Whirlpool's Parts

December 17, 2013 10:17 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space.      

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Automotive Insights 3: 3D Printing Your Next Car

December 17, 2013 10:09 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

GM is designing cars with 3D printing, Ford is scanning each car for paint imperfections the size of a grain of salt, and everyone is making more models on the same line.                       

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Judge: Paint Companies To Pay Calif. Cities $1.1B

December 17, 2013 9:33 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Paint companies have been ordered to pay $1.1 billion to 10 California cities and counties so that lead can be safely removed from millions of older homes.                           

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Obama To Meet With Tech CEOs Amid NSA Concerns

December 17, 2013 9:27 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The White House says the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.                         

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EU Pledges $620M For Railroad Technology

December 17, 2013 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The executive arm of the European Union says it will give 450 million euros ($620 million) to a research program trying to develop new railroad technologies by 2020.                         

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Google Deal Adds To Company's Robotics Toolbox

December 17, 2013 9:18 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google may be gearing up to build robots that resemble props in science-fiction movies as the ambitious Internet company expands into yet another technological frontier.                       

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