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Europe Warns Google, Samsung On Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission says Motorola Mobility — which Google is selling to China's Lenovo — has abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for infringement.     

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Pfizer Still Pursuing AstraZeneca

April 29, 2014 9:19 am | by Danica Kirka and Linda A. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer Inc. was turned down twice by fellow drug maker AstraZeneca PLC, but the maker of Viagra and Lipitor said Monday that its proposed $100 billion acquisition makes sense for shareholders of both companies, and it's considering its next steps.

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Nokia Eyes Turnaround With New CEO

April 29, 2014 9:17 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. reported Tuesday another drop in sales in the troubled devices unit it sold to Microsoft, but its shares rallied as it named a new CEO, promised a special dividend, and prepared to focus on its remaining businesses.       

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Toyota Moving U.S. Base To Texas

April 29, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota said Monday that it will move its U.S. headquarters from California to Texas.                                               

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BMW Recalls 156K Vehicles

April 29, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BMW is recalling more than 156,000 cars and SUVs in the U.S. because the engines can lose power or stall.                                         

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3D Printing And The Automotive Industry

April 28, 2014 1:18 pm | by /DRIVE | Videos | Comments

The world of 3D prototyping and printing has changed the automotive industry. Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his company takes advantage of the new 3D printing technology.                     

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Workers And UAW Turn To OECD In Nissan Dispute

April 28, 2014 1:17 pm | News | Comments

UAW President Bob King has announced that the UAW and IndustriALL Global Union have requested mediation by the U.S. State Department to protect workers’ organizing rights at the Nissan auto assembly plant in Canton, Mississippi.       

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Court Won't Hear Microsoft Antitrust Case

April 28, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 The Supreme Court has declined to take up software maker Novell Inc.'s appeal in a long-running antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.                               

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Coca-Cola Building New Facility In Chattanooga

April 28, 2014 1:05 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials say the Coca-Cola Co. will build a new distribution center in Chattanooga, maintaining the company's 115-year business relationship with the city.                           

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Amazon Tests Its Own Delivery Service

April 28, 2014 1:02 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

According to the Wall Street Journal, Amazon is testing a delivery service that will, in effect, circumvent the need for third party carriers like UPS and FedEx.                         

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Buffett On Technology Replacing Jobs

April 28, 2014 12:47 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Warren Buffett explains why he thinks it's progress to have technology replacing human jobs, but acknowledges that people who are left behind need support.                           

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How 3D Printing Is Revolutionizing Manufacturing

April 28, 2014 12:37 pm | by Bruce Bradshaw | Articles | Comments

With traditional manufacturing methods, it’s not practical to manufacture a single item or short run of products — it’s simply too expensive, in terms of both time and money. But what if there were a way to fill those needs for far less expense?

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Chinese Shoe Factory Strike Partially Ends

April 28, 2014 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Most of the tens of thousands of workers who were striking at a massive Chinese shoe factory complex have returned to the job, labor activists said Saturday, enabling Adidas to resume production there.              

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Forest Labs Buying Furiex In Deal Worth $1.5B

April 28, 2014 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Forest Laboratories says it will spend as much as $1.5 million to buy Furiex Pharmaceuticals Inc. in a deal that could give the drug maker one of the broadest product lines for gastrointestinal treatments.             

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Drones A Possible Growth Market For North Dakota

April 28, 2014 9:56 am | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The remote northwestern state has positioned itself well to take advantage of its unique attributes: A first-of-its-kind academic program, an established military presence, a strong commitment from state and federal officials to find funding, and even the weather.

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Last Olds Rolled Off Lansing Line Decade Ago

April 28, 2014 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

It was 10 years ago this coming Tuesday that the final Oldsmobile drove off the line at General Motors' Lansing Car Assembly plant.                                  

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7 Injured In Texas Plant Explosion

April 28, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion has rocked a plywood manufacturing plant north of Houston, injuring seven workers and causing a fire that took hours to extinguish.                               

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Google: Driverless Cars Mastering City Streets

April 28, 2014 9:43 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

The leader of the tech giant's driverless car project wrote in a blog post Monday that test vehicles are becoming far more adept at city driving. They already can comfortably handle freeways.                 

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Tech Leaders Team Up To Avoid Another Heartbleed

April 25, 2014 1:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the recent knowledge that the Heartbleed bug spent two years exploiting vulnerabilities in OpenSSL, the Linux Foundation and other prominent technology companies have announced a collaboration to avoid similar problems from happening again.

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FDA Backs Off Feed Rule Affecting Brewers

April 25, 2014 1:04 pm | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday it will revise proposed livestock feed rules after hearing objections about the potential cost from brewers who sell grain leftover from making beer to ranchers and dairy farmers.     

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