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Google Enhances Gmail Encryption Technology

March 21, 2014 12:19 pm | by Eileen Sullivan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Google has enhanced the encryption technology for its flagship email service in ways that will make it harder for the National Security Agency to intercept messages moving among the company's worldwide data centers.          

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Report: Natural Gas Boosting Mfg. Jobs And Economy

March 21, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Inexpensive natural gas will boost manufacturing growth in the U.S. and its metropolitan areas according to a new report released by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and prepared by IHS Global Insight.               

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Manufacturing The Internet Of Things

March 21, 2014 11:56 am | by Tom Racciatti, West Monroe Partners | Articles | Comments

In the keynote presentation of 2014’s Consumer Electronics Show, Cisco CEO, John Chambers, estimated the market opportunity related to the Internet of Things to be valued at $19 trillion. Further, Chambers said that manufacturing would account for roughly $2.9 trillion of the total opportunity.

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3 Keys To Saving The Bloated And Broken American Manufacturing Industry

March 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Steve Blue, CEO, Miller Ingenuity | Blogs | Comments

Many American manufacturers are bloated and broken. And their CEO’s are fat, dumb and happy. That is until a foreigner comes along to dismantle and dismember the company.                       

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Microsoft Snooped On Hotmail Account To Track Leak

March 21, 2014 9:50 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp., which has skewered rival Google Inc. for going through customer emails to deliver ads, acknowledged Thursday it had searched emails in a blogger's Hotmail account to track down who was leaking company secrets.       

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Healthcare Law Has Uneven Impact

March 21, 2014 9:45 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The healthcare overhaul affects businesses both big and small in ways that are as wide-reaching as the law itself.                                       

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Bombardier: Unrest In Ukraine Could Delay Russian Deal

March 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The international crises over events in Crimea could affect Bombardier's efforts to finalize negotiations for a joint venture to build Q-400 turboprops in Russia, the manufacturer said Thursday.                

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Nearly All Major U.S. Banks Pass 'Stress Tests'

March 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Alex Veiga and Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

More than five years after the financial crisis struck, the biggest U.S. banks are better able to withstand a severe recession than at any time since the meltdown, the Federal Reserve has determined.               

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GM's Barra To Testify At House Hearing

March 21, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. CEO Mary Barra will testify next month at a hearing by a House panel investigating the delayed recall of 1.6 million small GM cars.                             

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Businesses Fight Over Indiana Energy Program

March 21, 2014 9:31 am | by Rick Callahan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two giant corporations which sell products that save electricity have weighed in to try to rescue an Indiana program designed to promote energy efficiency, pitting them against other big businesses who want Gov. Mike Pence to kill it.     

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Court Tosses $1.2B Judgment Against J&J

March 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by Chuck Bartels, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Arkansas Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a $1.2 billion judgment against Johnson & Johnson in a lawsuit challenging the drugmaker's marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.                 

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy Posts Solid Gain

March 20, 2014 1:26 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health rose in February by the largest amount in three months, suggesting growth should rebound following a severe winter.                           

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Airbus Boss Wants Improved Aircraft Tracking

March 20, 2014 1:25 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of European jet maker Airbus has added his voice to calls for improving the systems used to track and locate aircraft and their data recorders, following the disappearance of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.         

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A Drone That Can Hack Your Phone

March 20, 2014 1:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Hackers have installed snooping technology on a UAV and sent it flying around London.                                               

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Google On Your Wrist

March 20, 2014 1:17 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Take a look at Google's new Android Wear initiative.                                                         

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Is Wireless Electricity Within Reach? Yep.

March 20, 2014 1:04 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

WiTricity is a technology that could power all of our devices over thin air. Check out this developing technology.                                       

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GE, Local Motors Team Up For Future Appliance Designs

March 20, 2014 12:35 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

GE announced a partnership with Local Motors to launch a new model for the manufacturing industry. The partnership will pair co-creation and micromanufacturing to build and commercialize the next evolution of various GE products.      

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: 3D Printed Oreo, Dell’s Business Shift & An Alien-Inspired Baby Harness

March 20, 2014 11:34 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we'll discuss the latest on Boeing’s problems, as well as an initiative to support manufacturing jobs. We'll also talk about 3D printing an Oreo and take a look an interesting baby harness.   

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Gov't Investigating Saturn Ion Steering Issue

March 20, 2014 10:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government is investigating whether General Motors should recall the Saturn Ion compact car for the same steering defect that affected the Chevrolet Cobalt, a similar car.                     

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Toyota Settlement Could Be Glimpse Into GM's Future

March 20, 2014 10:21 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's also a warning to anyone selling cars in the U.S.: Although the federal government's road-safety watchdog doesn't have big fangs, the Justice Department does.                         

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