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Jury Awards Apple $119M In Samsung Patent Dispute

May 5, 2014 9:35 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

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Chinese Manufacturing Shrinks For 4th Month

May 5, 2014 9:30 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's manufacturing contracted in April for the fourth straight month but the pace of decline was less severe, suggesting the downturn in the world's No. 2 economy is bottoming out.                   

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Buffett Praises GM's New CEO

May 5, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Investor Warren Buffett says General Motors' new CEO would do a great job running any business, and she is the best person to handle the company's recall problems.                         

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CMPROficiency+ Returns With Training Options

May 2, 2014 2:51 pm | by Professional Systems Associates, Inc. | Events

The PLM Software provider, Professional Systems Associates, Inc. (PSA), announces the return of CMPROficiency+ 2014. 

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ISM: Solid Numbers All Around

May 2, 2014 1:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in April for the 11th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 59th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

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Unemployment Rate Lowest Since Sept. 2008

May 2, 2014 1:01 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a robust 288,000 jobs in April, the most in two years, the strongest evidence to date that the economy is picking up after a brutal winter slowed growth.                      

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Microsoft Picks Miami For Innovation Center

May 2, 2014 12:57 pm | by Laura Wides-Munoz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is opening a state-of-the-art training facility in Miami, its first within the United States, the company announced Friday.                                 

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Sales Of Jeeps Assembled In Illinois Climb

May 2, 2014 12:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of cars and SUVs assembled at Chrysler's plant in Belvidere climbed to more than 19,700 last month despite a big drop in the number of Dodge Darts that were sold.                       

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Infographic: My Boss Is Going To Get Somebody Killed

May 2, 2014 12:50 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry.

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Inside Motorola's New Headquarters

May 2, 2014 12:33 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Christine Romans takes an exclusive look at Motorola's new home in Chicago's Merchandise Mart.                                             

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Ford's Alan Mulally: The Exit Interview

May 2, 2014 12:29 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Outgoing Ford CEO Alan Mulally talks about his relationship with Bill Ford, the auto bailout of 2009 and his plans for the future.                                   

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Anheuser-Busch Trial Highlights Gender Bias In Pay

May 2, 2014 9:35 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

Six years after the sale of AB to inBev, the trial fascinates a company town, threatening to give more unwanted publicity to a family dynasty that's had its fair share.                       

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Lawmakers Want Resolution Of Jet Whistle-Blowers Probe

May 2, 2014 9:30 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two members of Congress urged the Pentagon on Thursday to finish an investigation into two whistle-blower pilots in Virginia who complained about problems with the F-22 fighter jet.                   

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AstraZeneca Rejects Sweetened Bid From Pfizer

May 2, 2014 9:28 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The board of pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca on Friday flatly rejected drug maker Pfizer's sweetened takeover offer just hours after it was levelled, describing it as inadequate.                   

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EPA Helps Extinguish 5-Year-Old Fire

May 2, 2014 9:22 am | by Danica Coto, Associated Press | News | Comments

A fire that burned for more than five years at a tire disposal site in southern Puerto Rico has finally been extinguished, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.                   

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GM Recalls 50,000 Cadillac SUVs

May 2, 2014 9:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling more than 50,000 luxury SUVs to fix a computer error that can delay acceleration for three or four seconds.                                 

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Senators Voice Doubts On Obama Trade Agenda

May 2, 2014 9:15 am | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lawmakers provided a reality check Thursday to the Obama administration's optimism overs its trade agenda following some progress in key negotiations with Japan.                         

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Fields To Replace Mulally As Ford CEO

May 1, 2014 1:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alan Mulally, the man who transformed Ford Motor Co. from a dysfunctional money-loser to a thriving company, will retire July 1 and be replaced by Mark Fields, the current chief operating officer.               

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Microsoft Releases Explorer Security Update

May 1, 2014 1:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft is releasing a security update for Internet Explorer that closes a gap that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer.                               

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Consumer Spending Surges In March

May 1, 2014 1:09 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. consumers ramped up spending in March at the fastest pace in 4 1/2 years, a sign the economy is gaining momentum after its winter slowdown.                               

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