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PC Sales Declined — Again — In First Quarter

April 10, 2015 10:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge again in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets.

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GM To Suspend Volt Production For 4 Weeks This Summer

April 10, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will stop making the Chevrolet Volt for four weeks in June and July due to slow sales and to deal with the change to an all-new version of the gas-electric hybrid car.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances.

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Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 10, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Energy sector observers expect that the $70 billion proposed deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group should be just the first in a wave of oil industry consolidation.

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Bacardi To Lay Off 10 Percent Of North American Workforce

April 10, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The cuts would amount to less than 80 workers out of about 600, Bacardi said.

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Critics Call For Halt To Currency Manipulation In Pacific Trade Pact

April 10, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Labor groups hope to turn up the pressure on Congress to address currency manipulation in a potential trade pact with Pacific Rim nations.

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Cybersecurity: The Ongoing Situation

April 9, 2015 12:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this day and age, due to such aggressive attacks by hackers, every company should assume that they have been or will be hacked. Activate founder Michael Wolf discusses cybersecurity in the wake of the Heartbleed bug and recent company hack attacks. 

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The Cost To Make The Galaxy S6

April 9, 2015 11:22 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Galaxy S6 is estimated to cost Samsung $50 more per phone to make than the iPhone 6 costs Apple.

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Ford CEO Discusses Latest Models And Technology

April 9, 2015 11:17 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company revealed new models at the New York International Auto Show. CEO Mark Fields talks about what to expect from the company.

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Embedded Database Technology Will Enable The IoT

April 9, 2015 11:05 am | by Wayne Warren | Articles | Comments

As an ever-growing number of smart, connected devices generate more and more data in a global information space, here’s a look at how embedded database technology will underpin the Internet of Things.

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Sabra Recalls 30,000 Cases Of Hummus Over Listeria Concerns

April 9, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

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Cybercrime Fighting Group Takes Down Beebone Botnet

April 9, 2015 10:17 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new group of international cybercrime fighters claimed one of its first kills Thursday, pulling the plug on malicious servers that hijacked at least 12,000 machines, most of them in the United States.

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AT&T Paying $25M To Settle U.S. Action Over Data Breaches

April 9, 2015 10:08 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers.

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IBM To Aid Developers During NASA Hackathon

April 9, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

IBM on Wednesday announced it will make its Bluemix cloud-computing platform available to developers participating in NASA's fourth annual app contest.

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East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 9, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ports on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. nearly matched their Pacific Coast counterparts in imported cargo traffic as western ports wrapped up a months-long labor dispute.

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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve As Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from Washington State University believe a pesky weed could hold the key to developing a new source of rubber.

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China's 'Hell On Earth' Mineral Refineries

April 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

At the beginning of the world's high-tech supply chain is a "dystopian and horrifying" industrial ecosystem deep within China's interior.

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The World’s Tiniest Computer

April 8, 2015 11:50 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

We’re a long way from the 1960s when mainframe computers took up entire rooms. Now, there’s a one millimeter cubed computer that can fit on the edge of a nickel.

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GM Cars Will Spy On Your Teen's Driving

April 8, 2015 10:56 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motors' new Teen Driver monitoring system can track your child's speed and give you a driving report card. But can it track adults as well?

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Apple Watch Testing In The Real World

April 8, 2015 10:52 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ed Baig has been wearing an Apple Watch for the past week. Here are his thoughts on Apple's most anticipated since the iPad. 

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