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Is Apple Losing Its Edge?

April 3, 2014 1:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Being one of the most valuable brands in the world by creating a culture of innovation and cool, it’s been a while since Apple has given the world something to marvel at. The pressure is on Apple these days, to say the least.

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Microsoft Unveils Siri Competitor Cortana

April 3, 2014 12:56 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

At its developer’s conference in San Francisco, Microsoft unveiled the new virtual assistant feature called Cortana for the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system.                          

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Behind The Scenes At Mars' New Candy Factory

April 3, 2014 12:52 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Mars recently held the grand opening of its new $270 million factory that will churn out Peanut M&Ms and Snickers. CBS News gets a behind-the-scenes look at the family-run business that has been making candy for longer than 100 years.

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Wireless Electricity, Digital Paper & Airbag Jackets

April 3, 2014 12:46 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we'll discuss the latest on wireless electricity and Sony’s Digital Paper. We'll also talk about the new auto safety regulation and take a look at airbag jackets.           

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PNC Says Small Businesses Ready To Hire. Is Yours?

April 3, 2014 12:38 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

The AP reports this morning that small business are contending with a surge of optimism, citing the findings of a survey of 1,100 small and medium-size business owners and executives released Wednesday by PNC Financial Services Group Inc.   

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Mid-sized Manufacturers Continue Growth Expectations In 2014

April 3, 2014 9:27 am | by Prime Advantage | News | Comments

Prime Advantage, the leading buying consortium for mid-sized manufacturers, announced the findings of its sixth annual Group CFO Survey, revealing financial projections and top concerns of its member companies’ CFOs in 2014.       

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Haslam Says No Threat Implied In VW Incentive Offer

April 3, 2014 9:23 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said that tying a $300 million incentive package for Volkswagen to labor talks that met the state's satisfaction was not a threat but a statement of reality.                   

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Tesla To Appeal New Jersey Regulations

April 3, 2014 9:20 am | by David Porter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric-car company Tesla Motors has filed notice it intends to go to court to appeal New Jersey's ruling that would stop it from selling its vehicles in the state within two weeks.                   

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Old Habits Embarrass Samsung, LG Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

How could an international company that wants to be seen as an innovator and spends more than $11 billion a year on advertising and promotions so badly misjudge its audience?                     

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Report Says EPA Failed To Disclose Risks In Human Tests

April 3, 2014 9:13 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

An internal investigation issued Wednesday found that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to disclose long-term cancer risks and a small chance of death to 81 human test subjects who consented to breathe in diesel exhaust and other pollutants during experiments.

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Washington Gas Blast Throws Steel Pieces 300 Yards

April 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Jeff Barnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities said Wednesday the explosion that hit a liquefied natural gas storage facility in Eastern Washington earlier this week threw 250-pound pieces of steel up to 300 yards through the air.               

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Survey: More Business Owners Ready To Hire

April 3, 2014 9:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Small businesses have gotten a surge of optimism, one that may lead to more hiring in the coming months.                                         

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Microsoft Reveals Siri-like Virtual Assistant

April 2, 2014 1:03 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is showcasing a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update for Windows phones.                                           

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W.Va. Governor Signs Storage Tank Safety Bill

April 2, 2014 12:58 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed legislation imposing new safeguards on above-ground storage tanks and water systems in response to a Jan. 9 chemical spill in Charleston.                   

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German Brewers Fined $319M For Cartel

April 2, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's antitrust authority has fined a group of brewers 231.2 million euros ($319 million) for their part in alleged illegal beer-price fixing — the second round of punishment in the case.                 

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Building The Industrial Cloud: The Immediate Future Of M2M Technology

April 2, 2014 12:50 pm | Articles | Comments

If the Internet of Things is already big news among retail manufacturers, it’s even bigger news in heavy industries. For these companies, the possibility of rolling out cheap, massively distributed networks that can collect and communicate consumer and process data offers tantalizing and easily understood business opportunities. The only challenge is finding the hardware that can do the work. 

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Do You Know the Dangers of Uniformed ERP Selection?

April 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Epicor | White Papers

Selecting an ERP solution can be a high-risk/high-reward decision. While a successful ERP implementation can lead to substantial gains, a poorly selected and implemented solution can add complexity to an organization.

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Splitsville: BlackBerry & T-Mobile

April 2, 2014 12:32 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s nothing worse than a very public break-up, so you might want to take it easy on BlackBerry for a while. In case you haven’t heard, BlackBerry has ended its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies “no longer have complementary strategies.”

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ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

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Mary Barra Takes On Washington

April 2, 2014 12:08 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM CEO Mary Barra takes on lawmakers and the press in the nation's capital, responding to questions about a deadly error and a delayed recall.                               

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