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UAE Energy Minister: Oil Producers Need To 'Learn A Lesson'

January 15, 2015 1:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Plummeting oil prices over the last several months have left analysts scrambling to figure out where the market is heading. Now some members of oil-rich, Middle Eastern nations are chiming in on where they see the oil industry moving.     

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President Promotes Plans To Improve Cybersecurity

January 15, 2015 12:39 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

As news of stolen data and cyberattacks becomes an increasing part of our daily lives, President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation to better protect personal data and put the U.S. on a path to a better cyberdefense.       

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BlackBerry Remains Attractive Target Amid Merger Talks

January 15, 2015 12:10 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A recent report indicated South Korean electronics giant Samsung recently offered to purchase BlackBerry for as much as $7.5 billion, a claim both companies denied. The developments, however, showcase the ongoing significance of BlackBerry even as its share of the consumer smartphone market continues to slide.

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3D Pen Draws In Mid-Air

January 15, 2015 12:03 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

3Doodler is a pen that rapidly heats and cools plastic, allowing you to draw three-dimensional objects.                                          

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Four Big Hits, One Miss At Detroit Auto Show

January 15, 2015 11:58 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Chris Woodyard and Fred Meier share their top hits and misses from Detroit's auto show.                                               

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'Leap Second' Could Pose Web Problems This Summer

January 15, 2015 11:43 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Prominent websites and apps could once again face problems this summer when officials tack an additional second onto Tuesday, June 30.                                 

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Fed Survey Finds Moderate Economic Growth

January 15, 2015 10:41 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. economy was growing at a moderate pace in December and early January, helped by gains in sales of autos and other consumer products, but a big drop in oil prices was starting to have an impact in Texas and other energy regions, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday.

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Google Expects Public In Driverless Cars In 2 To 5 Years

January 15, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of self-driving cars for Google expects real people to be using them on public roads in two to five years.                                       

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Drop In December

January 15, 2015 10:25 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell in December by the largest amount in more than three years, reflecting the biggest monthly decline in the cost of gasoline in six years.                         

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Chiquita Closing North Carolina HQ After Buyout

January 15, 2015 10:20 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chiquita Brands International is closing its corporate headquarters in North Carolina after the banana producer's buyout.                                     

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BP Cuts Staff, Contractors As Oil Prices Fall

January 15, 2015 10:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BP has announced it will cut an estimated 200 staff jobs and another 100 contracting jobs in light of falling oil prices.                                     

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New York Manufacturing Rebounds In January

January 15, 2015 10:09 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state rebounded in January, with factory owners saying they were more optimistic about future demand and hiring.                             

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FCA’s Strategy For Jeep

January 14, 2015 1:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has set a lofty goal for its Jeep brand to nearly double sales worldwide in the next three years. Jeep brand CEO Mike Manley says he’s trusting the brand’s high recognition and introducting vehicles into new segments will help meet the goal set by Fiat Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne.  

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Ford Unveils Carbon-Fiber Body GT Supercar

January 14, 2015 12:47 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Not everything at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is about improved gas mileage, connected car technology or meeting the needs of today’s consumer. Sometimes it’s just about creating and presenting something fun.     

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7 Key Questions To Ask Before The 2015 GHS Deadline

January 14, 2015 11:48 am | by Deborah Grant | Articles | Comments

As the impending OSHA Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) deadline of June 15, 2015 approaches, businesses are faced with the urgent need to define their strategy for the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). Here are 7 key questions related to these challenges that organizations need to ask in moving forward with a GHS initiative.

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Feds Project Lower Crude Prices, Increased Production In 2015

January 14, 2015 11:15 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Federal officials estimate the prices of crude oil will fall slightly this year compared to late 2014 before rebounding in 2016.                                   

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Port Officials Accuse Workers Of 'Stifling Productivity' Amid Labor Dispute

January 14, 2015 11:06 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Officials representing West Coast ports on Monday alleged dockworkers have deliberately ground shipments at several large ports to a near-halt amid an ongoing labor dispute.                      

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Report: Employee Training Can Reduce Cyber Security Risks

January 14, 2015 10:54 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Increased investment in employee training can reduce the risk of a company's cyber security attack by up to 70 percent, according to a new study.                              

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3 Questions For New U.S. Auto Safety Chief

January 14, 2015 10:26 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Mark Rosekind, the U.S. government's new auto safety chief, knew all along that the agency he was taking over lacked resources and staff to do its job properly. But after a week on the job, Rosekind says he discovered the shortages are much worse than he thought.

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Chipotle: Pork Pulled From A Third Of Restaurants

January 14, 2015 10:20 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Chipotle says it stopped serving pork at hundreds of its restaurants after suspending a supplier that violated its standards.                                   

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