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Test Ride: Mercedes Self-Driving Luxury Car

March 19, 2015 11:49 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Brian Cooley takes a ride inside Mercedes' F 015 self-driving vehicle and explains why it could be the future of mobility.

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Microsoft Unveils The Future Of Skype For Business

March 19, 2015 11:43 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Microsoft has launched a preview of Skype for Business that gives us a glimpse of the future workspace.

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Flying Cars Coming In 2017

March 19, 2015 11:38 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Slovakian company AeroMobil will begin selling a flying car in 2017.

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IT & OT Turn To Physical Security For Productivity

March 19, 2015 11:29 am | by Greg Varga & Bob Voss | Articles | Comments

Tapping the full potential of smart, connected devices hinges on having physical security and access-control technologies and processes capable of protecting the new streams of industrial data. 

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U.S. Files Case Against Indonesia For Barriers To Farm Imports

March 19, 2015 10:54 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The United States is escalating a food fight with Indonesia, charging that the Southeast Asian country violates world trade rules by blocking imports of fruit, produce and meat.

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As Explorer Loses Ground, Microsoft Readies New Web Browser

March 19, 2015 10:36 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

After 20 years of competing against rival web browsers, Microsoft is gearing up to launch its own alternative to its once-dominant Internet surfing program.

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Monsanto To Pay $350K To Settle More Wheat-Related Lawsuits

March 19, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto said Wednesday it will pay about $350,000 to settle class action lawsuits brought by farmers in seven states over genetically modified wheat.

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Honda Adds 105,000 Vehicles To Driver's Airbag Recall

March 19, 2015 10:17 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Honda is adding nearly 105,000 vehicles to its growing U.S. recall of driver's side airbag inflators that can explode with too much force.

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By The Numbers: Federal Report Says 'Extreme Long-Term Unemployment' Remained High In 2014

March 19, 2015 9:56 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new report from the federal Labor Department says the nation's level of "extreme long-term unemployment" remained high in 2014 despite a strong year for hiring.

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Lawmakers Hope To Designate, Fund 'Manufacturing Universities'

March 19, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday introduced legislation that would provide 25 universities with federal funding to bolster programs relating to manufacturing.

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Saudi Arabia Looks To U.S. To Develop Shale Deposits

March 19, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Saudi Arabia has a long history of recruiting skilled workers from the West to develop its vast oil reserves. The country, however, also possesses shale oil deposits, and observers say the current oil market provides an opportunity for the Saudis to begin developing those resources.

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Midsize Truck Myth: Why Chevy's New Urban Pickup Is Huge

March 18, 2015 12:17 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Since the Chevrolet Colorado went on sale last year it's been flying off dealership lots. The truck is important, because it fills a segment that Detroit had been ignoring for years: midsize trucks. 

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Whiskey Sales Soar, Lead Spirits Industry

March 18, 2015 12:14 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

The founder and CEO of 2 Gingers, Kieran Folliard, discusses rising U.S. whiskey sales.

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A Drone That Throws Flames, Sprays Graffiti

March 18, 2015 12:10 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Tyrone the Drone can spray graffiti and produce fire from the sky. Laurie Segall reports.

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FDA Software Validation: What To Do To Validate Quality Computer Systems

March 18, 2015 12:03 pm | by Penny Goss | Articles | Comments

A look at the top five most common software validation and documentation questions asked by others in FDA regulated industries and best practices for meeting the guidelines.

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Descendant Of Company Founder Put In Charge Of Old Forester

March 18, 2015 10:37 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | News | Comments

Liquor producer Brown-Forman Corp. is putting a descendant of its founder in charge of its original whiskey, the latest sign that it intends to rejuvenate the long-struggling Old Forester bourbon brand.

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Ford GT Supercar Will Be Company's Most Expensive Ever

March 18, 2015 10:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ford GT supercar will be Ford Motor Co.'s priciest vehicle ever when it goes on sale next year.

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Kraft Recalls 6.5 Million Boxes Of Mac And Cheese

March 18, 2015 10:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods is recalling about 6.5 million boxes cases of original flavor Kraft Macaroni & Cheese because some of the boxes contain small pieces of metal.

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Ford, Microsoft Announce Cloud-Based System For New Vehicles

March 18, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ford Motor Company and Microsoft on Tuesday announced a partnership to implement a cloud-based system on new Ford models starting later this year.

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More States Targeting Microbeads

March 18, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Personal care products that contain tiny plastic pellets are increasingly in the crosshairs of state lawmakers amid concerns over their environmental impact.

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