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Wireless Industry To Add Anti-Theft Tools

April 16, 2014 9:36 am | by Terry Collins, Associated Press | News | Comments

A trade group for wireless providers said Tuesday that the biggest mobile device manufacturers and carriers will soon put anti-theft tools on the gadgets to try to deter rampant smartphone theft.               

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GM Asking Bankruptcy Court For Lawsuit Protection

April 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors revealed in court filings late Tuesday that it will soon ask a federal bankruptcy judge to shield the company from legal claims for conduct that occurred before its 2009 bankruptcy.               

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Chevy Bringing Tiny Trax To U.S., China

April 16, 2014 9:29 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The Chevrolet Trax will go on sale in the U.S. and China early next year. General Motors Co. unveiled the 2015 model Tuesday evening ahead of the New York International Auto Show.                     

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Obama, Biden Announcing $600M For Job Grants

April 16, 2014 9:26 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

Striving to show action on jobs, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hitting the road to trumpet $600 million in new competitive grants to spur creation of targeted training and apprenticeship programs that could help people land well-paying jobs.

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U.S. Indicts 3 Bridgestone Execs For Price-Fixing

April 16, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A U.S. federal grand jury has indicted one current and two former Japanese executives of Bridgestone Corp. for their involvement in automobile parts price-fixing in the United States, the Department of Justice announced Tuesday.       

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Judge Blocks Mass. Ban On Zohydro

April 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has blocked Massachusetts from banning the powerful new painkiller Zohydro.                                             

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If Filed, Plane Lawsuits May Not Get Heard In U.S.

April 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Gillian Wong, Associated Press | News | Comments

Since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing, some lawyers have claimed they can get several millions of dollars in damages for each lost passenger by taking the cases to the United States. But past lawsuits show U.S. federal courts are more likely to throw such cases out if the crashes happened overseas.

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U.S. Won't Name China A Currency Manipulator

April 16, 2014 9:13 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Obama administration is raising concern about the value of China's currency but is declining, as in recent years, to accuse Beijing of manipulating it.                           

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Court Upholds EPA Emission Standards

April 15, 2014 12:54 pm | by Pete Yost, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court on Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's emission standards for hazardous air pollutants from coal- and oil-fired power plants.                        

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Zebra Buying Motorola Business For $3.45B

April 15, 2014 12:53 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Zebra Technologies will spend more than $3 billion to buy the enterprise business of Motorola Solutions in a considerable expansion that is both technological and geographical.                     

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Fire Chief Presses For Changes Ahead Of Blast Anniversary

April 15, 2014 12:50 pm | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The state fire marshal recommended that 46 facilities storing ammonium nitrate in Texas be required to make structural improvements to prevent another deadly blast like the one that killed 15 people nearly a year ago in West.       

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You Can’t Tell The Virtual Server Apps Without A Roadmap

April 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

While small and midsize manufacturers are often keen to move their applications to the cloud, the benefits of cloud migration don’t simply rain down from the sky. In order to take advantage of the flexibility (and cost savings) of virtual server hosting, organizations need to address some common challenges.  

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Why Google Bought Drone Maker Titan Aerospace

April 15, 2014 12:27 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Google acquires drone maker Titan Aerospace, and like Facebook, hopes the technology will help deliver cheap and easy Internet access in the future.                             

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Workflow

April 15, 2014 12:19 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers in general do a good job of protecting their data, but the task of making sure that access within the organization is restricted on a need-to-know basis can be monumental.                   

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3D Printing As A Service Has Big Potential For Manufacturing

April 15, 2014 12:09 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D Systems has announced their partnership with Staples for a pilot program that offers 3D printing services to small businesses. This offers enormous potential for small businesses to print with the technology without having to invest in it.

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 15, 2014 9:47 am | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                       

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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 9:40 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                       

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Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.                     

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Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                   

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