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Reynolds American To Buy Lorillard For $25B

July 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is planning to buy rival Lorillard Inc. for about $25 billion in a deal to combine two of the nation's oldest and biggest tobacco companies.                     

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Apttus Announces X-Author For Excel

July 14, 2014 4:41 pm | by Apttus | Product Releases | Comments

This solution allows Salesforce users to use the Excel UI for many of their Salesforce tasks, enabling simple and quick contributions to revenue and business critical information across the company.

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WTO Sides With China And India In U.S. Trade Disputes

July 14, 2014 12:49 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.                         

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Audit Finds Failed Sugar Mill Cost Taxpayers $71M

July 14, 2014 12:28 pm | by Melinda Deslatte, Associated Press | News | Comments

Louisiana lost more than $71 million in taxpayer money on a failed sugar cane mill in Jefferson Davis Parish that was sold for scrap late last year, according to an audit released Monday.                  

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Amazon Asks FAA For Drone Permissions

July 14, 2014 12:21 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Amazon is asking the Federal Aviation Administration permission to use drones as part of its plan to deliver packages to customers in 30 minutes or less.                           

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Volkswagen To Add 2,000 Jobs In Tennessee

July 14, 2014 12:16 pm | by Erik Schelzig and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Volkswagen plans to build a new seven-passenger SUV at its factory in Chattanooga, Tennessee, adding about 2,000 factory jobs as it tries to reverse U.S. sales that have fallen for the past two years.               

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Dodge's Supercharged Challenger

July 14, 2014 12:01 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Dodge Challenger SRT with an optional Hellcat V8 supercharged engine will have 707 horsepower, most of any factory produced cars. Bragging rights included.                           

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Intel Creates Group Aimed At Setting Standards

July 14, 2014 11:55 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Intel announced it's established a new group focused on setting the standard for the "Internet of Things," which will compete with an alliance already created by Qualcomm. The group aims to establish how household items will connect to each other.

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QuickBooks In The Cloud Computing Era: How Mobile Does Your Manufacturing Operation Want To Be?

July 14, 2014 11:50 am | by Adam Stern | Articles | Comments

While enabling a mobile workforce can raise concerns about security, data protection and integrity is typically greater with a hosted solution than with an in-house implementation.                    

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Tracy Morgan Sues Walmart Over Fatal Crash

July 14, 2014 9:39 am | by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

The complaint claims the retail giant should have known that its driver had been awake for over 24 hours and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was "unreasonable."             

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Inventor Pushing Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the idea may sound outlandish to some, it has already got $850,000 in seed money from the federal government, raised more than $2 million on a crowd-funding website and received celebrity praise.              

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Airshow To Give Glimpse Of The Future Of Flying

July 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The trade show is expected to see the first presentation of the world's most advanced fighter jet, new commercial aircraft as well as a host of new technological advances.                       

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Lindt Buying U.S. Candy Maker Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.                                 

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Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children.                                       

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Gov't Sets Duties On Steel Pipe Imports

July 14, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has imposed duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries, ruling in favor of U.S. steel producers and unions that had complained those countries were unfairly flooding the American market.

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NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                                     

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Infiniti Exec To Head GM's Cadillac

July 11, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has named an Infiniti executive to head its Cadillac division, which has struggled with sagging U.S. sales this year while competing luxury brands have advanced.                    

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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 12:17 pm | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.

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LG Unveils 18-Inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 12:15 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.                         

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Engineering Newswire: Dragon Chopper Burns Down The Highway

July 11, 2014 12:07 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at redressing a McLaren street car for the race track, making the virtual supercar a reality, and making dragons out of motorcycles with Orange County Choppers.               

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