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From Kickstarter Idea To The Apple Store

February 8, 2012 11:32 am | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Kogeto's Dot, a innovative 360-degree camera for iPhones, started as an idea seeking funding on Kickstarter last May. Just a few short months later, it is now on sale in Apple stores.

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The Secret To Better Productivity Is... Happiness

February 8, 2012 11:20 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity

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Qantas Grounds A380 After Finding Cracks In Wings

February 8, 2012 9:37 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

Qantas workers found the cracks, measuring less than 0.8 inches (2 centimeters) long, in the "wing rib feet" — the metal brackets that connect the wing's ribs to its skin.

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Chemical Company To Pay $1.4M For Unauthorized Manufacturing

February 8, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

The Justice Department says a chemical company has agreed to pay $1.4 million in civil penalties for the unauthorized manufacturing of certain substances at plants in Ohio and Indiana.

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Job Openings Jump To Near A 3-Year High

February 8, 2012 9:20 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The number of available jobs in the United States jumped in December to near a three-year high, supporting other data that show a brighter outlook for hiring.

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Dow Approaches 13,000 For First Time Since 2008

February 8, 2012 9:15 am | by Christina Rexrode, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Dow is within reach of the rarefied 13,000 mark — a level it hasn't seen since May 2008, four months before the financial system almost came apart.

Nokia To Cut 4,000 Jobs

February 8, 2012 9:11 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. plans to end the assembly of cellphones in Europe by year-end as it shifts production to Asia and cuts another 4,000 jobs.

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Report: Silicon Valley Sees Growth In Jobs, Wealth

February 8, 2012 9:08 am | by Marcus Wohlsen | News | Comments

Silicon Valley is creating jobs and wealth for highly skilled workers but may be leaving some residents behind as employment closes in on pre-Great Recession levels.

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Create And Modify 2D Sketches

February 7, 2012 2:42 pm | by Siemens PLM Software | Product Releases | Comments

The 2D DCM (Dimensional Constraint Manager) provides a geometric constraint solving capability that enables your end-users to create and modify 2D sketches more efficiently.

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A Look Back To The Future (Of 1994)

February 7, 2012 1:56 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Speaker Danny Hillis outlines an intriguing theory of how and why technological change seems to be accelerating, by linking it to the very evolution of life itself. The presentation techniques he uses may look dated. That's probably because this presentation is from 1994. However, it is an interesting look back. And the ideas are as relevant as ever.

Silicon Valley’s Low Down, Dirty Shame

February 7, 2012 12:59 pm | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Blogs | Comments

It’s hard enough to blast through the glass ceiling, let alone blast through it when the strongest of the technological powerhouses are reinforcing the beams supporting it.

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The Advantages To Field Sequential Color Technology

February 7, 2012 12:38 pm | Articles | Comments

FSC LCD’s are a uniquely different color technology. They are not a replacement for OLED’s or TFT’s because they do not display video or high resolution photos. So, what good are they?

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Looking For Tax Reform This Year? It's Not Likely

February 7, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

Politicians of all stripes in this presidential election year are clamoring for simplifying the tax code and closing loopholes. But that would mean Americans would lose some of their prized deductions.

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Tech Company Move Boosts SF Mayor's Branding Push

February 7, 2012 9:48 am | by Marcus Wohlsen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mayor Ed Lee's effort to brand the city as the world's high-tech capital got a boost Monday as cloud-computing company Riverbed Technology Inc. announced its new downtown headquarters.

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Oracle Rejects $272M SAP Award, Wants New Trial

February 7, 2012 9:44 am | News | Comments

Database software maker Oracle is rejecting a court-ordered award for $272 million from German rival SAP, saying it would rather have another trial.

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Is The Profit Engine Of Corporate America Running Out Of Steam?

February 7, 2012 9:36 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

While other parts of the economy struggled the past two years, large companies managed to rack up higher profits quarter after quarter. Now reality is catching up with big business.

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Looking For Work? There May Be An App For That

February 7, 2012 9:33 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The demand for applications for everything ranging from games to quantum physics has created 466,000 jobs in the U.S. since 2007, according to an analysis released Tuesday by technology trade group TechNet.

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Toyota Lifts Profit Forecast As Thailand Disaster Woes Fade

February 7, 2012 9:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Showing confidence in its ability to bounce back, the manufacturer of the Prius gas-electric hybrid, Lexus luxury models and the Camry sedan raised its annual profit forecast to 200 billion yen ($2.6 billion) from 180 billion yen ($2.3 billion).

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U.S. Manufacturing Jobs: Gone For Good?

February 6, 2012 5:17 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Politicians have called on companies to create manufacturing jobs, but beyond the political rhetoric, there isn't much of a well-defined plan to create them. What does this mean for the future of American manufacturing? Are some of these jobs gone for good?

Supply Chain Planning Is Dead — Or Is It?

February 6, 2012 2:38 pm | Articles | Comments

Companies and supply chains must have an eye to geopolitics and assess the risk/reward associated with this aspect of the world we live in. Too often we focus on how to handle the next flood or earthquake, but not the next revolution.

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