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Verizon Posts $2B 4Q Loss

January 24, 2012 11:29 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Verizon paid dearly to put iPhones in the hands of subscribers in the latest quarter, holding back its profits.

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Texas Instruments To Close 2 Plants, Lay Off 1K Workers

January 24, 2012 11:27 am | News | Comments

The planned layoffs represent about 3 percent of the 34,800 workers that Texas Instruments Inc. employed as of Sept. 30.

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BMW To Recall 9 Mini Models Due To Fire Risk

January 24, 2012 11:24 am | News | Comments

The engines of three of the Mini vehicles caught fire between September 2010 and December 2011 but no one was injured.

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Hyundai Production Temporarily Halted At Ala. Plant

January 24, 2012 11:21 am | News | Comments

Executives say they temporarily shut down production at the company's Montgomery plant after discovering a problem with the paint process.

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BlackBerry CEO: Don't Expect Drastic Changes

January 24, 2012 10:46 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the new CEO, Thorsten Heins said the leadership change was not a "seismic" event, and that the company would continue its previous plans.

The Art Of Choosing Wisely

January 23, 2012 3:21 pm | by TED | Videos | Comments

Just about everyone wants customized experiences and products. But when faced with a multitude of options, consumers often can't make a decision. However, by citing new research, Sheena Iyengar demonstrates how businesses can improve the experience of choosing.

Shale Gas: A Renaissance In U.S. Manufacturing?

January 23, 2012 3:04 pm | by Bob McCutcheon, U.S. industrial products leader, PwC | Blogs | Comments

According to some, an abundance of shale gas resources may spark a U.S. manufacturing renaissance with economic benefits that include cost savings, greater investments to expand U.S. manufacturing facilities, and increased levels of employment.

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An American Manufacturing Movement: Competition

January 23, 2012 1:08 pm | Articles | Comments

How do we create a competitive advantage through next generation supply networks and advanced logistics?

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Another Sign Of Trouble For BlackBerry Maker RIM

January 23, 2012 10:59 am | by Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis, the co-CEOs of Research in Motion, announced their resignation on Sunday. The company's signature product, the BlackBerry, has been struggling to compete with other smartphones.

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Keep Your Necktie Tucked in Your Shirt

January 23, 2012 10:54 am | by Brent Oman, Manager Product Application Engineering, Industrial Power Transmission, Gates Corporation | Blogs | Comments

When you’re up against the wall on a design problem, think about who supplies the components for the sub-system you’re working with. Then get in touch with their application engineers.

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Tablet Ownership Has Soared

January 23, 2012 10:46 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A report found that 29 percent of Americans owned at least one tablet or e-reader as of the beginning of this month, up from 18 percent last month.

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Is This Tech's Breakout Year?

January 23, 2012 10:44 am | by Daniel Wagner, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

There's also a growing global market for technology as more nations try to reduce labor costs by automating everything.

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Online Companies Win Piracy Fight

January 23, 2012 10:41 am | by Alan Fram, Associated Press | News | Comments

Online and high-tech companies triggered an avalanche of Internet clicks to force Congress to shelve legislation that would curb online piracy.

BlackBerry Maker Co-CEOs Step Down

January 23, 2012 10:38 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

RIM turned the email smartphone into a ubiquitous device that many could not live without, but it has struggled mightily as of late.

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Government Closes Volt Probe, Says Car Is Safe

January 23, 2012 10:35 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration concluded that the Volt and other electric cars don't pose a greater fire risk than gasoline-powered cars.

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Kodak Gets Deadline Of 2013 To Reorganize

January 23, 2012 10:31 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Girded by a $950 million financing deal with Citigroup Inc., the photography pioneer aims to keep operating normally during bankruptcy while it peddles a trove of digital-imaging patents.

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Connect To A Serial Device In Minutes

January 20, 2012 4:21 pm | by Newport Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

The iServer3G can send notifications by email and has SNMP for remote management.

An American Manufacturing Movement: Productivity

January 20, 2012 1:06 pm | Articles | Comments

How do we achieve next-generation productivity through smart innovation and manufacturing?

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Investigation Looks Into Drama Surrounding Failed Mo. Plant

January 20, 2012 9:50 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

Construction on the artificial sweetener plant halted this fall after one company missed a payment to Moberly, Mo., which had issued $39 million of bonds for the project.

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Olympus Will Not Get Kicked Off Tokoyo Stock Exchange

January 20, 2012 9:45 am | News | Comments

Olympus faced removal from the stock exchange following revelations of a scheme by the Tokyo-based company to hide 117.7 billion yen ($1.5 billion) in investment losses dating back to the 1990s.

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