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Cars With Smart Apps

January 18, 2012 3:08 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Automakers are working hard to make their vehicle offerings "smarter" through the implementation of a wide range of gadgets and technologies. HLN's Mario Armstrong gets to the bottomof what's behind the new gadgets you can now find behind the wheel.

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Wikipedia Goes Dark To Protest Piracy Legislation

January 18, 2012 10:54 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

January 18 is a date that will live in ignorance, as Wikipedia started a 24-hour blackout of its English-language articles.

Japanese Firm To Pay $54.6M Over Bribery Charges

January 18, 2012 9:38 am | News | Comments

One company that helped a former Halliburton Co. subsidiary bribe Nigerian officials to win more than $6 billion in construction contracts has pleaded guilty to federal charges and agreed to pay nearly $55 million in fines.

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Top Sites Start Using New 'Phone Numbers' In June

January 18, 2012 9:35 am | News | Comments

Internet giants including Yahoo, Facebook and AT&T will start using a new system of numerical addresses to connect users to websites from June 6.

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Average Age Of U.S. Vehicles Hits Record 10.8 Years

January 18, 2012 9:33 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The average age of a car or truck in the U.S. hit a record 10.8 years last year as job security and other economic worries kept many people from making big-ticket purchases such as a new car.

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Plenty Of Weird Gadgets On Display At CES

January 18, 2012 9:29 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Some 3,100 exhibitors attended the show, and although there were plenty of mainstream technologies on display, the show attracted a fair share of off-beat gadgets.

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Former Tech Exec Acquitted On Bribery Charges

January 18, 2012 9:27 am | News | Comments

John O'Shea was acquitted Tuesday in Houston by a judge's order, but other charges such as money laundering and conspiracy are pending.

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Kraft Foods To Cut Up To 1,600 Positions

January 18, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

The Northfield, Ill.-based food company said Tuesday that it plans to eliminate the positions throughout the U.S. and Canada during the coming year. The cuts will be made among its sales, corporate and other business units.

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Gadget Scalpers In Action

January 17, 2012 5:21 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Apple products sold by scalpers in China fuel a black market frenzy for the gadgets. Here are some of the scalpers in action...

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The Complexities Of Re-Shoring

January 17, 2012 1:05 pm | by David Longshore, General Manager, Creation Technologies | Blogs | Comments

A cost-of-ownership evaluation will often show that on-shore is just as competitive, if not more competitive, than going to a low-cost region.

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An American Manufacturing Movement: Expansion

January 17, 2012 12:46 pm | Articles | Comments

One of the most notable challenges facing today's manufacturing industry is the need to fuel the innovation and production economy from start-up to scale-up.

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Lifelike Steve Jobs Doll Pulled From Market

January 17, 2012 9:47 am | News | Comments

The company that began advertising for an incredibly lifelike Steve Jobs doll won't sell the figurines after all because of pressure from family and Apple lawyers.

China's Economic Growth Ebbs To Lowest In 2 Years

January 17, 2012 9:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China appears on track to avoid an abrupt economic slowdown with possible global repercussions after growth eased to a still robust 8.9 percent in the last quarter of 2011.

Deere CEO's Pay Up 35 Percent On Strong 2011

January 17, 2012 9:37 am | by Josh Funk, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The company's filings show Samuel Allen received compensation worth $16.6 million last year, up from $12.3 million in fiscal 2010.

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Woman Destroys Factory Where Father Was Killed

January 17, 2012 9:34 am | News | Comments

The woman said she felt relief because was able to demolish the factory where her father died in a 1995 steam accident.

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Washington Shows Concern Over Online Piracy

January 17, 2012 9:28 am | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration raised concerns Saturday about efforts in Congress that it said would undermine "the dynamic, innovative global Internet."

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Airbus Takes Record Orders in 2011, Beats Boeing

January 17, 2012 9:26 am | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Airbus took in a record number of orders for new commercial aircraft last year as strong demand for its revamped single-aisle plane helped it best U.S. rival Boeing Co. in the race for orders for the fourth year running.

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Intel Tries To Reinvent The PC

January 16, 2012 2:43 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

Intel is doing its best to reinvent the PC. Paul Otellini, CEO of Intel, says the company's ultrabook computers are more like consumer electronics than traditional PCs. He believes these devices will catch on in the very near future.

Siemens Extends Pact With Frontal Software

January 16, 2012 1:52 pm | News | Comments

Siemens PLM Software and Frontal Software announced a partnership agreement allowing the companies to help clients accelerate their adoption of PLM solutions.

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Strengthening Your Critical Control Points

January 16, 2012 1:21 pm | by Don Hsieh, Director of Commercial and Industrial Marketing, ADT Security Services | Blogs | Comments

By deploying these Real Time Location Systems, process manufacturers now have a way to address the challenge of controlling access to sensitive areas in their open plant layouts from the day-to-day traffic patterns of people and equipment.

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