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Just Juice

September 9, 2011 8:41 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

The Great Recession was more unpleasantness than this country has seen in a long time, but we swallowed it like it was liquefied kale and learned a valuable lesson: We can emerge from something like this and be better… even if it hurts a little going down. I’m a vegetarian, which is not to say my diet is always healthy.

Product Prototyping: Mitigating Risk in NPD Projects

September 9, 2011 8:39 am | by Neil Stolovitsky, Senior Solution Specialist, Genius Inside | Articles | Comments

Adopting a formal new product development process during pre-production prototyping will allow for a more streamlined execution of the assessment of a working prototype and will provide an organization with the necessary foundation to successfully produce, market, and distribute their new product.

Making Computers Disappear

September 9, 2011 8:21 am | Videos | Comments

As computing power increases exponentially, the ways we relate to computers become more natural — and more ubiquitous. MSNBC's Wilson Rothman explores the evolution of interfaces, from primitive punch cards to interactive buildings. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news , world news , and news about the economy If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

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Congress Plans Major Overhaul Of Patent Law

September 9, 2011 4:51 am | by Jim Abrams, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress has given the U.S. patent system its first major overhaul since the age of the transistor radio by passing legislation designed to spur innovation and provide a sorely needed boost to the job market. Senate passage Thursday of the America Invents Act, which sends it to President Barack Obama for his signature, is the first significant change in patent law since 1952.

Court: Samsung Can't Sell Tablet In Germany

September 9, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — A German court rules that Samsung Electronics's Galaxy Tab cannot be sold in Germany because it violated patents of rival Apple's iPad2. A Duesseldorf state court said Friday it would not allow Samsung, based in Seoul, South Korea, to market its Galaxy Tab 10.1 in Germany because it too closely resembles the iPad2.

Feds Investigate Solar Firm That Got A $535M U.S. Loan

September 9, 2011 4:48 am | by Jason Dearen and Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

by Jason Dearen and Kevin Freking, Associated Press FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — FBI agents executed search warrants Thursday at the headquarters of California solar panel manufacturer Solyndra, which received more than $500 million in federal loans before filing for bankruptcy last week.

HP's webOS Mobile Software Division In Doubt

September 9, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Hewlett-Packard Co. has designated a home for its webOS mobile software division, but its future remains in doubt. On Thursday a company spokesman confirmed that the webOS division, which HP acquired from Palm and used to run the software behind the smartphones and tablets that HP is now discontinuing, will report to Shane Robison, HP's chief strategy and technology officer.

Stocks Slide After Bernanke Offers No New Stimulus

September 9, 2011 4:46 am | by David K. Randall, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks closed sharply lower Thursday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke offered no specific plans to prop up the economy. In a speech closely watched by investors, Bernanke said the Fed will consider a range of steps at its Sept. 20-21 meeting. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 100 points shortly after Bernanke's remarks began at 1:30 p.

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Economists Give A Tentative Thumbs-Up To Obama Job Plan

September 9, 2011 4:42 am | by Derek Kravitz and Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writers | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A tentative thumbs-up. That was the assessment Thursday night from economists, who offered mainly positive reviews of President Barack Obama's $447 billion plan to stimulate job creation. Some predicted it would put hundreds of thousands of people back to work next year, mainly because a Social Security tax cut for workers would be deepened and extended to small businesses.

Don't Drink The Water

September 8, 2011 10:12 am | by David Mantey, Editor, Product Design & Development | Articles | Comments

When Halliburton CEO Dave Lesar addressed public concerns regarding hydraulic fracturing by calling in a fellow executive to drink a new fracking fluid with ingredients commonly found in the food industry, a rare PR win for Halliburton quickly became another setback when the king had his right-hand man taste the beverage before he quenched his thirst.

Manufacturer Finds $270K And 5K Extra Machine Hours

September 8, 2011 9:47 am | Articles | Comments

One compounder and molder of thermoset composite products found a quarter of a million dollars in savings thanks to the implementation of a new manufacturing ERP solution. Mar-Bal, Inc. is a one-source solution provider of thermoset composite products. From design and formulation to compounding, molding, and finishing, Mar-Bal is a privately-held manufacturing company with 350 employees producing state-of-the-art products across four facilities in North America.

99 Weeks Of Unemployment... And Counting

September 8, 2011 8:41 am | Videos | Comments

In Philadelphia, Steve Nathan and Rita Calicat have not been able to find work, and struggle to cope after reaching the limit of 99 weeks of unemployment benefits. Their stories are all too familiar to those who have exhausted -- or are close to exhausting -- their own jobless benefits. If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

Robot Tries Its Hand At Sketch Comedy

September 7, 2011 10:57 am | Videos | Comments

These days, robots serve a variety of different and useful purposes. But sketch comedian? Meet Data, a robot that tells jokes and senses its surroundings. Data then gathers the information and learns from it. Data's material leaves a little to be desired, but CNN's Fareed Zakaria also does a terrible job as Data's straight man during their performance in this video.

U.S. Defense Plane Travels 13,000 MPH

September 7, 2011 10:55 am | Videos | Comments

The U.S. Department of Defense's innovations arm, known as DARPA, recently released test-flight video of its hypersonic aircraft traveling at a speed of Mach 20 -- or approximately 13,000 miles per hour. Have a look for yourself... If you're having trouble watching this video, try downloading the latest version of Flash Player or contacting your IT department.

The Unintended Consequences Of Innovation

September 7, 2011 10:51 am | Videos | Comments

Every new invention changes the world -- in ways both intentional and unexpected. In this video, historian Edward Tenner tells stories that illustrate the under-appreciated gap between our ability to innovate and our ability to foresee the consequences. (The video is a little long, and the speaker is a little awkward, but the video features some thought-provoking material.

The Great Patent War Will Cost You

September 7, 2011 10:49 am | Videos | Comments

The tech industry is in the midst of a patent war, with a number of lengthy legal battles that need to be resolved. Samsung is currently squaring off with Apple, who is waging a battle against, Nokia, HTC, and Motorola. Google acquired Motorola in an effort to defend itself against patent litigation.

Man Threatens Google Executive Via Twitter

September 7, 2011 4:54 am | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal grand jury in San Francisco has charged a San Antonio man with harassing a high-ranking Google executive with more than 20,000 Twitter posts, some of which were threatening. According to court records, Gregory Calvin King was arrested in Texas last month and transported to San Francisco to face charges he threatened Google vice president Marissa Mayer, the company's first female engineer.

Company Halts Issuance Of New Web Security Certificates

September 7, 2011 4:53 am | by ToSterling,Associated Press | News | Comments

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A company that sells certificates guaranteeing the security of websites, GlobalSign, said Tuesday it is temporarily halting the issuance of new certificates over concerns it may have been targeted by hackers. GlobalSign, the Belgium-based subsidiary of Japan's GMO Internet Inc.

Cash-Strapped Saab Files For Bankruptcy

September 7, 2011 4:50 am | by Louise Nordstrom, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The owner of cash-strapped car maker Saab filed for bankruptcy protection on Wednesday in a last-ditch attempt to salvage a brand crippled by production stoppages, withheld salary payments and mounting debt. Swedish Automobile, formerly known as Spyker Cars, said the move would buy it time to receive funding from Chinese investors, currently awaiting regulatory approval, and avoid bankruptcy.

Google Sees Its S. Korea Offices Raided

September 7, 2011 4:48 am | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Google says it will cooperate with South Korea's antitrust regulator amid a report its local offices were raided as part of an investigation. Google Inc. said Wednesday in a statement that it will work with the regulator to address any questions it may have about its business.

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