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Microsoft CEO Launches Diversity Training Effort

October 20, 2014 9:39 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Still working to repair damage caused by his gaffe about women seeking pay raises, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again apologized to employees and announced in a company-wide memo that all workers will receive expanded training on how to foster an inclusive culture.

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Electrolux Buoyed By U.S. Growth

October 20, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in the U.S. and efficiency gains in Europe helped Swedish home-appliance maker Electrolux post a 42 percent jump in third-quarter profits.                              

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Canadian Pacific Ends CSX Deal Talks

October 20, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Pacific Railway says it has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions.                                 

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Hershey Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Pot Company

October 17, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company.                      

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Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 10:43 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

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Nest CEO On The IoT Of Everyday Items

October 17, 2014 10:32 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nest is turning the places we live into smart homes, one device at a time. Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell discusses how technology can improve our lives.                           

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Top 10 Over-The-Top Car Features

October 17, 2014 10:21 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

There are a lot of cool, new features found in cars these days. Cars.com took a look at the top ten, over-the-top available features.                                 

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Engineering Newswire: Professor Designs Cloaking Device On Vacation

October 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at swarming navy threats with autonomous ships, securing our homes with coins, and bending light to blind you with science or designing a killer cloak with off-the-shelf materials.          

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Will Apple Pay Be The Next iRevolution?

October 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.     

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AMD Cutting Global Workforce

October 17, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMD says it will cut 7 percent of its global workforce in an effort to improve its profitability.                                           

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U.S. Economy Strong Despite Global Slowdown Fear

October 17, 2014 9:17 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Economists say the troubles around the world aren't enough to derail a U.S. economy that's gaining strength from a stronger job market, falling fuel prices, lower mortgage rates and improvements in household finances and confidence.     

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iPhone Glass Maker Cutting Jobs In Arizona

October 17, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.                                       

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U.S. Factory Output Rises In September

October 16, 2014 1:06 pm | by Josh Boak, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output rose in September, led by gains for aerospace products, furniture, clothing and plastics.                                       

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After A Solid Run Of Advances, Manufacturing Takes A Slight Step Back

October 16, 2014 12:53 pm | by MAPI Foundation | News | Comments

A nearly two-year upward trend experienced a hiccup according to the quarterly MAPI Foundation Business Outlook.                                      

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A Smartwatch That Can Replace Your Phone

October 16, 2014 12:30 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Musician will.i.am is launching a smartwatch that will compete with the Apple watch. But with this new watch, there is no need for a smartphone.                               

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Google Executive Chairman's Artificial Intelligence Prediction

October 16, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says Google can be the perfect personal assistant that makes you smarter. The cost? Just a little bit of privacy.                              

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Voxeljet's Factory Flop: 3D Printing Boom Or Bust?

October 16, 2014 12:17 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

3D printer maker Voxeljet said it would use IPO proceeds to expand its business in the U.S., but the company isn't telling investors just how slowly that U.S. expansion is going.                     

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How Intel Is Playing Catch Up In The Mobile Market

October 16, 2014 12:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Intel President Renee James says the company is not interested in making a phone, but instead wants to power the devices that people are using around the world.                         

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Senators Question Regional Car Recalls

October 16, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Two U.S. senators are questioning why the nation's auto safety regulators are letting car companies recall vehicles only in limited regions when a safety problem could happen anywhere.                   

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Google Tries To Upstage Apple With Its Latest Devices

October 16, 2014 10:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad.               

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