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Hertz Used To Make Cars?

February 11, 2015 12:19 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Hertz may be synonymous with car rentals today, but it began as a manufacturer. Peter Valdes-Dapena drives a car that Hertz manufactured in the early 1900s.

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Police Testing New, Less Lethal Gun Technology

February 11, 2015 11:52 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

The police department in Ferguson, Missouri, is among many experimenting with the Alternative, a new technology that its creators say makes bullets less deadly. It's become more relevant in the wake of high-profile police shooting cases. Mark Strassmann reports on how it's meant to save lives on both sides of the gun.

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Competing For The World’s Customers Calls For Managing Content Wisely

February 11, 2015 11:40 am | by Robert Bredlau | Articles | Comments

No matter how long they’ve been in business, global manufacturers for B2B and B2C goods must face the reality of a digital world in which customers expect a company’s website to provide them with all the information they need, and quickly, on whatever platform they’re using. 

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Apple Building Big Solar Energy Project In California

February 11, 2015 11:18 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple will spend nearly $850 million on a solar energy project that will generate enough power for the computer giant's new corporate headquarters, retail stores and other operations in California.

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Britain Starts Public Trial Of Driverless Cars

February 11, 2015 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain has begun testing driverless cars in four cities, launching the first official trials ahead of a series of planned rule reviews to accommodate the new technology.

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Halliburton Says It Will Eliminate At Least 5,000 Jobs

February 11, 2015 11:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Oil and gas drilling services company Halliburton said Tuesday that it will eliminate at least 5,000 jobs in response to falling oil prices.

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Kraft's Capri Sun To Drop High-Fructose Corn Syrup

February 11, 2015 11:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

 Kraft Foods says it will start sweetening its Capri Sun drinks with sugar instead of high-fructose corn syrup.

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Sansa Security Joins The Industrial Internet Consortium

February 11, 2015 10:52 am | by Sansa Security | News | Comments

Sansa Security, a provider of embedded security technologies, today announced that it has joined the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) in the hopes of accelerating the growth of the industrial Internet and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

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Investor Seeks $8B GM Stock Buyback

February 10, 2015 12:20 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

A General Motors stockholder representing four investment funds has told the company he'll seek a seat on its board at the annual meeting this summer and will push for an $8 billion stock buyback to take place by next year.       

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New Agency Designed To Fight Cyber Threats

February 10, 2015 12:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Today, the White House will announce the creation of a new agency named the Cyber Threat Intelligence Integration Center (CTIIC) — which will be tasked with thwarting cyberattacks by sharing intelligence across other agencies in the event of a crisis.

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The Small Town Behind The Biggest Scoreboards

February 10, 2015 12:04 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Brookings, South Dakota, is the home of Daktronics, a company that manufactures those immense video screens so popular at sports stadiums across the country. Lee Cowan checks out how these massive LED displays are made.         

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Heinz Releasing Sriracha Ketchup

February 10, 2015 11:59 am | by Buzz60 | Videos | Comments

Heinz is coming out with a new ketchup that will have Sriracha mixed in. It's about to make breakfast, lunch, dinner and life better for some.                               

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How Manufacturers Are Revolutionizing Marketing With Data-as-a-Service

February 10, 2015 11:55 am | by Anders Ekman | Articles | Comments

While manufacturers have made huge strides into the digital world, the biggest challenge continues to evolve around Big Data. Although Big Data can translate into big revenue, many companies are unable to fully utilize its potential.     

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Let Hackers In: Experts Say Traps Might Be Better Than Walls

February 10, 2015 9:43 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Ever since the Internet blossomed in the 1990s, cybersecurity was built on the idea that computers could be protected by a digital quarantine. Now, as hackers routinely overwhelm such defenses, experts say cybersecurity is beyond due an overhaul. 

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Nissan Raises Profit Forecast After Sales Grow In U.S., Europe

February 10, 2015 9:38 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Nissan raised its earnings forecast for the fiscal year after reporting a nearly 21 percent jump in quarterly profit as a cheap yen amplified strong overseas sales.                         

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises To 52

February 10, 2015 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The families of 52 people killed in crashes caused by faulty General Motors small-car ignition switches will receive millions in compensation from a company fund. The new total, which is one more than last week, was posted Monday on an Internet site by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.

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Autopsy Finds Texas Man Was Killed By Exploding Airbag

February 10, 2015 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An autopsy has found that a metal disc from a defective airbag sliced into a Texas man's neck and killed him after a low-speed car accident last month near Houston.                         

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Robots Replacing Human Factory Workers At Faster Pace

February 10, 2015 9:23 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Cheaper, better robots will replace human workers in the world's factories at a faster pace over the next decade, pushing labor costs down 16 percent, a report Tuesday said.                       

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BP Head Predicts ‘Years’ Of Low Prices

February 9, 2015 3:23 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Last week BP Chief Executive Bob Dudley weighed in on the direction of oil prices. Dudley’s predictions of long-term low oil prices are based on his confidence that the Saudi-bloc of OPEC will see its price war on high-cost producers through to the end.

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MAPI: Is Cuba Open For Business?

February 9, 2015 11:57 am | by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) | News | Comments

The announcement by President Barack Obama on December 17, 2014 that the icy relations between the U.S. and Cuba may begin to thaw was met with surprise and mixed reactions. What, many asked, will the future hold for tourism, a potential new economic paradigm, and manufacturing?

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