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AT&T Paying $25M To Settle U.S. Action Over Data Breaches

April 9, 2015 10:08 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

AT&T is paying $25 million in a settlement with federal regulators over data breaches at call centers.

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IBM To Aid Developers During NASA Hackathon

April 9, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

IBM on Wednesday announced it will make its Bluemix cloud-computing platform available to developers participating in NASA's fourth annual app contest.

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East, West Coast Ports Import Volume Now Nearly Equal

April 9, 2015 9:53 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Ports on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. nearly matched their Pacific Coast counterparts in imported cargo traffic as western ports wrapped up a months-long labor dispute.

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Study: Wild Lettuce Could Serve As Rubber Source

April 9, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Researchers from Washington State University believe a pesky weed could hold the key to developing a new source of rubber.

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China's 'Hell On Earth' Mineral Refineries

April 9, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

At the beginning of the world's high-tech supply chain is a "dystopian and horrifying" industrial ecosystem deep within China's interior.

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The World’s Tiniest Computer

April 8, 2015 11:50 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

We’re a long way from the 1960s when mainframe computers took up entire rooms. Now, there’s a one millimeter cubed computer that can fit on the edge of a nickel.

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GM Cars Will Spy On Your Teen's Driving

April 8, 2015 10:56 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motors' new Teen Driver monitoring system can track your child's speed and give you a driving report card. But can it track adults as well?

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Apple Watch Testing In The Real World

April 8, 2015 10:52 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ed Baig has been wearing an Apple Watch for the past week. Here are his thoughts on Apple's most anticipated since the iPad. 

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HTML5 Viewing Revolutionizes Supply Chain Communication

April 8, 2015 10:47 am | by Simon Wieczner | Articles | Comments

HTML5 technology permits a radical simplification in document access across the entire supply chain. Because there are only basic prerequisites in equipping users in the supply chain with the ability to access important documents, this technology is truly revolutionary. 

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Tesla Boosts Range, Power And Price Of Low-End Model S

April 8, 2015 10:24 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is going after mainstream luxury car buyers by adding all-wheel-drive and more range and power to the base version of its only model.

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Samsung Shows Signs Of Emerging From Earnings Slump

April 8, 2015 10:17 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's quarterly operating earnings fell 31 percent from a year earlier but the drop wasn't as big as expected.

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U.S. Agency Denies Request To Probe Fiat Chrysler Minivans

April 8, 2015 10:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have denied a request to investigate Fiat Chrysler minivans because they can stall after refueling.

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Survey: Manufacturers Optimistic Despite Stronger Dollar

April 8, 2015 10:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Manufacturing executives are more optimistic about the U.S. economy than at any point in nearly 10 years, according to the latest quarterly survey from PwC US.

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USDA Unveils App To Help Prevent Wasted Food

April 8, 2015 10:05 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The "FoodKeeper" app informs users about properly storing hundreds of food and beverage products to maximize their shelf lives and decrease food waste.

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California Water Restrictions Largely Avoid Farms

April 8, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The state's first-ever limits on water use mostly leave the state's massive agricultural sector alone.

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Shell Looks To Acquire BG Group In $70B Deal

April 8, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to acquire U.K.-based BG Group in one of the largest deals ever in the oil and gas sector.

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U.S. Again Leads In Petroleum And Natural Gas Production

April 8, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. led the world in petroleum and natural gas production for a third consecutive year in 2014, according to a new report.

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BMW’s Crash-Proof Car

April 7, 2015 12:08 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | News | Comments

With constant news about ignition switches and exploding gas tanks, it’s nice to hear that BMW is taking a step toward accident avoidance. 

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America's Oldest Cheese Cave

April 7, 2015 11:23 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Murray's Cheese in New York City is aging cheeses in their very own cheese caves. Vanessa Yurkevich goes inside to see if it makes a difference to your taste buds, and your wallet.

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Colleges Help City Kids Join Robotics Craze

April 7, 2015 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Michigan high school students from some urban districts are able to compete in robotics thanks to the good will, plus the space, tools and know-how of nearby universities

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