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Coca-Cola Plant Had Received Threats

August 7, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Coca-Cola distribution plant in southern Mexico had received threats before attackers burned four of its delivery trucks in an area known for drug gang turf battles, the company said.                   

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Chrysler Profit Up 22 Percent

August 6, 2014 1:08 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler Group says its second-quarter net profit rose 22 percent, fueled by rising sales in the U.S.                                           

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China: No Evidence Spoiled Meat Made It To Japan

August 6, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An ongoing investigation into the food safety scandal that hit several popular fast food chains last month has uncovered no evidence that spoiled meat made it to Japan, Chinese food safety regulators told their Japanese counterparts.     

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Toyota Pledges $1M Toward Detroit Bankruptcy Deal

August 6, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota has pledged $1 million toward the Detroit Institute of Arts' goal to raise $100 million to prevent the sale of art in Detroit's bankruptcy and help city pensioners.                       

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Mondelez Lowers Forecast As Sales Fall Short

August 6, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

In a conference call, CEO Irene Rosenfeld said Mondelez raised prices to make up for rising costs for ingredients such as cocoa and dairy products. The company had expected its pricing actions to hurt sales, she said, but didn't expect such a big impact.

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Using Social Media In The Supply Chain

August 6, 2014 12:50 pm | by Ed Rusch | Articles | Comments

Social media brings businesses closer to their customers, provides a platform for communication and building thought leadership, and when executed properly it can help drive business and provide a significant return on investment.     

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An Apple And Samsung Truce? Almost.

August 6, 2014 12:30 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Apple and Samsung call a partial truce in their patent battle. But the war still rages on in the United States — just as rumors swirl about an iPhone 6 launch date.                         

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Russian Hackers Know Your Password

August 6, 2014 12:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

How a security firm discovered the massive data breach, how to know if your information was compromised, and what to do to prevent further leaks.                              

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Sprint Names New CEO

August 6, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sprint is replacing its longtime CEO Dan Hesse with Brightstar CEO Marcelo Claure on the heels of a report that it is dropping its bid for rival wireless carrier T-Mobile.                       

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Microsoft Hires Qualcomm Exec To Make Deals

August 6, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has lured away an executive from smartphone chip maker Qualcomm to hammer out more deals that will expand the software maker's presence in the mobile device market.                 

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Attackers Burn 4 Coca-Cola Trucks In Mexico

August 6, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Unidentified attackers have burned four Coca-Cola Co. delivery trucks in an area of Mexico's southern state of Guerrero known for drug gang turf battles.                           

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Fiat Shares Plunge Over Chrysler Merger Worries

August 6, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fiat shares have been suspended temporarily after an excessive drop due to investor concerns that a planned merger with Chrysler may be blocked.                               

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China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 9:28 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.             

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Samsung, Apple To Drop Lawsuits Outside U.S.

August 6, 2014 9:26 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung and Apple Inc. have agreed to end all patent lawsuits between each other outside the U.S. in a step back from three years of legal hostilities between the world's two largest smartphone makers.              

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Bill On West Blast Would Delay New Rules

August 6, 2014 9:24 am | by Paul J. Weber and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | News | Comments

The massive fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people last year is unlikely to meaningfully change regulatory or safety rules in Texas until at least 2016 under the latest bill offered Tuesday by lawmakers tasked with scrutinizing the blast.

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GM Says It's Making Progress to Fix Recall Website

August 5, 2014 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The government said Friday that GM's vehicle identification number look-up system has been incorrectly telling some owners that their cars aren't being recalled.               

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Manager of Gunmaker Sentenced for Failing to Report Missing Firearms

August 5, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Prosecutors say Brinkerhoff initially failed to report 23 missing firearms to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.                   

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Geopolitics Creep Into This Month’s ISM Report

August 5, 2014 9:32 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Bradley J. Holcomb, CPSM, CPSD, chair of the ISM Business Survey Committee, says the report is fairly well balanced, yet growth is slower in both imports and exports.            

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McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 9:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

McDonald's said Monday that a scandal over a meat supplier in China is hurting sales in the region and its global sales forecast for 2014 is "at risk."                 

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Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used On U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 10:39 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus.                           

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