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Microsoft Windows 8 Updates Expected

April 1, 2014 1:11 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback.                          

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Judge Awards University $1.54B In Patent Dispute

April 1, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A court is awarding Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                       

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Caterpillar’s Tax Problem

April 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Companies looking for tax loopholes or ways to lower their tax burden is nothing new. Caterpillar is the latest company to head to Capitol Hill to explain its aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.     

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Why Should You Invest In A Cloud ERP System?

April 1, 2014 12:34 pm | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock Software, Founder and CEO | Articles | Comments

Every company has a unique set of circumstances and will require its own way to justify a major investment in new ERP software. Here's a look at some strategies for getting upper management to sign off on software investments.       

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The Make-Or-Break Moment For GM And Mary Barra

April 1, 2014 12:18 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's a crucial test for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as she heads to Washington to answer questions about the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. She's tried to turn this public relations nightmare around, but will it be enough?       

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Tech Startups Developed In Prison

April 1, 2014 12:10 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At San Quentin State Prison, entrepreneurial convicts develop business ideas as part of the prison's tech incubator.                                       

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UPDATE: BPI Responds To Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 10:36 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

After the blog we ran last week on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article.                 

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BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

April 1, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest.                     

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GM Recalls 1.5M Cars For Steering Defect

April 1, 2014 9:22 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Monday it is recalling 1.5 million vehicles worldwide because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working, making them harder to steer.                     

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Report Says Tenn. Offered Contingent Incentives To VW

April 1, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee's incentive offer to Volkswagen was made contingent on the labor situation at the German automaker's plant in Chattanooga developing to the "satisfaction" of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's administration, according to documents obtained by WTVF-TV in Nashville.

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Daimler Buys Lithium-Ion Battery Maker

April 1, 2014 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Automaker Daimler AG is acquiring the remaining shares in a lithium-ion battery cell maker from specialty chemical company Evonik Industries AG as it intensifies its focus on electric cars.                 

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Maple Syrup Makers Go High-Tech

April 1, 2014 9:13 am | by Holly Ramer and Lisa Rathke, Associated Press | News | Comments

Maple syrup production has come a long way from metal buckets hung on trees, but even high-tech operations have had to rely on old-fashioned foot patrols to fix a common problem — leaks.                   

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Sikorsky To Pay $3.5M Over Army Cost Claims

April 1, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Helicopter maker Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. has agreed to pay $3.5 million to resolve allegations it violated federal law and inflated the cost of spare parts to the Army, federal prosecutors said Monday.              

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Rat Poison Maker Challenges California Rule

April 1, 2014 9:06 am | by Channing Joseph, Associated Press | News | Comments

The manufacturer of a popular rat poison is suing California over a new regulation that would prevent consumers from buying many types of pesticides for at-home use because they can harm pets and wildlife.             

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Senator: CAT Avoided Billions In Taxes

April 1, 2014 8:28 am | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Executives from manufacturing giant Caterpillar Inc. are heading to Capitol Hill to explain what one senator calls an aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.                 

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Beer Brewers In Uproar Over Proposed FDA Rule

March 31, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A proposed federal rule that would make it harder for beer breweries to sell leftover grains as animal feed has brewers' blood boiling.                                 

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Supreme Court May Limit Software Patents

March 31, 2014 12:53 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court appears willing to make it tougher to approve patents for computer software in a case that is being closely watched by technology companies.                           

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J&J Accepts $4B Offer For Diagnostics Unit

March 31, 2014 12:50 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Johnson & Johnson has accepted an offer of about $4 billion from the private equity firm The Carlyle Group to buy its Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics business.                           

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Another $1 For Google Co-Founders

March 31, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google paid co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin their customary $1 salaries last year while Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt's compensation more than doubled to $19.3 million.                     

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Residents Still Wary Of Water Months After W.Va. Spill

March 31, 2014 12:42 pm | by Sarah Plummer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Many don't trust official declarations that the water is again safe to drink, nearly three months after the chemical smelling of licorice ran into the Elk River, throwing lives into disarray.                 

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