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Engineering Newswire: Navy Tests Electromagnetic Launch System

July 2, 2015 12:14 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at making it possible to see through semis, test-firing electromagnetic aircraft launch system and rendering the wheel obsolete through hover conversion.

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ISM: Hiring Signals More Good Things To Come

July 2, 2015 12:07 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | News | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in June for the 30th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 73rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business.

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Justice Department Sues Over Electrolux-GE Deal

July 2, 2015 12:00 pm | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil lawsuit Wednesday in an effort to block Electrolux's purchase of General Electric's appliance business.

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GM Stops Production At Its Single Plant In Russia

July 2, 2015 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has halted production at its single assembly plant in Russia as sales have plummeted amid an economic downturn.

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Robot Kills Technician At German VW Plant

July 2, 2015 9:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A technician died from injuries sustained while working on a robot at Volkswagen's factory in Kessel, Germany, according to media reports.

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Toyota, Nissan, Honda Back Hydrogen Stations For Fuel Cells

July 2, 2015 9:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan's big push toward "a hydrogen society."

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Chrysler's June Sales Increase 8 Percent; GM Sales Fall

July 2, 2015 9:32 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler on Wednesday touted its best June sales in the U.S. in nearly a decade, while Ford reported a modest sales increase and General Motors sales fell.

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New Chinese Law Reinforces Government Control Of Cyberspace

July 2, 2015 9:29 am | by Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press | News | Comments

China's legislature passed sweeping legislation on Wednesday that reinforces government controls over cyberspace, as the nation's leaders try to address what they see as growing threats to Chinese networks and national security.

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Pennsylvania, Oregon Metalworkers Continue To Work Despite Expired Contract

July 2, 2015 9:26 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Union workers at Allegheny Technologies Inc. will stay on the job under the terms of their previous labor contract after it expired late Tuesday.

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JBS USA To Buy Cargill Pork Business For $1.45B

July 2, 2015 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. subsidiary of a Brazilian-based international meat processor is buying the pork division of Cargill Inc.

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GE Unions Approve New Contracts

July 2, 2015 9:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Unions representing about 16,500 General Electric employees voted Tuesday to ratify new four-year labor contracts.

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Tesla Tops 11K Vehicles Delivered In Second Quarter

July 2, 2015 9:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla's second-quarter deliveries surged 52 percent to set a company record exceeding 11,000 vehicles.

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Hewlett-Packard Moves Forward With Plan To Split In 2

July 2, 2015 9:12 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard is moving forward with plans to split into two companies, filing paperwork to create a new entity that will sell commercial technology, while a separate spinoff will sell personal computers and printers.

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The Electric Bus Coming To Your City

July 1, 2015 12:32 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Ryan Popple, CEO at Proterra, discusses the advent of electric buses being deployed in U.S. cities as funding grows to expand the technology.

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Huawei Sets Sights On U.S. Smartphone Market

July 1, 2015 12:26 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Chinese company Huawei is the fourth largest smartphone producer in the world, but it faces challenges expanding overseas.

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Are Robots Boosting Bottom Lines?

July 1, 2015 12:24 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Rethink Robotics CEO Scott Eckert and Steve Jurvetson, a partner at Draper Fisher Jurvetson, discuss how robots are changing manufacturing 

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Date Night: A Customer Service Story

July 1, 2015 12:14 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

It's easy to think about customer service as a sum of its parts — the service you provide to your customer. But in my story, it’s scary to think about the impact of a customer service experience before I was even a customer.

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FDA Weighs New Restrictions On Liquid Nicotine Packets

July 1, 2015 10:02 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal health officials are considering new warnings and child-resistant packaging on liquid nicotine packets used with e-cigarettes and other next-generation tobacco products.

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Obama Administration Unveils New Overtime Pay Standards

July 1, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Monday unveiled long-anticipated rules that would make millions of additional workers eligible for overtime pay.

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United Airlines Investing $30M In Biofuels Producer

July 1, 2015 9:48 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

United Airlines says it is investing $30 million in a biofuels company to reduce its vulnerability to oil-price shocks and limits on carbon emissions from planes.

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