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Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

August 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.                                     

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Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is ordering 82 airplanes for a total of $8.8 billion.                               

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California Winemakers Cleaning Up After Quake

August 25, 2014 12:21 pm | by Ken Sweet and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.                                 

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Supe Your Bimmer For $16K

August 25, 2014 12:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The making of the uber-BMW. Dinan engineers pimp out the performance of 'the ultimate driving machine' — the cars may be suped under the hood, but you won't see racing stripes or twirling rims on these understated rides.         

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Kentucky Peerless Distillery Joins The Bourbon Trend In Louisville

August 25, 2014 12:05 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Corky Taylor, with Kentucky Peerless Distillery Company, talks about the business.                                                

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Putting A Performance Management Paradigm Into Place

August 25, 2014 11:58 am | by Stew Baillie | Articles | Comments

Performance management is the systematic process by which an organization improves its effectiveness in the accomplishment of its goals and objectives. While those goals and objectives can vary, for all organizations the ultimate metric that matters is the bottom line.

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4 Factors Driving The Emergence Of Digital Manufacturing

August 25, 2014 11:43 am | by Maria Montenegro, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Articles | Comments

With the continual rise of the Internet and mobile economies, manufacturers need to be able to make production decisions on the spot by leveraging the latest supply chain information at their fingertips.             

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Gov't Warns Retailers About Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell & Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press | News | Comments

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.           

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Sony Network Hacked, Exec's Flight Diverted

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony's PlayStation Network service for video games was unusable from Sunday until Monday afternoon after being flooded by an online attack.                               

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Allergan Reviews Meeting Requests In Takeover Bid

August 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Botox maker Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking as part of the hostile takeover attempt it's been waging since April.

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LG Bets On Pricey OLED Technology For TVs

August 25, 2014 9:25 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.                   

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Feds In Hot Seat To Change Interest Rates As Economists' Views Clash

August 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve's annual conference opened with Chair Janet Yellen suggesting that the U.S. economy, the world's biggest, still needs help in the form of ultra-low rates and that U.S. inflation has yet to become a problem.       

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Roche To Buy U.S. Biotech Firm InterMune For $8.3B

August 25, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.                       

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Keurig Strikes Deal With Kraft

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S.                         

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Deere To Lay Off 460 From Iowa Plant

August 22, 2014 11:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agricultural equipment maker Deere is laying off about 460 employees indefinitely from an Iowa tractor factory as it continues to adjust to market demand.                           

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The New Face Of Manufacturing: Conquering An Omnichannel World

August 22, 2014 11:24 am | by Adam Kline | Articles | Comments

Omnichannel is one of the hottest buzz-words in supply chain today, but how far does the concept reach? You hear a lot about how omnichannel impacts retailers, carriers and even some wholesalers… but its potential to disrupt the manufacturing industry may surprise you.

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Juicing Up That Other Engine Under Your Hood

August 22, 2014 10:59 am | by Venkateswaran Vinod | Articles | Comments

The challenge for tech companies and automakers alike is that computer hardware and software embedded in a new car can be obsolete in just a couple years. But the owner will drive the car for an average of six to seven years before he trades it in for a new model. 

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Ford To Unveil New Hybrid Cars In 2018

August 22, 2014 10:44 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ford plans to introduce a new hybrid gasoline-electric car in late 2018. The model will be compact and is a dedicated hybrid unlike the current Fusion. Ford wants to take on Toyota's best-selling hybrid, the Prius.           

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Is The Aston Martin DP-100 A Vision Of The Future?

August 22, 2014 10:40 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin teamed up with Polyphony Digital to put the DP-100 Concept in to Gran Turismo 6. XCAR spoke to the guys behind it to find out what it means for the future of Aston Martin.                   

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Nestle Pushes For Humane Treatment Of Animals In Supply Chain

August 22, 2014 9:57 am | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Nestle has announced a major pledge to improve the welfare of the farm animals in its supply chain, following the signature of a partnership agreement with NGO World Animal Protection.                   

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