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Manufacturing MakerBots For The Mass Market

August 25, 2015 12:00 pm | by IEEE Spectrum | Videos | Comments

How an engineer re-jiggered a 3D printer and its factory to streamline production.

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Q&A: Lightweighting In Manufacturing

August 25, 2015 11:52 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Articles | Comments

John Bennett and Shirley Monte talk about the lightweighting trend that is sweeping the manufacturing industry.

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Liquor Giant Pernod Faces Lagging Vodka Demand In U.S.

August 25, 2015 10:31 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Analysts expect Pernod Ricard to post higher sales and profits in the spirits giant’s forthcoming quarterly report, according to The Wall Street Journal.

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Driverless Truck Meant To Improve Safety In Work Zones

August 25, 2015 10:26 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | News | Comments

Royal Truck & Equipment demonstrated its new driverless crash truck that it hopes will some day improve safety at work zones around the country. 

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Think Tank: Congressional Report Misrepresents Health Of U.S. Manufacturing

August 25, 2015 10:22 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A D.C. think tank argues that the nation's manufacturing center needs help from lawmakers, contrary to recent federal research.

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U.S. Agency Probes Jeep SUV Rollaway Complaints

August 25, 2015 10:17 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating complaints that some newer Jeep SUVs can roll away unexpectedly after drivers put them in park.

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Nuclear Contractor To Pay $4.8M Over Improper Lobbying

August 25, 2015 10:02 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A defense contractor will pay nearly $4.8 million as part of a settlement with federal prosecutors over lobbying improprieties, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

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Pfizer Says Hospira Purchase Will Close In Early September

August 25, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmaker Pfizer says it's received the final regulatory approvals for its $15.23 billion purchase of the injectable drug and infusion device maker Hospira, and says the deal will close in early September.

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GM Fund Rejects 91 Percent Of Ignition Switch Claims

August 25, 2015 9:50 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Lawyers hired to compensate victims of General Motors' faulty ignition switches have finished determining which claims are eligible, rejecting 91 percent of them.

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California Lawmakers Approve Drone Trespassing Crime Bills

August 25, 2015 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

California lawmakers advanced legislation Monday seeking to rein in the use of privacy-invading drones, passing one bill to prevent the use of drones by paparazzi and another making it a trespassing violation to fly drones over private property without permission.

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From The Top: The Internet Of Things

August 24, 2015 12:14 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

The Industrial Internet of Things is expected to become a $200 billion or more global industry over the next few years. Microsoft’s Colin Masson discusses why Industrial IoT is the next big thing. 

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Tesla Upgrades Showrooms For The Model X SUV Debut

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

Betty Liu reports on the revamping of Tesla showrooms. 

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Will OPEC Blink?

August 24, 2015 12:09 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Saudi Arabia's decision to keep pumping oil to put its shale rivals out of business appears to have backfired, as the price keeps falling. Will Saudi and OPEC blink and try and force oil prices higher?

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8 Questions To Help Determine If Your E-commerce Platform Needs To Be Replaced

August 24, 2015 12:06 pm | by Ranga Bodla | Articles | Comments

Moving to a new ecommerce platform may seem like a big undertaking, but it’s a necessity if your legacy applications are too old to support the type of brand experience and functionality today’s consumers expect.

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Walmart Partners With Group To Offer Reshoring Assistance

August 24, 2015 10:39 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Walmart announced last week that it is adding the resources of the Illinois-based Reshoring Initiative to its efforts to bolster U.S. manufacturing.

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Budweiser Takes Exception To Firm's 'Queen of Beer' Campaign

August 24, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Budweiser has long been known as the "King of Beers," and Anheuser-Busch is taking exception to a craft brewer declaring itself holder of the "Queen of Beer" crown.

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ACC Report: U.S. Chemical Production Increased In July

August 24, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Chemical production in the U.S. increased last month and remained ahead of last year's pace, according to the latest economic trends report from the American Chemistry Council.

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Agency Won't Open Probe Into Toyota Unintended Acceleration

August 24, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have rejected an electrical engineer's request to investigate low-speed unintended acceleration in Toyota and Lexus cars.

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Analysis Puts Coke Ahead Of Pepsi In Water Conservation

August 24, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The soft drink industry's biggest rivals each made substantial commitments to mitigate their use of fresh water.

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Barrel Of U.S. Crude Drops Below $40

August 24, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A barrel of U.S. crude oil fell below $40 per barrel for the first time since the end of the global economic crisis.

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