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California Governor Signs Law Targeting Gender Wage Gap

October 7, 2015 10:10 am | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Female workers in California will get new tools to challenge gender-based wage gaps under legislation signed into law Tuesday that supporters say offers the strongest equal-pay protection in the nation.


Report: SABMiller Rejects AB InBev Takeover Offer

October 7, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A proposed merger between the world's two leading beer companies appears to be dead — for the time being.


Volvo Debuts Interface For Self-Driving Cars

October 7, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Volvo Cars this week unveiled a new system that will eventually allow drivers to transfer control of their cars to an autonomous driving system.


Monsanto Posts 4Q Loss, To Eliminate 2,600 Jobs

October 7, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Monsanto Co. says it will eliminate 2,600 employees as part of a cost-saving plan as it reported a loss for the fourth quarter amid falling sales of its biotech seeds and herbicides.


VW Chief Advises Workers Of New Cost-Cutting Strategy

October 7, 2015 9:44 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Volkswagen's new CEO has told more than 20,000 gathered workers that the company will have to review planned investments and that overcoming its emissions-rigging scandal "would not happen without pain."


UAW Threatens To Strike At Fiat Chrysler Plants

October 7, 2015 9:41 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Fiat Chrysler said Tuesday that the United Auto Workers filed a strike notice with the company, less than a week after rank-and-file employees rejected a tentative contract agreement.


Boeing-Funded Lab To Apply Analytics, Artificial Intelligence To Airplanes

October 7, 2015 9:33 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Boeing Co. hopes that a new lab hosted by Carnegie Mellon University will enable analytics and artificial intelligence to dramatically improve aircraft maintenance and safety.


Competition For Microsoft Lineup, Which Targets High End

October 7, 2015 8:23 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The success of Microsoft's fall lineup of devices will ride on the company's ability to convince people who got free Windows 10 software upgrades this summer to spring for new devices — specifically, Windows devices.


Manufacturing Minute: BP To Pay Record Fine For Gulf Oil Spill

October 6, 2015 11:36 am | by Abbey Dean, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, BP will pay a record fine to cover damages caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 


See A Boeing Dreamliner Built In Under 2 Minutes

October 6, 2015 11:28 am | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Take a behind-the-scenes look inside Boeing's factory as a 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft is built.


Four Steps For Unlocking Truth About Plant Performance

October 6, 2015 11:18 am | by Jeffrey Ladner & Mike Matlock | Articles | Comments

To unlock the truth about manufacturing performance and to reap the benefits of the Industrial Internet, organizations should consider these four steps.


Study Cites Cybercrime's Rising Costs To Corporations

October 6, 2015 9:54 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Cybercrime costs are climbing for companies both in the U.S. and overseas amid a slew of high-profile breaches, according to research released Tuesday.


BMS Paying $14.6M To Settle SEC Charges On Payments In China

October 6, 2015 9:48 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Bristol-Myers Squibb will pay $14.6 million to settle charges from U.S. regulators that its joint venture in China gave cash and other benefits to government healthcare providers to boost drug sales.


General Mills Recalling 1.8M Cheerios Boxes On Allergy Risk

October 6, 2015 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills is recalling 1.8 million boxes of Cheerios and Honey Nut Cheerios produced at a plant in Lodi, California, saying the cereal is labeled gluten-free but actually contains wheat.


U.S., 11 Pacific Rim Countries Reach Trade Deal

October 6, 2015 9:35 am | by Paul Wiseman & Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Having hammered out an ambitious trade deal with 11 Pacific Rim countries, the Obama administration now faces a potentially tougher task: selling the deal to a skeptical Congress.


Toyota Shows Self-Driving Technology Being Readied For 2020

October 6, 2015 9:32 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota unveiled its vision for self-driving cars in a challenge to other automakers as well as industry newcomer Google Inc., promising to start selling such vehicles in Japan by 2020.


DuPont CEO Kullman Steps Down, Company Lowers Guidance

October 6, 2015 9:27 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. on Monday announced that CEO and Chairwoman Ellen Kullman, who earlier this year fought off a bruising challenge from a major activist investor, will retire at the end of next week.


PepsiCo Tops Expectations, Boosted By Price Hikes

October 6, 2015 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

PepsiCo's third-quarter profit topped Wall Street expectations as the maker of Frito-Lay snacks and Mountain Dew soda hiked prices and trimmed costs.


U.S. Trade Deficit Widens To $48.3B In August

October 6, 2015 9:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. trade deficit jumped sharply in August as exports fell to the lowest level in nearly three years while imports increased, led by a surge in shipments of cell phones from China.


Manufacturing Minute: An Autonomous Combat Drone

October 5, 2015 11:23 am | by Jon Minnick, Editor | Videos | Comments

In this episode, British engineers unveil an artificially intelligent combat drone. 



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