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The Highest And Lowest Unemployment Rates Across The U.S.

January 26, 2015 11:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The desert Southwest, the Jersey Shore and California's central valley account for the highest urban unemployment rates in the nation, according to data compiled by Forbes.                       

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Post Holdings To Buy Malt-O-Meal Cereal Maker

January 26, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Post Holdings will spend $1.15 billion to bulk up its presence in the market for bagged and hot cereals by buying the privately held MOM Brands Co., maker of Malt-O-Meal cereals.                     

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MeadWestvaco, Rock-Tenn To Form Packaging Behemoth

January 26, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco will join forces to create a $16 billion packaging company, driving down its own costs and possibly gaining the scale to better dictate prices.                       

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Mattel CEO Resigns, Toy Maker Results Miss Expectations

January 26, 2015 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Toy maker Mattel says Bryan Stockton has resigned after about three years of leading the struggling maker of Barbie dolls and Hot Wheels cars.                               

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Engineering Newswire: Floating Foam Car Claims Superior Safety

January 23, 2015 11:52 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at battling diabetes with temporary tattoos, testing out Ford’s all-new carbon-fiber supercar, and floating in foam car.                           

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Branson's Futuristic Vision To Get Internet To Everyone

January 23, 2015 11:48 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson shares his vision of how Virgin Galactic will launch satellites to help connect the three billion people in the world who don't have internet access.                  

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Assessing Your Risk For A Cyber Breach & Minimizing The Fallout

January 23, 2015 11:38 am | by Jay Shelton | Articles | Comments

A staggering 43 percent of U.S. companies have experienced a data breach in the last year according to the Ponemon Institute. Despite the rise in breaches, 27 percent of companies didn't have a data breach response plan or team in place.   

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Oil Price Drop Sparks Steel Industry Layoffs

January 23, 2015 11:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

U.S. Steel this week announced 545 layoffs, bringing its January job cut total to more than 1,000 as the industry reels from the decline in oil prices.                             

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Report: Manufacturing Wages Significantly Higher Than Comparable Workers

January 23, 2015 11:18 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The average manufacturing worker made nearly 11 percent more than a comparable worker outside the manufacturing sector in 2012 and 2013, according to a newly released report.                     

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EPA, Automakers Agree To Curb Use Of Copper In Brake Pads

January 23, 2015 11:12 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced an agreement that would cut the use of copper in motor vehicle brake pads.                                   

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Cadillac Wants Small Dealers To Upgrade To 'Boutique' Stores

January 23, 2015 10:06 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

In an effort to better compete with BMW and Mercedes, Cadillac wants about 700 smaller U.S. dealers to create "boutique" stores that focus on the General Motors luxury brand.                     

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Got Battery? Lots Of Hacks But No Quick Fix

January 23, 2015 10:03 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smartphone users are tired of begging to charge devices behind bars or hunting for hidden electrical outlets in airports and train stations. Where, oh where, is a better battery?                     

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Emergency Brake Features Added To Safety Device List

January 23, 2015 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety agency wants to add two automatic emergency braking devices to its list of recommended safety features for new-car buyers.                           

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China Blocks VPN Services That Skirt Online Censorship

January 23, 2015 9:53 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

China is blocking VPN services that let users skirt online censorship of popular websites such as Google and Facebook amid a wider crackdown on online information, tech companies and specialists said Friday.             

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Apple's Cook Gets Hefty Bonus

January 23, 2015 9:48 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook got a hefty cash bonus that brought his total compensation to $9.2 million last year. That's more than double what he received the previous year, as the company enjoyed a surge in sales and profit fueled by the popularity of its new, over-sized iPhone 6 models.

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Robotics: The Latest Davos Buzzword

January 22, 2015 12:59 pm | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

In addition to the Swiss Franc and the ECB, what else is being talked about at Davos? Robotics and AI have been taking some interest, so here's the low down of what to keep an eye out for this year.               

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Microsoft Unveils The Future And It’s Called HoloLens

January 22, 2015 12:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week Microsoft showed off its new operating system, Windows 10, and a new idea in computing that uses holographic technology displayed in the world around you.                         

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A Mixed Forecast: The New Norm For Cloud

January 22, 2015 10:36 am | by Ed Talerico | Articles | Comments

With 69 percent of enterprises running either applications or infrastructure in the cloud today, up 12 percent from 2012, it is difficult to dispute claims that the cloud has hit the mainstream.                

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Unions Seek Jobs Threshold For Boeing Incentives

January 22, 2015 10:22 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Unions representing aerospace workers in Washington state are backing legislation to place conditions on industry tax credits, drawing the ire of one of the state's flagship companies.                   

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Where Does Your City Stack Up In Job Growth?

January 22, 2015 10:15 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A report presented to a national mayors' group has projected each of the nation's 363 metropolitan areas to add jobs in 2015. But how many jobs can each city expect?                         

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