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Google's Project Ara Wants To Change Smartphones

April 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

Project Ara, a smartphone you can customize, may seem like a crazy idea, but it's not half as crazy as what it takes to build it.                                   

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Kill Switches, A Plug-In Super Car & AgencyGlass

April 17, 2014 12:51 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we discuss the latest on smartphone kill switches and Amazon’s Pay to Quit plan. We also talk about Porsche’s plug-in hybrid and take a look at a technology for the socially awkward.     

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Dolby Works On Its Vision Of TV's Future

April 17, 2014 12:46 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Dolby may be a company known for its sound systems, but it's also developed imaging technology that could change how Hollywood makes movies and what can be seen on a television screen.                   

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GM CEO On Recall: 'It Took Too Long'

April 17, 2014 12:39 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CEO Mary Barra explains GM's decision to recall 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches and what they are doing to prevent another situation in the future.                         

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Highlights From The New York International Auto Show

April 17, 2014 11:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Car makers rev their engines for the New York International Auto Show this week as they show their stuff to reporters. Here’s a look at some of the vehicles being showcased at the Big Apple car show.               

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Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.        

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Ford Selling Lincoln Cars In China For First Time

April 17, 2014 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. said Thursday it will sell high-end Lincoln cars in China for the first time later this year when it opens eight dealerships in seven cities.                           

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1 Killed In Blast At Tenn. Ammunition Plant

April 17, 2014 9:16 am | by Sheila Burke, Associated Press | News | Comments

An explosion and fire at a Tennessee plant where ammunition is made has killed one person and left three others injured.                                     

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House Dems Pressing Inquiry Into Tenn. VW Vote

April 17, 2014 9:14 am | by Tom Raum, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two House Democrats are beginning their own inquiry into whether Tennessee state officials may have violated "or otherwise run afoul of" federal law by their alleged conduct ahead of a vote by workers at a Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Alfa Romeo Returning To U.S. Market In June

April 17, 2014 9:11 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alfa CEO Harald Wester says the company plans to ship around 100 4C sports cars to the U.S. this June.                                           

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Post Buying Michael Foods For $2.45B

April 17, 2014 9:09 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cereal maker Post Holdings Inc. is buying fellow packaged food maker Michael Foods Inc. in a $2.45 billion deal that will expand Post's range of products.                           

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Tiny Nuclear Power Plants Hold Promise

April 17, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster.               

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Fed: Growth Picks Up Across Most Of U.S.

April 17, 2014 9:04 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A Federal Reserve survey shows economic growth picking up across most of the United States over the past two months as bitter winter weather subsided.                             

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Heinz Offer Buyouts To Pittsburgh Workers

April 16, 2014 1:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The new owners of H.J. Heinz Co. have offered buyouts to all workers in Pittsburgh, where the ketchup-and-food giant has been based for decades, but insist the offer doesn't signal a plan to move the company's headquarters.     

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GE Selects Louisville For First ‘Micro-Factory’

April 16, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The micro-factory philosophy aims to bring an open platform and co-creation to the appliances market so that the company can create the products that consumers want at an accelerated pace.                 

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Toyota Camry Gets A Makeover

April 16, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Shaken by the advances of newer, sportier rivals, the Toyota Camry is trying to shed its vanilla reputation.                                         

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General Motors Tries Distancing Itself From ‘Old GM’

April 16, 2014 12:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Among everything General Motors is doing to turn its recall fiasco around, it is now asking a federal bankruptcy court for protection from lawsuits stemming from the defective ignition switches that are at the root of the company’s woes.   

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Barra: Cost Of Fix 'Not My Focus'

April 16, 2014 11:31 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

General Motor's CEO Mary Barra says that her company is not focused on the 'cost elements' of the safety fix and that GM is 'gonna do the right thing.'                             

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The Corvette Z06 Convertible Unveiled

April 16, 2014 11:25 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Corvette Z06 Convertible was unveiled at the New York Auto show and boasts as much power as its hard-top sibling.                                      

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Look To MRP Software For Inventory Management Visibility

April 16, 2014 11:15 am | by Pete Zimmerman, Manufacturing Segment Manager, VAI | Articles | Comments

Manufacturers must have visibility into their inventory because it allows them to make better informed and more financially efficient purchasing decisions.                           

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