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Politicians Push For Smartphone Kill Switches

March 4, 2014 10:00 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

State and federal politicians are pushing for a kill switch that would allow users to disable stolen smartphones to make them worthless on the black market.                           

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U.S. Auto Demand To Be Tested In March

March 4, 2014 9:54 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Sales have been slower than expected so far this year. As the spring thaw begins, automakers will see if the slowdown was due to historic cold temperatures and snowfall or if there are deeper reasons for sagging demand.         

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Microsoft Announces Ex-Skype CEO, Marketing Officer Leaving

March 4, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft says former Skype CEO Tony Bates and Chief Marketing Officer Tami Reller are leaving the company.                                         

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Automakers Wary Of Russian Market At Geneva Auto Show

March 4, 2014 9:42 am | by Colleen Barry and Josh Heilprin, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

European automakers cast a wary eye toward Russia at the Geneva Auto Show, poised for a quick strategy rethink as the threat of sanctions hangs over the country because of its intervention in Ukraine.               

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Retiring Apple CFO Successor Named

March 4, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's longtime Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer will retire in September. His successor was announced Tuesday.                                     

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Toyota Sees Gains In Europe As Car Market Recovers

March 4, 2014 9:30 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toyota Europe expects to increase its market share to 4.8 percent as the European car market enters what is expected to be a slow recovery from six years of contraction.                       

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Peugeot 308 Voted Car Of The Year

March 3, 2014 3:36 pm | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The family car Peugeot 308 has been voted car of the year by European automotive editors and beat six other finalists.                                     

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Manufacturers Optimistic Overall, But Energy Costs Are A Concern

March 3, 2014 3:28 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | News | Comments

According to a recent PwC report, industrial manufacturing (IM) CEOs are more optimistic this year compared to last, but energy costs are still a question mark.                         

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Despite Industry Critics, Cleaner Gas Rules Moves Forward

March 3, 2014 3:25 pm | by Josh Lederman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration is driving ahead with a dramatic reduction in sulfur in gasoline and tailpipe emissions, declaring that cleaner air will save thousands of lives per year at little cost to consumers.             

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Gates Back On Top Of Forbes' Billionaires List

March 3, 2014 3:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is back on top of the list of the world's richest people after a four-year hiatus.                                        

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Apple Makes iPhone More Car Compatible

March 3, 2014 3:13 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is teaming up with major car makers to make iPhone applications easier for drivers to use while they're on the road.                                     

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Pipeline Protesters Arrested

March 3, 2014 3:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police arrested hundreds of people who strapped themselves to the White House fence on Sunday to protest the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline.                               

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What's Trending: Manufacturing Hubs; Costly Nutrition Labels

March 3, 2014 11:09 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Here's a deeper look into the top trending stories in manufacturing today based on reader feedback: High-tech manufacturing hubs; the impact of new nutrition labels on manufacturers; and Samsung's new products announced.         

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Gain A 360-degree View Of Your Business

March 3, 2014 10:35 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Having the ability to truly visualize your business anytime, anywhere and from any device. That’s how your business benefits from the cloud.                               

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3D Printing Is Not A Bubble

March 3, 2014 10:04 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

3D Systems reported good enough earnings and guidance to impress investors while the whole 3D printing industry is bouncing back from a sluggish start to the year.                         

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Big Sales Gains For Chrysler, Nissan

March 3, 2014 9:44 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Chrysler and Nissan each posted double-digit U.S. sales gains last month as they convinced buyers to buy pickups and small SUVs.                                   

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Deere CEO Optimistic About Construction Equipment Demand

March 3, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The CEO of Deere & Co. says he is optimistic that demand for construction equipment and other advanced machinery will strengthen while farm equipment sales will slump.                       

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Automakers To Showcase Small Models In Geneva

March 3, 2014 9:24 am | by Colleen Barry, Associated Press | News | Comments

European carmakers hope to put their longest ever market slump in the rear view mirror, by showcasing dozens of car premiers, particularly for small models packed with premium features.                   

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Dairy Spying Bill Signed Into Law

March 3, 2014 9:07 am | by John Miller, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bill came in response to videos released by a vegetarian and animal rights group showing workers at Bettencourt Dairy beating and abusing cows.                             

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Obama Challenges Congress On Job Creation

March 3, 2014 8:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is challenging Congress to help him create jobs and rebuild the nation's infrastructure.                                        

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