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Year After W.Va. Chemical Spill, Execs Face Charges

December 19, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

Almost a year after chemicals leaked into the Elk River, former Freedom Industries executives, the company itself and two other employees are facing criminal charges in the spill.                     

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Using Big Data From The IoT To Predict Machine Failure

December 19, 2014 10:52 am | by Aurimas Adomavicius | Articles | Comments

Interpreting Big Data in manufacturing is a highly complex process that involves an interconnected fleet of data producing machines, overwhelming amounts of data, transformation of data for digestion, interpretation and automation of strategic decisions to maximize uptime and profitability.

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Blackberry CEO Talks New Smartphone, Winning Back Customers

December 19, 2014 10:34 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Blackberry once dominated the smartphone market, but now the company is fighting to regain popularity. Blackberry CEO John Chen unveils the Blackberry Classic and addresses the company's dropping revenue.             

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Engineering Newswire: Musk Unveils Autonomous Spaceport Drone Ship

December 19, 2014 10:29 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at bringing sports car sounds to the minivan, landing drones on an autonomous spaceport ship, and sculpting the world’s smallest human … in the nude.                   

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More Job Losses For The Oil Industry

December 19, 2014 10:25 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Lower oil prices are buoying Louisiana's fishermen, but putting the squeeze on others. Manuel Bojorquez reports on the threat to jobs in the state's oil industry.                         

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Sony Hack Adds Security Pressure On Companies

December 19, 2014 10:01 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Faced with rising cybercrime like the attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, companies worldwide are under pressure to tighten security but are hampered by cost and, for some, reluctance to believe they are in danger.         

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Unilever Drops Suit Over 'Just Mayo'

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by SARAH Skidmore Sell & Tali Arbel, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising.                             

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Blackberry Posts 3Q Adjusted Profit, Revenue Down

December 19, 2014 9:53 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Blackberry reported an adjusted profit for its fiscal third quarter, surprising Wall Street. But its revenue fell, missing analysts' estimates.                               

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Oil-Price Drop Rattles Smaller Operators In Kansas

December 19, 2014 9:50 am | by Roxana Hegeman, Associated Press | News | Comments

When crude prices were high, Kansas oilman Robert Murdock made plans to drill 20 new wells next year. Not anymore.                                       

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Thai Seafood Company To Buy Bumble Bee

December 19, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thai Union Frozen Products announced Friday it is acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, a major seller of canned tuna in the United States, for $1.5 billion.                             

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Chrysler To Recall About 257K Ram Pickup Trucks

December 19, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 257,000 older Ram pickup trucks because the rear axle can seize or the drive shaft can fall off.                                   

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U.S. Agriculture Has Big Appetite For Cuba Trade

December 19, 2014 9:41 am | by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. agriculture has a big appetite for freer trade with Cuba. From wheat to rice to beans, the industry stands to be one of the biggest beneficiaries of President Barack Obama's plan to ease economic and travel restrictions imposed against the communist-ruled island.

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Congress Passes Bill To Confront Rising Risks Of Cyberattack

December 19, 2014 9:19 am | by Automation Federation | News | Comments

The United States Congress earlier this week took an important step forward to better protect America from the increasing risks of industrial cyberattack when it approved The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014.           

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New York State To Officially Ban Fracking

December 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Although hydraulic fracturing in New York State has been on moratorium since 2008, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration has announced that it will now formally ban the practice.                     

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You Can Drink This Car's Exhaust

December 18, 2014 1:15 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Toyota Mirai is a Hydrogen fuel cell powered car that emits 100 percent pure high quality H20.                                           

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Merck Buys Swiss Biotech With Promising Cancer Drug

December 18, 2014 1:09 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmaker Merck says it's bought a Swiss biotech company developing cancer drugs as part of its strategy to be a top player in cancer, one of the hottest pharmaceutical research areas.                   

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Manufacturing Growth Slows In Philadelphia Region

December 18, 2014 12:52 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing in the Philadelphia region grew at a much slower pace in December compared with the previous month. But the drop came after factory activity reached its highest level in 21 years in November.             

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Kraft Foods CEO To Retire, Cahill Named Successor

December 18, 2014 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Kraft Foods Group Inc. says that CEO Tony Vernon plans to retire later this month. The company named Chairman John Cahill as his successor.                               

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High Tech Bracelet To Turns Your Arm Into A Screen

December 18, 2014 11:41 am | by Buzz60 | Videos | Comments

A French company is looking to produce the Cicret, a smart device that you wear. This device is like Google Glass, in that you wear it, but the projection is on your arm.                       

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Google Finds There's Power In Color

December 18, 2014 11:34 am | by The Associated Press | Videos | Comments

Google is one of the major U.S. corporations researching the power of color in the working world, in everything from workspaces to marketing and branding. With more competition than ever for time and attention, color is a silent salesperson.   

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