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GM Ignition Switch Death Count Rises

October 20, 2014 1:14 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Attorney Kenneth Feinberg, who was hired by GM to compensate victims, updated the totals Monday.                                            

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Fire Exposes Illegal Chinese Factories Problem In Italy

October 20, 2014 1:09 pm | by Erika Kinetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities have raided over 1,900 Chinese factories in the past 6 1/2 years, closing 909 for safety and labor violations. Sanctioned factories rarely bother to fix those problems, preferring to reopen under a new name.         

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Lorillard CEO To Get Millions After Reynolds Merger

October 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Regulatory filings show the CEO of Newport cigarette maker Lorillard Inc. is set to receive more than $44 million following the planned $25 billion merger with Reynolds American Inc.                   

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U.S. Agency Warns Car Owners About Air Bags

October 20, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are warning owners of more than 4.7 million vehicles that have been recalled for air bag problems to get them repaired immediately.                           

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Cloud ERP — The Right Tool For The Relevant Problem

October 20, 2014 12:48 pm | by Srinivasan Ramaswamy | Articles | Comments

An agile solution that is constantly evolving and keeps pace with the rapid changes in technology and usage patterns of the users, is what the current business needs.                        

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Hackers, Downtime And Deathmobiles In The Age Of IoT

October 20, 2014 12:27 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

It seems that many in manufacturing operations and IT are being tasked with quelling security fears instead of being given the opportunity to address these concerns, and leverage the advantages of greater enterprise-wide connectivity.     

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A Cultural Shift Is Coming To Microsoft

October 20, 2014 12:07 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Satya Nadella says he was wrong to use his own personal experiences to answer the questions of whether women should ask for raises.                                  

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6 Ways To Manage Product Complexity

October 20, 2014 12:01 pm | by Columbus | Articles | Comments

One of the biggest challenges discrete manufacturing companies face is the increasing complexity of the product, whether this is due to technological change, market forces or the need to customize the product to meet demanding customer requirements. It is essential to capture these requirements accurately and quickly, and flow this information efficiently through the organization.

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Taking Audi's Driverless Car Out For A Race

October 20, 2014 11:31 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

German carmaker Audi takes us for a spin in a driverless concept car version of their RS7.                                             

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IBM To Shed Its Costly Chip Division

October 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Michelle Chapman, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

IBM will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division.                                               

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Microsoft CEO Launches Diversity Training Effort

October 20, 2014 9:39 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Still working to repair damage caused by his gaffe about women seeking pay raises, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has again apologized to employees and announced in a company-wide memo that all workers will receive expanded training on how to foster an inclusive culture.

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Electrolux Buoyed By U.S. Growth

October 20, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Growth in the U.S. and efficiency gains in Europe helped Swedish home-appliance maker Electrolux post a 42 percent jump in third-quarter profits.                              

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Canadian Pacific Ends CSX Deal Talks

October 20, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian Pacific Railway says it has ended talks with U.S. counterpart CSX about a possible combination and plans no more discussions.                                 

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Hershey Wins Trademark Lawsuit Against Pot Company

October 17, 2014 11:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Colorado marijuana company must recall or destroy its pot-infused edibles that resemble iconic Hershey treats as part of a settlement agreement with the chocolate company.                      

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Manufacturers Gear Up For More Energy Efficiency

October 17, 2014 10:43 am | by Wayne Kovach | Articles | Comments

Taking advantage of government programs that aid in cost reduction and competitiveness within the industry is critical for the success of each individual business and for the U.S. economy.                 

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Nest CEO On The IoT Of Everyday Items

October 17, 2014 10:32 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Nest is turning the places we live into smart homes, one device at a time. Nest founder and CEO Tony Fadell discusses how technology can improve our lives.                           

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Top 10 Over-The-Top Car Features

October 17, 2014 10:21 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

There are a lot of cool, new features found in cars these days. Cars.com took a look at the top ten, over-the-top available features.                                 

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Engineering Newswire: Professor Designs Cloaking Device On Vacation

October 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at swarming navy threats with autonomous ships, securing our homes with coins, and bending light to blind you with science or designing a killer cloak with off-the-shelf materials.          

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Will Apple Pay Be The Next iRevolution?

October 17, 2014 9:38 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's skinnier iPads and flashy big-screen iMac are sleek and stunning. But the tech giant is making a bigger strategic bet with next week's launch of Apple Pay — the mobile pay service aimed at turning your iPhone into your wallet.     

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AMD Cutting Global Workforce

October 17, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

AMD says it will cut 7 percent of its global workforce in an effort to improve its profitability.                                           

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