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McDonald's: No More 'Pink Slime'

October 15, 2014 12:35 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The fast-food operator is countering criticism of its food quality with a campaign answering questions from would-be diners.                                    

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Nike, Converse Chuck A Lawsuit At 31 Companies

October 15, 2014 12:30 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades, so what leaves me scratching my head is — what took so long to file the lawsuit?

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Using Automation To Leverage Existing Assets & Accommodate Growth

October 15, 2014 12:14 pm | by Gary Frank | Articles | Comments

By retrofitting your warehouse with the right automation technology, you can easily leverage your existing assets and real estate to accommodate growth.                            

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Nike Suing Over Chuck Taylor Trademark Infringement

October 15, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Nike's Converse brand is suing 31 companies, saying they are selling knockoff versions of its Chuck Taylor shoes.                                       

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U.S. Producer Prices Fell In September

October 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Inflation was limited last month because of falling gasoline and food costs that have lowered the prices that U.S. companies received for their goods and services.                         

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New York Factory Growth Slows

October 15, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New York manufacturers are growing at the slowest pace in six months as new orders shrink and shipments barely rise.                                       

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U.S. Retail Sales Fell In September

October 15, 2014 9:52 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. retail sales retreated in September as purchases of autos, gasoline, furniture and clothing slowed, a sign that recent job gains have yet to significantly boost consumer spending.                   

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GM Plant Seeks Tax Break For Upgrade

October 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors' Fort Wayne, Indiana truck assembly plant wants local officials to waive taxes for a decade to help with a possible $1 billion upgrade, a spokeswoman said.                    

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JPMorgan CEO Says More Should Be Done On Cyberattacks

October 14, 2014 2:03 pm | by Steve Rothwell, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

JPMorgan Chase's CEO Jamie Dimon says that more coordination between businesses and government is needed to combat the rising threat of cyberattacks.                             

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Chrysler Recalls SUVs For Air Bag Defect

October 14, 2014 1:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling 184,215 SUVs worldwide because a wiring problem could disable their air bags and seat belt pretensioners.                                   

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Ferrari Debuts The F60 America Supercar

October 14, 2014 1:48 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Ferrari is celebrating 60 years selling in the United States. Chris Woodyard talks to Nicola Boari about the Ferrari F60 America, introduced for the occasion.                           

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Elon Musk On Tesla's Auto Pilot And Legal Liability

October 14, 2014 1:41 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors Inc., discusses Tesla's "auto-pilot" feature, autonomous driving, government regulations and legal liability.                               

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Did A Highway Guardrail Manufacturer Put Profits Over Safety?

October 14, 2014 1:33 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Trinity Industries is facing allegations that it changed its guardrail design without informing the Federal Highway Administration and that those changes may have led to deaths and injuries across the U.S.             

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Small Brands, Big Profits With Smart Packaging

October 14, 2014 12:38 pm | by Michael Bialko | Articles | Comments

In this era where vast resources and heavy advertising play increasingly critical roles in generating a competitive advantage, creating a level playing field on the store shelf, at the point of sale, can make all the difference to a small or local brand.

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Why Oil Price Drop Could Squeeze U.S. Economy

October 14, 2014 9:56 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

If you're a driver, a shipper, or an airline, low oil prices sure feel nice. But there are downsides to the recent plunge in oil prices — for the oil industry and for the economy.                     

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Mayor Says Toledo, Fiat Chrysler Should Work Together

October 14, 2014 9:54 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Toledo's mayor isn't about to pick a fight with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, even if it pulls Jeep Wrangler production out of the city. That's because the automaker will still have a large presence in the area and an assembly complex that will need another vehicle to replace the Wrangler, if it goes.

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Augmented Reality Melds Work, Play

October 14, 2014 9:49 am | by Salim Essaid, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

Video gamers are an obvious target group for use, but businesses too are finding that combining wearables with augmented reality could solve practical problems.                         

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Survey: More Pessimism About German Economy

October 14, 2014 9:42 am | by David McHugh, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Germany's ZEW survey of investment analysts fell for the tenth consecutive month in October, adding to a string of downbeat economic data about Europe's largest economy and the eurozone as a whole.               

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SME Education Foundation Announces Two New Scholarships

October 13, 2014 3:38 pm | by The SME Education Foundation | News | Comments

The SME Education Foundation is pleased to announce it will establish two new scholarships specifically for Focus: HOPE students pursuing careers in manufacturing, manufacturing technology or a closely related field.         

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Millions Of Voiceprints Quietly Being Harvested

October 13, 2014 1:21 pm | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Businesses and governments around the world increasingly are turning to voice biometrics, or voiceprints, to pay pensions, collect taxes, track criminals and replace passwords.                     

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