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Divisive Debate On 'Net Neutrality' Heats Up

November 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or stifle innovation and kill jobs.                                   

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Microsoft Drops Nokia Name With Newest Lumia Phone

November 11, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper smartphone, costing about 110 euros ($135), as it eyes emerging and other low-cost markets for growth.                                 

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Unilever Sues Company Over Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise.                                 

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Google Signs 60-Year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 9:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.               

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NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut process plant eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc.                     

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White House Wants Greater Regulation Of Internet Providers

November 10, 2014 12:16 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said Monday in an announcement.     

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?                 

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Privacy Advantages Of Using A Datacenter In Iceland

November 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Natalie Lehrer | Blogs | Comments

According to most data security analysts, Iceland is often referred to as the most privacy-friendly nation for hosting sensitive data. Because data files are becoming larger, it becomes more practical to host data in one central location where it can be readily accessible from any where in the world.

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LNS Research Releases MES Toolkit For Manufacturers

November 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

LNS Research has assembled a free Manufacturing Execution System (MES) toolkit for manufacturers who are considering implementing an MES system.                               

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Arizona Beverage Dispute Continues

November 10, 2014 11:06 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

After a judge ruled that Arizona Beverage Co., maker of Arizona iced tea, is worth $2 billion, its co-founders are now battling over the payout.                               

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3D Printing: A New Dimension To Manufacturing

November 10, 2014 11:01 am | by IBTimes UK | Videos | Comments

3D printing is a cool new innovative technology that the world is still finding uses for, but what do one of the industry’s pioneers think it can be applied to, and how will that change in the future?               

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Coca-Cola Life Arrives On Shelves Nationwide

November 10, 2014 9:59 am | by The Coca-Cola Company | News | Comments

Life is genuinely sweet with the cold, refreshing taste of Coca-Cola Life. The new beverage is The Coca-Cola Company’s first reduced calorie cola to use a blend of cane sugar and stevia leaf extract.               

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Next-Generation Service Contract Management And Automation Platform

November 10, 2014 9:56 am | by MaintenanceNet, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

MaintenanceNet, Inc., the leading provider of service revenue generation solutions, has launched ServiceExchange, its next-generation service contract management and automation platform.

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GM Ordered Switches Nearly 2 Months Before Recall

November 10, 2014 9:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Emails from a court case show that General Motors Co. ordered 500,000 replacement ignition switches almost two months before telling government safety regulators that the switches would be recalled.               

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KiOR Files For Bankruptcy

November 10, 2014 9:46 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Biofuel maker KiOR Inc. has filed for bankruptcy, although its Mississippi subsidiary has not, preserving the chance that its Columbus plant could be sold quickly.                         

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How A Labeling Solution Saved A U.S. Manufacturer Millions

November 7, 2014 11:38 am | by Josh Roffman | Articles | Comments

With operations and partners worldwide, Hypertherm was experiencing significant growth, however their existing consumables product label printing system was not sufficiently accommodating this growth, and was presenting considerable risks to their operations in this lean manufacturing environment. 

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General Mills Cuts Sales, Profit Outlook

November 7, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Mills cuts its sales and profit outlook for the year on Friday, citing persistent sales weakness in the U.S. food industry.                                  

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A Mid-Air Touch Screen Made Of Mist

November 7, 2014 11:10 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

A Polish company is producing a high-resolution, interactive screen made of nothing but water vapor. The screen allows users to control images in mid-air.                           

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Name Confusion Causes Meltdown For Chocolate Maker

November 7, 2014 10:56 am | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

What's in a name? For the Belgian chocolate maker Libeert, it might just be its fate as a company.                                           

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Engineering Newswire: Flying In A Windowless Plane

November 7, 2014 10:47 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at rocket science, flying in a windowless plane, bringing new life to FrankenEyes … and flying a car.                                 

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