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Boeing, Airbus At Odds Over Black Boxes

October 8, 2014 9:41 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

The world's two largest commercial aircraft manufacturers are at odds over equipping airliners with black boxes that eject in the event of a crash, making them easier to find.                     

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Ohio Leaders Scramble Over Hints It May Lose Jeep

October 8, 2014 9:37 am | by John Seewer, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ohio's governor and the mayor of the state's fourth-largest city talked with the head of Chrysler over the weekend about the future of the Toledo-built Jeep Wrangler, just days after the automaker indicated production could be moved when a new model comes out.

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New York Governor Announces Expansion Of Advanced Atomization Technologies

October 8, 2014 9:29 am | by U.S. Official News | News | Comments

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Advanced Atomization Technologies, the joint venture between Parker Aerospace and GE Aviation, will expand and update its manufacturing facility and office building to accommodate an increased demand for work. 

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Boeing To Add 700 Jobs In St. Louis

October 8, 2014 9:27 am | by Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press | News | Comments

The bevy of elected officials and business leaders disappointed by Boeing Co.'s decision earlier this year to build a new commercial airplane on the West Coast rather than in Missouri received a consolation prize Monday.         

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3 Tips For Moving Operations Management To The Cloud

October 7, 2014 1:02 pm | by Ralf Suerken | Articles | Comments

While moving manufacturing operations management to the Cloud may be the ultimate objective, manufacturers today face daunting challenges in their current operations, as well as obstacles in making the leap to the Cloud.         

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Toyota Unveils Its Hybrid Crossover C-HR Concept Vehicle

October 7, 2014 12:40 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Karl Schlicht, executive president at Toyota, discusses the automaker’s new hybrid concept vehicle, production on their first fuel-cell vehicle and a joint venture with BMW on a dual sports car project.             

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Apple And Google Take On U.S. Gov't Over Encryption

October 7, 2014 12:21 pm | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

While the newest Apple and Google smartphones will automatically encrypt data stored on them, that won’t keep U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies from obtaining evidence linked to the devices.             

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GM Thinks Outside The Box To Reach Recalled Car Owners

October 7, 2014 11:25 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Eight months after General Motors began recalling more than 2 million cars because of a deadly ignition-switch defect, less than half of the owners have gotten their vehicles fixed.                   

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New Studies Point Out The Dangers Of 'Talking' To Your Car

October 7, 2014 11:19 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new studies have found that voice-activated smartphones and dashboard infotainment systems may be making the distracted-driving problem worse instead of better.                         

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Nearly 4K May Get Damages In Chinese Drywall Suit

October 7, 2014 11:14 am | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge has ruled that nearly 4,000 homeowners who say Chinese drywall ruined their homes are eligible to share any further damages he may award in lawsuits against Taishan Gypsum Co. Ltd., a government-owned manufacturer that failed to show up in court.

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IMF Trims Forecast For Global Economic Growth

October 7, 2014 11:10 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The International Monetary Fund slightly lowered its outlook for global economic growth this year and next, mostly because of weaker expansions in Japan, Latin America and Europe.                     

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SodaStream Is Losing Fizz In U.S.

October 7, 2014 11:06 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

SodaStream says it isn't winning over enough new customers in the U.S. and reported preliminary sales results that fell short of Wall Street expectations.                           

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U.S. Manufacturers Forecast Solid Revenue Growth In Year Ahead

October 7, 2014 10:55 am | by PwC US | News | Comments

Optimism regarding projected company revenue growth increased among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the third quarter of 2014, according to the Q3 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US.              

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Mobile Revolution Shakes Up Silicon Valley

October 7, 2014 10:02 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Long-established companies such as Hewlett-Packard Co. and eBay Inc. are scrambling to regain their footing to better compete against mobile-savvy trendsetters like Apple and Google, as well as rising technology stars that have built businesses around "cloud computing."

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EU Investigates Tax Practice Of Amazon

October 7, 2014 9:56 am | by Juergen Baetz, Associated Press | News | Comments

The move is part of a wider crackdown on multinational firms' ability to avoid taxes by shifting profits and costs between countries. Apple Inc., coffee chain Starbucks and the financial arm of carmaker Fiat are also under investigation.   

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Samsung Expects Lowest Profit In Over 3 Years

October 7, 2014 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The world's biggest smartphone maker is suffering a stunning financial decline in the face of intense competition from Apple Inc. and upstart Chinese brands.                           

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Holiday Sales Expected To Rise 4.1 Percent

October 7, 2014 9:40 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Americans are expected to spend at the highest rate in three years during what's traditionally the busiest shopping season of the year, according to the nation's largest retail industry trade group.               

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Town Creates 80 Percent Of All Canned Pumpkin Consumed In U.S.

October 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The small central Illinois town of Morton has its hands at a seemingly endless line of pumpkins — millions of them — that'll become countless pies and loaves of sweet, fresh-baked pumpkin bread.                

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5 Killed In Blast At Fireworks Plant

October 6, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Police say five people were killed early Monday in an explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in southern China.                                       

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Feds Probe Power Steering Complaints In Ford Cars

October 6, 2014 12:47 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's auto safety regulator has opened an investigation into complaints that the power-assisted steering can suddenly fail on three Ford Motor Co. midsize car models.                   

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