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The State Of Sustainable Manufacturing

April 10, 2015 11:39 am | by Industrial Maintenance and Plant Operations | News | Comments

As concerns regarding the environment continue to rise, the importance of sustainable manufacturing follows suit. Check out why it's important and what manufacturers and consumers think. 

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Why Everyone In The U.S. Will Feel California's Drought

April 10, 2015 11:32 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

As the drought in California enters a fourth year, consumers across the country could pay the price at the supermarket

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Engineering Newswire: New Rube Goldberg Designs Violin Playing Machine

April 10, 2015 11:21 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at controlling headlights with our eyes, learning how the bench top factory will change our lives, and building kinetic sculptures with the new Rube Goldberg. 

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Ultra-Luxury Automakers Spark $1M Car Trend

April 10, 2015 11:13 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Luxury automakers are pushing the limits of high-end automobiles with the latest trend delivering vehicles with a purchase price topping out at more than $1 million.

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International Connectivity Requires Well-Fleshed Roadmap

April 10, 2015 11:03 am | by Rich Brown | Articles | Comments

The smaller the world becomes, the more essential a strong working telecom connection to other parts of the world will be to your manufacturing operations. But to make the most of worldwide connections, now is the time to consider your communication needs and begin to make your roadmap for execution.

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Internet Naming Body Moves To Crack Down On '.sucks'

April 10, 2015 10:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Regulator checking on a Canadian company accused of using the new ".sucks" domain name to extract exorbitant sums from celebrities and companies seeking to protect their public brands.

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U.S. Safety Agency May Reopen Jeep Fire Investigation

April 10, 2015 10:39 am | by Meghan Barr & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration told reporters that reopening the Jeep probe is among options being considered.

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GE Pares Off Financial Unit And Returns To Industrial Roots

April 10, 2015 10:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Electric is getting out of the lending business, a major profit generator, as it focuses more on its industrial business and sheds a massive financial unit that had its own set of risks.

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PC Sales Declined — Again — In First Quarter

April 10, 2015 10:26 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Weak demand for desktop computers caused PC sales to plunge again in the first quarter of this year, reflecting the shift to smartphones, tablets and other mobile gadgets.

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GM To Suspend Volt Production For 4 Weeks This Summer

April 10, 2015 10:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will stop making the Chevrolet Volt for four weeks in June and July due to slow sales and to deal with the change to an all-new version of the gas-electric hybrid car.

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Oregon Ballot Initiative Could Allow GMO Restrictions

April 10, 2015 10:12 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Activists in Oregon hope to organize a ballot initiative that would eliminate the state's ability to pre-empt local ordinances.

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Analysts: Could Oil Industry Consolidation Mirror 1990s?

April 10, 2015 10:06 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Energy sector observers expect that the $70 billion proposed deal between Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group should be just the first in a wave of oil industry consolidation.

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Bacardi To Lay Off 10 Percent Of North American Workforce

April 10, 2015 9:54 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The cuts would amount to less than 80 workers out of about 600, Bacardi said.

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Critics Call For Halt To Currency Manipulation In Pacific Trade Pact

April 10, 2015 9:46 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Labor groups hope to turn up the pressure on Congress to address currency manipulation in a potential trade pact with Pacific Rim nations.

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Cybersecurity: The Ongoing Situation

April 9, 2015 12:34 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this day and age, due to such aggressive attacks by hackers, every company should assume that they have been or will be hacked. Activate founder Michael Wolf discusses cybersecurity in the wake of the Heartbleed bug and recent company hack attacks. 

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The Cost To Make The Galaxy S6

April 9, 2015 11:22 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Galaxy S6 is estimated to cost Samsung $50 more per phone to make than the iPhone 6 costs Apple.

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Ford CEO Discusses Latest Models And Technology

April 9, 2015 11:17 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Ford Motor Company revealed new models at the New York International Auto Show. CEO Mark Fields talks about what to expect from the company.

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Embedded Database Technology Will Enable The IoT

April 9, 2015 11:05 am | by Wayne Warren | Articles | Comments

As an ever-growing number of smart, connected devices generate more and more data in a global information space, here’s a look at how embedded database technology will underpin the Internet of Things.

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Sabra Recalls 30,000 Cases Of Hummus Over Listeria Concerns

April 9, 2015 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

About 30,000 cases of Sabra hummus sold nationwide is being recalled due to a possible Listeria contamination.

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Cybercrime Fighting Group Takes Down Beebone Botnet

April 9, 2015 10:17 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new group of international cybercrime fighters claimed one of its first kills Thursday, pulling the plug on malicious servers that hijacked at least 12,000 machines, most of them in the United States.

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