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U.S. Regulators OK Shell-BG Deal

June 17, 2015 11:17 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Royal Dutch Shell and BG Group announced on Tuesday that U.S. regulators officially approved their proposed $70 billion merger.

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Airbus Joins SpaceX In Race To Provide Internet From Space

June 17, 2015 11:11 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

European aerospace giant Airbus this week announced plans to build hundreds of satellites in an effort to provide Internet access to remote locations worldwide.

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Constellation Brews A Fully Automated Factory

June 17, 2015 10:51 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

A Constellation brewery in Mexico is a fully automated plant, including laser-guided vehicles that move pallets around the factory floor, replacing the need for forklifts -- and their human operators.

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This Company Makes Every President's Shoes

June 17, 2015 10:47 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Johnston & Murphy has been making the presidents shoes for 165 years. Now, they are preparing for a change in step and are planning for the possibility of making a woman's presidential shoes.

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Ford's GT Is A 'Test Lab' For Company

June 17, 2015 10:34 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Bill Ford, Executive Chairman of the Ford Motor Company, says some of the GT supercar's features will make it into the mainstream product line.

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Improving Downtime And Disaster Recovery With Virtualization

June 17, 2015 7:53 am | by Jacob Haugen | Articles | Comments

Virtualization as a manufacturing tool is powerful because it's hardware independent for systems that cannot fail.

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Paris Air Show Roundup

June 16, 2015 1:19 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | News | Comments

A look at some of the news coming from the 2015 Paris Air Show happening this week where major aircraft manufacturers hope to do some business.

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Forget Hot Hatches, The Audi RS 3 Is A Hyper Hatch

June 16, 2015 12:50 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

There comes a point when a hot hatch gets so hot it becomes something else. Hyper hatch is a name reserved for the supercar-beating elite of the breed — the RS 3 is most certainly one of them

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Scientists Develop Semiconductor Chips Made Almost Entirely From Wood

June 16, 2015 12:40 pm | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Scientists from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have created a new type of semiconductor chip that’s almost entirely made of wood.

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Shipping To Canada? Don’t Get Stuck At The Border

June 16, 2015 12:35 pm | by John Costanzo | News | Comments

Companies looking to do business in Canada can be caught off guard with numerous problems in navigating the U.S./Canada customs process and the difficulty in trying to resolve those issues. 

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U.S. Factory Output Down In May, Hurt By Oil Refining Cuts

June 16, 2015 10:23 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output slipped in May, hurt by a decline in oil refining that overshadowed solid gains by automakers.

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Reshoring In-Depth: Transportation, Electronics Lead Reshoring Efforts

June 16, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Transportation and electrical equipment accounted for most of the reshored U.S. jobs over the last five years, according to a report from the Reshoring Initiative.

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SpaceX To Hold Hyperloop Pod Design Contest

June 16, 2015 10:14 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Elon Musk's SpaceX plans to hold a competition for pod designs for a Hyperloop system in a year, according to reports.

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Honda Adds 1M Civics, Accords To Passenger Airbag Recall

June 16, 2015 10:08 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

At the insistence of U.S. safety regulators, Honda is adding more than a million of its most popular vehicles to a growing recall for airbags that can explode with too much force.

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Kashi Agrees To Pay $4M Settlement Over All-Natural Label

June 16, 2015 10:03 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Kellogg Co. could pay nearly $4 million to settle a Florida class-action lawsuit over "all-natural" claims on products under its Kashi brand.

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Death Toll From Defective GM Ignition Switches Rises To 114

June 16, 2015 9:59 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll from faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen by three to 114.

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HTC Rejects Takeover Bid

June 16, 2015 9:50 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Smartphone maker HTC on Monday adamantly denied any interest in a takeover by fellow Taiwanese tech company Asustek.

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Lumber Liquidators Fires Chief Merchandising Officer

June 16, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lumber Liquidators said Monday that it has fired Chief Merchandising Officer William Schlegel after serving more than four years in the position.

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Legislation Would Curb Beer, Wine Taxes

June 16, 2015 9:43 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A Democratic senator hopes to curb the taxes levied on small brewers, vintners, distillers and cider makers.

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Safety Agency Probes Mazda SUVs For Suspension Problem

June 16, 2015 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators are investigating complaints that suspension parts can come loose on Mazda SUVs, causing drivers to lose control.

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