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Manufacturing In New York Shrinks By Most Since 2009

August 17, 2015 9:55 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state contracted in August at the fastest pace since the Great Recession, pulled down by sharp declines in new orders and shipments.

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Refinery Shutdown Wreaks Havoc On Midwest Gas Prices

August 17, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Faulty equipment at a northwestern Indiana oil refinery jolted gas prices throughout the Midwest in recent days.

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Lenovo Secretly Installing Software Again

August 14, 2015 12:27 pm | by Jon Minnick, Editor | News | Comments

Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo has been caught secretly installing proprietary software on Windows PCs again, only this time, it appears to be near-impossible to remove.

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Engineering Newswire: World’s Largest Plane Has Six 747-Class Engines

August 14, 2015 11:53 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at throwing flames with the XMatter, flying the world’s largest plane and getting a real explanation for how Lexus’ hoverboard works.

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Tesla Cars: A Loss Leader For Innovation?

August 14, 2015 11:49 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Tesla Motors has boosted the size of its stock offering to nearly 2.7 million shares, which will raise about $642 million for the company. Matt Miller examines Tesla's auto business in relation to its other endeavors. 

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Keeping The Sharp End Of The Operational Supply Chain Sharpened

August 14, 2015 11:46 am | by Jeff Pike | Articles | Comments

Probabilistic systems have traditionally had challenges around the theoretical and practical problems of data acquisition and representation. The next step is to understand what is happening at each stage of the supply chain and at all inventory locations rather than taking a simple 'whole inventory' view. 

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Beer Of Champions? Wheaties Teams Up With Brewery

August 14, 2015 10:32 am | by Candice Choi, AP Food Industry Writer | News | Comments

Wheaties says it is partnering with a craft brewery to create a limited-edition beer. 

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HTC To Cut 15 Percent Of Workforce

August 14, 2015 10:28 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC on Thursday announced plans to lay off 15 percent of its workforce — or about 2,300 people — amid weak demand and sales in China.

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Dell To Sell Google Chromebook Tailored For Corporate Users

August 14, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google's latest Chromebook laptop will be specially designed for corporate customers in an effort to get more workers off machines powered by Microsoft's dominant Windows software.

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Syngenta To Expand Minnesota Research Facility

August 14, 2015 10:04 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

Syngenta officials this week broke ground on a $20 million expansion of its seed treatment research facility in Stanton, Minnesota.

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U.S. Steel Industry Issues Warning About Chinese Currency

August 14, 2015 9:59 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

U.S. steelmakers cautioned this week that China's decision to devalue its currency could result in substantial problems for an already embattled industry.

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Motorola Mobility To Cut 500 Jobs In Chicago In Coming Weeks

August 14, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola Mobility says it's cutting 500 jobs at its Chicago headquarters, about a quarter of its workforce.

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GM Recalls Chevrolet Cobalts For Defective Airbag Wiring

August 14, 2015 9:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 73,424 Chevrolet Cobalt small cars in the U.S. and Canada because improper wiring could prevent the roof-mounted driver's side airbag from deploying after a crash.

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U.S. Producer Prices Up In July

August 14, 2015 9:46 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Prices charged by producers rose more slowly in July, reflecting declines in both food and energy.

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Study: New Ethanol Standards Would Lead To Increased Carbon Emissions

August 14, 2015 9:42 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A new study by Illinois researchers estimates that reduced federal gasoline blending standards would produce the same impact on carbon emissions as nearly one million additional passenger vehicles.

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3D Printing's Future Is In Metals, New Methods

August 13, 2015 11:57 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor | News | Comments

The report asks: How will companies use 3D printing over the next couple years?

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Luxury Vodka: The Art And Science Of Crafting A Brand

August 13, 2015 11:51 am | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

Pernod Ricard is doubling down with Absolut Elyx in a quest to dethrone Grey Goose.

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OnePlus Disrupts Smartphone Industry

August 13, 2015 11:46 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

When Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus was founded in 2013, critics doubted that people would buy its flagship phone, OnePlus One. But co-founder Carl Pei found an unconventional way to help the company survive.

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Symantec To Sell Veritas Business For $8B In Cash

August 13, 2015 10:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Symantec will sell its Veritas information management business for $8 billion in cash with plans to funnel proceeds back into its main line of work, cybersecurity, and to buy back shares.

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