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Coke: Stolen Laptops Had Info Of 74,000 People

January 27, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Coca-Cola said Friday that laptop computers stolen from its Atlanta headquarters held the personal information of up to 74,000 people.                                 

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Google Buys Artificial Intelligence Startup

January 27, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google says that it has purchased the British startup DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company founded by a 37-year old former chess prodigy and computer game designer.                       

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Thai Police Suspect Tata Exec Killed Himself

January 27, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thai police say the deadly fall from a luxury hotel room of a British executive at India's automotive giant Tata Motors may have been a suicide.                               

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Ban On Trans Fats Would Be Boon For Canola Growers

January 27, 2014 9:11 am | by Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Oregon to Oklahoma, farmers have started planting canola in earnest, rotating the yellow-flowered crop that could blossom into a replacement for artery-clogging trans fats found in myriad junk foods, such as cookies, cakes and pies.    

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Judge Asked To Remove BP Settlement Probe Leader

January 24, 2014 3:12 pm | by Michael Kunzleman, Associated Press | News | Comments

A lawyer targeted in an investigation of the settlement program for compensating victims of BP's 2010 Gulf oil spill has asked a federal judge to disqualify former FBI director Louis Freeh from reviewing and acting on any allegations involving the attorney.

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Union Membership Held Steady During 2013

January 24, 2014 3:05 pm | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

The nation's union membership held steady at 11.3 percent last year, but losses among state and government workers suggest an ominous trend for the future of organized labor.                     

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Fla. Gov. Wants To Boost Job Training Efforts

January 24, 2014 2:59 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Florida Gov. Rick Scott is calling for spending $30 million a year on new job training programs.                                            

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Yokogawa Expands Production In North America

January 24, 2014 2:50 pm | by Yokogawa Corporation of America | News | Comments

Yokogawa Corporation of America, a leading manufacturer in the fields of measurement, control and automation, is expanding its North American presence in direct response to increased demand for its product, solution and service offerings.   

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Power Company Tri-State Pitches $10M CO2 X Prize

January 24, 2014 2:43 pm | by Mead Gruver, Associated Press | News | Comments

A power company is raising money for a $10 million X Prize to spur technology to capture and use carbon dioxide emitted from coal-fired power plants.                             

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Obstacles And Opportunities From 3D Printing

January 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Jonathan Moskin, Partner, Foley & Lardner | Articles | Comments

It should come as no surprise that intellectual property owners concerned that their valuable 3D printing product designs will be copied and traded on the internet need to focus on the available legal tools to protect product designs — most notably copyright, design patents and laws protecting trade dress in product configurations.

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3D Printing: 2013’s Biggest Market Disruptor

January 24, 2014 9:54 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Being a technology that has been around for some 25 to 30 years, additive manufacturing (3D printing) was bound to make some intriguing changes and advances, as is expected every year. So why on Earth is 3D printing the biggest market disruptor of 2013?

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Steve Jobs Unveils The Mac

January 24, 2014 9:47 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

In honor of the Macintosh computer's thirtieth birthday this week, CNNMoney takes a look back at its introduction to the world.                                   

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PepsiCo, Nestle Plan To Boost Mexico Investments

January 24, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mexico is getting a big cash infusion, with PepsiCo and Nestle saying they plan to boost their presence in the country.                                      

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Backers: Report On Rail Risks Boosts Keystone XL

January 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

A government warning about the dangers of increased use of trains to transport crude oil is giving a boost to supporters of the long-delayed Keystone XL pipeline.                         

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Mo. Senate Panel Considers Blocking E15 Gasoline

January 24, 2014 9:30 am | by Jordan Shapiro, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid warnings from business groups and car manufacturers about using higher concentrations of ethanol in gasoline, a Missouri Senate committee considered Thursday whether to permanently block a proposal allowing gas stations to sell fuel containing 15 percent ethanol.

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Parts That Can Cause Toilets To Burst Are Recalled

January 24, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Flushmate, the maker of a high-pressure flushing system sold at Home Depot and Lowe's, is expanding its recall of the parts, because they can burst near a seam with force enough to shatter the toilet tank.             

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Qualcomm Buys Palm Patents From Hewlett-Packard

January 24, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Cell phone chip maker Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday it has acquired patents once owned by smartphone maker Palm Inc. from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed amount.                         

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Barra To Stay The Course At GM, But Accelerate

January 24, 2014 9:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co.'s new CEO, Mary Barra, says she will largely keep in place the plans of her predecessor, from a restructuring in Europe to a focus on improving profit margins. But she hopes to accelerate that progress.         

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Icahn Raises Apple Stake, Now Owns $3B In Stock

January 23, 2014 3:37 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Apple as he escalates his campaign to pressure the company into buying back more of its stock while the shares remain stuck far below their peak price.             

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Some Pioneers Of Digital Spying Have Misgivings

January 23, 2014 3:34 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Friedberg, an Internet intelligence pioneer who describes himself as "extremely pro-law enforcement," is among a growing number of former national security and law enforcement officials who are questioning the current scope of the National Security Agency's data-gathering programs.

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