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Japan Court Limits Samsung Damages Claim

May 16, 2014 12:36 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Japanese court ruled Friday that Samsung Electronics Co. can only seek a maximum of around 9.95 million yen in damages from the Japanese unit of Apple Inc., judging the amount of damages should not exceed a royalty payment under a license agreement.

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Government Fines GM $35M

May 16, 2014 12:33 pm | by Joan Lowy and Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have fined General Motors $35 million for delays in recalling small cars with faulty ignition switches that are linked to at least 13 deaths.                         

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Funding To Repair U.S. Infrastructure Is Shrinking

May 16, 2014 12:20 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Across the country, more than one in nine bridges is rated as structurally deficient, and 32 percent of the nation's major roads are in mediocre or poor condition. But the money to fix the infrastructure could be limited.         

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GM's Recall Nightmare Won't End

May 16, 2014 12:02 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Now its faulty wiring? GM recalls another 3 million cars, bringing its total for the year to about 10 million.                                        

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How Consumer IT Trends Are Affecting Manufacturing Software

May 16, 2014 11:51 am | by Greg Goodwin, LNS Research | Blogs | Comments

The “consumerization” of IT is having a significant affect both in how enterprise manufacturing technology is designed, and how organizations are restructuring their IT policies, particularly with respect to device and data access, and user experiences.

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Super-E Motors With Baldor Shaft Grounding Brush

May 16, 2014 9:49 am | by Baldor Electric Company | Product Releases | Comments

Baldor Electric Company is proud to announce a new line of electric motors — Super-E motors with Baldor Shaft Grounding Brush.

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P&G Plans Distribution Center In Ohio

May 16, 2014 9:43 am | by Julie Carr Smyth, Associated Press | News | Comments

Consumer products giant Procter & Gamble will locate a major distribution center in southwest Ohio to serve the Midwest, the company announced Thursday.                           

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UK Man Convicted In HP Fraud Scheme

May 16, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A 47-year-old man federal prosecutors describe as a United Kingdom citizen has been convicted of participating in a conspiracy to defraud computer maker Hewlett-Packard of some $14 million by fraudulently purchasing computers and equipment at a discount.

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Abbott Spending $2.9B On CFR Pharmaceuticals

May 16, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Abbott Laboratories says it will spend about $2.9 billion to broaden its reach in Latin America with the acquisition of fellow drugmaker CFR Pharmaceuticals.                           

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German Official Considers Breaking Up Google

May 16, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Germany's economy minister says Google may have such a dominant market position that a breakup of the company "must be seriously considered."                               

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Former GM Site To Become Auto Glass Plant

May 16, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Chinese company has finalized its plan to build an automotive glass-making plant in southwest Ohio, creating about 800 jobs and revitalizing a former General Motors factory site.                    

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6 Injured In Explosion At Tenn. Steel Mill

May 16, 2014 9:15 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six workers have been injured in an explosion at a Knoxville, Tennessee, steel mill, fire officials said.                                         

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U.S. Factory Output Retreats In April

May 15, 2014 12:42 pm | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. factory output took a breather in April after two months of strong growth, as manufacturers produced less furniture, machinery and plastics.                              

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EPA Announces Record $14M Fine For Titanium Waste

May 15, 2014 12:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A company that manufactures titanium jet parts faces a record $14 million fine for illegally making and disposing of a cancer-causing chemical in Henderson, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.           

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Philips Suing Nintendo Over Wii Remote

May 15, 2014 12:38 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dutch electronics firm Royal Philips NV has filed a suit against Nintendo in a U.S. court, claiming the Japanese company infringed two of its patents in the control system of its popular "Wii" video game consoles.           

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Skills Shortage Threatens Earnings And Growth Of U.S. Manufacturers

May 15, 2014 12:36 pm | by Accenture & The Manufacturing Institute | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers may be losing up to 11 percent annually of their earnings as a result of increased production costs stemming from a shortage of skilled workers, according to a new study from Accenture and The Manufacturing Institute.    

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Manufacturing Outlook Forecasts An 'Era of Disruptive Complexity'

May 15, 2014 12:28 pm | by GLOBE NEWSWIRE | News | Comments

Manufacturers are entering into a new era of 'disruptive complexity' which is fundamentally changing the way they compete and succeed, according to the KPMG's 2014 Global Manufacturing Outlook (GMO).               

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Take A Ride In Google's Self-Driving Car

May 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Google's self-driving car makes strides. One technology reporter got a chance to ride in the car and says it drives quite conservatively.                                 

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Fallout From Russian Sanctions Hits U.S. Companies

May 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The economic sanctions levied against Russia for its involvement in Ukraine has taken a bite out of the profits of some U.S. companies that do business in Russia.                         

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Engineering Newswire: Desktop CNC Mills Faster Than Larger Counterparts

May 15, 2014 12:13 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at etching comics on human hairs, building wings with snakes and the Nomad CNC Mill.                                     

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