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Hewlett-Packard 1Q Earnings, Revenue Top Views

February 21, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard Co. on Thursday reported first-quarter earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street's forecasts, mainly on the surprising strength of personal computer sales to businesses.                 

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Bhutan, Nissan Partner On Electric Cars

February 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan has tapped Nissan Motor Co. to supply electric cars for its taxis and government fleet, hoping to reduce reliance on imported oil.                         

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Face To Face: Technology’s Role In Manufacturing

February 20, 2014 4:28 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

In this week’s Face To Face, we’ve invited Steve Leavitt, General Manager of U.S. Cloud Solutions at Exact Online, to talk about how technology is playing an increasing role in manufacturing success.               

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Gauge Of U.S. Economy's Health Up 0.3 Percent

February 20, 2014 3:29 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

A measure of the U.S. economy's health posted a moderate gain in January, suggesting that the economy will continue to expand in the first half of this year.                           

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Official: UAW No Deal Breaker For Memphis Site

February 20, 2014 3:28 pm | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tennessee officials promoting a 6-square-mile "mega site" outside Memphis say it would be ideally suited for a new auto assembly plant — even if its workers are represented by the United Auto Workers union.             

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BP America Prez: Getting Closer To EPA Agreement

February 20, 2014 3:26 pm | by Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press | News | Comments

Company president and CEO John Minge said Wednesday — without giving details — that he thinks an agreement might be reached with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Justice.               

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Stores Can See Where You Go By Tracking Your Phone

February 20, 2014 3:24 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy.

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Fertilizer Plant Fire Forces Iowa City Evacuation

February 20, 2014 3:22 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Iowa State Patrol spokesman Scott Bright said the fertilizer used for crop dusting contains sulfuric acid, and that the evacuation is necessary to prevent residents from breathing in that chemical.               

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BNSF Seeks To Upgrade Tanker Fleet After Accidents

February 20, 2014 3:18 pm | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press | News | Comments

BNSF Railway Co. says it intends to buy a fleet of 5,000 strengthened tank cars to haul oil and ethanol in a move that would set a higher safety standard for a fleet that's seen multiple major accidents.             

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Villagers Attack, Commercial Drones & Robotic Customer Service

February 20, 2014 11:39 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT’s Manufacturing Newswire, we’ll discuss villagers attacking a factory, as well as some toilet humor gone wrong. We’ll also talk about the taxi of tomorrow, and take a look at a hybrid vehicle designed for land and water.  

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A Self-Driving Tesla From Swiss Futurists

February 20, 2014 11:04 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Rinspeed XchangE concept car explores all that might be possible to do in a car once you no longer have to drive it yourself.                                   

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NASCAR Automotive Tech: Future Safety Advancements

February 20, 2014 10:58 am | by NASCAR | Videos | Comments

Engineers at NASCAR discuss the newest trends in automotive racing safety, including updates to safety nets and a redesigned windshield.                                 

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Inside The World's Largest Solar Plant

February 20, 2014 10:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The world's largest solar thermal power plant is now online in California and can provide enough power for 140,000 homes.                                     

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Sen. Markey Calls For Personalized Gun Law

February 20, 2014 10:46 am | by Steve LeBlanc, Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. Sen. Edward Markey has unveiled a gun control bill he says will help reduce firearm violence by requiring all new guns to be personalized so they can be fired only by their owners or other authorized users.           

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What Would The iCar Look Like? It's Fun To Dream

February 20, 2014 10:41 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

With $158.8 billion in cash on its balance sheet, Apple certainly has the money to buy Tesla, which has a market cap of about $24 billion. Although a pairing of the two companies is a likely long shot and far off at best, it's kind of fun to think about a car made the company that brought us the iPhone and iPad.

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Peltz: PepsiCo Should Still Split Drinks, Snacks

February 20, 2014 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Peltz's Trian Fund Management sent a letter to PepsiCo Inc. on Wednesday, saying it views "structural change as the best path forward to generate sustainable increases in shareholder value."                 

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China's Manufacturing Slows To 7-Month Low

February 20, 2014 10:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing contracted for a second straight month in February as a mainstay of the world's No. 2 economy loses momentum amid government efforts to rein in credit and investment growth.               

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Nebraska Law That Allowed Keystone XL Struck Down

February 20, 2014 10:29 am | by Grant Schulte, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Nebraska judge on Wednesday struck down a law that allowed the Keystone XL pipeline to proceed through the state, a victory for opponents who have tried to block the project that would carry oil from Canada to Texas refineries.      

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Report: Offshoring And Outsourcing A Mixed Bag For U.S. Jobs, Wages

February 19, 2014 3:08 pm | by UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | News | Comments

Without solid numbers, many have assumed that most of the offshored jobs go to developing countries where workers are paid near-poverty wages in less than ideal working conditions. However, the researchers said public fear that offshoring to lower-cost countries is putting downward pressure on U.S. jobs may be overblown.

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Water Bottler Faces Opposition In California

February 19, 2014 3:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Spring water bottler Crystal Geyser's plans to tap an aquifer at the base of Mount Shasta in far Northern California is running into opposition from some residents, environmentalists and Native American tribes.           

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