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Digital Knitwear Puts New Spin On Customized Fashion

December 16, 2014 12:59 pm | by Reuters | Videos | Comments

London-based design studio KNYTTAN has developed a system to let shoppers design their own unique woolen sweaters and scarves. The team hopes to give the traditionally tacky Christmas sweater a sartorial boost.           

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How Phones Became Our Everything

December 16, 2014 12:54 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Phones are, in many ways, the defining technology of our time. They are our increasingly personalized keycards to an interconnected world and it's a trend experts say will only continue in the future. But how did we get here, and where is the technology going?

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5 Challenges To Cybersecurity In The New Year

December 16, 2014 12:49 pm | by Karl Volkman | Articles | Comments

It’s been a tough year for those battling cybersecurity threats and data breaches. From Target and Home Depot to JP Morgan Chase and Sony Pictures Entertainment, 2014 reminded business executives and consumers that nobody is invincible when it comes to cybercrimes.

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Fiat's Chrysler Group Changes Its Name

December 16, 2014 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The automaker said Tuesday that the name change follows the naming convention of its parent company.                                           

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ADM To Sell Cocoa Business To Olam

December 16, 2014 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Archer Daniels Midland says it has agreed to sell its global cocoa business to Olam International for $1.3 billion.                                       

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Report: Cloud Driving Global Business Transformation, Improving Customer Alignment

December 16, 2014 10:04 am | by KPMG LLP | News | Comments

New data from the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG LLP, show the increased use of cloud technology by global business to better connect with their employees and customers.                     

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Alcoa Buying Tital To Help Expand Aerospace Unit

December 15, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Alcoa is buying a titanium and aluminum structural castings company, Tital, to help expand its global aerospace business.                                     

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Why Oil Is Down By Half, What It Means For The U.S.

December 15, 2014 12:51 pm | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

The price of oil has fallen by nearly half in just six months, a surprising and steep plunge that has consumers cheering, producers howling and economists wringing their hands over whether this is a good or bad thing.         

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UAW Head: Companies Can Raise Pay, Be Competitive

December 15, 2014 12:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers President Dennis Williams says he's not buying the Detroit Three automakers' argument against wage increases for longtime workers.                             

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Families Of Shooting Victims Sue Gun Manufacturer, Seller

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

The families of nine of the 26 people killed and a teacher injured two years ago at the Sandy Hook Elementary School filed a lawsuit against the manufacturer, distributor and seller of the rifle used in the shooting.         

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Ford's 'Futurist' Predicts Upcoming Trends

December 15, 2014 12:29 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Sheryl Connelly is Ford's manager of global consumer trends and "futuring." While she works for the auto giant, her job has little to do with cars. Connelly discusses the trends that will influence our lives in the future.        

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A 21st Century Bike

December 15, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNN | Videos | Comments

Richard Quest tries out a bike with springs in its wheels — the Loopwheels.                                                  

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7 Tips For Bridging The Digital Gap

December 15, 2014 12:18 pm | by Krishnan Ramanujam | Articles | Comments

Simply installing new technology is not enough. To get a return on their investments, manufacturers need to put a business framework in place to support them. That requires transforming how they do business.             

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Factory Output Eclipses Pre-Recession High

December 15, 2014 9:58 am | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturing output in November surpassed its pre-recession peak, as auto production kicked into a higher gear.                                      

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Oil Plunges Again, Reaches Recession-Level Depths

December 15, 2014 9:54 am | by Jonathan Fahey, AP Energy Writer | News | Comments

A 6-month rout in the price of oil accelerated this week, culminating in a 4 percent drop Friday — its third such drop in 5 days — to its lowest level since May of 2009, when the U.S. was still in recession.             

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Berkshire Hathaway Acquiring Charter Brokerage

December 15, 2014 9:50 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Warren Buffett's firm Berkshire Hathaway says it is acquiring logistics company Charter Brokerage from private equity firm Arsenal Capital Partners.                             

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3 Tips For Mid-Market Companies Seeking To Implement Big Data

December 12, 2014 11:21 am | by Kevin Beasley, CIO at VAI | Articles | Comments

By following larger corporations’ lead, mid-market companies can leverage their existing big data to increase revenue and improve customer relationships.                           

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Ford CEO: New F-150 Will Change Auto Industry

December 12, 2014 11:06 am | by Bloomberg News | Videos | Comments

Mark Fields, CEO of Ford Motor Co., talks about the automaker's new aluminum-bodied F-150 pickup truck, the outlook for Detroit's economy and the impact of declining oil prices on the auto industry.               

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Engineering Newswire: Electric Scooter Unfolds In A Second

December 12, 2014 10:34 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at searching the sea with robotic ocean gliders, unfolding an electric scooter in a single second, and shielding eyes from blinding headlights.                     

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GM Victim: I Was Robbed Of A Part Of My Life

December 12, 2014 10:31 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

10 years after her car crashed, killing her boyfriend, a Texas court clears Candice Anderson of the felony charge. GM admits its car may have contributed to the accident.                       

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