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Apple To Set Up High-Tech Data Hubs In Northern Europe

February 24, 2015 10:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple is investing 1.7 billion euros ($1.92 billion) in high-tech data centers in Denmark and Ireland that will be powered by renewable energy, in its largest such project in Europe to date, the company said Monday.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises To 57

February 24, 2015 9:59 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

The death toll from crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 57.

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Google Teams Up With 3 Wireless Carriers To Combat Apple Pay

February 24, 2015 9:54 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

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Merck Grants Free License For Pediatric HIV Drug

February 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drugmaker Merck & Co. has granted a free license allowing one of its HIV medicines to be made and sold inexpensively for use in young children in poor countries hard hit by the AIDS virus.

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Refinery Strike Expands Again

February 23, 2015 11:48 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A strike by union members at oil refineries continues to expand with some 6,550 workers now off the job at 15 plants or refineries across the country.

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Apple's Electric Car Plans: Should Tesla Worry?

February 23, 2015 11:36 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Bloomberg's David Welch discusses the reports on Apple's electric vehicle plans with Bloomberg's Cory Johnson. 

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Honda's CEO Stepping Down

February 23, 2015 11:29 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito will step aside in June. The automaker has been struggling after a massive recall over faulty airbags and poor sales.

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Fish Farm Goes Vegetarian To Save Seafood

February 23, 2015 11:23 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Fish farms have a big problem: They’ve been making feed out of sardines and anchovies from the oceans, a source that could be depleted within a few decades. A California company called Two X Sea could have a solution.

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M&A In Manufacturing - Top 3 Data Lessons Learned

February 23, 2015 11:05 am | by Eric Stout | Articles | Comments

As manufacturing companies look toward the fast-growth areas of their business in favor of reducing non-core assets, M&A has become an effective strategy. However, from a data perspective, manufacturers must take the right steps to ensure proper quality and migration for all enterprise data involved. 

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

February 23, 2015 10:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

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Superfish Points Fingers Over Ad Software Security Flaws

February 23, 2015 10:31 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 A little-known Silicon Valley startup was caught in a firestorm of criticism this week for making software that exposed Lenovo laptop users to hackers bent on stealing personal information. But Superfish Inc. has also won praise for producing visual search technology that many see as the next big thing in online shopping.

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Lockheed Martin To Pay $62M To Settle 401(k) Plan Lawsuit

February 23, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lockheed Martin has agreed to pay $62 million to settle a class-action lawsuit that accused the defense contractor of mismanaging employee retirement accounts and using funds with excessive fees.

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Surging Dollar Takes Bite Out Of U.S. Corporate Profits

February 23, 2015 9:25 am | by Matthew Craft, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The dollar has been a source of constant complaint this earnings season. Global corporations from Avon Products to Yum Brands have said their quarterly results would have been much better if it hadn't been for the rising dollar. For some, the currency's strength has meant the difference between a profit and a loss.

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U.S. To Fine Airbag Maker Takata $14,000 Per Day

February 20, 2015 12:08 pm | by Joan Lowy & Tom Krisher, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government will fine Japanese airbag maker Takata Corp. $14,000 per day for failing to fully cooperate in a long-running investigation of faulty and potentially dangerous airbag inflators.

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Engineering Newswire: The Navy's Firefighting Robot

February 20, 2015 11:56 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

This Engineering Newswire looks at changing the face of the Navy, having our lives taken over by A.I., and fighting fires with the shipboard autonomous robot. 

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Nestle CEO : Why We Removed Artificial Coloring

February 20, 2015 11:44 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Nestle CEO speaks about earnings and the company's decision to remove artificial additives from its products.

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Robots Move Into Japanese Homes

February 20, 2015 11:38 am | by Wall Street Journal | Videos | Comments

Softbank plans to market humanoid robots to Japanese consumers and sees them as a mass-market technology, like personal computers and smartphones. 

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Adopting Technology To Go Lean In 2015: The Right Choice For Small Manufacturers

February 20, 2015 11:16 am | by Dave Lechleitner | Articles | Comments

To many small companies, the thought of lean manufacturing is a business principle traditionally reserved for the big companies — such as Boeing or General Motors. Yet with the rapid proliferation of technology and cloud computing, “going lean” has never been so easy for small shops.

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Economist: Stronger Dollar To Increase Trade Deficit, Hamper Mfg. Growth

February 20, 2015 10:59 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A manufacturing group predicts that the U.S. industrial sector will grow at a faster rate than the national economy as a whole during the next two years. Further manufacturing growth, however, is likely to be hampered by further increases in the nation's trade deficit. 

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General Motors Hires New Legal Chief

February 20, 2015 10:01 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has hired a top lawyer from a large plastics and chemical company as its new general counsel.

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