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Mazda Recalling 109K SUVs

April 18, 2014 1:06 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts.                                             

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Apartheid Abuse Cases Against Ford, IBM Go Forward

April 18, 2014 1:04 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge on Thursday declined to toss out decade-old lawsuits that accuse IBM Corp. and Ford Motor Co. of supporting apartheid by letting their subsidiaries sell computers and cars to the South African government.         

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Case Study: The Right System For A Growing Business

April 18, 2014 12:58 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

After some homemade cloth diapers sell big on eBay for a Knoxville, Tenn. couple, Blueberry Diapers was born. But the couple found that growing their business wouldn’t be as easy as their early sales. With all of their drive and ambition, limiting technology was holding them back. 

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$100K Tune-Ups Soup Up Luxury Cars

April 18, 2014 12:22 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

See what the clients of this tune-up shop do to their luxury cars to make them truly unique.                                             

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Revolutions In Car Tech

April 18, 2014 12:19 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Bill Ford, executive chairman of Ford, discusses the last 50 years of Mustang, global car markets, fuel economy, the GM recall and self-driving cars.                             

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Q&A: How To Leverage The Web And Grow Your Business

April 18, 2014 12:15 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Today we’re asking Curtis Alexander — a digital marketing consultant and one of the speakers at the Distribution and Manufacturing Profitability Forum — some of the most burning questions we hear from you regarding online growth.   

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Judge Denies Motion To Park GM Cars

April 18, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal judge in Texas has denied an emergency motion that would have forced General Motors to tell owners of 2 million recalled cars to stop driving their vehicles until their ignition switches are repaired.           

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Trade Group To Mediate Shoe Factory Strike

April 18, 2014 9:12 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese police hauled away dozens of workers Friday to break up a march on a factory complex targeted by tens of thousands of laborers striking against the world's largest maker of athletic shoes, while a government trade union said it would mediate the labor dispute.

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Fuji Heavy Increasing Production At Indiana Plant

April 18, 2014 9:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., the maker of Subaru-brand cars, will boost production capacity at its plant in Fayetteville, Indiana by 30,000 units by the summer to address strong demand in the U.S, company president Yasuyuki Yoshinaga said.   

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GM 1Q Global Sales Up 2 Pct

April 18, 2014 9:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors says it sold 2.42 million cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, keeping it slightly ahead of Volkswagen in the global sales race.                         

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Texas Town May Rebuild Plant After Fatal Blast

April 18, 2014 9:04 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion killed 15 people says local officials are considering building a new one.                                 

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Researcher Fools Samsung's Fingerprint Check

April 17, 2014 1:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Berlin-based researcher says he has managed to fool the fingerprint-based security system on Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone using wood glue and a picture of the original print.                   

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Consumer Groups Win 'Company Doe' Appeal

April 17, 2014 1:18 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

We soon could know the identity of the manufacturer — only known now as "Company Doe" — in a product safety case that has been linked to a child's death.                           

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U.S. Manufacturers' Optimism Rises To Highest Level In Eight Years

April 17, 2014 1:15 pm | by PwC US | News | Comments

Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Q1 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US.              

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Google's Project Ara Wants To Change Smartphones

April 17, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Verge | Videos | Comments

Project Ara, a smartphone you can customize, may seem like a crazy idea, but it's not half as crazy as what it takes to build it.                                   

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MBT Manufacturing Newswire: Kill Switches, A Plug-In Super Car & AgencyGlass

April 17, 2014 12:51 pm | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, we discuss the latest on smartphone kill switches and Amazon’s Pay to Quit plan. We also talk about Porsche’s plug-in hybrid and take a look at a technology for the socially awkward.     

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Dolby Works On Its Vision Of TV's Future

April 17, 2014 12:46 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Dolby may be a company known for its sound systems, but it's also developed imaging technology that could change how Hollywood makes movies and what can be seen on a television screen.                   

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GM CEO On Recall: 'It Took Too Long'

April 17, 2014 12:39 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

CEO Mary Barra explains GM's decision to recall 2.6 million cars with faulty ignition switches and what they are doing to prevent another situation in the future.                         

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Highlights From The New York International Auto Show

April 17, 2014 11:38 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Car makers rev their engines for the New York International Auto Show this week as they show their stuff to reporters. Here’s a look at some of the vehicles being showcased at the Big Apple car show.               

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Strike At Chinese Sneaker Factory Snowballs

April 17, 2014 9:27 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

A strike at the Chinese factories of the world's biggest athletic shoe maker snowballed Thursday to about 30,000 workers, a labor group said, making it one of the largest-ever work stoppages at a private business in China.        

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