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Sony Recalling Some Vaio Laptops

April 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony is recalling some of its VAIO laptop computers, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat. The packs included in some of Sony's Vaio Fit 11A models, which were released in February, were provided by a third-party supplier.

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BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine. The company said Friday that a recall started in China last week has now been extended worldwide, affecting 489,000 vehicles, including 156,000 in the U.S.

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Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 12:52 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced Thursday that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation. And IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. 

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Amazon CEO Talks Drones And Paying Employees To Quit

April 11, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including the much-discussed drone delivery. After making a hubbub about testing delivery by aerial drones in December, the company said its Prime Air team is testing fifth- and sixth-generation aerial vehicles and in the design phase on generations seven and eight.

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The Cost To Build A Samsung Galaxy S5

April 11, 2014 12:20 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Take an inside look — literally — at how much the different parts like the processor, touchscreen display, memory and other materials of the latest flagship device in the Samsung Galaxy S series costs.              

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Six Tips To Successfully Deploy Cloud Solutions

April 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by Jim Shepherd, VP of Strategy, Plex | Articles | Comments

We are entering a new era of manufacturing — one where manufacturers need to move fast and strike hard in order to stay ahead of competitors and stay relevant to customers. This type of maneuverability depends heavily on technology, leading companies to take stock of their ERP solutions and evaluate if they can succeed with what they have.

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U.S. Budget Deficit Falls To $37B

April 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The U.S. government's budget deficit shrank to just $37 billion in March from $107 billion in the same month last year, the latest sign of improvement in the nation's finances.                     

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Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said Wednesday.           

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50 Cent Ordered To Pay In Headphone Case

April 11, 2014 9:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal court records show that rapper 50 Cent has been ordered to pay a Bradenton earphone manufacturer more than $16 million in connection with a failed partnership to produce the entertainer's line of headphones.          

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GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 11, 2014 9:34 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                                   

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Google To Sell Glass To More Consumers

April 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT (1800 GMT) April 15.                           

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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:29 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy.   

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 9:26 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

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Oshkosh Corp. Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, or 29 percent of the group's workforce, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.    

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NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 9:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                           

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GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 12:40 pm | by Dan Sewell, Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio. Fairfield, Conn.-based GE describes the center as a "shared services" site that's part of the sprawling company's efforts to streamline operations. 

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Tesla Questions Motives Of Lemon Law King

April 10, 2014 12:34 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

Tesla Motors officials questioned Wisconsin's self-proclaimed lemon law king's motivations in suing over a Milwaukee-area doctor's electric car, saying the company did all it could to fix the car and suggesting someone may have tampered with it.

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Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed

April 10, 2014 12:26 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode. In essence, the bug potentially exposed your username and password on sites like Facebook, Google, Pinterest, and more. Take a look at the problem and what you should do to protect yourself and your company. 

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Help Wanted: Millennials Manufacture The Future

April 10, 2014 12:21 pm | by The National Association Of Manufacturers | Videos | Comments

The National Association of Manufacturers needs Millennials to join and recruit the next generation of the manufacturing army in order to keep the industry moving forward. In this video, NAM interviews college students about what manufacturing means to them.

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The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 12:13 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid uses two electric motors to get its 887 horsepower. The vehicle starts at $845,000 and CNNMoney was lucky enough to drive this monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas and reports on their experience. 

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