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3 Vehicle Trends To Keep An Eye On

February 18, 2015 1:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

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A Less Lethal Alternative To Guns

February 18, 2015 11:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Triple Defender is one of the less lethal alternatives to guns that law enforcement is increasingly interested in after the recent controversies over police killings.

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Manufacturing Production Up Slightly In January

February 18, 2015 11:31 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Factory output by U.S. manufacturers increased by 0.2 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.

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White House May Double Salary Threshold For OT Exemption

February 18, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

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3 Steps For Evolving IoT Architectures

February 18, 2015 10:50 am | by Jack Tison | Articles | Comments

As the Internet of Things (IoT) moves into the industrial space, studies show 86 percent of manufacturers are investing in IoT as they go after an estimated $4 trillion in benefits for manufacturing applications. Why now? The cost of sensors, networking, storage and computing have dropped dramatically.

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Hershey Moves To Ban Cadbury Chocolates In U.S.

February 18, 2015 10:31 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the United States, but as a lawsuit between American chocolate behemoth Hersey and British importers draws to a close, fans of milky English bars of chocolate are anticipating a permanent dry spell. 

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BlackBerry Again Sues Ryan Seacrest Startup Over Keyboards

February 18, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker BlackBerry has revived a legal battle against a startup co-founded by Ryan Seacrest, saying its iPhone keyboard rips off the design from BlackBerry phones' physical keyboards.

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Boston Scientific Will Pay Johnson & Johnson $600M

February 18, 2015 10:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Boston Scientific will pay $600 million to settle with drugmaker Johnson & Johnson over the medical device maker's $27 billion acquisition of Guidant Corp. in 2006.

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For Many In U.S., Cash Saved At Gas Pump Is Staying In Pockets

February 18, 2015 10:13 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Even though Americans spent $6.7 billion less at gas stations in January than they had two months earlier, the extra cash didn't get spent anywhere else: Retail sales, excluding gas, fell slightly from November to January.

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Actavis Plans Name Change To Allergan

February 18, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Drugmaker Actavis plans a name change once it finishes its acquisition of Botox-maker Allergan in a $66 billion deal that the company announced last fall.

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U.S. Wholesale Prices Drop 0.8 Percent In January

February 18, 2015 9:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale prices fell by a record amount in January, led by the biggest drop in gasoline prices in six years.

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Ex-Smucker Employee Sentenced To Prison

February 17, 2015 12:45 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A former employee of the J.M. Smucker Co. in northeast Ohio has been sentenced to nearly five years in federal prison for stealing $4.1 million from the company over a 16-year-period.

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Japanese Automakers Adjust To Port Dispute

February 17, 2015 12:39 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The ongoing labor dispute at ports along the West Coast has forced Japanese automakers to compensate for delayed parts shipments to its U.S. factories.

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Researchers Develop Spray-On, DNA ‘Barcode’ For Food

February 17, 2015 12:00 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) and a startup firm have developed a spray that can allow contaminated food to be traced back to its source within an hour.

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Test Driving The Corvette Z06 In Death Valley

February 17, 2015 11:52 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Meet the most powerful Corvette ever, the Z06. Peter Valdes-Dapena travels to the hottest place on earth to test this 'Vette.

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The Untethered Technician

February 17, 2015 11:43 am | by Mark Hardesty | Articles | Comments

What maintenance technicians are accomplishing through wireless mobile devices is revolutionizing factory efficiency.

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Report: Apple Has Hundreds Working On Electric Car Project

February 17, 2015 9:33 am | by Bernard Condon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has hired hundreds of people to work on a secret project — code name "Titan" — to develop an electric vehicle.

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Drones Rule: Proposed Rules For Commercial Unmanned Aircraft

February 17, 2015 9:27 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away.

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Death Toll From General Motors Ignition Switches Rises To 56

February 17, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll linked to crashes involving General Motors cars with defective ignition switches has climbed to 56. The new total, which is four more than last week, was posted Monday on an Internet site by compensation expert Kenneth Feinberg.

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New York Manufacturing Grows At Slower Pace In February

February 17, 2015 9:17 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Manufacturing activity in New York state expanded at a modest pace in February, held back by weaker orders and hiring.

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