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Inventor Pushing Solar Panels For Roads, Highways

July 14, 2014 9:37 am | by Nicholas K. Geranios, Associated Press | News | Comments

While the idea may sound outlandish to some, it has already got $850,000 in seed money from the federal government, raised more than $2 million on a crowd-funding website and received celebrity praise.              

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Airshow To Give Glimpse Of The Future Of Flying

July 14, 2014 9:34 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

The trade show is expected to see the first presentation of the world's most advanced fighter jet, new commercial aircraft as well as a host of new technological advances.                       

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Lindt Buying U.S. Candy Maker Russell Stover

July 14, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Spruengli says it is buying U.S. manufacturer Russell Stover Candies, Inc., for an undisclosed sum.                                 

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Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 9:27 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said it has suspended business ties with a Chinese supplier that allegedly hired children.                                       

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Gov't Sets Duties On Steel Pipe Imports

July 14, 2014 9:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government has imposed duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries, ruling in favor of U.S. steel producers and unions that had complained those countries were unfairly flooding the American market.

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NHTSA To Probe 500K Ford Cars

July 11, 2014 12:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it is investigating steering problems in about 500,000 Ford cars.                                     

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Infiniti Exec To Head GM's Cadillac

July 11, 2014 12:19 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. has named an Infiniti executive to head its Cadillac division, which has struggled with sagging U.S. sales this year while competing luxury brands have advanced.                    

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Brown Signs Tax Bill Benefiting Tesla

July 11, 2014 12:17 pm | by Juliet Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Jerry Brown announced Thursday that he signed legislation creating a $420 million tax credit for aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin in a bill that also includes other tax incentives apparently designed to benefit California-based electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc.

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LG Unveils 18-Inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 12:15 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.                         

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Engineering Newswire: Dragon Chopper Burns Down The Highway

July 11, 2014 12:07 pm | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at redressing a McLaren street car for the race track, making the virtual supercar a reality, and making dragons out of motorcycles with Orange County Choppers.               

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Blackphone: The Smartphone With More Security

July 11, 2014 12:03 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

The Blackphone offers a higher level of privacy than other smartphones. CEO Toby Weir-Jones explains some of the security-conscious features.                               

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Retail In Real-Time

July 11, 2014 11:00 am | by Retale | News | Comments

A glimpse into how and where the U.S. spends its cash and just how quickly these numbers grow.                                             

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When Shopping For An ERP Solution, Beware The Empty Promise

July 11, 2014 10:51 am | by Timothy D. Garcia
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Bad software is not the primary reason ERP systems, in general, have earned a bad industry reputation. Rather, trouble usually arises because of the tricks, empty promises and false guarantees made as an ERP vendor’s sales representative works to close a deal.

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Wisconsin Gave Money To Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

At least two companies that received money from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's chief economic development agency later outsourced jobs to foreign countries.                           

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UAW Says 'Consensus' Reached With Volkswagen

July 11, 2014 9:31 am | by Erik Schelzig, Associated Press | News | Comments

United Auto Workers leaders said Thursday they have reached a "consensus" with Volkswagen and expect the German automaker to recognize the union if they sign up enough workers at a new local for the company's assembly plant in Tennessee.   

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Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake In Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 9:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                                     

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Reynolds, Lorillard In Merger Talks

July 11, 2014 9:24 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation's biggest tobacco companies.                     

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Obama Wants Companies To Pay Suppliers Faster

July 11, 2014 9:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Dozens of companies, including Apple, Honda and Coca-Cola, have agreed to pay their suppliers more quickly in a bid to boost small businesses, the White House announced Friday.                     

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U.S., China Talk Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 10, 2014 11:35 am | by Bradley Klapper & Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.   

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U.S. Wholesalers Slow To Restock As Sales Weaken

July 10, 2014 11:31 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.                                 

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