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Do You Know the Dangers of Uniformed ERP Selection?

April 2, 2014 12:49 pm | by Epicor | White Papers

Selecting an ERP solution can be a high-risk/high-reward decision. While a successful ERP implementation can lead to substantial gains, a poorly selected and implemented solution can add complexity to an organization.

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Splitsville: BlackBerry & T-Mobile

April 2, 2014 12:32 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

There’s nothing worse than a very public break-up, so you might want to take it easy on BlackBerry for a while. In case you haven’t heard, BlackBerry has ended its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies “no longer have complementary strategies.”

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ISM: Manufacturing Springs Into Production

April 2, 2014 12:16 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in March for the 10th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 58th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM Report On Business

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Mary Barra Takes On Washington

April 2, 2014 12:08 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

GM CEO Mary Barra takes on lawmakers and the press in the nation's capital, responding to questions about a deadly error and a delayed recall.                               

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Old Bowling Lanes Turned Into Luxury Furniture

April 2, 2014 12:02 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Jim Malone, owner of Brooklyn-based CounterEvolution, takes abandoned bowling lane wood and creates beautiful pieces of furniture for your home or office.                           

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BlackBerry To End Licensing Deal With T-Mobile

April 2, 2014 9:18 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is ending its U.S. licensing deal with T-Mobile, saying the companies no longer have complementary strategies. The disconnect appears to be related to a T-Mobile promotion that BlackBerry took issue with last month.     

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Samsung Says Patents Were Developed By Google Engineers

April 2, 2014 9:14 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Samsung fired back at Apple's accusations of patent theft Tuesday, saying the South Korean tech giant didn't write any of the Android software on its smartphones and tablets, Google did.                   

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EU Imposes $416M Fine On Power Cable Cartel

April 2, 2014 9:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority is imposing a 302 million-euro ($416 million) fine against 11 producers of high voltage power cables for operating a cartel.                         

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GM's Barra Deflects Tough Questions

April 2, 2014 9:08 am | by Marcy Gordon and Tom Krisher, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

New CEO Mary Barra is trying to distance the General Motors she now leads from the overly bureaucratic company whose inattention to its customers helped land it in bankruptcy in 2009.                   

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Ohio Senate Passes Bill For Tesla Dealership

April 2, 2014 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Electric car maker Tesla Motors could operate three dealerships in Ohio under an amended bill unanimously passed by the state Senate on Tuesday.                               

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Chrysler Recalling 870,000 SUVs

April 2, 2014 8:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chrysler is recalling nearly 870,000 SUVs because corrosion may make the vehicles' brakes harder to use.                                         

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Wasp Barcode Technologies Launches Three New Scanners

April 1, 2014 4:54 pm | by Wasp Barcode Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Wasp Barcode Technologies, a leading provider of small business productivity solutions, has announced the launch of its new line of barcode scanners. The WLS9600 and WLS8600 are designed for fast-paced barcode scanning, while the WDI4600 is intended for 2D barcode scanning.

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U.S. Auto Sales Expected To Rise

April 1, 2014 1:15 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Automakers said Tuesday that new car and truck sales picked up speed halfway through March, culminating in a strong final weekend.                                   

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Microsoft Windows 8 Updates Expected

April 1, 2014 1:11 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback.                          

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Judge Awards University $1.54B In Patent Dispute

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

A court is awarding Carnegie Mellon University $1.54 billion in a patent dispute with chip maker Marvell Technology.                                       

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Caterpillar’s Tax Problem

April 1, 2014 12:49 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Companies looking for tax loopholes or ways to lower their tax burden is nothing new. Caterpillar is the latest company to head to Capitol Hill to explain its aggressive strategy to avoid paying billions of dollars in U.S. taxes.     

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Why Should You Invest In A Cloud ERP System?

April 1, 2014 12:34 pm | by Pat Garrehy, Rootstock Software, Founder and CEO | Articles | Comments

Every company has a unique set of circumstances and will require its own way to justify a major investment in new ERP software. Here's a look at some strategies for getting upper management to sign off on software investments.       

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The Make-Or-Break Moment For GM And Mary Barra

April 1, 2014 12:18 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

It's a crucial test for General Motors CEO Mary Barra, as she heads to Washington to answer questions about the recall of 2.6 million vehicles. She's tried to turn this public relations nightmare around, but will it be enough?       

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Tech Startups Developed In Prison

April 1, 2014 12:10 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

At San Quentin State Prison, entrepreneurial convicts develop business ideas as part of the prison's tech incubator.                                       

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UPDATE: BPI Responds To Lawsuit Blog

April 1, 2014 10:36 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | News | Comments

After the blog we ran last week on the lawsuit filed against ABC News, BPI Inc. — makers of lean finely textured beef — contacted us with some feedback on the image that ran with the article.                 

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