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BlackBerry Sells Its German-Based R&D Assets

July 7, 2014 12:58 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry is selling its research and development department in Germany to Volkswagen Infotainment, a subsidiary of the automaker that makes interactive technology for vehicle dashboards.                 

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Heineken's CEO On Brews, Branding

July 7, 2014 12:49 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Heineken USA CEO Dolf van den Brink shares insights on beer consumption trends and discusses marketing plans for Heineken, Dos Equis and Newcastle Brown Ale.                           

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Cars That Scream America

July 7, 2014 12:43 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

From the Ford Model T to the Cadillac Eldorado, here's a look at classic American cars that scream red, white and blue.                                     

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How 'ERP-Like' Solutions Can Drive Profitability

July 7, 2014 12:36 pm | by Steve Leavitt | Articles | Comments

Forget everything you’ve heard about business software. Today, solutions exist that provide similar functionalities found in ERP, but without the startling price tag and complexity.                   

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Backlash Stirs Against Foreign Worker Visas

July 7, 2014 9:59 am | by Laura Wides-Munoz and Paul Wiseman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Amid calls for expanding the nation's H-1B visa program, there is growing pushback from Americans who argue the program has been hijacked by staffing companies that import cheaper, lower-level workers to replace more expensive U.S. employees.   

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Germany's Merkel Slams Industrial Spying During China Visit

July 7, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized industrial spying Monday while on a visit to China, which Germany and other governments have cited as a global center for economic espionage.                   

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Steel Pipe Imports Put American Jobs At Risk

July 7, 2014 9:50 am | by John D. Oravecz, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review | News | Comments

Nearly 600,000 American jobs, including 35,300 in Pennsylvania, could be at risk from surging imports, according to a recent study by the Economic Policy Institute.                         

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ADM To Buy Flavoring Maker For About $3B

July 7, 2014 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Agribusiness giant ADM will pay about $3 billion to buy the privately held Swiss company Wild Flavors, which supplies natural ingredients to the food and beverage industry.                       

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California Chicken Tied To Salmonella Strain Recalled

July 7, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Dalton, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California chicken producer has issued its first recall since being linked to an outbreak of an antibiotic-resistant strain of salmonella that has been making people sick for more than a year, company and federal food officials said.     

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Blue Bird Recalling School Buses For Steering Issue

July 7, 2014 9:40 am | News | Comments

Blue Bird is recalling more than 2,500 All American school buses and some transit buses to fix a problem that could make steering more difficult.                              

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Roche Buying Seragon For Up To $1.7B

July 2, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Roche Holding AG says its U.S.-based biotech company Genentech has agreed to acquire American biotechnology firm Seragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc. for up to $1.725 billion in cash and contingency payments.              

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Georgia Lawsuit Still Causing Headaches For GM

July 2, 2014 1:39 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Litigation over a 29-year-old's death was settled by GM last October, but not before it laid bare how the company allowed millions of small cars to stay on the road more than a decade after GM discovered ignition switch flaws linked to at least 13 fatalities.

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First Bill Reacting To West Explosion Meets Pushback

July 2, 2014 1:37 pm | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The first bill drafted by Texas lawmakers in response to the West fertilizer plant explosion that killed 15 people got an icy reception Tuesday from Republicans who said the tougher proposed regulations would overburden storage facilities with complexities and cost.

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Last Cigar Factory In Tampa Fights For Survival

July 2, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

There used to be more than 150 cigar factories here, but that was a long time ago. Political events that include the U.S. trade restrictions with Cuba caused some to close while changing public attitudes about tobacco caused others to lock their doors for good.

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For BlackBerry, It's Turnaround Or Bust

July 2, 2014 1:29 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Taking an aggressive stance against haters with BlackBerry Fact Check, CEO John Chen is starting to have a bit of success turning the smartphone maker around.                           

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Streamlining Operations And Improving Plant Efficiency

July 2, 2014 1:24 pm | by West Monroe | Videos | Comments

See how Hopewell Logistics has streamlined operations and improved efficiency, by virtually 20 percent, while leveraging a Warehouse Management System (WMS) and a discrete labor management tool.                

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Adaptive Process Control Delivers Greater Profit

July 2, 2014 1:20 pm | by Robert Golightly | Articles | Comments

Model-based predictive control techniques have become a pragmatic choice in the industrial world. While there have been significant benefits with sustained value tools they have not been able to solve the whole problem in an integrated, systematic way.

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New Ford CEO Gets $5.25M Pay Package

July 2, 2014 12:47 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

New Ford CEO Mark Fields will get a pay package worth $5.25 million this year as he takes over for the retiring Alan Mulally.                                   

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Tyson Moves Forward With Hillshire Deal

July 2, 2014 12:46 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Tyson Foods Inc. has signed a definitive deal to purchase Hillshire Brands Co. for $7.75 billion, two days after the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages and Ball Park hot dogs was let out of its agreement to buy Pinnacle Foods.         

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California Raises Minimum Wage

July 2, 2014 12:44 pm | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

California's minimum wage will rise to $9 an hour when a new law takes effect on Tuesday and provides workers with the first such increase since 2008.                             

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