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FCC To Vote Next Month On Net Neutrality Rules

January 5, 2015 9:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers like AT&T, Verizon and Comcast deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.               

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3D Systems Aquires botObjects, Introduces CubePro

January 5, 2015 9:32 am | by GLOBE NEWSWIRE | News | Comments

3D Systems has announced that it acquired U.K. based 3D printer maker botObjects and plans to launch the CubePro C, a new desktop full-color 3D printer powered by botObjects' technology.                   

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Is This The Perfect Bourbon?

January 2, 2015 12:02 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Buffalo Trace Distillery is on a mission to make the perfect bourbon and its new "Warehouse X" could help them get the recipe just right.                                 

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Is There Real Value In IoT?

January 2, 2015 11:57 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Link Labs founder and CEO Brian Ray and Activate founder and managing director Michael Wolf discuss the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT).                               

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Carl Icahn Urges Manitowoc To Split

January 2, 2015 11:51 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is urging Manitowoc to split itself into two units — and is hinting that he may soon launch a proxy fight to elect new company directors.                        

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Mississippi Groups Attack Carbon Dioxide Limits

January 2, 2015 11:42 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Mississippi regulators and utilities are savaging the federal government's proposal to force Mississippi power plants to cut carbon dioxide emissions.                             

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New Year May Bring More Small Business Help From Washington

January 2, 2015 10:13 am | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gridlock in Washington in recent years has stalled tax bills and other legislation aimed at helping small companies, but such proposals are expected to be on the agenda in the new Congress.                 

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GM Recalls 92K Trucks, SUVs For Ignition Lock Defect

January 2, 2015 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors is recalling 92,221 full-size trucks and SUVs for a defect in ignition lock systems that can cause safety problems in hot conditions.                             

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Hasbro To Replace Phallic Play-Doh Toy

January 2, 2015 10:02 am | by Michelle R. Smith, Associated Press | News | Comments

Hasbro is doing damage control over a  penis-shaped plastic cylinder extruder tool included with its Play-Doh Cake Mountain toy.                                 

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Volkswagen Recalls 38K Cars Due To Fire Risk

January 2, 2015 9:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Volkswagen Group of America is recalling about 38,000 cars because a fuel leak in the engine may cause a fire.                                       

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Samsung TVs To Use Tizen Software

January 2, 2015 9:45 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said its Internet-connected televisions will this year use its internally developed operating system known as Tizen, in the company's latest attempt to boost its software power.              

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General Motors Spends $3.9B To Redeem Preferred Stock

January 2, 2015 9:41 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Co. says it has completed the planned $3.9 billion purchase of 156.1 million shares of preferred stock.                                     

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Why The U.S. Will Power The World Economy In 2015

December 30, 2014 10:35 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Six years after its financial system nearly sank and nearly that long since the recession ended, the United States is expected to grow in 2015 at its fastest pace in a decade.             

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The Top 6 IoT Predictions For 2015

December 30, 2014 10:19 am | by Sansa Security | Articles | Comments

From consumer issues to drones and emissions, Sensa Security looks at the top elements dominating the Internet of Things (IoT) discussion in 2015.                   

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Gun-Makers Team Up To Produce Upgraded Version Of Military Handgun

December 30, 2014 10:05 am | by John Magsam, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | News | Comments

Wilson Combat began offering custom parts and gunsmith work for Beretta's Model 92 and Model 96 pistols about eight months ago. Bill Wilson then pitched the idea of a gun made by Beretta but including key Wilson components. Beretta agreed and about six months later the new pistols were in production.

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CA Plastic Bag Ban May Face Referendum

December 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Judy Lin, Associated Press | News | Comments

"SB270 was never a bill about the environment," said Lee Califf, executive director of the bag alliance. "It was a back room deal between the grocers and union bosses to scam California consumers out of billions of dollars in bag fees..."   

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Improvements to Tesla Roadster Mean 400 Miles Per Charge

December 29, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Palo Alto, California, company said that a new battery, new tires, and other improvements will boost the car's range 40 to 50 percent compared to the original.               

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Decisions on Drones Likely From Congress

December 29, 2014 12:55 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

One of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's first priorities next year is writing legislation to reauthorize FAA programs and overhaul aviation policy. The bill is expected to include directions from lawmakers on how to integrate drones into the nation's aviation system.

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Program That Backed Solyndra Now Showing Successes

December 29, 2014 12:45 pm | by Henry C. Jackson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite some of the DOE program's highly publicized failures, the department now projects a profit of between $5 billion and $6 billion over the next 20 to 25 years.              

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U.S. Economy Thrived In 2014

December 29, 2014 11:44 am | by Josh Boak, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Economists say the positive results largely reflected the delayed benefits of finally mending the damage from the worst downturn in nearly 80 years.               

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