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San Francisco Orders 175 Light Rail Cars From Siemens

September 22, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

San Francisco’s Municipal Transportation Agency has awarded Siemens a contract to deliver an initial 175 light rail cars for its Muni transit system at a value of $648 million.                     

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China Fines GlaxoSmithKline For Bribery

September 19, 2014 10:45 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline was fined $492 million on Friday for bribing doctors in China in the biggest such penalty ever imposed by a Chinese court.                             

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Nestle Purina Expands Suit Against Blue Buffalo

September 19, 2014 10:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

St. Louis-based Nestle Purina PetCare Co. is expanding its lawsuit against Blue Buffalo Co. to include additional allegations of false advertising.                             

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Japanese Automakers Face An Odd Adversary: Google

September 19, 2014 10:34 am | by Japan Economic Newswire | News | Comments

Competition is heating up among Japanese and U.S. manufacturers to invent and refine autonomous car technologies that reduce the human driver's role in controlling the vehicle with the steering wheel and the brake.           

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Apple Locks Itself Out Of Devices With Passwords

September 19, 2014 10:31 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple has tightened its technological security so not even the company can pry into a password-protected iPhone or iPad, a move meant to reassure the millions of people who are increasingly storing vital pieces of their lives on the devices.   

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GM To Introduce High-End Cadillac Next Year

September 19, 2014 10:28 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors will begin building a new, top-end Cadillac sedan late next year at its Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.                                     

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11 Ways To Keep Data Safe When Traveling Overseas

September 19, 2014 10:20 am | by Jeff Multz | Articles | Comments

For business travelers going to foreign lands, the old “Don’t leave home without it” slogan should be brought back with one slight change: “Leave home without it.”                         

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First Drive With The All-New Ford Mustang

September 19, 2014 10:12 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Ford's fully redesigned pony car delivers asphalt cooking performance.                                                   

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Engineering Newswire: DOE Wants To Know If We Live In A Hologram

September 19, 2014 10:08 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at growing fully functional parts, redesigning the rickshaw, and using a holometer to determine whether or not we live in a hologram.                       

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Senators Coons, Ayotte Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Boost Manufacturing Training

September 19, 2014 9:32 am | by Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) introduced bipartisan legislation Thursday to help cities and states build 21st century manufacturing training programs.                   

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Amazon Founder's Firm To Build New Rocket Engines

September 19, 2014 9:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos plans to build a rocket engine that would eventually replace the Russian mainstay used in many American unmanned launches.                            

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Thor Industries Plans Expansions For 2 Indiana Factories

September 19, 2014 9:29 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Thor Industries is planning expansion projects at two recreational vehicle factories in northern Indiana.                                         

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Ellison Steps Aside As Oracle CEO

September 19, 2014 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO after 37 years at the helm of the business software maker, ending a colorful reign marked by his flamboyant behavior and outlandish wealth amassed while building one of the world's best-known technology companies.

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Allied Valve Uses IT Agility And Speed To Seize Competitive Advantage

September 18, 2014 3:37 pm | by NetSuite | Articles | Comments

Allied Valve, a supplier of industrial valves, repairs and field services to power and chemical plants, refineries and other industrial installations in the north-central U.S., is a great example of a company that has seized competitive advantage and grown its business by leveraging real-time cloud ERP technology.

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Bankruptcy Judge Approves WV Spill Settlement

September 18, 2014 1:25 pm | by Jonathan Mattise, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge in West Virginia has approved a $2.9 million settlement to benefit 300,000 people whose water was contaminated in a January chemical spill.                     

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Bayer To Split Off Polymer Division

September 18, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Bayer AG said Thursday it plans to spin off its polymer division with a separate stock listing.                               

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Over Half Of U.S. Companies Project Increased Energy Efficiency In 2015

September 18, 2014 1:12 pm | by Schneider Electric | News | Comments

Three quarters of decision-makers at U.S. companies have invested in energy efficiency programs in the past 12 months, and more than half (56 percent) project their investment in energy efficiency next year will be more than last year, according to survey results.

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The Manufacturing Day 'Challenge'

September 18, 2014 1:07 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

When it comes to manufacturing, events like Manufacturing Day provide access and visibility for those who may not have an accurate perception of what the manufacturing industry is all about.                 

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Toyota's New Hydrogen Car Quietly Rolls Into Town

September 18, 2014 12:31 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Toyota quietly rolled into town with the newest addition to its eco-conscious fleet, the 2015 FCV hydrogen car. The car hits dealers in the middle of next year.                         

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Why Do People Love The iPhone So Much?

September 18, 2014 12:20 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

Since the iPhone was released in 2007, it's become the go-to device for today's generation. Jefferson Graham talked to some iPhone users to find out exactly what gets people so crazy for this new technology.         

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