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Google Planning To Sell Wireless Phone Service

January 22, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday.                           

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Low Gas Prices, Incentives Change Math For Electric Cars

January 22, 2015 9:40 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Drivers trying to calculate whether it's practical to own an electric car are facing a new math.                                            

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Vendor Shootout For ERP Event

January 21, 2015 4:23 pm | by Technology Evaluation Centers | Events

Vendor Shootout for ERP is the nation's leading ERP software evaluation, comparison and selection event. Geared toward ERP selection teams and decision makers, this premier event is ideal for businesses who are budgeting for or are currently evaluating an ERP software upgrade or replacement. 

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Malvertising Becomes A Growing Threat

January 21, 2015 12:59 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Another computer security threat is spreading and you may have already seen it in action.                                              

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Manufacturers Merge Customer Service Components Into The Lifecycles Of Their Products

January 21, 2015 12:42 pm | by Larry Korak | Articles | Comments

Establishing new customer engagement opportunities is a top priority for manufacturers who are looking to build brand loyalty plus meet the expectations of the highly demanding Millennial consumer.               

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Energy Companies Announce Thousands Of Layoffs

January 21, 2015 12:31 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The continued decline in the prices of crude oil is wreaking havoc in the oilfield services sector, where three industry giants have announced thousands of job cuts in recent days.                    

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Obama Calls For Additional Regulation, Investment In SOTU Address

January 21, 2015 12:23 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

President Barack Obama called on Congress to enact a slew of new requirements for workers while investing in education and infrastructure during his State of the Union address, declaring, "Middle-class economics works."         

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Microsoft Shows Off Windows 10 And 'HoloLens'

January 21, 2015 12:17 pm | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft on Wednesday took the wraps off a new version of Windows — and a new wearable 3D gadget it calls the HoloLens.                                     

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Survey Shows Increased Optimism Among Manufacturing Executives

January 21, 2015 12:15 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A newly released survey showed top U.S. manufacturing executives were increasingly optimistic about the national economy heading into 2015 — and that many planned to increase their workforces this year.             

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The World's Only Jet Corvette

January 21, 2015 12:06 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Looks like a Corvette. Sounds like a jet. Peter Valdes-Dapena takes this 880 hp monster for a drive.                                           

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Global Economy Squeezed By Worsening Slowdown In China

January 21, 2015 10:11 am | by Kelvin Chan & Paul Wiseman, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

The global economy, slowed by stagnation in Europe and Japan, is being further hampered by China's decelerating growth.                                     

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Google, Fidelity Fuel SpaceX With $1B Investment

January 21, 2015 10:05 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

SpaceX has raised $1 billion from Google and Fidelity in a deal that values the spaceship manufacturer at about $10 billion.                                    

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Ford Mustang Goes Global With First Shipment To China

January 21, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Ford Mustang is on its way to China.                                                            

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Microsoft To Show Off More Windows 10 Features

January 21, 2015 9:56 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft will use an event Wednesday to offer a wider glimpse of the next version of Windows.                                             

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U.S. Home Construction Up In December

January 21, 2015 9:52 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Construction of new homes rebounded in December, helping to push activity for the entire year to the highest level since the peak of the housing boom nine years ago.                         

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Oilfield Services Giant Bolsters Presence In Russia Amid Layoffs

January 20, 2015 12:59 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Just days after announcing job cuts citing uncertainty in the global oil industry, Schlumberger Ltd. announced a deal to purchase a minority stake in one of Russia's leading energy companies.                 

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The State Of The Obama Economy

January 20, 2015 12:50 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

With the economy turning around, President Obama will probably do some gloating in tonight's State of the Union speech. But how much credit does the president deserve in turning around the country?               

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The World’s Top Innovative Companies

January 20, 2015 11:58 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Doug McIntyre talks about which companies are filing patents for new technology and leading the way in innovation.                                       

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Union To Discuss Pillsbury Plant Set To Close

January 20, 2015 11:19 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The union that represents workers at a Pillsbury plant set for closure expects to meet next month with General Mills officials to discuss the southern Indiana plant's future.                     

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BP Fights Against Billions In Federal Penalties

January 20, 2015 11:13 am | by Kevin McGill, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal lawyers have begun making their case for adding some $13.7 billion in penalties to costs already incurred by BP after the 2010 Gulf oil spill.                             

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