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Rolls-Royce, Qantas Settle Over Mid-Air Engine Explosion

June 22, 2011 4:45 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's flagship carrier Qantas said Wednesday it has reached a 95 million Australian dollar ($100 million) settlement with engine maker Rolls-Royce over last year's mid-air disintegration of a superjumbo engine, which temporarily forced the grounding of its entire fleet of A380s.

Apple Comes Under Fire For 'Pro-Palestinian' App

June 22, 2011 4:43 am | by Josef Federman, Associated Press | News | Comments

JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli government on Tuesday appealed to Apple Inc. to remove an application called "ThirdIntifada" from its App Store, saying the program glorifies violence against the Jewish state. Israel's information minister, Yuli Edelstein, sent the request in an email to Steve Jobs, Apple's chief executive.

Sony Ericsson Targets Android Market With New Phones

June 22, 2011 4:42 am | by Alex Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

SINGAPORE (AP) — Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson unveiled two new Android models Wednesday in a bid to grab more of the burgeoning smartphone market. The company, a joint venture between L.M. Ericsson and Sony Corp., plans to launch the Xperia ray and Xperia active models during the third quarter, Chief Marketing Officer Steve Walker announced in Singapore.

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Boeing May Deliver First 787s As Early As August

June 22, 2011 4:39 am | by Slobodan Lekic, AP Aviation Writer | News | Comments

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Boeing will deliver the first of its much-delayed 787 wide-bodied jets to launch customer All Nippon Airways as early as August, officials said Wednesday. At a joint ceremony at the Paris Air Show, the two companies showcased the new plane — known as the Dreamliner — saying it will allow airlines to open up a number of new long-haul routes.

New ToughBook Android Tablet

June 21, 2011 12:26 pm Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Panasonic Solutions Company (Secaucus, NJ) recently announced its plans to deliver an enterprise-grade Android tablet to the market in the fourth quarter of this year. The new Toughbook tablet will include a high brightness, daylight viewable screen. The new tablet will also include an active stylus to capture signatures on the device’s 10.

Growth, Change, And Growing Pains In BCM

June 21, 2011 10:49 am | by Michael Keating , Vice President, Client Services from Crisis Management International | Articles | Comments

Business continuity management is still looking for a place to call home in many organizations. BCM ownership is all over the map, and the changing scope of risks and standards adds complexity. ** sourced from Continuity Insights magazine Business Continuity Management (BCM) has changed rapidly in recent years.

Premier Economic Minds Go Toe-To-Toe

June 21, 2011 10:09 am | Videos | Comments

Two of America's most premier economic minds go toe-to-toe in a debate centered on fixing the United States economy. David Stockman, of the Office of Management and Budget in the Reagan administration, takes on former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich. Both take very different positions on how to deal with the current state of the economy.

Saving Time And Money Through Recall Remediation

June 21, 2011 9:56 am | by Michael Curran-Hays, Senior Partner, Life Science, Kepner-Tregoe, Inc. | Articles | Comments

There are effective courses of action an organization can take to successfully manage current recall status and prevent future recalls. At one time or another everyone has heard the mantra, “The customer is always right!”  When a company is in the midst of a regulatory recall and its new “best friend” is the U.

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Wireless IS Keyboards

June 21, 2011 6:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

iKey LTD (Austin, TX) offers an intrinsically-safe (IS) keyboard, featuring the added convenience of wireless technology. The DW-5K-IS requires three AA batteries and a USB dongle. The DW-5K-IS features an integrated HulaPoint II pointing device and measures 14.97” x 6.

Real-Time Visibility Of Inventory Data

June 21, 2011 6:23 am Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Wasp Barcode Technologies (Plano, TX) recently announced the launch of Wasp Inventory Control version 6. The updated version of the inventory software features real-time visibility of stock levels, locations and inventory access, enabling the instant update of inventory data using an 802.

Nokia To Launch Microsoft Platform Phones In 2011

June 21, 2011 4:59 am | by Alex Kennedy, Associated Press | News | Comments

y Alex Kennedy, Associated Press SINGAPORE (AP) — Finnish handset maker Nokia Corp. plans to introduce its first mobile phones using the Microsoft Windows operating system this year, the company's chief executive said Tuesday. Nokia is facing steep competition from competitors in several products.

Airbus Takes Lead Over Boeing In Fuel-Efficient Plane Battle

June 21, 2011 4:58 am | by Greg Keller and Jamey Keaten, Associated Press | News | Comments

LE BOURGET, France (AP) — Airbus benefited Tuesday from airlines' worries about sky-high fuel prices, winning customers for scores of its more fuel-efficient planes at the Paris Air Show as it jockeyed with Boeing for the spot as world's biggest planemaker. Europe's Airbus sought to focus on its order books after it suffered a clipped wing, faulty gearbox and delays to a new jet ahead of the aviation industry's showcase event.

Three Boeing Workers Allowed Roles In NLRB Suit, Fear Job Loss

June 21, 2011 4:56 am | by Meg Kinnard, Associated Press | News | Comments

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Three employees who say they fear losing their jobs at Boeing Co.'s North Charleston plant were allowed on Monday to have limited roles in a federal labor dispute over the company's 787 passenger jet line. The National Labor Relations Board has decided to allow the employees to file a brief in the case once an NLRB hearing in the case is completed, according to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, which is helping the employees with their legal case.

Contractor To Pay BP $75M Due To Role In 2010 Oil Spill

June 21, 2011 4:54 am | News | Comments

by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- A BP PLC contractor has agreed to pay the British oil giant $75 million to settle all potential claims between the companies over last year's deadly rig explosion and the massive oil spill it spawned in the Gulf of Mexico. In exchange for the payment, BP has agreed to cover Weatherford U.

Ok. Factory To Take Its Talents, Workers To Mexico

June 21, 2011 4:49 am | News | Comments

BLUFFTON, Ind. (AP) -- Franklin Electric Co. Inc. said it plans to close an Oklahoma City factory and move the equivalent of 125 jobs, primarily to a facility in Linares, Mexico. Franklin Electric, which makes systems and components used to move water and automotive fuels, said it will move some of the 260,000 annual man-hours of work to another Oklahoma City facility.

Toyota Will Hire 3-4K Temp Workers To Propel Recovery

June 21, 2011 4:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota said it will hire 3,000 to 4,000 temporary workers in Japan to be ready for a recovery in vehicle production as automakers bounce back from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. Toyota Motor Corp. will start recruiting the factory workers in July, as production is now gradually recovering and expected to surge by October, company spokesman Shigehiko Okamura said Tuesday.

GM To Price Sonic Under $15K

June 20, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors said Friday that pricing for its new Chevrolet Sonic will start at just under $15,000 when the sub-compact car hits dealer lots this fall. Base models of the 2012 Sonic will start at $14,495 including the destination charge, but excluding tax, title, license and dealer fees.

Spate Of Camden Fires Claims Another Vacant Plant

June 20, 2011 4:46 am | News | Comments

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A blaze erupted at a vacant chemical plant just before sunrise Sunday in one of the country's poorest cities, causing the building to partially collapse and forcing firefighters to evacuate nearby homes. The fire at Concord Chemical Inc. in Camden, across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, comes more than a week after fires at an abandoned tire factory and a downtown warehouse.

World's Largest Chocolate Factory To Become Condos?

June 20, 2011 4:36 am | News | Comments

HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — The Hershey School, whose recent land acquisitions include a golf course and a roadside attraction called Pumpkin World, now has designs on acquiring the world's largest chocolate factory for redevelopment into condos, retail stores, a retirement community, and a boutique hotel.

Japan's Exports Drop Again, PM Pressured To Resign

June 20, 2011 4:27 am | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's exports dropped for the third straight month in May, hit by massive production losses in the auto sector following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disasters, the government said Monday. Exports fell 10.3 percent year-on-year to 4.76 trillion yen ($6 billion).

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