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Obama Promoting Steps To Boost U.S. Trade

February 17, 2012 2:28 pm | by Ken Thomas, Associated Press | News | Comments

Obama is calling on Congress to continue financing a national export credit agency crucial to a goal of doubling exports by 2014.

U.S. Sites Hacked As Objections Grow To Piracy Deal

February 17, 2012 2:21 pm | by Raphael Satter and Vanessa Gera, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sites belonging to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the National Consumer Protection Week were vandalized by Anonymous.


Ex-SanDisk Worker Pleads Guilty To Conspiracy Charge

February 17, 2012 2:14 pm | by Larry Neumeister, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities say he fed tips about SanDisk Corp. to a research firm in Portland, Oregon.


GE To Bring 300 Software Jobs To New Orleans

February 17, 2012 2:10 pm | News | Comments

GE spokesman Andrew Williams said Friday that the jobs with GE Capital will pay up to $100,000. He said all the positions will be new hires.


Proposed Ga. Caterpillar Plant To Create 4,200 Jobs

February 17, 2012 2:06 pm | by Errin Haines and Jeff Martin, Associated Press | News | Comments

The 1-million-square-foot facility near Athens is expected to directly employ 1,400 workers and create 2,800 full-time jobs in the U.S. among suppliers and at other companies.


Gauge Of Economic Activity Rose For Fourth Straight Month

February 17, 2012 2:03 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The Conference Board said Friday that its index of leading economic indicators rose 0.4 percent in January.

Meet Tesla's Fast, High-Tech Electric SUV

February 17, 2012 1:32 pm | by CNN Money | Videos | Comments

The Tesla Model X is Tesla's newest offering, and don't let that crossover SUV style fool you — this isn't just a bus for shuttling around kids to and from soccer practice. The electric car can has "faclcon-winged" doors that are partially for show, and partially because the company says they make it easier to get in and out.

How Valuable Is Your Freight Provider?

February 17, 2012 1:16 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

There may come a day when your freight provider calls you up with an offer on how your business could collaborate on a better supply chain management strategy. But why wait? Anyone in the supply chain business knows that disasters don’t wait until next year to strike.


The Business Side Of DfX

February 17, 2012 1:00 pm | by Chris Munroe, Director of Engineering, EPIC Technologies | Blogs | Comments

An innovative product with a design that drives efficiency throughout product realization process is a true competitive advantage. So, let’s look at cost drivers and ways that they can be eliminated.


Isolated Analog Input Module

February 17, 2012 11:05 am | by Opto 22 Manufacturing Business Technology Product Releases | Comments

Opto 22 has released the SNAP-AIRTD-1K, a two-channel, isolated analog input module for use with 1000 ohm platinum resistance temperature detectors.


Experts Urge Stronger Anti-Hacking Regulation

February 17, 2012 9:29 am | by Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press | News | Comments

The legislation would limit the number of industries subject to regulation to those in which a cyberattack could cause "an extraordinary number of fatalities."


Chrysler Pulls Request For $3.5B In Government Loans

February 17, 2012 9:25 am | News | Comments

Chrysler is withdrawing its application for $3.5 billion in government loans that it planned to use to develop fuel-efficient vehicles.


Apple Asks Amazon Not To Sell iPad In China

February 17, 2012 9:23 am | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal said Thursday that Apple pulled the iPad 2 from websites of some unauthorized merchants in China.


Maximum Jobless Benefits Trimmed To 73 Weeks

February 17, 2012 9:18 am | by Sam Hananel, Associated Press | News | Comments

Unemployed workers would no longer be able claim 99 weeks of benefit checks by this summer under a deal being worked out in Congress.


Two Former Olympus Presidents Questioned

February 17, 2012 9:16 am | News | Comments

The two former presidents -- Masatoshi Kishimoto and Toshiro Shimoyama -- have been accused by a third-party panel set up by the company of involvement in the coverup.


Government To Automakers: Curb Dashboard Technology

February 17, 2012 9:13 am | by Joan Lowry, Associated Press | News | Comments

The technological advances have raised concerns that drivers' attention is being diverted too much from the road.


LinkedIn Co-Founder Talks Being "The CEO Of Yourself"

February 16, 2012 4:00 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

LinkedIn co-founder and Executive Chairman Reid Hoffman discusses his new book, "The Start-Up of You" in this CBS News video. He discusses just how you can become "the CEO of yourself."


Divergent Views On Communicating With Machines

February 16, 2012 3:31 pm | by Frank Tobe, Editor, The Robot Report | Blogs | Comments

The path to the next level of "smart" products is through the use of better communication with those products.


Plant Design Maximizes Chocolate Production

February 16, 2012 2:54 pm | Articles | Comments

Today's manufacturers can rapidly respond to the specific desires of the customers with the help of flexible production and adequate machine capacities.


GM Records Its Highest Profit Ever: $7.6 Billion

February 16, 2012 11:18 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Strong sales in the U.S. and China helped the carmaker turn a profit of $7.6 billion, beating its old record of $6.7 billion in 1997 during the pickup and SUV boom.


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