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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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, Manufacturing.net | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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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