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FTC: Facebook May Have Misled 800M Users About Personal Data

November 30, 2011 3:14 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Government regulators are sharing some alarming information about Facebook: They believe the online social network has often misled its more than 800 million users about the sanctity of their personal information. The unflattering portrait of Facebook's privacy practices emerged Tuesday in a Federal Trade Commission complaint alleging that Facebook exposed details about users' lives without getting legally required consent.

Court Ruling: No Evidence Samsung Copied Apple

November 30, 2011 3:12 am | by Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press | News | Comments

SYDNEY (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. is closer to selling its new Galaxy tablet computer in Australia after a court on Wednesday overturned a ruling that sided with Apple's allegations Samsung had copied its iPad and iPhone. The Federal Court's decision is a victory for Samsung in its bitter, international patent war with Apple Inc.

Medal of Honor Recipient Sues BAE For Defamation

November 30, 2011 3:10 am | by Paul J. Weber, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A U.S. Marine given the nation's highest award for valor is suing a defense contractor that he says ridiculed his Medal of Honor, called him mentally unstable and suggested he had a drinking problem, thereby costing him a job. Dakota Meyer received the Medal of Honor in September, two years after the young corporal saved 36 lives during a six-hour ambush in Afghanistan.

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Federal Agents Raid Detroit Box Company

November 30, 2011 3:08 am | by Corey Williams, Associated Press | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Federal agents raided a Detroit box company Tuesday and arrested one of its managers as part of an eight-month probe into the suspected hiring of illegal immigrants. Edward Schlacht was released on a $10,000 bond after an appearance Tuesday afternoon in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

FCC Questions Facts Surrounding AT&T's T-Mobile Deal

November 30, 2011 3:07 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — A report by the staff of the Federal Communications Commission says AT&T Inc. and T-Mobile USA provided flawed information to justify AT&T's planned $39 billion acquisition of its smaller rival. The report, released Tuesday, says the companies' application left open "material questions of fact.

Tech Start-Up Aims To Teach Computer Coding For Free

November 29, 2011 9:19 am | Videos | Comments

Tech start-up Codecademy aims to teach anyone and everyone basic computer coding skills -- for free. Codecademy's founder, 21-year-old Zach Sims, believes computer coding will be the literacy of the 21st century. He also says the job market will be looking for the computer coding "construction workers" of tomorrow.

Do You Struggle To Hear Your Customers?

November 29, 2011 9:03 am | by Mike Collins, MPC Management | Articles | Comments

Chit-chatting with a customer when they call you is not enough. You need to develop systematic ways of gathering information on an ongoing basis. Most business books acknowledge that customers are the people who pay the bills, send your kids to college, and whom we absolutely have to satisfy.

Report: Facebook Seeking $10B In Initial IPO

November 29, 2011 3:22 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook might finally be laying down the groundwork for a highly anticipated initial public offering, long expected to take place sometime after April 2012. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the world's largest online social network is looking into raising as much as $10 billion in its IPO.

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Chinese Solar Companies Reject U.S. Trade Complaint

November 29, 2011 3:18 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Leaders of China's solar power industry rejected a U.S. trade complaint that they receive unfair government support and said Tuesday possible sanctions would hurt American consumers and development of clean energy. Solar and other renewable energy technology has emerged as an irritant in U.

GM Offering Loaner Cars For Volt Owners

November 29, 2011 3:16 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors is offering free loaner cars to Chevrolet Volt owners worried about the vehicles catching fire. The move comes after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Friday that the government is investigating fires involving the Volt's lithium-ion batteries.

It's The End Of The Line For Steuben Crystal

November 29, 2011 3:14 am | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — It's the end of the line for Steuben Glass, an American icon of handcrafted crystal for over a century. The company's lone factory in Corning in western New York shuts down Tuesday, ending a high-end glassmaking tradition dating back to 1903. Most of the 60 workers are being axed.

Toyota Starts Taking Orders For Prius Plug-In

November 29, 2011 3:13 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Toyota began taking orders Tuesday for the plug-in version of its hit Prius hybrid, announcing efficient mileage and a relatively affordable starting price of 3.2 million yen ($41,000), which comes down with green vehicle subsidies. Toyota is targeting Prius Plug-in sales of 35,000 to 40,000 a year in Japan, and 60,000 globally.

EU May Overhaul Data Protection Laws With Bloc-Wide Reform

November 29, 2011 3:12 am | News | Comments

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union wants to replace a mishmash of national laws on data protection with one bloc-wide reform, updating laws put in place long before Facebook and other social networking sites even existed. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding said Monday that social networks must become more open about how they operate.

DIN-Rail Controller Platforms

November 28, 2011 9:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Industrial Automation Group of Advantech (Cincinnati, OH) has released two new Intel Atom-based DIN-rail controller platforms, the UNO-1170A and UNO-1170AE. According to the company, they are designed to provide high computing power and are able to operate in harsh environments.

Datalogic Acquires Accu-Sort

November 28, 2011 8:32 am | News | Comments

BOLOGNA, Italy – Datalogic S.p.A., which offers innovative solutions for a comprehensive range of applications in the manufacturing, transportation & logistics and retail industries, announced  that it has entered into an agreement with certain subsidiaries of Danaher Corporation to acquire Accu-Sort Systems Inc.

In Memory Of Engineers

November 28, 2011 7:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

How do we remember the accomplishments of the incredible thinkers, engineers, and innovators? They're not necessarily famous or news-worthy people, and despite the enormous impact they have on how we currently live, they're forgotten for any number of reasons. October was a bad month for the technology world -- we lost a number of incredible thinkers, engineers, and innovators.

Business Process Management Tool Leads To Better Visibility

November 28, 2011 7:29 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Articles | Comments

Tasked with the effort to develop electronic, rules-based workflows for the automation of manual processes, one company found a business process management tool to be very helpful. Effectively aligning all aspects of a business organization with the wants and needs of the customer is one of the most widespread trends in manufacturing today.

Is Globalization Good Or Bad For The Middle Class?

November 28, 2011 5:55 am | Videos | Comments

Is globalization good or bad for the middle-class American? CNN speaks to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, who attempts to answer that very question. He also attempts to answer how typical U.S. workers can make globalization work for them in this tough, competitive, and increasingly complex global economy.

Filipino Police Arrest Four Suspected AT&T Hackers

November 28, 2011 3:14 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Four people have been arrested in the Philippines for allegedly hacking into AT&T customers' phones as part of a plan to funnel money to a Saudi-based terror group, according to police. The Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group said it worked with the FBI to arrest the suspects last week.

This Holiday Season, The Tablet Has Gone Mainstream

November 28, 2011 3:13 am | by Rachel Metz, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — 'Tis the season of the tablet. Despite the gloomy economy, shoppers are expected to shell out for tablet computers this December, making them about as popular as candy canes and twinkling lights. The glossy-screened gadgets are the most-desired electronic devices this holiday season.

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