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U.S. Wholesale Stockpiles Up

November 12, 2014 10:32 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. wholesale businesses posted a modest gain in their stockpiles in September as sales rebounded from a big decline the previous month.                                 

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GE To Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility In Pennsylvania

November 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Business Wire | News | Comments

GE has announced that it will build a new manufacturing facility to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across GE.                           

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U.S., China Pledge To Limit Emissions

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United States and China are pledging to move faster to reduce or limit emissions of heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming.                                 

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Startup Working To Turn Hoverboards Into Reality

November 12, 2014 9:44 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Skateboarding is going airborne this fall with the launch of the first real commercially marketed hoverboard which uses magnetics to float about an inch off the ground. The creators believe their technology will someday be used to transport large containers or hold buildings above earthquakes as the ground shakes below.

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EU Nations Could Get Power To Block GMO Crops

November 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

European lawmakers have voted to give EU member states the power to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops on their territory even if they have been approved by the 28-nation bloc.                  

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2014 Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

November 11, 2014 12:45 pm | by The Association For Manufacturing Technology | News | Comments

September U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $647.63 million according to AMT — The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 

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Meet GM's $4M Rolling Propaganda Machine

November 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

This 33-foot-long 30,000 pound 1940 GM mega-bus represented the size and power of General Motors at its mightiest.                                       

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Ford's CEO On The Aluminum F-150

November 11, 2014 12:23 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

After a dismal last quarter, CEO Mark Fields says he plans to turn Ford around as the company unveils its new F-150 truck.                                     

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6 Challenges Facing Modern Manufacturing Companies

November 11, 2014 12:09 pm | by Danielle Iera | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing is an ever-changing industry, where manufacturers face new issues and concerns every year. Since this year is no exception, here are a few of the top concerns that manufacturers are grappling with.           

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Ford Starts Aluminum F-150 Production

November 11, 2014 9:46 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

It's Ford Motor Co.'s biggest bet in decades: an aluminum-sided F-150 that could set a new industry standard — or cost the company its pickup truck crown.                           

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Divisive Debate On 'Net Neutrality' Heats Up

November 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Depending on whom you listen to, the rules could unleash future innovation and create jobs — or stifle innovation and kill jobs.                                   

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Microsoft Drops Nokia Name With Newest Lumia Phone

November 11, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft has unveiled a cheaper smartphone, costing about 110 euros ($135), as it eyes emerging and other low-cost markets for growth.                                 

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Unilever Sues Company Over Use Of 'Mayo'

November 11, 2014 9:32 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

You have to break some eggs to make an omelet and, according to a lawsuit from the maker of Hellmann's, the same goes for mayonnaise.                                 

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Google Signs 60-Year, $1B Lease With NASA

November 11, 2014 9:27 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google has signed a long-term lease for part of a historic Navy air base, where it plans to renovate three massive hangars and use them for projects involving aviation, space exploration and robotics.               

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NM Peanut Processing Plant's Future Still Unknown

November 10, 2014 12:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Canadian food supplier Golden Boy Foods has yet to comment on the future of a New Mexico peanut process plant eight months after completing a $26 million deal to buy Sunland Inc.                     

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White House Wants Greater Regulation Of Internet Providers

November 10, 2014 12:16 pm | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Internet providers shouldn't be allowed to cut deals with online services like Netflix or YouTube to move their content faster, and should be regulated more like phone companies, President Barack Obama said Monday in an announcement.     

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Why Configurability Matters For Manufacturing Software

November 10, 2014 11:56 am | by Katie Hilyar | Articles | Comments

Cloud software has tremendous potential to help small- and medium-sized manufacturers compete with large enterprises. But what if that software assumes that you want to operate just like them?                 

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Privacy Advantages Of Using A Datacenter In Iceland

November 10, 2014 11:48 am | by Natalie Lehrer | Blogs | Comments

According to most data security analysts, Iceland is often referred to as the most privacy-friendly nation for hosting sensitive data. Because data files are becoming larger, it becomes more practical to host data in one central location where it can be readily accessible from any where in the world.

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LNS Research Releases MES Toolkit For Manufacturers

November 10, 2014 11:37 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

LNS Research has assembled a free Manufacturing Execution System (MES) toolkit for manufacturers who are considering implementing an MES system.                               

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Arizona Beverage Dispute Continues

November 10, 2014 11:06 am | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

After a judge ruled that Arizona Beverage Co., maker of Arizona iced tea, is worth $2 billion, its co-founders are now battling over the payout.                               

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