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FTC Moves To Block Sysco's $3.5B Purchase Of US Foods

February 20, 2015 9:46 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Antitrust regulators are challenging the $3.5 billion sale of US Foods to Sysco, saying the deal would hurt customers by reducing competition between food supply companies.

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Lenovo Shipped Laptops With Security Flaw, Experts Say

February 20, 2015 9:37 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Experts say the world's biggest computer maker shipped laptops with pre-installed software that could let hackers steal passwords or other sensitive information when you use the web to shop, pay bills or check email.

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Reynolds American Delving Deeper Into Nicotine Gum Business

February 20, 2015 9:29 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer | News | Comments

Cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is partnering with a pharmaceutical consultancy to develop products that help people stop smoking.

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Industry Lashes Out At Apple Car Report

February 19, 2015 12:55 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

This week’s big Apple news comes from a Wall Street Journal report that indicates that the tech giant is working on a vehicle, but not everyone is pleased to hear that — including a battery manufacturer and a former CEO.

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Is Your State Considering Changes In Chemical Regulations?

February 19, 2015 11:42 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

An environmental health coalition expects a majority of U.S. states to consider legislation to alter their chemical regulations this year. 

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Lego Story: What the Company Learned From Its Mistakes

February 19, 2015 11:23 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Lego Systems President, Soren Torp Laursen, discusses the company's turnaround strategy. 

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U.S. Army Launches Giant Blimp To Test Air Defense

February 19, 2015 11:20 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

It's not a bird or a plane, but a blimp in the sky, floating over Maryland's Baltimore suburbs. It's the newest security system launched by the Army to protect major cities along the East Coast, and it can detect everything from a cruise missile to a large drone.

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Thought Leaders: Making e-Commerce Work For Manufacturers

February 19, 2015 11:09 am | by Manufacturing Business Technology | Videos | Comments

In the last five to ten years, the use of online ordering — via a desk top or mobile device — has skyrocketed in the industrial MRO space. But it’s not always as easy as simply hopping on a website and tracking down a very specific product. Speed, compliance, and spend management are all significant factors in this process.

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The Aston Martin Vantage GT3

February 19, 2015 10:55 am | by CNET | Videos | Comments

Aston Martin's limited run Vantage GT3 is a 592bhp track-focused monster headed for a full unveil at this year's Geneva Motor Show.

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Samsung Buying Mobile-Pay Co. In Bid To Challenge Apple Pay

February 19, 2015 10:40 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is buying mobile-payment startup LoopPay as the Korean phone maker steps up to challenge Apple and its payment system on iPhones.

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Caterpillar Says U.S. Is Investigating Its Movement Of Cash

February 19, 2015 10:37 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The U.S. government is investigating how Caterpillar has been moving cash between its business units in the U.S. and overseas, the construction equipment company said Wednesday.

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GM, Opponents Make Arguments In Bankruptcy Court Over Shield

February 19, 2015 10:32 am | by Marley Jay, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A federal bankruptcy judge this week heard arguments from consumers who are suing General Motors, saying their cars dropped in value because of a defect with its ignition switches.

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Ball Buying Metal Beverage Can Maker Rexam In $6.64B Deal

February 19, 2015 10:23 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Ball is buying metal beverage can maker Rexam in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $6.64 billion in order to stay competitive against other packaging companies.

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3 Vehicle Trends To Keep An Eye On

February 18, 2015 1:11 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Recent reports have indicated that Apple may be making a bigger push into the car market, Nissan is again playing with paint and Toyota is trying to make getting around town a little easier.

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A Less Lethal Alternative To Guns

February 18, 2015 11:51 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Triple Defender is one of the less lethal alternatives to guns that law enforcement is increasingly interested in after the recent controversies over police killings.

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Manufacturing Production Up Slightly In January

February 18, 2015 11:31 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Factory output by U.S. manufacturers increased by 0.2 percent last month, according to numbers released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.

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White House May Double Salary Threshold For OT Exemption

February 18, 2015 11:20 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Policy experts expect forthcoming rules from the Obama administration to potentially double the salary threshold for exemptions to overtime pay requirements.

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3 Steps For Evolving IoT Architectures

February 18, 2015 10:50 am | by Jack Tison | Articles | Comments

As the Internet of Things (IoT) moves into the industrial space, studies show 86 percent of manufacturers are investing in IoT as they go after an estimated $4 trillion in benefits for manufacturing applications. Why now? The cost of sensors, networking, storage and computing have dropped dramatically.

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Hershey Moves To Ban Cadbury Chocolates In U.S.

February 18, 2015 10:31 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

For more than 30 years, importers of British goods brought English Cadbury Chocolate into the United States, but as a lawsuit between American chocolate behemoth Hersey and British importers draws to a close, fans of milky English bars of chocolate are anticipating a permanent dry spell. 

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BlackBerry Again Sues Ryan Seacrest Startup Over Keyboards

February 18, 2015 10:22 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone maker BlackBerry has revived a legal battle against a startup co-founded by Ryan Seacrest, saying its iPhone keyboard rips off the design from BlackBerry phones' physical keyboards.

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