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Smart TV Innovations Creating Privacy Concerns

February 9, 2015 11:28 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

TV technology, like Samsung's SmartTV, enables televisions to act on voice commands, but the TV sets can capture other words you say and transmit them to third parties. That's raising concerns about privacy.             

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How The Cognac Market Is Growing In The U.S.

February 9, 2015 11:23 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Michael Quinttus, president and CEO of Vintus, discusses the growing market for premium cognac.                                             

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Senators Call For Investigation Into Verizon 'Supercookies'

February 9, 2015 10:48 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Democratic senators on Friday called on federal regulators to investigate Verizon Wireless, the country's biggest mobile provider, for secretly inserting unique tracking codes into the Web traffic of its some 100 million customers.      

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Report: Automakers Fail To Fully Protect Against Hacking

February 9, 2015 10:44 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers are cramming cars with wireless technology, but they have failed to adequately protect those features against the real possibility that hackers could take control of vehicles or steal personal data, according to an analysis of information that manufacturers provided to a senator.

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Steelworkers To Expand Strike To 2 BP Refineries in Midwest

February 9, 2015 10:39 am | by David Koenig, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The first nationwide strike at U.S. oil refineries since 1980 is spreading to two BP plants in the Midwest. Workers at refineries in Ohio and Indiana will strike late Saturday night, joining a walkout that began this week at nine other refineries.

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Land Rover, Jaguar Will Recall 104,000 Vehicles

February 9, 2015 10:30 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Land Rover and Jaguar are recalling 104,000 vehicles because of problems with the brakes and lights.                                            

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Refinery Negotiations Suspended Until Monday, White House Speaks Out

February 6, 2015 4:32 pm | by Sam Neylon, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The national strike by refinery workers will extend to at least next Monday, after negotiations between the United Steelworkers (USW) and a group of employers stalled Friday.                      

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McCain Seeks To Open U.S. Domestic Routes To Foreign Ships

February 6, 2015 12:09 pm | by Kevin Freking, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sen. John McCain, who seems to revel in the occasional lonely crusade, is now taking on America's maritime industry and the longstanding law barring foreign-built ships from transporting goods within the United States.         

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Are Americans Less Concerned About Cybersecurity?

February 6, 2015 11:59 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

SurveyMonkey CEO Dave Goldberg discusses the lack of concern about cybersecurity in the U.S.                                             

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Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank On Why He's Buying Into Technology

February 6, 2015 11:30 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank talks about why he's buying the MyFitnessPal and Endomondo apps for a total of about $560 million.                                   

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Engineering Newswire: Atlas Robot Gets Major Upgrade

February 6, 2015 11:22 am | by Product Design & Development | Videos | Comments

Today's Engineering Newswire looks at untethering the all new Atlas Robot, Fighting global warming, and ... doing the laundry?                                   

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Key Performance Indicators For The Supply Chain

February 6, 2015 11:14 am | by Jesper Lillelund | Articles | Comments

Measuring the overall performance of your supply chain can be boiled down to a few key questions. Is the supply chain acquiring the things your organization needs? Is it providing customers with the things they need? And is it doing it all in the right time and for the right price?

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Industry Groups: Manufacturing Day Events Saw Nearly 400,000 Participants

February 6, 2015 10:56 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

Last year's Manufacturing Day campaign involved nearly 400,000 participants at 1,679 total events, organizers said, smashing participation goals for the year.                           

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Pfizer Buying Hospira For About $15.23B

February 6, 2015 9:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Pfizer is buying Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its global established pharmaceutical business.                                 

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U.S. Gains Strong 257K Jobs, Pay Jumps

February 6, 2015 9:56 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. employers added a vigorous 257,000 jobs in January, and wages jumped by the most in six years — evidence that the job market is accelerating closer to full health.                       

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DuPont Names 2 New Directors As It Faces Proxy Fight

February 6, 2015 9:50 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The DuPont Co. has named two new independent directors with experience in corporate turnarounds as it faces a proxy fight and breakup calls from activist investor Nelson Peltz.                     

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Harris Buying Defense Contractor Exelis

February 6, 2015 9:36 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Communications and information technology company Harris is buying Exelis in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $4.4 billion.                                   

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FCC’s Net Neutrality Proposal Keeps Internet Open For Businesses

February 5, 2015 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Later this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote on a proposal to reclassify the Internet as a utility and critical to the functioning of the nation, in turn, maintaining “net neutrality.” So what does that all mean?   

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3 Easy Steps To Protect Companies From Cyberattacks

February 5, 2015 11:50 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

James Fox, head of cyber defense services at KPMG, and Craig Richardson, CEO at Wynyard Group, discuss the ways companies can prepare for and protect themselves from cyberattacks.                     

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$100 Oil Could Be At Least 3-5 Years Away

February 5, 2015 11:41 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Institute of International Finance's George Abed and Bloomberg Intelligence's Carl Riccadonna discuss the outlook for oil prices and production.                               

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