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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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When Operational Performance And Financial Performance Measurement Collide

February 5, 2015 11:30 am | by Jack Moran | Articles | Comments

While there’s no one-size-fits all approach to costing, manufacturers should take a close look at their current method to ensure it generates data that enables management to drive the business forward.              

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Report: High Trade Deficit With Japan Killing Jobs In Every State

February 5, 2015 11:17 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

A new report says every state saw job losses due to a growing U.S. trade deficit with Japan, and warns Congress should not approve a proposed trade agreement without protections against Japanese currency manipulation.         

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West Coast Port Employers: Shutdown Could Be Days Away

February 5, 2015 10:02 am | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | News | Comments

West Coast seaports could shut down in as soon as five days — hobbling U.S. trade with Asia — if dockworkers and their employers cannot reach a new contract, the head of a maritime association warned Wednesday in remarks intended to pressure an agreement after nine months of negotiations.

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U.S. Productivity Falls In 4th Quarter

February 5, 2015 9:58 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. worker productivity went into reverse in the final three months of the year, while labor costs increased.                                        

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Harley-Davidson Names New CEO

February 5, 2015 9:55 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson Inc. says Matt Levatich will become the company's president and CEO on May 1.                                        

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Samsung Launches Tizen-Powered TVs In Home Market

February 5, 2015 9:49 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. has started domestic sales of high-end televisions powered by its Tizen operating system and plans to add washing machines, fridges and other appliances to the range of products that use the software.

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No Fast Or Slow Lanes For Internet? New Rules Proposed

February 5, 2015 9:45 am | by Anne Flaherty, Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring the Internet critical for the nation, a top U.S. regulator on Wednesday proposed an unprecedented expansion of federal power to ensure providers don't block or slow web traffic for America's countless users.         

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