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Google Buys Drone Maker

April 15, 2014 | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Comments

Google has bought Titan Aerospace, a maker of solar-powered drones, saying it could help bring Internet access to remote parts of the world as well as solve other problems.                       

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USMTO: Manufacturing Technology Orders Down In February

April 15, 2014 9:47 am | by AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology

February U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.40 million according to AMT - The Association For Manufacturing Technology.                                 


Sneaker Factory Workers Strike In China

April 15, 2014 9:43 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer

Workers at a Chinese factory owned by Yue Yuen, the world's largest maker of athletic footwear for brands such as Nike and Adidas, are striking in a dispute over benefits.                       


Fuji Heavy Considering New Plant To Make Parts For Boeing 777X

April 15, 2014 9:35 am | by The Associated Press

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. is considering building a plant in central Japan to make parts for Boeing Co.'s next-generation 777X passenger jets, company officials said Tuesday.                     


Altria Sells N.C. Cigarette Plant For $68.5M

April 15, 2014 9:33 am | by The Associated Press

The owner of the nation's biggest tobacco company, Philip Morris USA, has sold a North Carolina cigarette plant it idled in 2009.                                   


GM Loses Communications, Human Resources Executives

April 14, 2014 1:05 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

GM is replacing the executives in charge of communications and human resources as it struggles with a string of embarrassing recalls that have led to congressional hearings and federal investigations.               


Smithfield Foods Parent Plans IPO

April 14, 2014 11:39 am | by The Associated Press

The world's biggest pork producer says it plans to raise up to $5.3 billion in an initial public offering on the Hong Kong stock exchange.                                


3D Systems Partners With Staples For Printing As A Service

April 14, 2014 11:32 am | by Globe Newswire

Each participating Staples store will feature an immersive 3D printing experience center that lets consumers and small businesses create personalized products and use 3D printing hardware.                 


Lawsuit: GM Intentionally, Systematically Concealed Defects

April 14, 2014 9:38 am | by The Associated Press

Parents of a Georgia teenager who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2009 car crash say General Motors knew of a defect in her car but took steps to conceal it.                         


Politics Test Silicon Valley's Ties To Russia

April 14, 2014 9:33 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer

Entrepreneurs and investors say Silicon Valley's fast-growing financial ties with Russia's tech sector are being slowed down by current political tensions between the White House and the Kremlin.               


Panel: Cost Of Fighting Global Warming 'Modest'

April 14, 2014 9:30 am | by Karl Ritter, Associated Press

The cost of keeping global warming in check is "relatively modest," but only if the world acts quickly to reverse the buildup of heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere, the head of the U.N.'s expert panel on climate change said Sunday.     


Congressional Report Pushes For E-Cigarette Rules

April 14, 2014 9:28 am | by Michael Felberbaum, AP Tobacco Writer

Concerns about electronic cigarettes, including flavors and marketing that could appeal to young people, underscore the need to regulate the fast-growing industry, according to a Congressional report released Monday.         


Peugeot Boss Targets Return To Profit By 2018

April 14, 2014 9:25 am | by The Associated Press

Loss-making French carmaker PSA Peugeot Citroen says it aims to return to profitability by 2018 by reducing the number of models and relying on its recent rescue by Chinese investors and the French state.             


Retail Sales Strong In March

April 14, 2014 9:19 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. retail sales in March rose by the largest amount in 18 months, led by strong gains in sales of autos, furniture and a number of other products.                             


Producer Prices Rise In March

April 11, 2014 12:59 pm | by Josh Boak, AP Economics Writer

The prices companies receive for their goods and services jumped in March led by gains for food, clothing, jewelry and chemicals. The producer price index, which measures price changes before they reach the consumer, rose 0.5 percent in March, the Labor Department said Friday.


Sony Recalling Some Vaio Laptops

April 11, 2014 12:57 pm | by The Associated Press

Sony is recalling some of its VAIO laptop computers, saying that it's possible that its non-removable battery pack could overheat. The packs included in some of Sony's Vaio Fit 11A models, which were released in February, were provided by a third-party supplier.


BMW Extends Recall To Half-Million Cars

April 11, 2014 12:55 pm | by The Associated Press

German automaker BMW is issuing a worldwide recall of many models of cars with certain six-cylinder gas motors after identifying a problem with a bolt used in the engine. The company said Friday that a recall started in China last week has now been extended worldwide, affecting 489,000 vehicles, including 156,000 in the U.S.


Ikea Buys Ill. Wind-Energy Project

April 11, 2014 12:52 pm | by David Mercer, Associated Press

The U.S. subsidiary of Swedish furniture retailer IKEA announced Thursday that it is buying a long-planned wind-energy project in eastern Illinois as part of the company's initiative to offset its energy use with renewable energy generation. And IKEA insists the project, which has not yet been built, is more than public relations. 


Amazon CEO Talks Drones And Paying Employees To Quit

April 11, 2014 12:36 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer

CEO Jeff Bezos' annual letter to shareholders offers a glimpse into Amazon's internal workings and what it is aiming for in the future, including the much-discussed drone delivery. After making a hubbub about testing delivery by aerial drones in December, the company said its Prime Air team is testing fifth- and sixth-generation aerial vehicles and in the design phase on generations seven and eight.


U.S. Budget Deficit Falls To $37B

April 11, 2014 9:45 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

The U.S. government's budget deficit shrank to just $37 billion in March from $107 billion in the same month last year, the latest sign of improvement in the nation's finances.                     


Ind. Glass Plant To Pay Record Safety Penalty

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

A central Indiana automotive glass factory will pay a record $495,500 to settle workplace safety violations that were uncorrected following a worker's 2010 death, the Indiana Department of Labor said Wednesday.           



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