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Self-Driving Cars Now Require A Permit In California

September 16, 2014 | by Justin Pritchard, Associated Press | Comments

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has issued testing permits that allowed three companies to dispatch 29 vehicles onto freeways and into neighborhoods — with a human behind the wheel in case the onboard computers make a bad decision.

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Court Rules In Favor Of Direct Sales For Tesla Motors

September 16, 2014 9:56 am | by The Associated Press

The highest court in Massachusetts has thrown out a lawsuit aimed at blocking Tesla Motors from selling its electric cars directly to consumers.                               

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U.S. Producer Prices Unchanged In August

September 16, 2014 9:52 am | by Christopher Rugaber, AP Economics Writer

A measure of prices that producers receive for their goods and services was unchanged in August, the latest sign that inflation is in check.                               

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Allergan Agrees To Move Forward With Meeting

September 16, 2014 9:46 am | by The Associated Press

Allergan and Pershing Square have agreed on at least one step toward settling a fight over the makeup of the Botox-maker's board.                                   

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Eurozone Economic Growth Forecast Cut

September 16, 2014 9:43 am | by The Associated Press

A major international organization has cut its growth forecast for the countries that use the euro and says the troubled currency union needs even more stimulus from the central bank and governments.               

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Stratasys To Acquire GrabCAD

September 16, 2014 9:39 am | by Business Wire

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, has announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held GrabCAD, Inc. in an all-cash transaction.       

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Hundreds Of Workers On Strike At Lear Plant

September 16, 2014 9:32 am | by Charles D. Wilson, Associated Press

Hundreds of workers protesting what some are calling "fast-food-like" wages walked off the job Saturday at a Lear Corp. plant in northwest Indiana that makes automotive seats, beginning a strike that could affect a major Ford assembly plant in Chicago.

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Survey: Decisive New Technology Adoption Leads To Competitive Advantage

September 16, 2014 9:22 am | by Clare Ward

According to a Verizon sponsored Harvard Business Review analytic services survey, 57 percent of respondents believe IT drives business growth and innovation.                           

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GM Expert Says 19 Deaths Eligible For Compensation

September 15, 2014 1:27 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The death toll tied to faulty ignition switches in General Motors small cars has risen to 19, according to a compensation expert hired by the company. The number is likely to go higher.                   

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U.S. Factory Output Drops In August

September 15, 2014 1:21 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer

U.S. manufacturing output declined in August for the first time in seven months, reflecting a sharp fall in production at auto plants that was due mainly to seasonal adjustment problems.                   

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Safety Agency Investigates Ford Fiestas

September 15, 2014 1:16 pm | by The Associated Press

The probe announced Monday covers about 205,000 Fiestas from the 2011 through 2013 model years.                                             

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Heineken Rejects Takeover Bid

September 15, 2014 10:09 am | by The Associated Press

Family-controlled brewer Heineken says it has rejected a takeover bid by rival SABMiller.                                              

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Samsung Accuses LG Execs Of Vandalizing Its Products

September 15, 2014 10:04 am | by The Associated Press

Samsung Electronics Co. has accused senior executives from rival LG Electronics Inc. of vandalizing its washing machines at stores in Germany earlier this month and has asked for an official investigation.             

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Tesla Q&A: Tesla's Nevada 'Gigafactory'

September 15, 2014 9:55 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Now that Gov. Brian Sandoval has signed into law a package of incentives for Tesla Motors, the electric-car maker is moving ahead with plans to build a lithium battery factory to make cheaper batteries so it can afford to mass market a new line of more affordable vehicles.

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Will Apple Pay Kill The Card Swipe?

September 15, 2014 9:50 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer

Apple wants the plastic credit card to become as rare as the paper check.                                                   

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Study: Technology An Underused Tool In Emerging Market Supply Chains

September 15, 2014 9:45 am | by Accenture

Despite the vital role that technology plays in helping companies manage the complexity and volatility in global operations, only 48 percent of the more than 1,000 global companies surveyed use technology extensively in their emerging market supply chains.  

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Report: Manufacturers Collecting More Data, Unsure How To Use It

September 15, 2014 9:28 am | by The Economist Intelligence Unit

A new report published by The Economist Intelligence Unit shows that while most manufacturing firms have greatly increased the volume of data they collect from the shop floor over the past two years, many are struggling to get the most out of it.

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GreenTech Automotive Claims MS Factory Construction Complete

September 12, 2014 11:43 am | by Jeff Amy, Associated Press

GreenTech Automotive has announced it has completed a factory in Mississippi's Tunica County for the manufacture of small electric vehicles.                               

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Nevada Governor Enacts Tesla Tax Break Package

September 12, 2014 11:23 am | by Scott Sonner, Associated Press

Calling it one of the most important pieces of legislation in Nevada history, Gov. Brian Sandoval signed into law an unprecedented package of incentives to seal a deal to bring Tesla Motors' $5 billion battery factory to the Silver State.   

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HP Fined For Bribery Of Russian Officials

September 12, 2014 11:20 am | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard Co. pleaded guilty Thursday to felony charges that former employees bribed Russian government officials for a contract, and the company has been fined $58.7 million.                   

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Ford Recalls Hybrid SUVs For Stalling Problem

September 12, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

Ford is recalling about 74,000 older-model gas-electric hybrid SUVs in the U.S. and Canada to fix a stalling problem.                                      

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