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Hackerspaces Help Turn Ideas Into Reality

August 27, 2014 | by Emaun Kashfi, Associated Press | Comments

While many projects in hackerspaces are done as hobbies or just for the challenge, some have been turned into multimillion-dollar products. The MakerBot, for example, was created by a tinkerer at NYC Resistor and is now one of the most well-known 3D printers on the market.

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MAPI: Industrial Sector To Be Fully Recovered By End Of 2014

August 27, 2014 10:02 am | by MAPI Foundation

The outlook for the U.S. economy is for steady growth, but there is little expectation for a significant upward trajectory, according to a new report.                             

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Spiders Force Suzuki Recall

August 27, 2014 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

The automaker says spider webs can clog a fuel vapor vent hose in some 2010 to 2013 Kizashi cars, cutting off air flow. If that happens, it can cause the gas tank to deform, causing cracks, fuel leaks and possible fires.         

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Medtronic Spends $350M On Another Deal

August 27, 2014 9:47 am | by Tom Murphy, AP Business Writer

U.S. medical device maker Medtronic is building stronger ties to Europe, a couple months after announcing a $42.9 billion acquisition that involves moving its main executive offices across the Atlantic, where it can get a better tax deal.   

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Hewlett-Packard Recalls 5M AC Power Cords

August 27, 2014 9:36 am | by The Associated Press

Hewlett-Packard Company is recalling about 5.6 million notebook computer AC power cords in this country and another 446,700 in Canada because of possible overheating, which can pose a fire and burn hazard.             

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Auto Supply Firm To Expand Manufacturing Plant

August 27, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

International automotive supplier Continental is planning to invest about $150 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Newport News, creating 500 jobs.                         

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Feds Seek Comments On 'Modified Risk' Tobacco

August 26, 2014 9:58 am | by Michael Felbercaum, AP Tobacco Writer

Federal regulators are seeking public comment on smokeless tobacco maker Swedish Match's request to certify its General-branded pouches of tobacco as less harmful than cigarettes.                     

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U.S. Probes Ford Explorer Police Vehicles

August 26, 2014 9:47 am | by The Associated Press

U.S. safety regulators are investigating a complaint that front brake hoses can fail on some Ford Explorer Police Interceptor SUVs.                                  

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U.S. Durable Goods Orders At A Record High

August 26, 2014 9:41 am | by The Associated Press

Business orders for long-lasting manufactured goods shot up by the largest amount on record in July but much of the strength came from a huge surge in demand for commercial aircraft. Outside of transportation, orders actually fell.     

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Guilty Plea In California Meat-Recall Case

August 26, 2014 9:37 am | by The Associated Press

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks has pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge.                 

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Semiconductor Company Cutting 1,350 Jobs

August 26, 2014 9:34 am | by The Associated Press

Chip supplier Fairchild Semiconductor is eliminating about 1,350 jobs in the U.S. and Asia — about 15 percent of its total workforce — to reduce costs.                             

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Rocket Explodes During Test Flight

August 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by The Associated Press

An unmanned SpaceX rocket exploded shortly after launch on a test flight at the company's Central Texas development site.                                     

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Boeing Gets $8.8B Airplane Order

August 25, 2014 1:01 pm | by The Associated Press

Boeing said Monday that BOC Aviation, an aircraft leasing company based in Singapore, is ordering 82 airplanes for a total of $8.8 billion.                               

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California Winemakers Cleaning Up After Quake

August 25, 2014 12:21 pm | by Ken Sweet and Ellen Knickmeyer, Associated Press

Winemakers in California's storied Napa Valley woke up to thousands of broken bottles and barrels as a result of Sunday's earthquake.                                 

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Gov't Warns Retailers About Hacking Software

August 25, 2014 9:44 am | by Alicia A. Caldwell & Jeff Horwitz, Associated Press

More than 1,000 U.S. retailers could be infected with malicious software lurking in their cash register computers, allowing hackers to steal customer financial data, the Homeland Security Department said Friday.           

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Sony Network Hacked, Exec's Flight Diverted

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer

Sony's PlayStation Network service for video games was unusable from Sunday until Monday afternoon after being flooded by an online attack.                               

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Allergan Reviews Meeting Requests In Takeover Bid

August 25, 2014 9:31 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer

Botox maker Allergan Inc. is reviewing shareholder requests for a special meeting to consider replacing most of its board, a change fellow drugmaker Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. is seeking as part of the hostile takeover attempt it's been waging since April.

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LG Bets On Pricey OLED Technology For TVs

August 25, 2014 9:25 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer

LG Electronics Inc. announced two new giant OLED TVs with ultra-high definition screens Monday, sticking with its strategy of using the exceptionally expensive OLED display technology.                   

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Feds In Hot Seat To Change Interest Rates As Economists' Views Clash

August 25, 2014 9:20 am | by Matthew Brown, Associated Press

The Federal Reserve's annual conference opened with Chair Janet Yellen suggesting that the U.S. economy, the world's biggest, still needs help in the form of ultra-low rates and that U.S. inflation has yet to become a problem.       

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Roche To Buy U.S. Biotech Firm InterMune For $8.3B

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

Swiss pharmaceutical company Roche said Sunday it has reached an $8.3 billion deal to buy InterMune Inc., a California-based developer of treatments for lung diseases.                       

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Keurig Strikes Deal With Kraft

August 22, 2014 11:45 am | by The Associated Press

Keurig Green Mountain says it struck a deal to make Kraft's branded coffees, such as Maxwell House and Gevalia, for its single-serve brewing systems in the U.S.                         

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