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Apple Reportedly Poaching Talent For Electric Car Project

February 26, 2015 | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Reports that Apple is working on a secret electric car project initially prompted skepticism from the auto industry.

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IoT Consortiums Announce Collaborative Agreement

February 27, 2015 10:19 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Two nonprofits backing development of the Industrial Internet of Things on Thursday announced a collaboration they say will accelerate standards for connected devices.

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Energy, Manufacturing Companies Look to Women To Address Skills Gap

February 27, 2015 10:08 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

ExxonMobil will host more than 2,000 students at "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day" events throughout the next several months as part of a continued effort to bolster the number of women in the industry.

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H-P Report Sparks Concern Among Investors, Industry Observers

February 27, 2015 10:01 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

Hewlett-Packard's quarterly financial report fell below analysts' expectations this week, which prompted tumbling stock prices and concern from some corners about the PC maker's future.

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FCC Backs Net Neutrality

February 27, 2015 9:52 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to protect so-called "net neutrality" by establishing uniform standards for those using the Internet.

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Automakers Hire Rocket Firm To Probe Airbag Problems

February 27, 2015 9:36 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer

The auto industry, fed up with slow progress toward finding out why some airbags explode with too much force, has hired a Virginia rocket science company to investigate the matter.

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Sweden's Ericsson Sues Apple In Patent Dispute

February 27, 2015 9:32 am | by The Associated Press

Wireless equipment maker Ericsson is suing Apple for alleged patent infringement.

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Maraschino Cherry Owner Kills Himself Amid Drug Raid On Factory

February 26, 2015 12:46 pm | by Kari Imberg, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The owner of Dell's Maraschino Cherries committed suicide yesterday after his marijuana-growing operation was discovered at the Brooklyn factory.

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Elon Musk's Solar Company To Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 26, 2015 11:11 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra.

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EU Investigating Proposed Chocolate Acquisition

February 26, 2015 10:35 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices.

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Industry Group Warns Of Vapors At Fracking Sites

February 26, 2015 10:26 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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$100M Settlement For Hundreds In Florida Tobacco Lawsuits

February 26, 2015 10:17 am | by Curt Anderson, AP Legal Affairs Writer

A $100 million settlement has been reached between three major tobacco companies and hundreds of people who sued them in Florida federal court.

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Fiat Chrysler Recalls Midsize Sedans For Transmission Glitch

February 26, 2015 10:08 am | by The Associated Press

Fiat Chrysler is recalling nearly 26,000 midsize cars in North America to fix automatic transmissions that might not shift into park.

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Consumer Reports Releases Its Top Vehicle Picks

February 25, 2015 12:22 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The closely watched annual list of top auto brands and individual vehicles was released this week indicating Consumer Reports’ favorites among the 270 autos recently tested.

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Report: Vitamin Supplement Market Expected To Increase By 60 Percent By 2020

February 25, 2015 10:38 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

A new report expects the global market for vitamin supplements to jump from $37.4 billion in 2013 to nearly $60 billion by 2020.

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California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 25, 2015 10:27 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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Report: 19 Oil And Gas Stocks In 'Extreme Danger'

February 25, 2015 10:17 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, Manufacturing Business Technology

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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Goodyear Paying $16M To Settle Bribery-Related Charges

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by The Associated Press

Goodyear will pay about $16 million to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to prevent persistent bribery in Kenya and Angola aimed at winning tire sales.

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Lego Sales Keep Rising Amid Global Demand

February 25, 2015 9:49 am | by The Associated Press

Lego says its popular, multi-colored toy blocks continued to be in strong demand last year, particularly in its largest market, the U.S., as well as Britain, France, Russia and China.

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Nonprescription Diet Pill Alli Back In Stores After Recall

February 25, 2015 9:42 am | by The Associated Press

GlaxoSmithKline's diet pill, alli, is now back in most U.S. stores.

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Arizona House OKs Credits, Exemptions For Apple Data Center

February 25, 2015 9:34 am | by Ryan Van Velzer, The Associated Press

The Arizona Legislature wants to help Apple Inc. by extending renewable energy tax credits and exemptions to cover the 1.3-million-square-foot data center it plans to open in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa.

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