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Microsoft To Share Information With Software Developers

February 21, 2008 8:40 am | News | Comments

Software company says it will share more information about its technology to make it easier for developers to create software that work with its products.

China, South Korea Patents On The Rise

February 21, 2008 8:30 am | News | Comments

Although still far behind the U.S., China and South Korea continued their steady climb up the ranks of the world's leading inventors in 2007, according to the U.N. patent agency.

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Conference Board: Economy Could Continue To Weaken

February 21, 2008 8:20 am | by Candice Choi, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Gauge of future economic activity dropped for the fourth consecutive month in January, suggesting the U.S. economy could slow further in the near future.

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EU Environmental Package Could Exempt Some Industries

February 21, 2008 8:20 am | by Robert Wielaard, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

European Commission, bowing to industry concerns, looks to exempt Europe's steel, chemical and power sectors from having to compensate for the environmental damage they cause.

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EU Tightens Import Safety Rules

February 21, 2008 8:15 am | News | Comments

New marketing guidelines remove some of the barriers to free trade within the EU, but also make importers responsible for checking that products are safe.

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Judge OKs Delphi’s Lawyer Fees, Steering Business Sale

February 21, 2008 7:50 am | by Vinnee Tong, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge approved Delphi’s $50 million in fees to lawyers and financial advisors as well as the sale of Delphi's steering business to a private equity firm.

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Kyklos To Acquire Delphi's Bearings Business

February 21, 2008 6:30 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Hephaestus Holdings, a manufacturer of forged parts, announced that its subsidiary will acquire Delphi's North American Bearings Business.

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Sigma Industries Restructures, Settles With Insurer

February 21, 2008 5:45 am | News | Comments

Quebec-based metal components manufacturer streamlined its operations to cut costs and settle with its insurance company for $4.1 million as final payment for a 2005 fire.

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Philly Area Manufacturing Sees Continued Weakness

February 21, 2008 5:38 am | by Edited by Manufacturing.net Staff | News | Comments

Measures of current and future activity in the region continued to slide in February, while future employment fell into negative numbers.

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China's Trade Surplus With U.S. Drops, Surges With EU

February 21, 2008 5:30 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Beijing’s trade surplus with the U.S. narrowed in January as demand for Chinese goods weakened while China’s surplus with the European Union surged by 42 percent.

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Biotechnology Company Sells Minnesota Facility

February 21, 2008 5:20 am | News | Comments

PDL BioPharma agreed to sell a Brooklyn Park, Minn., antibody manufacturing facility to Denmark-based Genmab for $240 million.

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China Calls For Fair Treatment Of 3Com Deal

February 21, 2008 5:15 am | News | Comments

China’s government asks U.S. to reconsider bid by a Chinese telecoms equipment maker for a U.S. high-tech company after deal falls through over national security concerns.

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European Steelmakers React To Iron Ore Price Hikes

February 21, 2008 5:00 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Steelmakers disapproved of a massive hike in iron ore prices and called on EU regulators to block miner BHP Billiton's bid for rival Rio Tinto.

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Gas Leak At Mississippi Phosphates Plant Injures Two

February 21, 2008 4:40 am | News | Comments

Gases were released on site at a Pascagoula, Miss. sulfuric acid plant when a weld near the top of a converter vessel suddenly ruptured.

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Pesticides Found In Chinese-Made Pork Product

February 21, 2008 4:33 am | News | Comments

Detection of highly toxic pesticide from a Chinese-made frozen pork cutlet product has prompted the Japanese government to ban related imports and the distributor to recall the product.

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Union Leader: CAW Won’t Accept Wage Cuts

February 21, 2008 4:30 am | News | Comments

Canadian Auto Workers leader says members will not accept wage cuts despite the trend in the U.S. where auto workers are voting on contracts that reduce hourly wages.

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Eclipse CEO Discusses Jet Plant With Russians

February 21, 2008 4:25 am | News | Comments

Eclipse Aviation President and CEO Vern Raburn traveled to Russia to meet with federal officials there about a proposed manufacturing plant for the Eclipse 500 very light jet.

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HazMat Team Investigating Industrial Plant Fire

February 21, 2008 4:22 am | News | Comments

Emergency manager says a look at a burned out North Dakota industrial plant from the outside shows some production lines intact and barrels of chemicals with the covers still on.

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Unemployment Claims Decline By 9,000

February 21, 2008 4:15 am | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Number of newly laid off workers filing claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, but the larger-than-expected drop was seen as only a temporary improvement.

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Majority Of European Cars Now Run On Diesel

February 21, 2008 4:15 am | by Aoife White, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Higher gas pump prices and diesel engine improvements helped boost sales of diesel-equipped cars to 53 percent of the nearly 15 million cars sold in 2007.

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