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Apple, Motorola In Patent Fight In Germany

February 5, 2012 10:32 pm | News | Comments

Apple has temporarily blocked Motorola's attempt to have it withdraw several iPhone and iPad models from its Internet store in Germany.

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GOP Lawmakers Want Vote On Pa. Gas Drilling Bill

February 5, 2012 10:27 pm | by Marc Levy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Sweeping legislation would impose an impact fee and update safety regulations on Pennsylvania's booming natural gas industry.

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HP CEO Gets $16.5M Pay Package

February 5, 2012 10:18 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

CEO Meg Whitman gets a $16.5 million package that hinges on the one-time politician's ability to lift the stumbling technology company's stock price.

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W.Va. Firm Touts 'Guardian Angel' For Miners

February 5, 2012 10:15 pm | News | Comments

The device resembles a big steel box on bulldozer tracks and is designed to keep underground miners safe in the event of an explosion or collapse.

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GM: Most U.S. Dealers Agree To Upgrades

February 5, 2012 10:12 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors Co. said Saturday that most of its 4,400 U.S. dealers have agreed to upgrade their showrooms over the next four years.

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Durcan Named CEO At Micron

February 5, 2012 10:11 pm | News | Comments

Board of directors has named Mark Durcan the company's chief executive officer after longtime CEO and Chairman Steve Appleton died in a plane crash.

Micron CEO Dies In Experimental Plane Crash

February 3, 2012 2:16 pm | News | Comments

Steve Appleton, an avid pilot, was the only one aboard the experimental fixed-wing plane when it crashed at the Boise airport.

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Ala. Senators Push Bills To Ban Synthetic Pot

February 3, 2012 2:06 pm | by Andy Brownfield, Associated Press | News | Comments

Products with names like "Spice" and "K2" were marketed as incense or potpourri, but when smoked or ingested they yielded a high similar to marijuana.

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Officials: Fire At Candy Factory Wasn't Severe

February 3, 2012 1:44 pm | News | Comments

The landmark candy factory caught fire in a second-floor packaging area, where firefighters had to wade through melted chocolate.

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No OSHA Combustible Dust Rules Any Time Soon

February 3, 2012 12:59 pm | by Travis Loller, Associated Press | News | Comments

Safety advocates were disappointed by OSHA's latest regulatory agenda, which contained a note about combustible dust regulations that reads "next action undetermined."

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Factory Orders Up 1.1 Percent In December

February 3, 2012 12:27 pm | by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

The results cap off a strong year for manufacturing, with total orders for the year up to $5.36 trillion, still slightly below the peak of $5.44 trillion set in 2008.

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Caterpillar Shuts Locked Out Plant In Canada

February 3, 2012 12:23 pm | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Electro-Motive had demanded pay cuts of up to 50 percent when it locked out 450 employees, saying the plant was not sustainable.

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The Car That Saved Volvo

February 3, 2012 10:40 am | Articles | Comments

In February 1982 the new Volvo 760 GLE was launched, and it not only saved the company, but also paved the way to the company's current philosophies.

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Purchasing Managers Index Makes Post-Holiday Rebound

February 3, 2012 10:27 am | Articles | Comments

The index, which measures production, new orders, inventories, and employment activity in Michigan, rose to 65.9 in January after falling below 50 in December.

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The Ultra-Rich Sound Off On The Middle Class

February 3, 2012 9:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Videos | Comments

John Chambers, the CEO of Cisco, says that big business should be embarrassed by how badly the middle class has been hit by the recession.

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Lawsuit Seeks Info, Damages In 7-Year Oil Spill

February 3, 2012 9:37 am | by Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Waterkeeper Alliance claims hundreds of gallons of oil have been leaking every day for more than seven years with few details about what's being done to stop it.

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Drugmakers Singing Same Song: 2012 Will Be Tough

February 3, 2012 9:34 am | by Linda A. Johnson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Buzzwords such as "blockbuster" and "cash cow" have all but disappeared, and have been replaced "headwinds," ''austerity" and "efficiency."

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Inspectors Focus On 'Unusual' Wear At CA Nuke Plant

February 3, 2012 9:32 am | by Michael R. Blood, Associated Press | News | Comments

The integrity of some equipment at Southern California's San Onofre Unit 2 nuclear plant is drawing concern after unusual wear was found on tubes that carry radioactive water.

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Skimming The Surface Of Axiomatic Design

February 3, 2012 9:28 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Articles | Comments

It is based on such a fundamental design philosophy that it works for any design discipline and easily with other product development methodologies.

Japanese Entrepreneurs Aim For Silicon Valley

February 3, 2012 9:26 am | by Tomoko A. Hosaka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Naoki Shibata had an executive-level position in Japan but left, saying, "If you want to reach a global market, then you have to start from Silicon Valley."

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