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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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."


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.


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.


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.


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.


The Ultra-Rich Sound Off On The Middle Class

February 3, 2012 9:59 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | 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.


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.


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."


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.


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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