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Texas District Embarks On Widespread iPad Program

February 28, 2012 9:31 am | by Christopher Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

McAllen Independent School District began distributing 6,800 iPads in an effort to reinforce more "equity" in its classrooms.


Driller, Regulators Mum On Pa. Well Contaminations

February 28, 2012 9:26 am | by Kevin Begos, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two wells near a community complaining of polluted drinking water had problems during the drilling process, but no one has taken responsibility.


Proview Seeks To Regain Global Rights To iPad Name

February 28, 2012 9:22 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Taiwan-based maker of LED lights is seeking unspecified compensation and a share of Apple's profits from alleged "unfair competition."


Mistakes As A Source Of Innovation

February 28, 2012 9:21 am | by Timothy F. Bednarz, Ph.D., Author, Publisher, Majorium Business Press | Articles | Comments

Effective leaders adhered to an unalterable expectation that mistakes and failure need to be an acceptable part of the process of innovation.


SC Johnson Focuses On Eco-Conscious Consumers

February 28, 2012 9:16 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Consumer products maker is expanding its line of concentrated cleaners that can be used in refillable bottles and create less waste than regular cleaners.


Plant Chief: Fukushima Dai-ichi Still Vulnerable

February 28, 2012 9:15 am | News | Comments

Nearly a year after it suffered multiple meltdowns, the chief has had to admit the plant is still rather "fragile."


Obama To Speak At UAW Conference

February 28, 2012 9:13 am | News | Comments

President Obama has only one public event on his schedule Tuesday, a speech at a United Auto Workers conference in Washington.


Blast At Chinese Chemical Plant Kills 13

February 28, 2012 9:11 am | News | Comments

An explosion at a chemical plant in northern China has killed at least 13 people and injured 43.


Judge Asked To Delay Amgen Takeover Of Micromet

February 28, 2012 9:10 am | News | Comments

Some Micromet shareholders are alleging that Micromet's board rushed it through and did not adequately explore whether it could get a better price.


Pressure Builds For Civilian Drone Flights At Home

February 27, 2012 3:24 pm | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked terrorists in the Middle East are in demand from police departments, news organizations and more.


Dow Tries Again For 13,000 Closing

February 27, 2012 2:36 pm | by Joshua Freed, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The average fell 100 points at the open Monday, then climbed back above 13,000 after a positive report on housing contracts.


TransCanada Touts Oil Pipeline From Okla. To Texas

February 27, 2012 1:15 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | News | Comments

Calgary-based TransCanada says the new project does not require presidential approval, unlike the Keystone XL, since it does not cross a U.S. border.


German Court Rejects Motorola Bid To Block iPhone

February 27, 2012 1:09 pm | News | Comments

The court overturned a lower court's injunction, saying that Apple has now made Motorola a better offer for patent licensing terms.


Knowing What You Need And Getting It — Even In Lean Times

February 27, 2012 12:50 pm | by Paul Glover, President, The Glover Group | Articles | Comments

How often has an upper-level manager made a purchasing decision without asking those on the plant floor, only to find it's exactly the wrong piece of equipment?


Justices Weigh Foreigners' Suits Vs. Companies

February 27, 2012 12:36 pm | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

Corporations and human rights groups are squaring off over whether foreign victims of war crimes can haul multinational companies into U.S. courts and prove responsibility.


Will Manufacturing’s Future Be Open?

February 27, 2012 12:30 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Due to prevailing economic trends, more manufacturers are relying on “open innovation,” a philosophy that aims to merge technology from sometimes disparate industries.


Gulf Oil Spill Trial Delayed For Settlement Talks

February 27, 2012 9:54 am | by Harry R. Weber and Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The trial that is now set to begin March 5 is meant to determine the penalties that need to be paid by BP, with billions of dollars at stake.


World Bank: China Needs Reform To Support Growth

February 27, 2012 9:44 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Officials with the World Bank said China's "current economic growth model is unsustainable," and needs careful consideration moving forward.


Feud Over iPad Highlights Tech Firm's Obsolescence

February 27, 2012 9:40 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

When Rowell Yang Long-san launched his own iPAD-branded device in 2000, he claimed it would be one of the "major players in the new post-PC era."


Nokia Pins Hopes On Cheaper Windows Smartphone

February 27, 2012 9:36 am | by Alan Clendenning, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

CEO Stephen Elop told reporters a low-price $254 smartphone that runs on Windows demonstrates "the actions necessary to improve the fortunes of Nokia."



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