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Sharp May Buy Apple's LCD Production Facility

July 15, 2014 7:57 am | News | Comments

Struggling electronics maker Sharp Corp. is in talks to buy out Apple Inc.'s liquid crystal display production facility at a Sharp plant in Kameyama, Mie Prefecture, an industry source said.                     

WTO Sides With China And India In U.S. Trade Disputes

July 14, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

The world trade body has ruled against the United States in two disputes with India and China, telling the U.S. government it must abide by international rules.                            

ConAgra Buying Chinese Potato Processor For $93M

July 14, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

ConAgra Foods Inc., the company behind Chef Boyardee canned pasta, said Monday that it bought a Chinese potato processor for $93 million to help it sell more frozen potato products in Asia.              

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Halliburton Enters Into Energy Joint Venture In China

July 14, 2014 9:59 am | News | Comments

Halliburton said it is entering its first joint venture in China that will use hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, to unleash energy.                          

Samsung Suspends Chinese Supplier

July 14, 2014 8:12 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The South Korean company, which is the world's biggest smartphone maker, said in its blog Monday that it had found possible evidence of child labor and illegal hiring at Dongguan Shinyang Electronics Co.              

Gov't Sets Duties On Steel Pipe Imports

July 14, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

The U.S. government has imposed duties on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, India and seven other countries, ruling in favor of U.S. steel producers and unions that had complained those countries were unfairly flooding the American market.

China Accused Of 'Gluttonous, Naked Aggression'

July 11, 2014 2:10 pm | by Matthew Pennington, Associated Press | News | Comments

"Any military in the world that uses its power to bully, intimidate and destabilize the economy of the world, is not in the United States' best interests, nor of our allies nor our friends," Rep. Rogers said.          

Tesla Sued In China For $3.85M

July 11, 2014 10:17 am | by The Street | Videos | Comments

Electric car-maker Tesla is being sued in China for trademark infringement. Chinese businessman Zhan Baosheng is suing the company over Tesla's trademark, which he registered in both Chinese and English in 2006, before the company arrived in China.

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LG Unveils 18-Inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 8:32 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display Co. has developed an 18-inch flexible display that can be rolled into the shape of a thin cylinder, a step toward making a large display for flexible TVs.              

Whirlpool Buys $1B Stake In Italy's Indesit

July 11, 2014 8:21 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool will pay more than $1 billion for a controlling stake in Indesit, the appliance maker's counterpart in Italy.                            

U.S., China Tackle Cyberhacking Amid New Allegations

July 11, 2014 8:15 am | by Bradley Klapper and Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Top American officials said Thursday they challenged their counterparts in China to rein in alleged cybersecurity infringements as a new allegation emerged of a brazen attempt by Chinese hackers to break into U.S. government personnel files.       

Robot Writes Torah At Berlin Museum

July 11, 2014 7:59 am | by Kirsten Grieshaber, Associated Press | News | Comments

The robot's quill runs across the paper scroll, from right to left, scribbling down ancient Hebrew letters with black ink. It is penning down the Torah, the Jews' holy scripture, and it is doing it much faster than a rabbi could because it doesn't need to take breaks.

Wisconsin Gave Money To 2 Companies That Outsourced Jobs

July 11, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

Both Eaton Corporation and Plexus Corporation received millions of dollars in financial awards from WEDC, only to later lay off workers whose jobs were taken by employees at the companies' foreign facilities.            

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Chinese Export Growth Edges Up To 7.2 Percent

July 10, 2014 3:27 pm | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

China's export growth edged higher in June in a small sign of improvement for the world's second biggest economy as it undergoes an uneven recovery.                 

France Pleads For New EU Economic Strategy

July 10, 2014 1:03 pm | News | Comments

France's economy minister is blaming European authorities for the lack of growth in France and Europe, and says it's time for a new economic policy that shuns austerity measures.            

Samsung Faces New Child Labor Claim In China

July 10, 2014 7:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is facing a fresh accusation that one of its China suppliers hired children to meet production targets during a period of high demand from the South Korean electronics giant.                  

Apple Wins Court Case On Store Design Trademark

July 10, 2014 7:30 am | News | Comments

The European Union's highest court says Apple's characteristic retail store layout may be registered as a trademark.                       

Projecting A Three-Dimensional Future

July 9, 2014 3:26 pm | by Tel Aviv University | News | Comments

Tel Aviv University doctoral students have developed highly efficient holography based on nanoantennas that could be used for security as well as medical and recreational purposes.             

Samsung Earnings Hurt By Sluggish China Sales

July 9, 2014 2:42 pm | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said operating profit declined to a two-year low in the second quarter, hit by the strong local currency and slowing demand for smartphones in China.              

Ford Expects Return To Profit In Europe In 2015

July 9, 2014 2:18 pm | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Ford hasn't earned a pretax profit in Europe since 2010, and it lost $1.6 billion in the region last year, but Ford Europe president Stephen Odell said three plant closures and more than a dozen new products are helping reverse that.            

Fighting For American Jobs

July 9, 2014 1:20 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Steelmakers have called for new import penalties and have filed the highest number of trade complaints in more than a decade. According to the U.S. Trade Representative, there are 40 anti-dumping and injury cases pending on steel products.    

Old Tires Find New Lives In Myanmar

July 9, 2014 10:47 am | by Aye Aye Win, Associated Press | News | Comments

Old truck tires are transformed into rubber washers and bushings for cars and rice mills. Machine parts, buckets and flip-flops — the most popular footwear in the rural areas — are among the biggest sellers for tire recyclers.          

China: It's Up To U.S. To Drive Global Economy

July 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Lou pointed out that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate from January to March — largely because of a brutal winter — and said China hopes the U.S. "can take measures to ensure the momentum of growth."           

Chinese Auto Sales Cool In June

July 9, 2014 8:50 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Car sales in China cooled in June, with domestic brands falling further behind their foreign rivals in the world's biggest auto market, an industry group reported.                

China, U.S. Differ On Plan To Cut Emissions

July 9, 2014 8:18 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

China and the United States took small steps toward their shared goal of fighting climate change, but the world's No. 1 and No. 2 carbon emitters remain significantly apart over a wider global plan to cut emissions.          

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