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Court: Tycoon Can Sue Google Over Autocomplete

August 6, 2014 10:49 am | by Kelvin Chan, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A court has ruled that a Hong Kong tycoon can sue Google over its autocomplete results suggesting he has links to organized crime.                      

Rosetta Space Probe Catches Up With Comet

August 6, 2014 8:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Associated Press | News | Comments

After a journey of 4 billion miles, Europe's unmanned Rosetta probe reached its destination Wednesday, a milestone in mankind's first attempt to land a spacecraft on a comet.             

China Probes Automakers, Tech Firms

August 6, 2014 7:41 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chinese regulators have launched a series of anti-monopoly investigations of foreign automakers and technology providers, stepping up pressure on foreign companies that feel increasingly unwelcome in China.           

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Toyota Profit Up Nearly 5 Percent

August 5, 2014 8:18 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota Motor Corp. reported a 5 percent jump in quarterly profit Tuesday, outpacing expectations as vehicle sales grew in North America and Europe, offsetting a drop in Japan.                   

Xiaomi Beats Samsung In Chinese Smartphone Market

August 5, 2014 8:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Xiaomi, a Chinese handset maker little known in the West, overtook tech giant Samsung Electronics Co. to become China's top-selling smartphone brand in the second quarter, a market research company sai.               

McDonald's: China Meat Scandal Hurting Sales

August 5, 2014 7:50 am | News | Comments

The world's biggest hamburger chain said in a regulatory filing that there's been "significant negative impact" in China, Japan and other affected markets. These regions make up about 10 percent of McDonald's Corp.'s revenue.           

China To Ban All Coal Use In Beijing

August 5, 2014 7:49 am | News | Comments

China's smog-plagued capital has announced plans to ban the use of coal by the end of 2020 as the country fights deadly levels of pollution, especially in major cities.                 

U.S. Gov't Had Role In Ebola Drug Given To Aid Workers

August 5, 2014 7:46 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military.

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Report: Nigeria, Shell Not Cleaning Oil Pollution

August 5, 2014 7:43 am | by Maram Mazen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.           

Japan, China Eye Meeting Over Food Safety

August 4, 2014 1:54 pm | News | Comments

The Japanese and Chinese governments are making preparations to hold a working-level meeting on food safety later this month following a recent scandal over expired chicken meat provided by a Chinese producer, Japanese government sources said Monday.

Taiwan Explosions Probe Focuses On Petrochem Firm

August 4, 2014 12:10 pm | by Gladys Tsai and Ralph Jennings, Associated Press | News | Comments

Authorities in Taiwan's second-biggest city zeroed in on a petrochemical firm Saturday in their investigation into a series of gas pipeline explosions that killed 28 people and injured 286, as anger rose over the handling of the disaster.                      

With Vote For Chrysler Merger, Fiat Looks Abroad

August 4, 2014 8:31 am | by Colleen Barry, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Fiat shareholders voted overwhelmingly in favor of a merger with Chrysler that has been five years in the works and will shift the 115-year-old carmaker's center of gravity abroad.              

Experimental Ebola Drug Not Used On U.S. Missionary

August 4, 2014 8:14 am | by Helen Branswell, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

The Canadian company that is developing an experimental Ebola drug says its product was not given to one of two American aid workers infected with the virus.                 

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Death Toll Rises To 75 In Chinese Factory Blast

August 4, 2014 8:05 am | by Jack Chang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The death toll in an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust at the facility.                  

China To Put Glaxo Investigators On Trial In August

July 29, 2014 8:37 am | News | Comments

A Shanghai court says American and British investigators who worked for drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will stand trial Aug. 8 on charges of illegally obtaining information on Chinese citizens.                       

U.S. Companies Increasingly Look For Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 8:16 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Few U.S. industries are tying their fortunes to overseas markets as aggressively as the technology sector, where new sources of revenue are often just a matter of equipping people with a computing device and an Internet connection.        

Smith & Wesson Paying $2M To Settle Bribery Charges

July 29, 2014 8:08 am | News | Comments

Smith & Wesson has agreed to pay $2 million to settle civil charges of bribing government officials in Pakistan, Indonesia and other countries to win military and police business.                       

Walker Claims He Would Back Anti-Outsourcing Rules

July 29, 2014 7:51 am | by M.L. Johnson, Associated Press | News | Comments

Walker has made outsourcing an issue in the governor's race by criticizing Democratic gubernatorial challenger Mary Burke for profiting from outsourcing done by her family's company, but the Republican governor has received campaign donations from multiple companies that outsourced jobs.

Lawmakers Push For Airline Safety Devices

July 28, 2014 10:51 am | News | Comments

Anti-missile devices include onboard lasers, warning systems, flares and infrared countermeasure systems, costing from $1 to $2 million per plane, Schumer and Israel said.                

Report: China Investigating Microsoft For Antitrust Violations

July 28, 2014 9:54 am | News | Comments

China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce descended on Microsoft offices in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu, questioning employees about the company's business practices in a move that the South China Morning Post described as a "raid."

Russia: McDonald's Food Does Not Meet National Regulations

July 28, 2014 8:26 am | News | Comments

The Russian consumer protection agency said it is taking the company to court for selling foods that contain more fats and carbohydrates than are allowed by national regulations.             

EU Antitrust Body Clears $3B Apple-Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 8:07 am | News | Comments

The European Union's antitrust authority has cleared Apple's $3 billion deal to buy Beats Electronics, which makes headphones and offers music streaming services.                       

U.S. Sending Dirty Coal Abroad

July 28, 2014 8:02 am | by Dina Cappiello, Associated Press | News | Comments

As the Obama administration weans the U.S. off dirty fuels blamed for global warming, energy companies have been sending more of America's unwanted energy leftovers to other parts of the world where they could create even more pollution.   

UK Economy Surpasses Pre-Crisis Peak

July 25, 2014 2:24 pm | News | Comments

Britain's economy has grown to surpass the peak it reached in 2008, before the global banking crisis caused a deep recession, official figures showed Friday.                     

China’s Meat Scandal And Food Fails

July 25, 2014 1:03 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

To top it off, a video shows employees in the factory dropping the expired meat on the floor, then directly returning it to the production line.                   

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