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Tesla Unveils Home, Business Battery Systems

May 1, 2015 | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The company on the leading edge of electric car manufacturing this week officially entered the world of large-scale batteries for homes and businesses.

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China Factory Activity Barely Growing

May 1, 2015 2:21 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Manufacturing in China barely grew in April, continuing sluggish recent performance in the world's second biggest economy.

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Small, Midsize SUVs Drive April U.S. Auto Sales Gains

May 1, 2015 2:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Hot sales of small and midsize SUVs drove auto sales higher last month as General Motors, Ford, Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and Nissan all reported U.S. sales gains.

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$349 Apple Watch Costs $84 To Make

May 1, 2015 2:14 pm | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The $349 Apple Watch Sport 38mm only costs $83.70 to manufacture, excluding some overhead expenses, like R&D, software and others.

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TOMS: The Business Of Footwear And Philanthropy

May 1, 2015 1:57 pm | by Forbes | Videos | Comments

How TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie created a global apparel brand one step at a time. 

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South Korean Company Settles Kevlar Trade Secrets Lawsuit

May 1, 2015 10:50 am | by Randall Chase, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

A South Korean company accused of stealing trade secrets involving Kevlar technology has pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy charges and settled separate civil litigation filed by the DuPont Co., officials said Thursday.

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Senators Introduce Patent Reform Legislation

May 1, 2015 10:47 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A bipartisan group of senators this week introduced legislation targeting so-called "patent trolls."

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Ford Expands Door Latch Recall To Cover Nearly 546K Cars

May 1, 2015 10:44 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Under pressure from U.S. safety regulators, Ford is expanding a recall of small and midsize cars to fix door latches that may not stay closed.

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GM Canada To Cut Assembly Workforce By 1K This Year

May 1, 2015 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors Canada says it will cut about 1,000 positions from its Oshawa manufacturing operations this year.

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Report: North Dakota Again Leads Nation in Worker Fatality Rate

April 30, 2015 11:37 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

A top labor union this week named North Dakota as the nation's most dangerous state for workers for the third consecutive year.

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Rocket Scientists Reinventing Shoes

April 30, 2015 11:04 am | by Bloomberg Business | Videos | Comments

Dolly Singh is the founder and CEO of Thesis Couture, a fashion-technology company working to reinvent the stiletto. She spoke with Bloomberg about the benefits of hiring astronauts and rocket scientists to create the world’s first “high performance, high fashion” high heels.

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GM To Spend $5.4B on U.S. Factories Over 3 Years, Add 650 Jobs

April 30, 2015 11:01 am | by Tom Krisher, The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors plans to spend $5.4 billion to improve its U.S. factories during the next three years, creating about 650 new jobs.

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Noting Slower Economy, Fed Appears No Closer to a Rate Hike

April 30, 2015 10:57 am | by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Reserve downgraded its view of the U.S. economy Wednesday after a winter in which growth nearly froze. The Fed offered no sign that a rate increase might be coming soon.

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The History of Tesla in 2 Minutes

April 30, 2015 10:48 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

Tesla was created in 2003, and since has risen to popularity. People seem fascinated with the company, the enigmatic CEO Elon Musk and the innovative creations the company presents to the public. 

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New EPA Formula Finds Higher Pollution Emissions from Refinery Flares

April 30, 2015 10:29 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says flares at refineries and chemical plants emit far more pollution than regulators previously indicated. 

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BP to Sell Stake in North Sea Pipeline

April 30, 2015 10:24 am | by Andy Szal, Digital Reporter | News | Comments

BP recently announced plans to sell its stake in a large gas pipeline in the North Sea. 

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What’s Ahead in 2015 for HVAC Systems and Maintenance

April 30, 2015 10:16 am | by Timothy Kane | Articles | Comments

As we look to the rest of 2015, there are a few trends you’ll see in maintenance tools that will impact the overall operations of the facility.

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Record Pollution Fine for McDonald's Supplier in China

April 30, 2015 9:24 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A french fry supplier to the McDonald's restaurant chain in China has been issued Beijing's biggest-ever pollution fine for releasing dirty wastewater, state media reported.

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Applications for Unemployment Aid Plunge to 15-Year Low

April 30, 2015 9:10 am | by Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press | News | Comments

The number of Americans seeking unemployment aid plummeted to the lowest level in 15 years last week, evidence that employers are laying off few workers despite a sharp slowdown in economic growth.

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The Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Analytics

April 29, 2015 4:50 pm | by Sean Riley | Articles | Comments

Predictive Maintenance Analytics is going to transform the manufacturing industry by optimizing costs, delivering new efficiencies, creating new revenue opportunities, and increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

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Fiat Chrysler Sees Gains in Both North America, Europe

April 29, 2015 4:37 pm | by Colleen Barry, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Higher sales of the Jeep Renegade small SUV and Chrysler 200 midsize sedan in North America along with modest growth in Europe pushed Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV back to profit in the first quarter, the newly formed carmaker said.

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