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Q&A: Keys To Customer Retention

April 11, 2014 11:12 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

We take a moment to address some of the biggest mistakes companies make in customer retention and what they can do to keep clients and increase profitability.                           

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French IT Staff Win Right To Unplug

April 11, 2014 10:03 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

French IT staff at Google, Facebook, and other companies have won new protections against burnout: the right to unplug.                                     

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GM Making New Repair On Recalled Cars

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

General Motors has to repair another part on the 2.6 million small cars already being recalled for an ignition switch defect.                                   

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Studies: Lab-Grown Body Parts Working Well

April 11, 2014 9:51 am | by Malcolm Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Two new studies describe the latest achievements in growing body parts in a lab and transplanting them into people, this time with nostrils and vaginas.                            

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NHTSA Closes Ford Pickup Truck Probe

April 11, 2014 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

U.S. safety regulators have decided against seeking a recall of Ford F-150 pickup trucks after investigating complaints about EcoBoost engines losing power.                            

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Defense Company Laying Off 760

April 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Dinesh Ramde, Associated Press | News | Comments

Oshkosh Corp. said Thursday it plans to eliminate about 760 jobs from its defense division this summer, a decision driven by lower demand for its mine-resistant trucks and other military vehicles.                

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

April 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

We discuss how using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.               

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How Manufacturers Can Adapt To Shareholder Environmental Concerns

April 11, 2014 9:23 am | by Patrick Daugherty, Foley & Lardner LLP | Articles | Comments

Concern about the environmental impact of manufacturing is growing. The long-term success of a manufacturer may depend, in part, on its strategies for sustainability — but these strategies are not created and perpetuated in a vacuum.      

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Wireless Gas Detection Systems

April 10, 2014 4:50 pm | by Detcon | Videos | Comments

As wireless capabilities reach new technological milestones, the integration of wireless gas detection systems in industrial applications is increasing. Among the safest and most revolutionary product lines available today is Detcon’s SmartWireless technology.

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Protecting Yourself From Heartbleed

April 10, 2014 1:54 pm | by CNET | Videos | Comments

The Heartbleed bug is serious. Disclosed less than two days ago, the Heartbleed bug has sent sites and services across the Internet into patch mode.                             

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Tesla Questions Motives Of Lemon Law King

April 10, 2014 1:45 pm | by Todd Richmond, Associated Press | News | Comments

"We never want someone to be unhappy in their ownership of a Model S," Tesla's blog said. "In this case, however, there are good reasons to be skeptical of the lawyer's motivations."                    

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GE Plans To Add 1,400 Jobs In Cincinnati Area

April 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The General Electric Co. plans to build a new U.S. global operations center in the Cincinnati area, bringing an expected 1,400 jobs to southwest Ohio.                             

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GM Puts 2 Engineers On Leave In Recall Case

April 10, 2014 1:33 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

General Motors has put two engineers on paid leave as an outside attorney investigates why the company took more than a decade to recall millions of small cars for an ignition switch problem.                 

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Toyota's Gas Cars Get Efficient Engine From Hybrids

April 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Toyota has developed an efficient gasoline engine using technology fine-tuned with gas-electric hybrids, in which the Japanese automaker is an industry leader.                          

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HP Paying $108M To End Inquiry

April 10, 2014 1:28 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Hewlett-Packard will pay the U.S. government $108 million to settle charges that former employees paid bribes to officials in Russia, Mexico, and Poland.                             

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Big Auto Recalls Push U.S. To Near-Record Pace

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin and Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers | News | Comments

Big U.S. recalls by General Motors and Toyota have put the auto industry on a record pace as companies try to avoid bad publicity and punishment from an increasingly aggressive government.                  

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Watch GM SUVs Pass Crash Test

April 10, 2014 10:04 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

Chevy Equinox and GMC Terrain were the only midsize SUVs out of nine tested to rate 'good,' giving General Motors some positive news during a rough time.                             

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Driving The $845,000 Porsche Plug-In Hybrid

April 10, 2014 10:00 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid packs 887 horsepower. CNN was lucky enough to drive the $845,000 monster around the Circuit of the Americas track in Austin, Texas.                         

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Sriracha Maker Loses Nuisance Battle

April 10, 2014 9:57 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Declaring a public nuisance will allow city officials to enter the factory and make changes if the odors persist after the deadline.                                  

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The Hybrid Electronic Bike Of The Future

April 10, 2014 9:50 am | by CNNMoney | Videos | Comments

The Copenhagen Wheel, funded by Tumblr founder David Karp, is a smartphone controlled motor for your bike.                                         

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