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Costco Axes Coca-Cola Over Pricing Disputes

November 18, 2009 4:14 am | by Emily Fredrix and Sarah Skidmore, AP Food Industry Writers | News | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — Costco customers may have to look elsewhere for Coca-Cola products now that the retailer has stopped carrying them because the pair are fighting over prices. The public squabble between one of the nation's largest wholesale club operators and the world's largest soft drink maker is likely to fizzle quickly.

GM Takes Tax Credits To Stay In Detroit

November 18, 2009 4:05 am | by Kathy Barks Hoffman, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — General Motors Co. is promising to keep its headquarters in Detroit in return for expanded state tax credits approved Tuesday. The Michigan Economic Growth Authority gave the go-ahead to extend tax credits the company won in June for agreeing to build a new small car at its Orion Township plant near Pontiac.

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The Supercomputer That 'Thinks' Like A Cat

November 18, 2009 4:04 am | by Jordan Robertson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Scientists say they've made a breakthrough in their pursuit of computers that "think" like a living thing's brain — an effort that tests the limits of technology. Even the world's most powerful supercomputers can't replicate basic aspects of the human mind.

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Poll: Being 'Green' Means Lots Of Talk, No Walk

November 18, 2009 3:52 am | by H. Josef Hebert, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A solid majority of Americans recognize the need to help the environment, although there are some things — like buying a hybrid car or taking mass transit — that people often talk about, but don't necessarily act on. That's shown in a survey of more than 1,000 adults that sought to gauge attitudes about the environment.

Cold Weather Straining China's Energy Resources

November 18, 2009 3:47 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — Unusually cold weather has caused shortfalls of power and natural gas in Shanghai and parts of central China, local government reports said Wednesday. The surge in energy consumption due to the cold snap, which began last week, is typical of the challenges the country is facing as it struggles to meet demand from consumers whose growing earning power enables them to adopt more modern lifestyles.

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Feds Raid Gibson Guitars Over Hardwood Rumors

November 18, 2009 3:38 am | News | Comments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Federal agents on Tuesday raided a Gibson guitar manufacturing plant and seized guitars amid concerns about where the Nashville-based company obtains the fine woods that go into its instruments. Television stations reported that authorities seized wood guitars and other items, but no one was arrested.

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Hershey, Ferrero Consider Bids For Cadbury

November 18, 2009 3:32 am | by Robert Barr, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Chocolate makers The Hershey Co. and Ferrero International SA said Wednesday they are considering a possible offer for Cadbury PLC, already the target of a hostile bid by Kraft Foods Inc. The move raises the possibility of a takeover battle for the British maker of Dairy Milk and Creme Eggs.

Notes From The Real World

November 18, 2009 3:25 am | by Mike Rainone, Co-Founder of PCDworks | Articles | Comments

To offer an alternative to my usual rant, this month I thought I'd share some hard-earned insights with those of you who have an insane itch to develop, manufacture, and sell your own products. Until now, I have been shielded from the vagaries of actually manufacturing something in the real world.

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Integrated Motion, Integrated Solutions

November 17, 2009 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Rockwell Automation (Anaheim, CA) has announced a series of products and enhancements to provide closed- and open-loop drive control on EtherNet/IP with Integrated Motion. Users can now control the Allen-Bradley Kinetics 6500 servo drive and PowerFlex 755 AC drive on EtherNet/IP using Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) and CIP Sync technology, in addition to the RSLogix 5000 software.

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Measure Your Pressure

November 17, 2009 11:16 am | Product Releases | Comments

Automation Products Group, Inc. (APG, Logan, UT) has released the PG7 Digital Pressure Gauge, which has been engineered for outdoor conditions. The PG7 is available with ranges from vacuum up to 500 psi, and from 0 up to 10,000 psi, at ±0.25 percent accuracy of full scale.

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Easily Deployed Vacuums

November 17, 2009 11:15 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

The PIAB (Täby, Sweden) Modular Automation Tooling system allows users to construct vacuum-end effector tools to meet their exact needs with minimal design time. The PMAT is lightweight and easy to assemble on-site without welding or use of special tools, and features a swivel arm assembly with a choice of various functional attachments, including a PIAB vacuum pump.

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OnLine Programming Ups Versatility

November 17, 2009 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms (Charlottesville, VA) has announced the release of its latest VersaMax Micro Plus controller firmware revision 4.0. The new OnLine Programming feature enables the user to edit and download logic to the PLC without stopping it, which saves significant downtime and potential expense for lost productivity and scrap.

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Ford Fusion: Motor Trend's 'Car of the Year'

November 17, 2009 8:57 am | News | Comments

DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The 2010 Ford Fusion is MOTOR TREND magazine's pick for its prestigious Car of the Year® award The Fusion bested a field of 23 contenders - including the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class - to win the prominent award Fusion is now among America's top 10-selling vehicles and the No.

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World's Fastest Computer Used For Science, Not Bombs

November 17, 2009 6:07 am | by Duncan Mansfield, Associated Press Writer | News | Comments

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least for the moment, the world's fastest supercomputer is devoted to solving scientific questions that may save the planet — climate change, renewable energy, new medicines — rather than advances in nuclear weapons that might blow it up. The Oak Ridge National Laboratory's high-performance Jaguar XT5 computer, built by Seattle-based Cray Inc.

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Honeywell Nabs $11.4 Million "Smart Grid" Grant

November 17, 2009 5:33 am | News | Comments

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Honeywell (NYSE: HON ) today announced it has been awarded an $11.4-million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. history. The grant, one of several awarded from a smart grid funding package under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), solidifies Honeywell's position as a key player in helping the U.

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No Tricks, Just Tofurkey

November 17, 2009 5:14 am | by by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Ever. In fact, I find watching sports and eating carbohydrates to be two of the most enjoyable activities in which to indulge during winter. Each year I pretend to help with the cooking, eat, doze, and then force my grown adult brothers to watch the cartoon version of Dr.

GE Pounces On Chinese Aerospace, Energy Markets

November 17, 2009 4:17 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Tuesday it is forming joint ventures with major Chinese groups that operate aerospace, energy and rail businesses. GE, which currently runs 36 wholly owned or joint venture companies in China, did not disclose the value of the deals. "These agreements share common themes — rapid growth potential, clean technologies and job creation," said General Electric Co.

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GE Establishes More Chinese Ventures

November 17, 2009 4:16 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — General Electric Co. said Tuesday it is forming joint ventures with major Chinese groups that operate aerospace, energy and rail businesses. GE, which currently runs 36 wholly owned or joint venture companies in China, did not disclose the value of the deals. "These agreements share common themes — rapid growth potential, clean technologies and job creation," said General Electric Co.

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Woman Walks On Train Tracks, Nearly Dies, Sues

November 17, 2009 4:10 am | News | Comments

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Helen Gable was taking pictures on the railroad tracks in Tupelo in 2006 when a train nearly cut off her leg as she tried to get out of the way. Gable and her husband are suing the railroad company for nearly $6 million. Gable says the company should have posted trespassing signs to keep people away.

Mass. Residents Sue Over Chemical Explosion

November 17, 2009 4:05 am | News | Comments

DANVERS, Mass. (AP) — Two Massachusetts residents are suing a company that supplied chemicals they say were involved in huge explosion that damaged more than 270 homes and businesses in 2006. Deborah Riva, whose home was destroyed by the blast in Danvers, and Robert Corrieri, who lost his boat, want Salem Superior Court to grant class-action status to a lawsuit they filed Monday against Covington, Ky.

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