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Why Manufacturers Need to Do Their Duty to Protect Core Applications

February 25, 2015 3:27 pm | by Mariano Nunez | Articles | Comments

In 2014, organizations were caught off guard by the increase in advanced threats targeting vulnerabilities within business-critical applications. In order to ensure that this information is secured, manufacturing organizations must implement measures that eliminate any and all threats to the business before they evolve.

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EU Investigating Proposed Chocolate Acquisition

February 25, 2015 3:21 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

European Union authorities recently announced an investigation of a proposed deal between agribusiness giants Cargill and Archer Daniels Midland amid concerns over chocolate prices.

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Car Technology: The Future is Now

February 25, 2015 3:15 pm | by USA TODAY | Videos | Comments

With recent reports that Apple is looking to get involved with car technology, auto writer Chris Woodyard and tech columnist Jefferson Graham talk technology in the car now.

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What's Going on with the Labor Unions of Today?

February 25, 2015 3:11 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Labor unions historically developed out of a desperate need to protect the rights of the worker. They are responsible for better wages, reasonable hours, safe working conditions, the end of child labor and even health benefits. So why do they often seem to be under so much scrutiny? 

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Consumer Reports Releases Its Top Vehicle Picks

February 25, 2015 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | News | Comments

The closely watched annual list of top auto brands and individual vehicles was released this week indicating Consumer Reports' favorites among the 270 autos recently tested. 

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Elon Musk's Solar Company to Use Former Solyndra Buildings

February 25, 2015 1:59 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

SolarCity, the California-based solar power company chaired by tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, will soon set up shop in the property that formerly housed Solyndra. 

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Five Fears Preventing Continuous Improvement

February 25, 2015 10:56 am | by Joakim Ahlström | Articles | Comments

Do you have the courage to confront your fears? If you don't they will subconsciously influence your decisions and actions. Check out these five fears that are particularly important to acknowledge if you want to succeed with continuous improvement. 

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

February 25, 2015 10:48 am | by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency. 

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Lexus Tops Auto Dependability Survey

February 25, 2015 10:45 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lexus rates as the most dependable car brand for the fourth consecutive year in J.D. Power's annual survey.

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Survey: China Factory Activity Up, But Export Orders Drop

February 25, 2015 10:19 am | by Kevin Chan, The Associated Press | News | Comments

China's manufacturing activity edged up to a four-month high in February although export orders decreased for the first time in nearly a year, in the latest sign of uncertainty for the world's No. 2 economy, according to a private survey.

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Volvo to Test Self-Driving Cars on Swedish Roads in 2017

February 25, 2015 9:54 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

One hundred people will get behind the wheel of self-driving Volvo cars in 2017 for the first public test of the Swedish automaker's Drive Me system. 

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Industry Group Warns of Vapors at Fracking Sites

February 25, 2015 9:45 am | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

Workers at shale oil drilling operations on the northern Great Plains could be at risk for serious injury, illness or death from inhaling tank fumes, an industry group warns.

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Gray Super-Size AkroBins

February 25, 2015 9:02 am | by Akro-Mils | Product Releases | Comments

Akro-Mils announces the expansion of its industry-leading line of Super-Size AkroBins with the addition of a new Gray color.

Why the U.S. is Not Winning the Global Currency War

February 24, 2015 3:30 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor | Videos | Comments

The world is at war — a currency war — and the U.S. is suffering loses. As countries around the world take efforts to weaken their currencies the strength of the U.S. dollar is rising. While, this may seem positive at face value a strong U.S. dollar can have some unfortunate consequences.

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Goodyear Paying $16M to Settle Bribery-Related Charges

February 24, 2015 2:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Goodyear will pay about $16 million to settle federal regulators' charges that it failed to prevent persistent bribery in Kenya and Angola aimed at winning tire sales.

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California Lawmakers Consider Soft Drink Warning Label

February 24, 2015 2:42 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A prominent California lawmaker will again seek to place warning labels on soft drinks and other beverages containing added sugar, while industry groups gear up to combat the effort.

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MS Auto Parts Workers in Union Drive Plant Protest

February 24, 2015 2:28 pm | by Jeff Amy, The Associated Press | News | Comments

Workers at an automotive seat factory in Mississippi are protesting what they say are low wages and poor working conditions as they attempt to unionize in what could become a new front for the United Auto Workers in the state.

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JPMorgan Chase's $100M Plan To Turn Detroit Around

February 24, 2015 2:10 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

JPMorgan Chase & Co. CEO Jamie Dimon is trying to move past the mortgage meltdown, as his bank is part of a massive new investment in Detroit. The struggling city emerged from the largest municipal bankruptcy in the nation's history.

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With Looming Regulations, Drones Struggle for Liftoff

February 24, 2015 2:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

There's been lots of talk about drones lately in anticipation of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) releasing regulations on the use of the unmanned aircraft. Until guidelines are clear, everyone is hovering in a holding pattern.

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Report: 19 Oil and Gas Stocks in 'Extreme Danger'

February 24, 2015 1:56 pm | by Andrew Szal, Digital Reporter, IMPO | News | Comments

A report from a Baltimore-based financial network warns of 19 energy stocks in jeopardy of "going belly-up" in the wake of plummeting oil prices.

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