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Global Survey Finds Strong Support for IP Rights

May 16, 2011 5:24 am | News | Comments

by Robert Holleyman in Intellectual Property Intellectual property rights — copyrights, patents and trademarks — provide the legal framework necessary for creative enterprise like commercial software development to flourish. But it is widely assumed that most people view IP rights as business and legal concepts with little relevance to their daily lives.

Waiting For Godot

May 16, 2011 5:20 am | by Bruce Hamilton, OldLeanDude.org | Articles | Comments

Samuel Beckett’s modern  drama  about two hobos, Vladimir and Estragon, monotonously passing time while waiting for their friend Godot (who never shows during the entire play) reminds me of another kind of meaningless waiting that I often observe in organizations.

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Feds Investigate Unexpectedly 'Lunging' Ford Freestyle

May 16, 2011 4:56 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — Federal safety officials are investigating complaints that the Ford Freestyle crossover vehicle can lunge unexpectedly when driving at low speeds or idling. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has received 238 complaints involving 2005 through 2007 Freestyles.

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Navy, Northrop, In Drone Arms War With China

May 16, 2011 4:52 am | by Eric Talmadge, Associated Press | News | Comments

YOKOSUKA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. is developing aircraft carrier-based drones that could provide a crucial edge as it tries to counter China's military rise. American officials have been tightlipped about where the unmanned armed planes might be used, but a top Navy officer has told The Associated Press that some would likely be deployed in Asia.

Chinese Press Get More Freedom In Food Safety Woes

May 16, 2011 4:31 am | by Alexa Olesen, Associated Press | News | Comments

BEIJING (AP) — Toxic bean sprouts, filthy cooking oil, drug-tainted pork: The relentless headlines in Chinese media have churned up queasy feelings for months about the dangers lurking in the nation's dinner bowls. The stories are grim reading but show China's usually strict censors are allowing the press more latitude to help it monitor a food industry long riddled with problems.

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Helmet Manufacturer Hits Hard In Congressional Lobbying

May 16, 2011 4:28 am | by Frederic J. Frommer, Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — A major football helmet manufacturer has sharply increased its Washington lobbying this year, responding to a congressional push to come up with new safety standards for children's football helmets. Riddell, which makes helmets for both kids and adults and is the official helmet of the NFL, spent $80,000 in the first quarter of this year lobbying on new legislation that could lead to federal regulation of youth football helmets.

Chinese Battery Boss Detained For Widespread Lead Poisoning

May 16, 2011 4:25 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

SHANGHAI (AP) — The boss of a battery plant in eastern China was detained Monday after more than 300 people, including 99 children, were sickened by lead pollution, the government says. Fifty-three people were hospitalized after tests found that 332 residents in Deqing, near a factory making lead-acid motorcycle batteries, had elevated levels of lead in their blood, the local government said in a statement.

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Saab Inks Deal For Chinese Production With Pang Da

May 16, 2011 4:22 am | by Malin Rising, Associated Press | News | Comments

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Scrambling for a quick fix for its cash-strapped unit Saab, Spyker Cars NV on Monday signed a distribution deal with the Chinese company Pang Da, but postponed plans to start production in China to avoid regulatory issues. The Netherlands-based Spyker Cars said Pang Da will inject euro65 million ($92 million) for a 24 percent stake in Spyker, and the two will form a 50/50 joint venture for the distribution of Saab cars in China.

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A Year After Oil Spill, Pensacola Beach In Recovery

May 13, 2011 9:58 am | by Melissa Nelson, Associated Press | News | Comments

PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Pensacola Beach's famously white sands — coated in thick crude last year after the nation's worst offshore oil spill — are back to their original color, and tourist arrivals outnumber what they were before BP PLC's blown-out well spewed 172 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Talks On Mo. Manufacturing Incentives Stalemate

May 13, 2011 9:51 am | by David A. Lieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The prospects for an overhaul of Missouri's economic incentive programs waned Friday as lawmakers neared the end of the last day of their 2011 session. Although negotiations continued, House and Senate members said they had yet to settle their differences on a package that would end or reduce many of the state's existing incentives for businesses, developers and residents while creating new tax breaks to attract international cargo shippers to the St.

LG To Appeal Ruling That Imports Hurt U.S. Business

May 13, 2011 9:44 am | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. said Friday that it will contest a finding that U.S. rivals such as Whirlpool Corp. are being hurt by imports of bottom-mount refrigerators from South Korea and Mexico. The U.S. International Trade Commission said on Friday that there is a "reasonable indication" that the U.

Who Will Buy Out Tyco International?

May 13, 2011 9:34 am | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Tyco International Ltd. rose in Friday trading after a news report said a potential buyer is speaking to private equity firms about partnering on bid for Tyco. THE SPARK: According to the New York Post, France-based Schneider Electric has contacted buyout firms about putting together a bid that could offer $30 billion or more for Tyco, which owns ADT security and a series of other fire protection and industrial companies.

ITC Rules Against Apple In Kodak Patent Claims

May 13, 2011 9:25 am | by Ben Dobbin, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

ROCHESTER, New York (AP) — Shares of Eastman Kodak Co. shot higher Friday after a judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission rejected Apple Inc.'s digital-camera patent claims against the photography pioneer. Kodak's technology does not infringe on Apple's patent rights, and one of the two patents in dispute is invalid, Robert Rogers Jr.

GM To Invest $109 In Flint, Bay City Factories

May 13, 2011 9:22 am | News | Comments

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors says it will invest $109 million in two Michigan operations, keeping or creating 96 jobs. The investment will fund production of engines for the Chevrolet Cruze compact and Volt electric car. GM says the money is part of a $2 billion investment announced earlier this week that will create or keep more than 4,000 jobs at 17 GM facilities in eight states.

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Get No Backlash

May 13, 2011 7:51 am IMPO Product Releases | Comments

Ruland Manufacturing (Marlborough, MA) offers its Oldham couplings, which have typically been used in motion control applications where zero-backlash performance is needed. However, according to the company, the couplings can be used as an alternative to straight jaw couplings on general industrial equipment such as pumps, valves, gearboxes, and conveyor systems.

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Rugged Embedded Computers

May 13, 2011 7:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

The SeaPAC R9-8.4 embedded computer, from Sealevel Systems (Liberty, SC), features a 8.4” TFT LCD to create a wide-temperature, rugged computer for a variety of HMI and control applications. The computers can survive an extended operating temperature range of -30 to 70°C with no heaters or cooling fans, and uses a resistive touchscreen for use in a wide range of industrial environments.

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Bright LEDs Live Longer

May 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Albeo Technologies, Inc. (Boulder, CO) is introducing the H-Series LED high bay for general illumination. The lights are modular and deliver more than 50,000 lumens at 100 lm/W due to a cast aluminum structure, conservative currents, and highly-engineered heat dissipation, according to the company.

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Electric Motors For Severe Environments

May 13, 2011 7:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

WEG Electric Corp. (Atlanta, GA) has redesigned the frame of the IEE 841 electric motor to its new W22 platform, which offers extended benefits for severe-duty applications. The NEMA Premium electrical design of the motor delivers high torque and low temperature, while the electromechanical design meets the IEE 841 Standard.

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Making Baseball In The U.S.A.

May 13, 2011 6:17 am | Videos | Comments

This one is for you baseball fans out there. Like many other manufacturing niches, work for making baseball gloves was sent overseas in order to reduce costs. In contrast to the normal outsourcing swing, and in spite of the economic downturn, Insignia Athletics, of Worcester, Mass., has recently started high-end baseball gloves using American leather.

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Never Too Small To Brand

May 13, 2011 5:53 am | by Perry Sainati, Founder and President, Belden Universal, and author of The Belden Blog | Articles | Comments

Besides being some of the most well-known and trusted brand names in the world, do you know what else  Teflon , Gore-Tex  and  NutraSweet  have in common?  They’re not consumer products at all, but ingredients found  in  consumer products.

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