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Microsoft Hits Motorola, Google With EU Complaint

February 22, 2012 2:04 pm | by Gabriele Steinhauser, AP Business Writer

Microsoft lodged a formal complaint with the EU's competition regulator against Motorola Mobility and its soon-to-be owner Google, saying Motorola's aggressive enforcement of patent rights against rivals breaks competition rules.


Community Colleges Offer Speed, High-Tech Skills

February 22, 2012 2:02 pm | by Justin Pope, AP Education Writer

Company president Kevin LaComb describes the school as concierge-style job training — exactly what his workers need to keep a quality advantage over lower-cost competitors overseas.


Ford To Add $3.8B To Pension Plans

February 22, 2012 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press

Ford Motor Co. will pump $3.8 billion into its global pension plans this year as it tries to get them closer to fully funding their obligations.


Peugeot In Alliance Talks With GM

February 22, 2012 1:58 pm | by Greg Keller, AP Business Writer

PSA Peugeot Citroen is in talks over a possible alliance with General Motors, a deal that could dwarf France's leading car maker's existing partnerships with BMW, Mitsubishi, and Toyota.


AT&T CEO Takes $2M Pay Cut Over T-Mobile Deal

February 22, 2012 1:55 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

AT&T Inc.'s board cut CEO Randall Stephenson's 2011 pay by $2.08 million because he engineered the failed deal to buy T-Mobile USA, according to a regulatory filing.

Charger, Dodge's Large Sedan Impresses

February 22, 2012 1:54 pm | by Ann M. Job, For The Associated Press

Forget about retro, nostalgia stuff. The 2012 Dodge Charger is an impressive, large, rear-wheel drive sedan for today's buyers who want to stand out from the crowd.


Company Sues Apple Over iPad Name

February 22, 2012 10:09 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

Apple defended its right to use the iPad trademark in China in a heated court hearing Wednesday that pitted the electronics giant against a struggling company that denies it sold the mainland China rights to the tablet's name.


Honda Recalling 46,000 Vans

February 22, 2012 10:07 am | by The Associated Press

Honda is recalling nearly 46,000 Odyssey minivans because the rear doors can fall on people unexpectedly, and have on at least two occasions.


Obama Seeks 28 Percent Corp. Tax Rate

February 22, 2012 10:06 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press

President Barack Obama is proposing to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent and wants an even lower effective rate for manufacturers, a senior administration official says, as the White House lays down an election-year marker in the debate over tax policy.

RIM Releases Belated PlayBook Software

February 22, 2012 10:04 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press

Research In Motion released a free upgraded operating system for its struggling PlayBook computer tablet on Tuesday, almost a year later than it first said it would.


Electro-Motive Strikes Closeout Deal With CAW

February 22, 2012 10:02 am | by The Associated Press

Electro-Motive Canada says it has reached a tentative closeout deal for the "safe and orderly" shutdown of its locomotive manufacturing plant in London, Ont.


OSHA Cites Hershey Distribution Plant

February 22, 2012 10:00 am | by Mark Scolforo, Associated Press

Federal labor officials said they found nine workplace violations at a candy repackaging and distribution facility owned by The Hershey Co. and operated by Exel Inc., and proposed penalties of $283,000.


Ex-Glock Attorney Accused Of Stealing Millions

February 21, 2012 2:43 pm | by Greg Bluestein, Associated Press

Peter Manown was sentenced to 10 years probation after pleading guilty to theft and is now set to be the government's star witness against the man he says was his accomplice, one-time Glock attorney Paul Jannuzzo.


Toyota, Honda, Subaru, Nissan Issue Air Bag Recalls

February 21, 2012 2:40 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

The problem already has caused recalls of more than 2,700 Toyota, Honda, Subaru and Nissan vehicles, but that number could grow if the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration determines that more automakers used similar defective parts.


Obama: Manufacturing Rebounding After Painful Time

February 21, 2012 2:35 pm | by Anne Gearan, Associated Press

President Barack Obama says the painful restructuring of America's manufacturing base means a lot of jobs are gone forever, but not that Americans must "settle for a lesser future."


Officials Cautious After Mamtek Failure

February 21, 2012 2:33 pm | by Wes Duplantier, Associated Press

Five months ago, the failure of a sweetener factory project in a northern Missouri town sent a jolt through the state's small towns about the risk of putting money into startup companies.


Pakistan Military Makes Tablets

February 21, 2012 2:31 pm | by Chris Brummitt, Associated Press

Inside a high-security air force complex that builds jet fighters and weapons systems, Pakistan's military is working on the latest addition to its sprawling commercial empire: a homegrown version of the iPad.


Solar Plant Reaches Deal With Idaho Power

February 21, 2012 2:28 pm | by The Associated Press

A struggling southeastern Idaho solar-industry manufacturer has reached an agreement with Idaho Power Co., substantially reducing its energy bill after the manufacturer complained it was being overcharged.


Company Suing Apple Over iPad Name Open To Talks

February 21, 2012 10:22 am | by Elaine Kurtenbach, AP Business Writer

The lawyer for a Chinese company suing Apple Inc. in China over its use of the iPad trademark indicated Tuesday that his client would be willing to discuss a settlement.


For Car Buyers, It's Harder To End Up With A Lemon

February 21, 2012 10:20 am | by Dee-Ann Durbin, Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writers

In the past five years, global competition has forced automakers to improve the quality and reliability of their vehicles — everything from inexpensive mini-cars to decked-out luxury SUVs.



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