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Toyota: A Short Stint In Pole Position?

August 9, 2013 1:33 pm | by Reuters TV

Toyota's CEO and grandson of the company Akio Toyoda won't brake for anything, and he has been able to pull the company back from a series of misfortunes to help it retake its position as the world's number one carmaker. Toyota has innovated its way back to the top of the class, with bold designs and a weak yen boosting profit. But its export-dependence and weakness in Southeast Asia could see it quickly dethroned.

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China Spying On U.S. Businesses

August 8, 2013 1:20 pm | by NBC News

It's the massive theft of American trade secrets through cyber attack and espionage, and many of the cyber-attacks on American trade are coming from China. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports on how widespread the espionage is and what the government is doing about it.

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The Mercedes-Benz That Nearly Drives Itself

August 8, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money

The new Mercedes-Benz S Class has technology that allows it to almost drive itself. While the Mercedes-Benz S Class has always been a leader in its class, it now boasts new and groundbreaking technology, like active cruise control that helps to keep the car in its lane.

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Is Silicon Valley Out Of Touch?

August 8, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money

Investor John Doerr defends Silicon Valley's culture against arguments by the New Yorker's George Packer that the tech industry is disconnected from the middle class. Is Silicon Valley just a bubble that isn't real, or connected with America?

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Behind The Wheel Of A 100-Year-Old Steam Car

August 8, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money

These days, electric cars are making inroads against old-fashioned gasoline models. Well, there was a time when there were three ways to power your car: Gasoline, electric, and steam. This 1913 Stanley Steamer car takes almost 45 minutes to start up but it's quite a treat to drive.

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Nissan Breaks Ground On MS Supplier Park

August 8, 2013 8:01 am | by Nissan Canton

Nissan expanded its United States manufacturing footprint last week with Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant joining Nissan employees to break ground on a new supplier park at the company's Canton, Miss. vehicle assembly plant.           

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Why Google Is Assembling Phones In The U.S.

August 7, 2013 12:47 pm | by CNN Money

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt and Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside talk about why they decided to assemble the Moto X smartphone in Texas. The Moto X will be assembled at a plant in Texas, which employs about 2,000 workers.        

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Processing Plant Blamed For Outbreak

August 6, 2013 1:02 pm | by NBC News

With hundreds already sickened across 16 states, the FDA has made headway in tracking the source of the outbreak of cyclospora. Officials have now identified an American-owned salad processing plant in Mexico as the origin of the cyclospora cases in Iowa and Nebraska. The source in 14 other states remains elusive.

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Hackers Control Car's Steering And Brakes

August 5, 2013 12:48 pm | by CNN Money

Taking advantage of in-car computing, hackers at the DEF CON conference are able to take control of a car by hard-wiring into its systems. Today's cars feature a number of computers, all of which need to talk to each other. Charlie Miller, security engineer, says hackers can figure out how these computers talk to each other and then pretend they are various pieces of the car.

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Spacesaver: Storage At Work

August 5, 2013 10:38 am

Spacesaver Industrial explains how industrial users can take existing racking equipment and mobilize it for more effective storage and accessibility. See how the ActiveRAC system allows for cost reduction via its condensed storage capability, allowing expanding businesses to take back the square footage they need for production.

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Laser Sintering: Blazing New Trails In Tool Manufacturing

August 1, 2013 2:50 pm | by deutschewelle

Some components simply can't be made with a conventional milling machine. Selective laser sintering could provide the solution. With this new technology, lasers are used to fuse layers of metal powder into completely new components. The Toolcraft company in Bavaria is investing in the technology.

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Bike Of The Future Travels The East Coast

August 1, 2013 12:32 pm | by The Associated Press

The ELF bike runs on both man power and solar power. It has been turning heads along the east coast as Mark Stewart rides it from North Carolina to Massachusetts. The ELF, or "Organic Transit Vehicle," can go for 1,800 miles on the energy equivalent of a gallon of gasoline.

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Take A Ride On A Real Tron Bike

August 1, 2013 8:04 am | by CNN Money

The first questions always ask if the bike is in fact real, and if it can actually be ridden. The answer is yes. Parker Brothers Concepts in Melbourne, Fla., have developed a futuristic, street-legal motorcycle that reaches speeds of 100 mph and can travel up to 80 miles on its 100 percent electric engine. 

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Driving An Ultra-Rare Classic Bugatti

August 1, 2013 8:03 am | by CNN Money

French cars from the 1920s and 1930s are considered some of the most beautiful cars ever made. Worth more than a million dollars, this rare 1939 Bugatti may only have 170 horsepower but driving one is like driving a work of art.                 

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Inside Budweiser's Largest Brewery

August 1, 2013 8:02 am | by CNN Money

Take a look at how Anheuser-Busch Inbev brews and bottles dozens of brands of beer at its massive St. Louis brewery, in operation for over a century. The beer is still brewed how it was 100 years ago, but today's technology enables the company it to produce today's brews "very consistently and very well."

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Ford's Simulated Factory

August 1, 2013 8:01 am | by fordvideo1

In preparation to build the Ford Fusion in Q3 2013, Flat Rock Assembly Plant is training its 1,400 new hires using a simulated factory to teach them vehicle assembly before the first U.S.-built Fusion rolls off the line. Ford announced last fall it will build the all-new Fusion in the U.S. and hire 1,400 new employees to meet surging demand for the award-winning vehicle.

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Chain Of Explosions At Propane Gas Plant

July 31, 2013 11:57 am | by ABC News

At least eight people were injured in a blast at a Blue Rhino plant with 53,000 propane tanks on site. Tavares Fire Chief Richard Keith identified the possible causes Tuesday, but said sabotage was not suspected. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration launched an investigation into the Monday night incident at the Blue Rhino propane plant, as did the Florida State Fire Marshal's office.

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Nice Numbers, Nissan... But Watch For Bumps Ahead

July 30, 2013 11:01 am | by ReutersTV

With the return of the Datsun, Nissan is making aggressive moves to expand its markets, and the latest numbers show that business for the automaker has been "pretty good." Nissan's quarterly net profits are on the rise, beating forecasts. But here are three reasons why Japan's number two automaker isn't out of the woods yet.

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Bringing Women Back To Manufacturing

July 29, 2013 1:16 pm | by The Atlantic

Senator Amy Klobuchar from Minnesota explains that while there are more manufacturing jobs in the U.S. after the economic recovery, a low percentage of woman are taking work in factories.                                          

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Addressing Market Disruptions: B2B Game Plan Forum

July 29, 2013 10:20 am | by Game Plan

Game Plan is the only e-commerce Forum for the B2B market of Brands, Manufacturers, and Distributors. Brian Walker, Senior Vice President of Strategy at hybris, shares his thoughts on the importance of a B2B forum such as Game Plan. This is a place where B2B thought leaders can come together and discuss what is happening in the current market.

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