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3XSQ: The Global Slowdown

October 23, 2012 1:37 pm | by Reuters

In today's 3XSQ, U.S. industrials are suffering from reduced demand overseas and a stronger dollar. DuPont is suffering from weak demand and global economic uncertainty, Yahoo gets a boost from Wall Street, and a UK chipmaker that supplies Apple is seeing a great quarter with the nearing release of the new iPad Mini.

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Gas Guzzlers Need To Go On A Diet

October 22, 2012 12:12 pm | by CNN Money

CNN's Fareed Zakaria reports that cars have gotten increasingly heavier, and says Americans can save money by putting gas guzzlers on a diet. He talks with Amory Lovins, chief scientist with the Rocky Mountain Institute, about Lovins design for the lighter car of the future.

China Hoists Recovery Signals

October 19, 2012 2:04 pm | by ReutersTV

China has reported a seventh consecutive quarter of slowing economic growth, but as the once a decade leadership transition looms, signs of a recovery are starting to emerge. Tim Condon, head of Asia Pacific Research, ING, says that China's third quarter may have been the low point, and the world's second-largest economy is moving on.

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Auto Industry Czar: Volt Is Irrelevant To GM's Bottom Line

October 18, 2012 12:53 pm | by Reuters

Steve Rattner, the former auto industry czar, says that the Chevy Volt is irrelevant to GM's bottom line but that the auto industry has never been more efficient. The problems that remain are the complete opposite of what affected the industry during the auto bailouts.

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Catching Quadrocopters Bring Teamwork To Unmanned Flight

October 17, 2012 3:35 pm | by Reuters

Quadrocopters that can play catch with each other are providing a glimpse at the future of coordinated, autonomous drone technology. Their creators in Zurich say the copters have potential application in both the military and civilian worlds, with ever-improving technology that allows them to work as a well-coordinated team.

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Intel Needs To Be More Like Apple

October 17, 2012 3:30 pm | by CNN Money

We're in the thick of earnings season, and chip leader Intel's shares tumbled in early trading on Wednesday. Intel is still wedded to the PC market, which Apple has "completely disrupted" with its iPad tablet. Intel has been late to the mobile and tablet game and it's hurting the company's earnings.

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Mercedes GL Wins Motor Trend SUV Of The Year

October 17, 2012 3:26 pm | by CNN Money

The Mercedes Benz GL won Motor Trend's SUV of the Year award in a contest that pitted it against 10 other sport utilities. To be eligible for the competition, the vehicle either has to be completely new or substantially redesigned for the 2012 model year. The 2013 Mercedes GL swept the SUV of the Year award because of its performance, design, and value.

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Apple's China Manufacturing Model Under Threat

October 17, 2012 3:21 pm | by ReutersTV

Once, recruitment centers attracted thousands looking for work a day, but now big crowds are hard to find. Companies like Foxconn, which assembles most of the world's iPads and iPhones, are struggling to find workers to fill their massive facilities as more young Chinese shun the factory floor.

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Trading At Noon: Banks And Tech On The Radar

October 17, 2012 1:42 pm | by Reuters

Reuters' Lisa Bernhard and Ernest Scheyder take a look at unexpected earnings from Bank of America as Citigroup post-Pandit looks positive, and a 'big deal' in the chip space as chip makers look to be on the cutting edge, especially as consumers get more and more into mobile devices.

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Apple Vs. Google Is "Defining Fight"

October 16, 2012 2:20 pm | by Reuters

There are four tech titans, according to Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt—Google, Apple, Amazon, and Facebook. The biggest battle of the information age right now is between Apple and Google, and they are locked in a ''defining'' battle as two of the dominant players in the technology industry, Schmidt says.

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The Future Of Rechargeable Batteries

October 15, 2012 1:59 pm | by CNN Money

Lithium ion batteries are in everything from smartphones to laptops to electric cars, and the biggest complaint about these batteries is that they just don't last long enough. Researchers at Argonne National Laboratory are developing car and smartphone batteries that can hold 50 percent more energy.

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Bugatti Veyron Vitesse: Fast. Expensive.

October 12, 2012 1:56 pm | by CNN Money

Here's a car you're not going to see very often—the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse. More than just a special edition of the Veyron Grand Sport, this Bugatti souped-up this super car with 16 cylinders and 1,200 horsepower. And for $2.5 million, you get what you pay for.

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Fiscal Cliff Could Lead To Global Recession

October 11, 2012 12:35 pm | by CNN Money

IMF chief economist Olivier Blanchard says a recession is unlikely unless lawmakers don't act soon and the United States plunges off the fiscal cliff. Blanchard lays out the whole scenario in this brief, yet informative, CNN Money video.

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"Magic" Carpet A Hi-Tech Safety Net For Elderly Care

October 10, 2012 4:43 pm | by Reuters

Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a prototype carpet containing plastic optical fibers which can detect the pressure exerted by someone when they fall or change their gait while walking. The carpet is connected to a computer system and is designed for use in assisted living facilities where fall-related injuries are common.

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Mind-Controlled Aircraft No Longer Unthinkable

October 10, 2012 4:42 pm | by Reuters

Computer scientists at Zhejiang University in China have developed a way to fly a drone with the power of their thoughts. The team says their technology will eventually allow people with disabilities to operate machines and live more independent lives.

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Three Ways To (Usefully) Lose Control Of Your Brand

October 10, 2012 4:40 pm | by Ted

The days are past (if they ever existed) when a person, company, or brand could tightly control their reputation. Tim Leberecht offers three big ideas about accepting that loss of control, even designing for it—and using it as an impetus to recommit to your values.

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Futuristic Gizmos Show Japan Hasn't Lost Its Tech Edge

October 10, 2012 4:38 pm | by Reuters

Gadgets galore—many uniquely Japanese—were on display at the busy CEATEC fair, the largest electronics exhibition in Asia, just outside Tokyo. Reuters' Jon Gordon gets hands-on with the most intriguing of the bunch on display, including everything from the "weird" to the "wacky."

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3XSQ: Alcoa Warns And Yum Profits

October 10, 2012 12:43 pm | by Reuters

In today's 3XSQ, take a look at an early read on U.S. earning season, which started with a warning from Alcoa, a profit turned for Yum! Brands, and plans to slash costs at Federal Express. And then check out Amazon's new Netflix-like video library, and how dinosaurs can come to life with a new "dino app."

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Race To Save EADS-BAE Merger

October 9, 2012 12:27 pm | by Reuters

With the deadline fast approaching, the race is on to keep BAE's mega-merger with EADS from hitting the ground. A stand-off between European governments over state shareholdings threatens to destroy the deal between the UK arms firm and Airbus parent as plans are made to give both sides extra time.

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Oracle: Big Data And How It Transforms Big Business

October 8, 2012 12:58 pm | by New York Times

Oracle sells more software to businesses than any other company in the world. The company's CEO, Mark Hurd, recently spoke to the New York Times about investing in big data, what it means for Oracle, and what it means for its customers.

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