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Can China Grow An Apple?

December 10, 2012 1:10 pm | by Reuters

Can China grow an Apple? Upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi, the country's biggest smartphone sensation, is trying. The company is currently on track to post $2 billion in sales, and is borrowing some tricks from Apple's playbook. But can it remain nimble in the big leagues?

FedEx CEO: Dismayed By Washington

December 7, 2012 12:25 pm | by CNN Money

Fred Smith says fiscal cliff talks should focus on the corporate tax policies first. Smith says that it's not small businesses that are creating jobs in the U.S., but rather it's capital investments in equipment and software done by big business.

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In Eurozone Crisis, Germany Benefits From Its Apprentices

December 3, 2012 11:08 am | by NBC News

Germany's apprentice program is called a "dual system" — split into 60 percent workplace training and 40 percent classroom-based education — and is widely regarded as a model of business investment in social mobility and in Germany's skilled workforce of the future.

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Why Work Doesn't Happen At Work

December 3, 2012 11:08 am | by Ted

Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems (call them the M&Ms) and offers three suggestions to make work work. For more information visit www.ted.com.

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Lisa Harouni: A Primer On 3D Printing

December 3, 2012 11:07 am | by Ted

2012 may become known as the year of 3D printing, when this three-decade-old technology became accessible and even commonplace. Lisa Harouni, co-founder of Digital Forming, gives a useful primer on this fascinating way of making things - including intricate objects once impossible to create.

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How Airbus Makes The A380

December 3, 2012 11:07 am | by CNN Money

Just a glimpse of the 1,500 engineers working are enough to give you an idea of the size and scale of the super jumbo A380. Each part requires precision and patience - 4,000 rivets alone are used to attach the wings to the body. CNN's Ayesha Durgahee looks at how Airbus assembles and tests the largest passenger jet in the world.

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Original Batmobile For Sale

December 3, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money

It looks as if the Batmobile used in the 1960s TV series will be sold at auction in January at the annual Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. Unlike most TV show cars, the Batmobile is a singular creation - famed car creationer George Barris got the assignment to create the car in 1966 with a tight deadline of 15 days and $15,000.

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Why Austin's Tech CEOs Are Optimistic

December 3, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money

Austin, Texas, is a growing hub for technology startups, and these companies' leaders see a bright future. Mobile software, cloud computing, 3D printing and greentech businesses are just some of the areas that these CEOs feel will continue to move forward in the coming year.

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Take A Look At Porsche's New Ride

December 3, 2012 11:04 am | by NBC News

CNBC's Phil LeBeau talks with Matthias Muller, Porsche AG president & CEO reveals what makes the 2013 Porsche Cayman so special. Muller says the brand new car features new interior and exterior designs, while still including key elements of the traditional "Porsche DNA."

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Bregier: EADS Stake Shuffle Nothing To Fear

December 3, 2012 10:59 am | by Reuters

Germany will soon get an equal stake with France in EADS as part of EADS's shareholder reshuffle. Reuters' Axel Threlfall asks Airbus CEO Fabrice Bregier if that means fresh tension between Berlin and Paris over Europe’s flagship planemaker.

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Corning Sales Shatter Expectations

November 30, 2012 1:44 pm | by CNN Money

If you saw any of the highlights of Black Friday sales, you probably witnessed a lot of people buying flatscreen TVs - and that is great news for Corning, which owns the Gorilla Glass unit making glass for LCD screens. While the glass manufacturer has been struggling this year, Corning said that LCD shipments should be better than forecasts.

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New Beetle Hits The Streets

November 29, 2012 12:54 pm | by NBC News

CNBC's Phil LeBeau speaks to Volkswagen of America president & CEO Jonathan Browning, about the Beetle Convertible coming out mid-December. Unveiled this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the new 2013 Beetle represents fun and freedom in the marketplace, says Browning, and there is still a demand for a convertible car.

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Giant Movie Robot Comes To Life

November 28, 2012 3:48 pm | by Reuters

Flexing its metal muscles is the 4-meter or 13-foot-tall Kuratas robot. Creator Kogoro Kurata wanted to bring to life the machines of his childhood fantasies, even though he realizes his prototype doesn't hold too much value for society.

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Honda's New 'Car For Women'

November 28, 2012 3:47 pm | by CNN Money

It's the latest marketing ploy in car-crazed Japan: A car made specifically for women in an almost too predictable pink. This is a new version of the Honda Fit, a model named not "Hers", but "She's." The car's designer, Eri Tomonari, says the car's windshield cuts down on UV rays and the plamsa cluster A/C won't leave drivers with dry skin.

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An Exclusive Look Inside Israel's Drones

November 28, 2012 3:41 pm | by CNN Money

CNNMoney visits Israel's biggest defense manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries, and gets special access to the drones of today and the future. Owned by the Israeli government, the company does over $3.5 billion in annual sales. Of that, about a quarter goes to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, which makes one of Israel's most valuable tools.

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Check Out The Best Viper Yet

November 28, 2012 3:36 pm | by CNN Money

The 2013 SRT Viper has tons of power and lots more refinement, and is the best Viper ever by a mile, says Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN Money senior editor. Driving with only one hand on the steering wheel (something not so easily done in the older models), he shows off the new Viper here.

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Yes, Some TVs Are Made In The USA

November 28, 2012 12:50 pm | by CNN Money

Mike O'Shaughnessy, the company's CEO, argues that consumer demand is a primary driver for the recent success of locally-made TVs. By calculating the total costs of production, and by weighing duty and freight against labor, the company found a positive financial picture of producing in the U.S.A. And it seems to be working. The "Made in the U.S.A." packaging can't hurt, either.

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HP May Have To Split Up

November 27, 2012 1:51 pm | by CNN Money

When it rains, it pours for HP. Hewlett Packard shares have plunged to a decade low any many are now wondering what Meg Whitman can do to save this company, if anything. Once the pride of Silicon Valley, HP's write-down and sales woes could force the company to make drastic changes to stay competitive.

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New Intel CEO Needs Mobile Roadmap

November 26, 2012 12:32 pm | by Reuters

Can Intel go from being king of the PC market to a master of mobile? A fund manager and an analyst tell us what three steps the incoming CEO needs to make. Joshua Spencer, portfolio manager of the T. Rowe Price Global Technology Fund, sees two important steps for the chipmaker: pushing the manufacturing advantage and integrating Intel's chips with cellular chips.

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Ford Fusion: No Really, That's A Ford

November 16, 2012 11:06 am | by CNN Money

The first reaction a lot of people have to the new Ford Fusion is disbelief that the new model is really a Ford. It is, and it's a mid-size family sedan competing against cars like the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. The new Fusion is "a pretty interesting package," says Peter Valdes-Dapena, CNN senior writer. Take a look.

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