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Practically human: Can smart machines do your job?

...user interface."Four years ago, the Darien, Conn., public library bought self-service check-out machines from 3M Co. Now, with customers scanning books themselves, the library is processing more books than ever while shaving 15 percent from...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2013-01-28/practically-human-can-smar
Southern accent is favorite among date-seekers

...returns and says, "Congratulations, Mr. Brown. You have triplets!""What do you know," he replies. "I work for the 3M Co."He hands the other fellow a cigar and leaves.The last dad, however, begins to get his coat and is heading for the...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2013-11-07/southern-accent-favorite-amon
Caterpillar cuts 2012 guidance, says growth won't pick up until 2nd half of 2013

...going to be a grind," he said. Investors should get another view of the global economy from a major manufacturer when 3M Co. reports earnings on Tuesday.Caterpillar expects 2013 revenue to be about the same as this year, plus or minus 5 percent...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-10-22/caterpillar-cuts-2012-guid
Business spending, fewer layoffs lift economy

...world's largest maker of construction and mining equipment also issued 2012 guidance above Wall Street predictions.And 3M Co., which makes everything from Post-It Notes to Scotch tape, said sales in its industrial and transportation unit rose...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2012-01-27/business-spending-fewer-la
Biz bits

...cents per share, up 22 percent from a profit of $26.6 million, or 42 cents per share, at the same time last year. 3M Co. said Thursday that its second-quarter profit fell 17 percent as the global recession cut sales to car makers, but results...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/07/24/bus_541893.shtml
Business
Some 'blue chips' have outperformed overall market

...with a record of increasing dividends for at least 25 consecutive years have taken action to raise them again this year: 3M Co., Archer Daniels Midland Co., Coca Cola Co. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2009/03/11/bus_514235.shtml
Business
Optimism grows despite data

...focus on earnings from a broad range of companies that showed businesses aren't seeing a slowdown. Caterpillar Inc., 3M Co., UPS Inc. and AT&T Inc. all topped earnings forecasts and raised their outlooks for future profit.Stocks soared...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2010-07-22/optimism-grows-despite-dat
Business
Google vs. Yahoo: the portal wars continue

...director of consumer Web products. Google is trying to foster a research-driven culture akin to General Electric Co., 3M Co. and DuPont Co., Mayer said. Yahoo also has its geeky side, perhaps best embodied by the company's co-founders...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/12/26/bus_438139.shtml
Business
Industry conference offers a vision - literally - of what's to come

...selling point for their new screens is their ability to produce sharp and clear images even when seen from an angle. But 3M Co. says the advantage of one of its screens is that data can't be seen from the side, thus protecting confidential information...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/05/29/liv_417131.shtml
Life & style
Business briefs

...million in the quarter ended Feb. 22, up from $240 million. Display business increases outlook MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - 3M Co. has increased its first-quarter and full-year earnings estimates, citing elevated sales, favorable currency exchange...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2004/03/17/bus_408995.shtml
Business