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What's cookin', SciQuest?
The Open Kitchen: SciQuest goes blogging -- "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." Indeed, we're not in Kansas. We're not in the Land of Oz. We're not even in Narnia. We're in The Open Kitchen, and it's about to get hot in here.

Good clothes, bad practice...
Fashion chain Zara acts on Brazil sweatshop conditions -- The owners of Spanish fashion chain Zara say they are strengthening the oversight of their production system after workers were found toiling in a Brazilian sweatshop. A raid in Sao Paulo found mostly Bolivian immigrants working for a pittance in unsafe conditions. Inditex, the parent company of Zara, said it had zero tolerance for such infringements.

Forget the DeVille...
Cadillac To Produce Electric Car -- Cadillac has confirmed that it will produce an electric car. The 109-year-old company said it will make the Cadillac Converj Concept, a luxury coupe with extended-range electric technology. It will be sold as the Cadillac ELR. The ELR will run on an electric propulsion system made of a T-shaped lithium ion battery, an electric drive unit and a four-cylinder engine generator. Electricity will be the primary power source of the car, although when that runs low a gas-powered mode will enable driving for hundreds of additional miles.

Coke goes to China.
Coca-Cola Plans $4 Billion China Investment -- Coca-Cola Co. Chairman and Chief Executive Muhtar Kent on Thursday said the Atlanta soft-drink giant plans $4 billion in new spending in China over the next three years, the latest big investment commitment by multinational food and beverage groups targeting the world's No. 2 economy. During an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Kent said the investment would be used to add bottling factories, expand some existing facilities and fund initiatives in distribution, marketing and the development of new cold drinks. "It's our third-largest global market, growing at double-digits," he said.

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