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Leviton product on fave list


The new "daylight harvesting" lighting control system of Melville-based Leviton Manufacturing Co. has been chosen for a trade magazine's "Top Products of 2012" list. The magazine, Building Operating Management, said the company's SectorFlex Intelligent Digital Lighting Control System line is a favorite among its readers, most of whom are managers of commercial buildings. Daylight harvesting is a responsive electric-light system that reduces wattage when it senses sunshine. It can be installed in a single room or a major campus. Privately held Leviton has about 7,000 employees, including 450 in Melville. It also makes charging stations for the Toyota Prius and Ford Focus electric cars. -- Joseph Mallia






Verizon cancels $2 fee


After a customer backlash, Verizon Wireless on Friday dropped a plan to start charging $2 for every payment subscribers make over the phone or online with their credit or debit cards. In a statement on its website, the company said "customer feedback" prompted the decision to drop the "convenience fee" it wanted to introduce on Jan. 15. Verizon wanted to steer people to electronic check payments, which are cheaper, and automatic credit card payments, which are more reliable. A petition on against the fees had gathered more than 57,000 names by Friday afternoon, a day after Verizon, the country's largest cellphone company, announced the fees. -- AP



Ford sales top 2 million


Ford Motor Co. said Friday its namesake brand exceeded 2 million U.S. sales for the first year since 2007, led by gains for models such as the Fiesta small car and revamped Explorer SUV. Ford, the second-largest U.S. automaker, is benefiting from an auto market that rose 10 percent through November from a year earlier. Ford-brand sales were 1.76 million for all of 2010. -- Bloomberg News

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