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Wal-Mart, American Express offer non-bank option dubbed Bluebird

It's the odd couple of personal finance. Wal-Mart and American Express are teaming up to circumvent the traditional banking system by offering a new, mostly free product to consumers.

October 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


PayPal to cut 325 full-time jobs

SAN JOSE (AP) - PayPal is cutting 325 full-time jobs to streamline its business and speed up product development amid intense competition from plucky startups and established companies such as Google.

October 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Two top executives leaving Apple

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple Inc. shook up its executive ranks Monday, saying the head of its store operations is leaving after just six months on the job and the long-serving head of its iPhone software development operations is exiting next year.

October 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Verizon to sell Nokia phone fir 1st time in years

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless, the largest cellphone carrier in the U.S., on Monday said that it will sell a Nokia phone for the first time in years, lending support to the embattled Finnish company's turnaround effort.

October 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google unveils another phone, larger Nexus tablet just in time for holidays

Google unveils another phone, larger Nexus tablet just in time for holidays

October 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


PG&E 3Q net income up 81 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Power utility PG&E Corp. said Monday its third-quarter net income jumped 81 percent, helped by easy comparisons to a prior-year quarter weighed down by hefty one-time costs.

October 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Pandora refreshes iPhone, Android apps

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet radio company Pandora is adding more functionality to its mobile apps - showing lyrics and artist information and making it easier to share self-crafted stations with friends - as companies intensify efforts to lure mobile advertising dollars.

October 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple stock falls under $600 after holiday warning

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's stock fell below $600 Friday for the first time in three months, after the consumer electronics behemoth warned that costs of making new products will cut into profits in the holiday quarter.

October 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


How to maximize your benefits for Social Security in retirement

I have been getting more and more e-mails from readers in their late 50s and early 60s who are doing some retirement planning and looking for ways to get the best return on their Social Security "investment." That's why I decided to produce a fact sheet that I call "Five Ways To Maximize Your Social Security Benefits." The fact sheet is too long to reproduce in this column. So, I am going to just briefly summarize its contents and then invite readers who want more information to send me an e-mail asking for a free electronic copy of the ...

October 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


US economy expands at modest 2% pace

WASHINGTON (AP) - The latest snapshot of economic growth shows the U.S. recovery remains tepid.

October 26, 2012 | | Nationwide


Windows 8 to bridge gap between personal computers, mobile devices

SEATTLE (AP) - Microsoft launched a radical redesign of its world-dominating Windows operating system Thursday, introducing a touch-enabled interface that attempts to bridge the gap between personal computers and fast-growing mobile devices powered by the company's fiercest competitors.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple warns of holiday earnings drop

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple has a new iPhone, two new iPads and three new PCs as it heads into the holiday quarter, the biggest selling season of the year. But, paradoxically, it expects these new gadgets to bring down its profits compared to last year.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Diamond Foods to restate more financial results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Diamond Foods Inc. said Thursday that it will restate two additional quarters of financial data as the snack food company tries to clean up the fallout from its improper accounting of payments to walnut growers.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Amazon posts 1st loss since July 2003

SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon reported third-quarter results below Wall Street's expectations on Thursday - including a large loss, weighed by its stake in online deals service LivingSocial and continued spending on its Kindle business and distribution centers.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Group of CEOs urges tax hikes, spending cuts

WASHINGTON (AP) - CEOs from more than 80 major U.S. companies are pressing Congress to reduce the federal deficit by raising taxes and cutting spending. The deficit and how to tame it has become a key theme in the presidential campaign.

October 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


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McDonald’s new menu plan: Have it your way

NEW YORK (AP) - After posting yet another disappointing quarter, McDonald's CEO Don Thompson said Tuesday the company hasn't been keeping up with the times and that changes are in store for its U.S. restaurants.

October 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


TWEAKER TOYS

NEW YORK (AP) - Toys R Us is pulling its four collectible dolls based on characters from AMC's hit series "Breaking Bad" after taking heat from a Florida mom who launched a petition campaign last week.

October 21, 2014 | | Nationwide


America says no to cappuccino potato chips

NEW YORK (AP) - America has rejected the idea of cappuccino-flavored Lay's potato chips.

October 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple Pay Q&A

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's mobile payment system, Apple Pay, made its debut Monday. Now you can flash your new iPhone in the checkout line to pay for food, clothing and other goods. There's no need to pull out your credit card.

October 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


UPS increases some rates by 4.9%

ATLANTA (AP) - UPS says it is raising rates for a number of its shipping services by an average of 4.9 percent for 2015.

October 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Record iPhone sales drive Apple’s 3Q beat

CUPERTINO (AP) - The iPhone again proved to be the engine behind Apple's blockbuster financial performance, driving quarterly results well past expectations.

October 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Not so fast cordcutters: Cable’s far from dead

NEW YORK (AP) - Cord cutters rejoiced last week after HBO and CBS announced plans to sell stand-alone streaming services, a move that cable and satellite television providers have resisted for years. Customers tired of paying big fees for hundreds of channels they never watch just to have access to a few favorite shows might be expected to start cancelling cable service in droves. Get Netflix, throw in HBO, add a network here and there - why would anyone sign up now for cable?

October 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Thinner iPads, sharper iMacs in Apple’s lineup

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s 3Q earnings fall as expenses climb 30%

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's third-quarter earnings slipped as the Internet search leader hired nearly 3,000 more employees while pouring more money into its zest for innovation and quest for new markets.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple Pay is bigger bet than gadgets

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple showed off thinner iPads and a new iMac with a high-resolution display on Thursday. Sleek and stunning, yes, but not likely to spark the next iRevolution. The tech giant's bigger strategic bet is that mobile pay service Apple Pay, debuting Monday, will be the next thing you didn't know you needed - but now can't live without.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


iPhone glass maker to cut 727 jobs at Arizona plant

MESA, Ariz. (AP) - A manufacturer of sapphire glass that Apple Inc. uses in iPhones plans to eliminate 727 jobs at an Arizona plant.

October 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google tries to upstage Apple

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is coming out with bigger, more expensive versions of its Nexus phone and tablet to attract more of the affluent consumers who faithfully buy each new generation of Apple's iPhone and iPad. It's also releasing a new streaming video and music device, Nexus Player, to compete with Apple TV and Roku, among others.

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Netflix’s stock plunges, subscriber growth slips

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This is a sequel that Netflix shareholders never wanted to see: The world's largest Internet video service has once again turned off potential viewers with a price increase that is punishing the company's stock price.

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


HBO Go-ing away from cable, will stand on its own

NEW YORK (AP) - Next year HBO is cutting the cord and selling its popular streaming video service HBO Go as a stand-alone product, as more Americans choose to watch the Web, not the TV. Viewers longing to see "Game of Thrones", "True Detective" and "Veep" will no longer have to pay big bucks for cable and satellite contracts. So, is this the end of pay-TV as we know it?

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart cuts sales outlook due to economy

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. cut its revenue outlook for its current fiscal year as it announced it is scaling back its expansion plans for its supercenters next year and stepping up investments in its online operations.

October 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


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