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Companies ask: Does advertising on Facebook pay in the long run?

NEW YORK (AP) - Responding to extraordinary demand, Facebook said Wednesday that it would sell more stock in the company's initial public offering. But ahead of the IPO, a debate emerged between two of the nation's largest automakers: Does it pay to advertise on the social network?

May 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google strives to enlighten with new search tool

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google is introducing a new tool, designed to make its search engine smarter.

May 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


FTC: Skechers deceived consumers with shoe ads

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government wants you to know that simply sporting a pair of Skechers' fitness shoes is not going to get you Kim Kardashian's curves or Brooke Burke's toned tush.

May 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook raises IPO price as offering nears

NEW YORK (AP) - Already expected to be the largest-ever initial public offering for an Internet company, Facebook is making its IPO even bigger.

May 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Half of Americans call Facebook a fad

NEW YORK (AP) - Half of Americans think Facebook is a passing fad, according to the results of a new Associated Press-CNBC poll. And, in the run-up to the social network's initial public offering of stock, half of Americans also say the social network's expected asking price is too high.

May 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Penney has 1Q loss as new pricing repels shoppers

NEW YORK (AP) - Turns out, J.C. Penney shoppers don't prefer predictable pricing over blockbuster bargains - at least not yet.

May 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Lack of trust in Facebook may hold back ad sales

NEW YORK (AP) - Facebook's reach is wide but not deep. Few users surveyed in an Associated Press-CNBC poll say they click on the site's ads or buy the virtual goods that make money for it.

May 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook IPO shares tough task for small investors

CHICAGO (AP) - Hoping to get in on Facebook's hotly anticipated public stock offering? You'll need Facebook friends at very high levels - or a lot of money.

May 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


USPS halts closure of 600 urban stations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service said Monday its decision to halt the closing of more than 3,700 post offices includes roughly 600 urban and suburban postal branch offices and satellite stations.

May 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


West Coast spike in gas prices tied to shuttered oil refineries

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Motorists across most of the country have been getting a break on the price of gas, but not on the West Coast.

May 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hyundai car probed after air bag cuts owner's ear

DETROIT (AP) - Federal safety regulators are investigating a complaint that a car owner's ear was cut in half when a side air bag inflated in a Hyundai Elantra.

May 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Revolving door: Yahoo ushers out another CEO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yahoo still has credibility issues, even after casting aside CEO Scott Thompson because his official biography included a college degree that he never received.

May 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


No sign of shareholder revolt against Chase CEO

NEW YORK (AP) - JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon owned up to stock analysts and went on TV to accept blame for a $2 billion trading mistake. Next he faces shareholders, who are considerably less wealthy since the blunder was disclosed.

May 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gambling with Social Security

I find it rather curious that baby boomers, many of whom, in their youth, decried the accumulation of wealth and the materialism of their parents, are the first generation in history to regard Social Security not as the safety net it was intended to be but rather as a pot of gravy to pour over their already meaty investment portfolios.

May 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


Again? Wal-Mart's rep takes another beating

NEW YORK (AP) - In business, you're only as good as your last good deed.

May 11, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Ways to hide, secure phone data

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Detroit tells judge: We can’t give away free water

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cracks down on moving overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying U.S. taxes.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Investors fret. Yahoo’s stock dips

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS FROM ACROSS THE NATION

• STARBUCKS TESTS LATTE WITH STOUT FLAVOR: NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks is testing a latte that it says has the "savory toasty malt" flavor of a foamy mug of stout.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Procter & Gamble cancels NFL promotion

NEW YORK (AP) - Procter & Gamble is canceling an on-field breast cancer awareness promotion it had been planning with the National Football League, the latest sponsor to respond to the NFL's growing problems.

September 19, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yahoo may make up to $9.5 billion

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.

September 19, 2014 | | Nationwide


Your (online) life after death

NEW YORK (AP) - Sure, you have a lot to do today - laundry, bills, dinner - but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil.

September 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


UPS expects to hire up to 95,000 workers

DALLAS (AP) - UPS plans to hire up to 95,000 workers to help deliver packages during the busy holiday season - an increase from last year, when the company was caught unprepared for a boom in online shopping.

September 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart levied fictional ‘sugar tax’ on soda

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's attorney general has settled a false advertising investigation at Wal-Mart, saying some store personnel were citing a nonexistent "sugar tax" on soda.

September 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Record 4M orders of iPhones

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Envelopes in hotels invite tips for maids

NEW YORK (AP) - Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Minecraft’ could boost mobile reach

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity."

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden investor: Back off on breadsticks

NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


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