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CEO DISCOVERS THE RICHER SIDE OF SEARS: NEW YORK (AP) - Sears Holdings Corp. paid its chief executive $9.9 million last year, including incentives the ailing department store operator offered to lure the former technology executive, according to an Associated Press analysis of a regulatory filing.

March 19, 2012 | | Nationwide


Agency checkup nothing to fear

Q: I am a certified public accountant. One of my clients, who signed up for his Social Security about a year ago, just got a letter from Social Security's "Office of Quality Assurance." The people there want to redo his claim for benefits. And they are asking him to bring in his military discharge papers (he was in the Army 40 years ago), his W-2 records for the past 10 years and other documents. What's going on? He's very worried about this.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Higher gas prices threaten economy if they persist

WASHINGTON (AP) - Inflation remains tame throughout the U.S. economy, with one big exception: gas prices.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


Fans, entrepreneurs among 1st buyers of new iPad

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Apple's latest iPad drew the customary lines of die-hard fans looking to be first and entrepreneurs looking to make a quick profit.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T scotches appeal, pays small-claims litigant

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. on Friday gave up on appealing an $850 award won by an iPhone user in small claims court, and sent him a check.

March 16, 2012 | | Nationwide


PayPal targets small business with mobile payments

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Small businesses from coffee shops to plumbers will soon be able to accept credit cards through PayPal, using a small triangular card reader attached to a smartphone.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Online wait cut for shows like 'Vampire Diaries'

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Fans of shows on The CW like "The Vampire Diaries" no longer have to wait three days after broadcast to watch them online.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


S&P cracks 1,400 for first time since 2008

NEW YORK (AP) - The stock market cleared another barrier Thursday in its long recovery from the Great Recession: The Standard & Poor's 500 index closed above 1,400 for the first time since June 2008.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Heavy demand expected as latest iPad version goes on sale today

CUPERTINO (AP) - Let the wild rumpus start.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Cisco to buy video tech firm for about $4B

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco Systems Inc. is buying digital video technology company NDS Group Ltd. to enhance the range of products it sells to pay-TV providers and to expand in emerging markets.

March 15, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga holders plan to sell up to $400M in stock

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Zynga shareholders may sell up to $400 million of stock through a public offering, three months after the online game maker went public, to try to avoid a drop in its stock price.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Muppet manifesto: Blistering exit for Goldman executive

NEW YORK (AP) - Goldman Sachs, arguably the most storied investment bank on Wall Street, has been compared to a money-sucking vampire squid and called the evil empire of finance. On Wednesday, it got a black eye from one of its own.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


Schools getting choice on beef: Pink slime or no?

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - "Pink slime" just went from a simmer to a boil.

March 14, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T offers quiet settlement with iPhone user over small claims judgment over unlimited data

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T is offering to discuss a settlement to an iPhone user who won a small-claims case that alleged the company was slowing down his "unlimited" data service.

March 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


Encyclopaedia Britannica to end print editions

CHICAGO (AP) - Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. said Tuesday that it will stop publishing print editions of its flagship encyclopedia for the first time since the sets were originally published more than 200 years ago.

March 13, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Fired Yahoo exec gets $58M

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo's recently fired chief operating officer, Henrique de Castro, left the Internet company with a severance package of $58 million even though he lasted just 15 months on the job.

April 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s 1Q earnings disappoint

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google's first-quarter earnings growth faltered as the Internet's most influential company grappled with a persistent downturn in advertising prices while spending more money to hire employees and invest in daring ideas.

April 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


Home sales of $10 million rise in Conn.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's Gold Coast is living up to its name, with a record $120 million sale of a waterfront estate in Greenwich leading an increase in sales of homes for more than $10 million.

April 16, 2014 | | Nationwide


IRS may use private tax collectors

WASHINGTON (AP) - A public employees union is fighting a bipartisan effort in Congress to force the Internal Revenue Service to hire private contractors to collect some delinquent taxes.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Coca-Cola sells more drinks but global soda sales fizzling

NEW YORK (AP) - Coca-Cola, the world's biggest beverage maker, said Tuesday that the amount of soda it sold globally fell for first time in 15 years.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Intel reports lower 1Q net income, higher revenue flow

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the worldwide PC market, but revenue grew slightly because of solid demand for tablet processors and its data center services.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yahoo’s 1Q highlighted by Alibaba, modest ad gains as earnings decline

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is prospering from its lucrative investments in Asia while the Internet company's listless advertising sales are picking up, if ever so slightly, under CEO Marissa Mayer.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


New LA Register newspaper embraces print in digital world

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Aaron Kushner believes he can launch and grow a print newspaper in a world gone digital.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter buys data analytics partner Gnip

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter says it has bought its data partner Gnip, which provides analysis of the more than 500 million tweets its users share each day - to advertisers, academic institutions, politicians and other customers.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Southern California home prices climb

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Southern California's median home sale price hit $400,000 in March to set a fresh six-year high as tight supplies limited sales, a research firm said Tuesday.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Windows Phone advances with 8.1 software update

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's new Windows system for smartphones addresses many of the shortcomings in previous versions.

April 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Is hot market for IPOs cooling off?

NEW YORK (AP) - A hot market for initial public offerings may soon face a cooler reception from investors.

April 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


April 15 not much of a real deadline for most taxpayers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The calendar shows April 15, and you haven't even started on your federal tax return? Chances are, you don't need to fret.

April 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


Samsung phone durable, but iPhone has edge

NEW YORK (AP) - Samsung's new Galaxy S5 smartphone is more durable than last year's model and other leading Android phones, but the iPhone 5s outperformed all of them in part because of its smaller size, a new study finds.

April 14, 2014 | | Nationwide


End of Windows XP support spells trouble for 30% of world’s computers

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


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