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Investors dump Microsoft on bleak news

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If fewer people are interested in buying a new personal computer, then fewer investors want to own stakes in companies whose fortunes are tied to the sales of laptop and desktop machines.

April 11, 2013 | | Nationwide


VC firms team up to invest in Google Glass

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Three influential venture capital firms are teaming to find and finance entrepreneurs who want to create applications and other accessories for Google Glass. That's an Internet-connected device that is setting out to turn wearable computing into the latest fashion trend.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Post office retreats on eliminating Saturday mail

WASHINGTON (AP) - The financially beleaguered Postal Service backpedaled on its plan to end Saturday mail delivery, conceding Wednesday that its gamble to compel congressional approval had failed.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Personal computer sales crash as Windows 8 flops

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look like it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Mutual funds attract record amount of cash

BOSTON (AP) - The stock market hit a record high during the first quarter, and so did the flow of cash into mutual funds.

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


COMPUTER SHIPMENTS

Research group IDC said Wednesday that global shipments of personal computers fell 14 percent in the first three months of 2013, the sharpest plunge since the firm started tracking the industry in 1994. IDC said Microsoft's Windows 8 software appears to be driving buyers away from PCs and toward smartphones and tablets. According to research group IDC, here are the five leading manufacturers of personal computers worldwide in first quarter of 2013:

April 10, 2013 | | Nationwide


Cookie Monster, Elmo get in trouble

NEW YORK (AP) - Cookie Monster stands accused of shoving a 2-year-old. Super Mario was charged with groping a woman. And Elmo was booked for berating tourists with anti-Semitic slurs.

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


Obama to nominate package of labor board members

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday nominated three candidates for full terms on the National Labor Relations Board, which has been in limbo since a federal appeals court invalidated his recess appointments to the agency.

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


Fox affiliates 'on board' with pay TV plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Television stations that relay Fox programming are "on board" with a threat to transition the over-the-air network to cable and satellite TV if Internet startup Aereo keeps reselling Fox's signal without paying for rights, the chairman of a Fox group said Tuesday.

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


Brad Paisley & LL Cool J draw ire with ‘Accidental Racist’ song on bias

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Country singer Brad Paisley says he was trying to foster an open discussion of race relations when he collaborated with rapper LL Cool J on "Accidental Racist."

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


Microsoft assault on Google shows industry competitive landscape shift

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is skewering Google again with ads and regulatory bashing that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


NTSB: Pilot's texting contributed to copter crash

WASHINGTON (AP) - Texting by the pilot of a medical helicopter contributed to a crash that killed four people, federal accident investigators declared Tuesday, and they approved a safety alert cautioning all pilots against using cellphones or other distracting devices during critical operations.

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


Companies are posting more jobs but filling few

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. employers have more job openings than at any other time in nearly five years. That's in part because they seem in no hurry to fill them.

April 09, 2013 | | Nationwide


Fox network exec threatens to switch to pay-TV-only channel

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A top executive with the owner of the Fox broadcast network on Monday threatened to convert the network to a pay-TV-only channel if Internet startup Aereo Inc. continues to "steal" Fox's over-the-air signal and sell it to consumers without paying for rights.

April 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


Girl next door Annette Funicello passes away

NEW YORK (AP) - She was the first crush for a generation of boys, the perfect playmate for a generation of girls.

April 08, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Blue Christmas for Amazon?

NEW YORK (AP) - It might be a blue Christmas for Amazon.

October 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Union Pacific 3Q profit chugs ahead 19 percent

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Union Pacific Corp. delivered a 19 percent increase in its third-quarter profit as the railroad hauled 7 percent more freight and increased rates.

October 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cloud business lifts Microsoft’s quarterly results

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent.

October 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


Enticing low rates, but impact on refinancing could be limited

WASHINGTON (AP) - With mortgage rates sliding for a fifth straight week, the possibility of locking in a rate below 4 percent is tempting for consumers and could unleash a wave of refinancing. It may even convince some Americans to buy their first home.

October 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


PulteGroup tops earnings outlook

ATLANTA (AP) - PulteGroup Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter net income of $140.5 million.

October 23, 2014 | | Nationwide


NEWS FROM BUSINESS WORLD

• CAMEL MAKER REYNOLDS SNUFFS OUT WORKPLACE SMOKING: RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Camel cigarette maker Reynolds American Inc. is snuffing out smoking in its offices and buildings.

October 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Early Apple computer sells for $905K

NEW YORK (AP) - A vintage Apple computer that was one of only 50 made in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976 sold for $905,000 at auction on Wednesday, far exceeding pre-sale estimates and outdoing a previous high price of more than $671,000 paid in Germany last year.

October 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Social Security benefits up an average of $20 a month during 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - Come January, nearly 60 million Social Security recipients will get benefit increases averaging $20 a month, the third straight year of historically small pay hikes.

October 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


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


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