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Shutterfly shares soar on 50% profit growth

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Shutterfly Inc. on Tuesday reported a 50 percent jump in quarterly profit as more customers snapped up its photo prints, photo gifts and stationery during the holidays. The results blew past Wall Street estimates and the online photo service also forecast better-than-expected results for 2013.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Monopoly fans vote to toss 1 token, add new piece

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - The end is near for the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron in the classic Monopoly game as fans vote in the final hours on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Zynga 4Q loss narrows as game maker cuts costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online games company Zynga said its loss narrowed in the latest quarter even though revenue was largely unchanged as the company cut expenses by laying off workers, closing offices and shutting down poorly performing games.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


18 charged in $200M credit card fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Eighteen people have been charged in what may be one of the nation's largest credit card fraud rings, a sprawling international scam that duped credit rating agencies and used thousands of fake identities to steal at least $200 million, federal authorities said Tuesday.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Twitter grabs Super Bowl spotlight with record 24.1 million posts Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and -oh, yeah- a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's to put 'Fish McBites' in Happy Meals

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it is offering its first new Happy Meal entree in a decade: Fish McBites.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oracle to buy Acme Packet for about $2.1B

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle will Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Beer will help power Alaska brewery

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Test shows Polish 'beef' 75% horsemeat

DUBLIN (AP) - Ireland's government announced Monday that DNA testing has confirmed that Polish meat offcuts imported into Ireland and labeled as beef actually contain up to 75 percent horsemeat, a discovery made as Ireland's food-standards scandal forced a second burger manufacturer to shut operations.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Canada begins phasing out its penny coinage

TORONTO (AP) - Canada started phasing out its penny, the nuisance coins that clutter dressers and cost more than their one-cent value to produce.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Readers react to past columns

Q: In a recent column, you advised a woman not to work just to build up her own Social Security account because she would get higher benefits as a spouse on her husband's Social Security record. I think you did this woman a disservice. You failed to mention important disability protection she could earn by working and paying taxes on her own account. You also didn't tell her husband about survivor's benefits he might be due on his wife's record if she should die before he does - benefits he wouldn't get if she doesn't ...

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Google's stock rides latest rally to new high

Google's stock rides latest rally to new high

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Chevron profit up on asset exchange, refineries

SAN RAMON (AP) - Chevron Corp. posted a 41 percent gain in net income for the fourth quarter as the company produced more oil and gas, improved the performance of its refinery business and realized a gain from swapping assets in an Australian natural gas field.

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Apple now biggest US phone seller

CUPERTINO (AP) - The launch of the iPhone 5 and the declining popularity of non-smartphones have made Apple the biggest seller of phones in the U.S. for the first time, research firm Strategy Analytics said Friday.

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


job market looks surprisingly strong

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. job market is proving surprisingly strong and raising hopes that the economy will be resilient enough this year to withstand a budget standoff in Washington and potentially deep cuts in federal spending.

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Netflix adds 4.3M more subscribers

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Coming off its best quarter yet, Netflix is accelerating its international expansion in hopes its original programming will hook millions more subscribers on the Internet video service.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


US settles case over fake Facebook page

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department has reached a $134,000 settlement with a New York woman after federal drug agents used information from her cellphone to set up a fake Facebook page in her identity, a tactic that raised privacy concerns and led to a federal government review of the ruse, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Twitter buys ZipDial in bid for users in emerging markets

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter said Tuesday that it plans to buy Indian mobile marketing company ZipDial as it tries to reach new users in developing regions.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Does Airbnb help or hurt affordable housing?

NEW YORK (AP) - They cater to travelers, but Airbnb and other short-term rental sites are sparking debate over an issue few tourists are likely to unpack: affordable housing.

January 20, 2015 | | Nationwide


Cheap oil means spending changes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Cheap oil doesn't only mean cheaper gas in the tank. It means that a car dealer in Illinois is shuffling the inventory of models he'll be selling, that more students in Wisconsin may get school-provided iPads, that some planned projects in a Southern California city will get delayed, and that some expected oilfield hiring in North Dakota and Texas may not happen.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


BUSINESS NEWS

• AMAZON BRANCHING OUT FROM TV SERIES TO MOVIE PRODUCTION: SEATTLE (AP) - Amazon Studios is branching out from television series to movies, announcing plans to begin producing and acquiring original movies for theatrical release and, within weeks, video streaming.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


Pumpkin seed: Future cash crop for Oregon?

ONTARIO, Ore. (AP) - Eastern Oregon and western Idaho already produce many of the nation's decorative pumpkins. Now an economic development official is exploring whether the area could support production of pumpkin seeds for healthy snack foods.

January 19, 2015 | | Nationwide


Obama Treasury choice withdraws

WASHINGTON (AP) - A Wall Street banker nominated by President Barack Obama to be the third-ranking official at the Treasury Department has pulled out of contention for the post in the face of Democratic opposition, a blow to the White House and a victory for the party's liberal wing.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Social Security won’t seize tax refunds

WASHINGTON (AP) - People who owe old debts to the Social Security Administration are getting a reprieve this tax season: The federal government won't be seizing their tax refunds.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


Got help paying for health care? Watch your mailbox

WASHINGTON (AP) - If you're among the millions of consumers who got financial help for health insurance last year under President Barack Obama's law, better keep an eye on your mailbox.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


NY elected officials take aim at Uber surge pricing

NEW YORK (AP) - New York's turf war on wheels reached fever pitch Monday as City Council members grilled representatives of the app-based Uber service - a fierce competitor of the city's 13,000 yellow cabs hailed with a flailing hand.

January 12, 2015 | | Nationwide


GADGET SHOW

LAS VEGAS (AP) - One of the biggest changes in television this year will be more channels being available online with no separate cable or satellite subscription. But for would-be cord-cutters, watching live sports online has been elusive - until now. Dish Network Corp. on Monday unveiled an Internet-only subscription offering that includes ESPN.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Strong dollar makes world travel cheaper

DALLAS (AP) - If you've been putting off a trip abroad because it's too expensive, start packing your bags.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Gadgets raise your home’s IQ

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Imagine a world in which your garage door opens automatically as you pull into the driveway. The living room lights and heater turn on - perhaps the oven starts warming up, too. In the so-called "smart home," cars, appliances and other devices all have sensors and Internet connectivity to think and act for themselves, and make your life easier.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


Petco pulls Chinese treats amid fears they sickened pets

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Petco said Monday it has removed all remaining Chinese-made dog and cat treats from its website and stores nationwide because of concerns they have sickened thousands of pets and killed 1,000 dogs in the U.S. since 2007.

January 05, 2015 | | Nationwide


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