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Microsoft buying Internet startup Yammer for $1.2B to add Facebook style sharing

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is buying Internet startup Yammer for $1.2 billion in an attempt to bring Facebook-like sharing features to its widely used suite of business software applications.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


T-Mobile to buy, swap spectrum with Verizon

NEW YORK (AP) - Verizon Wireless on Monday said that it has agreed to sell some wireless spectrum rights to T-Mobile USA and swap others, in a continuing quest to get regulators to approve a bigger spectrum deal it has worked out with a consortium of cable companies and another wireless carrier.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Facebook names 1st woman, Sandberg, to board

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook's No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, has become the first woman on the social-networking company's board of directors.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


New-home sales rose at fastest pace in 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans bought new homes in May at the fastest pace in more than two years. The increase suggests a modest recovery is continuing in the U.S. housing market, despite weaker job growth.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Hawaii’s island of Lanai depends on wealthy owner

HONOLULU (AP) - The 3,200 people living on a rural Hawaiian island that will soon be purchased by billionaire Oracle Corp. CEO Larry Ellison have a laundry list of what they'd like to see him provide.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Negotiators closing in on student loan interest deal

WASHINGTON (AP) - Congressional bargainers appeared to be closing in on a compromise that would head off a July 1 doubling of interest rates on federal loans to 7.4 million college students and end an election-year battle between President Barack Obama and Congress.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Study: E-book library borrowing takes slow pace

NEW YORK (AP) - E-book readers have been relatively slow to borrow digital works from the library, frustrated by a limited selection and by not even knowing whether their local branch offers e-releases, according to a new study.

June 25, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bank downgrades could hurt loans, credit cards

NEW YORK (AP) - When a major bank's credit rating is cut, it deals a psychological blow - to customers, the public and financial markets.

June 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Best time to start benefits?

Q. My husband is 66 years old. I'm only 60. We are having an argument about Social Security. He insists on waiting until age 70 to get his full benefits plus the delayed retirement bonus. I say he should take Social Security now. If he doesn't, he'll be throwing away thousands of dollars. But he says he's run the numbers, and he comes out in the long run by waiting until 70 to take his Social Security. Which one of us is right?

June 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


First Tesla electric sedans hit the road

FREMONT (AP) - Electric car maker Tesla's first mass-market sedans took to the road Friday, but it's not certain whether their debut will make or break the fledgling company.

June 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


It costs $1.36 to charge an iPad for a year

CUPERTINO (AP) - That coffee you're drinking while gazing at your iPad? It cost more than all the electricity needed to run those games, emails, videos and news stories for a year.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Weak job market weighing on broader economy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The sluggish job market is weighing on the U.S. economy three years after the Great Recession ended. And the signs suggest hiring may not strengthen any time soon.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Moody's cuts credit ratings of 15 major banks

NEW YORK (AP) - Moody's Investors Service lowered the credit ratings of 15 major banks Thursday, including Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs, saying their long-term prospects for profitability and growth are shrinking.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Google stock split wins approval; CEO loses voice

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google shareholders gave CEO Larry Page what he wanted Thursday by approving an unconventional stock split meant to cement his authority, but he wasn't around to hail the victory.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Twitter site down for brief outage on Thursday

NEW YORK (AP) - Twitter users were unable to access the micro-blogging service for part of Thursday.

June 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


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FTC: Operators of jerk.com site misled consumers

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Federal Trade Commission says the operators of a website called Jerk.com are the ones behaving badly.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Medicare Advantage pay hike seen

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government has raised its payment estimate for Medicare Advantage plans months ahead of a busy election season during which cuts to the program promise to be a key focus for politicians and voters.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yum tests new chicken restaurant

NEW YORK (AP) - As KFC struggles in the U.S., parent company Yum Brands is testing a new chicken restaurant called Super Chix.

April 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google’s unorthodox stock split

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is poised to split its stock using an unusual method aimed at keeping co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin in control of the Internet's most powerful company.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


13 GM traffic deaths are tied to 57-cent part

WASHINGTON (AP) - The fix for a faulty ignition switch linked to 13 traffic deaths would have cost just 57 cents, members of Congress said Tuesday as they demanded answers from General Motors' new CEO on why the automaker took 10 years to recall cars with the defect.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


Temporary Medicare fees fix gets OK

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama Tuesday signed into law legislation to give doctors temporary relief from a flawed Medicare payment formula that threatened them with a 24 percent cut in their fees.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


Senates laud Caterpillar tax strategy

WASHINGTON (AP) - Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.

April 01, 2014 | | Nationwide


Riders wowed by view from 550-foot Vegas Ferris wheel

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Tourists began taking in the view Monday from a skyline-changing observation wheel that offers a unique overview of sparkling Las Vegas Strip resorts, wide skies and craggy brown mountains in the distance.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


GM recall: Many victims were young motorists

DETROIT (AP) - As the deaths are tallied from General Motors' delayed recall of compact cars, one thing is becoming clear: Of those killed, the majority were young.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


NHTSA requiring rearview cameras

WASHINGTON (AP) - Years late, the Transportation Department issued a rule Monday that will require rearview technology in all new cars and many light trucks - an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by backup accidents.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


Dating site protests anti- gay-marriage contributor

SAN JOSE (AP) - An online dating service is encouraging its users to stop using the Firefox web browser because the new CEO of the company that makes it supported California's former gay marriage ban.

March 31, 2014 | | Nationwide


Office apps for iPad ushers in new era

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft has released an iPad version of its popular Office software suite, a breakthrough heralding a new era under a CEO who promises to focus more on the devices that people are using instead of trying to protect the company's lucrative Windows franchise.

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


$1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap

NEW YORK (AP) - Every month that Gregory Zbylut pays $1,300 toward his law school loans is another month of not qualifying for a decent mortgage.

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


Judge won’t dismiss ‘pink slime’ suit

ELK POINT, S.D. (AP) - A South Dakota judge on Thursday refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


Taco Bell’s ads star real-life Ronald McDonalds

NEW YORK (AP) - Taco Bell is name-dropping an unlikely clown to promote its new breakfast menu - Ronald McDonald.

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


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