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Judge awards iPhone user $850 in throttling case involving data

SIMI VALLEY (AP) - When AT&T started slowing down the data service for his iPhone, Matt Spaccarelli, an unemployed truck driver and student, took the country's largest telecommunications company to small claims court. And won.

February 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Business owner gets real lucky

Q: My wife and I own a dry cleaning business. I am about to turn 62 and want to start my Social Security. So we plan to put the business in my wife's name. I will draw a small salary - about $14,000, just enough to stay under the Social Security earnings limit. The rest of the business income will go under my wife's name to help build up her Social Security account. A friend told me that in a past column, you wrote that Social Security will not allow us to do this. Can you explain this ...

February 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


Ohio man given choice of Facebook apology or jail says his free speech being violated

CINCINNATI (AP) - A man who was threatened with jail time for posting comments about his estranged wife on his personal Facebook page unless he posted daily apologies for a month says the court ruling violates his freedom of speech.

February 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


COMMERCE CORNER

MIRACLE DIET DRUG ELUSIVE: WASHINGTON (AP) - The battle of the bulge has been a big, fat failure for U.S. drugmakers. But that hasn't stopped them from trying.

February 24, 2012 | | Nationwide


AIG's profit surges on tax-related accounting gain

NEW YORK (AP) - American International Group, the insurance company that was bailed out by the government in 2008, reported a $19.8 billion profit in the fourth quarter of last year, nearly all of it due to a tax-related accounting gain.

February 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Safeway profit slips 6 percent on higher costs

PLEASANTON (AP) - Safeway Inc. said Thursday that its profit slipped 6 percent in the fourth quarter as it paid more to stock its shelves.

February 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


The cola wars escalate: Pepsi's mid-calorie soda with 60 calories aims to win back drinkers

NEW YORK (AP) - Pepsi is hoping to win back soda drinkers with a compromise.

February 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Tough times for HP ahead; will investors wait?

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. plans to spend years turning itself around as it addresses internal problems and battles broader threats from smartphones and tablet computers.

February 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple CEO hints company will part with some of its cash

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says he believes the world's most valuable company has more money than it needs. His next challenge is to figure out whether Apple should break from the cash-hoarding ways of his predecessor, the late Steve Jobs, and dip into its $98 billion bank account to pay shareholders a dividend this year.

February 23, 2012 | | Nationwide


Calif. pledges better mobile privacy disclosures from use of various apps

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - California is clamping down on nosy mobile applications, telling them they must give people advance warning if they want to keep pulling sensitive information from smartphones and computer tablets.

February 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


HP CEO pleads patience as earnings fall 44% during 1st Q

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. CEO Meg Whitman pleaded for patience Thursday as she described operational challenges and other internal problems that contributed to a decline in earnings at one of the world's largest technology companies.

February 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Rising sales point to better year for housing

WASHINGTON (AP) - The housing market is flashing signs of health ahead of the spring-buying season.

February 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Bankruptcy judge approves Solyndra bonuses

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved close to $370,000 in bonuses for 20 employees of Solyndra LLC, a solar panel manufacturer that received a half-billion dollar loan from the federal government before declaring bankruptcy.

February 22, 2012 | | Nationwide


Netflix bolsters video library as new threat looms from Comcast’s efforts

LOS GATOS (AP) - Netflix's Internet video service is adding more marquee attractions as it braces for a new competitive threat from cable-TV provider Comcast Corp.

February 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


Feds investigate problems with side air bags

DETROIT (AP) - Federal safety regulators are investigating a problem with side air bags that may fail to inflate in a crash.

February 21, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Amazon debuts mobile payment app, card reader

NEW YORK (AP) - Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple bans use of 2 chemicals in iPhone

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is banning the use of two potentially hazardous chemicals during the final assembly of iPhones and iPads as part of the company's latest commitment to protect the factory workers who build its trendy devices.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cisco to lay off up to 6,000 workers

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco said Wednesday that it will lay off up to 6,000 workers, or 8 percent of its workforce, as part of a restructuring.

August 13, 2014 | | Nationwide


PBS’ antiques show finds $1M baseball trove

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" says it hit a home run with a collection of 1870s Boston baseball memorabilia.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Asbestos sales flourish in Asia

VAISHALI, India (AP) - The executives mingled over tea and sugar cookies, and the chatter was upbeat. Their industry, they said at the conference in the Indian capital, saves lives and brings roofs, walls and pipes to some of the world's poorest people.

August 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Advanced Warfare’ jumps Call of Duty predecessors

FOSTER CITY (AP) - It feels like a well-armed Christmas morning at Sledgehammer Games.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Postal Service loses $2 billion this past spring

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service lost $2 billion this spring despite increasing its volume and charging consumers more money to send mail, officials said Monday.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


FDA OKs DNA-based test for colon cancer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Food and Drug Administration on Monday approved the first screening test for colon cancer that uses patients' DNA to help spot potentially deadly tumors and growths.

August 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yelp CEO reviews own business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business review site got panned on Wall Street. The company's stock plummeted 11 percent the day after the results came out, wiping out its gains for the year.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ways to create better, stronger passwords

NEW YORK (AP) - With the recent news that a Russian hacker ring has amassed some 1.2 billion username and password combinations, it's a good time to review ways to protect yourself online.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Spiked Sprint- T-Mobile deal may mean lower plan prices

NEW YORK (AP) - The collapse of Sprint's push to buy T-Mobile US could mean fresh options in wireless plans and lower prices for U.S. consumers. But in the long run, tougher competition on prices could lead to slower service and slower expansion of coverage.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pandora cuts first-ever direct deal

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Internet radio leader Pandora has come to its first-ever direct licensing deal with artists, a wide-ranging agreement with independent label group Merlin that both said would mean higher payments to artists and more play for them on Pandora stations.

August 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wealth gap is slowing growth

WASHINGTON (AP) - Economists have long argued that a rising wealth gap has complicated the U.S. rebound from the Great Recession.

August 05, 2014 | | Nationwide


Obama seeks executive ways to limit ways to shrink taxes

WASHINGTON (AP) - Aiming to sidestep a logjam in Congress, the Obama administration is looking for steps it could take on its own to prevent American companies from reincorporating overseas to shirk U.S. taxes, officials said Tuesday.

August 05, 2014 | | Nationwide


Boom in aspiring real estate brokers

MIAMI (AP) - To motivate a classroom packed with 87 aspiring real estate agents, instructor Keith Grandy started off his one-week, intensive course with the promise of big money: With hard work, fresh licensees in the Miami metro area could make $100,000 a year if they complete at least two transactions per month, according to current property prices and commissions.

August 05, 2014 | | Nationwide


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