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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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Facebook launches lab to bring Internet everywhere

MENLO PARK (AP) - Facebook is giving more details about its effort to connect remote parts of the world to the Internet - and it involves drones, lasers and satellites.

March 27, 2014 | | Nationwide


No holds barred: Whispers, secrets and lies

NEW YORK (AP) - At a time when Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn are pushing people to put forward their most polished, put-together selves, a new class of mobile applications aims for a bit more honesty.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Indie games, getting people to buy their games is difficult

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - They do it inside their hotel rooms. Or in front of everyone across a cavernous convention hall. They even try it out on street corners. In almost every spot imaginable at last week's Game Developers Conference, there were indie game makers touting their latest creations in the hope of becoming the next "Minecraft" or "Gone Home."

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google Glass to feature Ray-Ban, Oakley frames for wearable tech

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Google is hoping to make its Internet-connected eyewear more stylish as part of a partnership with the makers of Ray-Ban and Oakley frames.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cisco to invest over $1B in cloud computing

SAN JOSE (AP) - Cisco says it plans to spend more than $1 billion over the next two years to build up its cloud computing network.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Web storage provider Box unwraps IPO

LOS ALTOS (AP) - Online storage provider Box is seeking to raise $250 million in an initial public offering that will become the latest test of investors' interest in rapidly growing technology companies suffering huge losses while being led a precocious CEO.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


‘Candy Crush’ maker going public

NEW YORK (AP) - King Digital, the company behind the wildly mobile game "Candy Crush Saga," is scheduled to make its debut on the New York Stock Exchange this week.

March 24, 2014 | | Nationwide


Chew on this: Gum loses its pop

NEW YORK (AP) - Gum seems as appealing as that sticky wad on the bottom of a shoe these days.

March 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Starbucks to roll out beer, wine to more cafes

NEW YORK (AP) - Starbucks plans to turn more of its cafes into a destination for beer and wine in the evenings.

March 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Symantec terminates CEO Bennett

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - Security software maker Symantec fired President and CEO Steve Bennett's employment and named director Michael Brown as his temporary replacement.

March 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Massive tech campus sparks mystery in SJ

SAN JOSE (AP) - San Jose has given the green light to a massive new office complex, but city officials and the developer aren't revealing the name of the technology company that will occupy it.

March 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google enhances encryption technology

MOUNTAIN VIEW(AP) - Google has enhanced the encryption technology for its flagship email service in ways that will make it harder for the National Security Agency to intercept messages moving among the company's worldwide data centers.

March 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Landfill search for ‘E.T.’ video game is halted

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico environmental regulators are blocking two companies from digging up an Alamogordo landfill in search of a rumored cache of what some consider the worst Atari video game of all time.

March 20, 2014 | | Nationwide


Alibaba IPO: Yahoo stock surges

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo is getting another lift from its stake China's Alibaba Group, a thriving Internet company that has helped mask Yahoo's own financial funk.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


Microsoft releases OneNote for Macs, providing it free

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Microsoft Corp. on Monday released a version of its OneNote note-taking software for Macs and added new features and a free tier for all of the software's users in moves clearly targeted at up-and-coming productivity software rival Evernote.

March 17, 2014 | | Nationwide


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