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Yelp shares surge 63% in stock market debut

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Yelp's stock opened to five-star reviews from investors on Friday, soaring 63 percent even though the company has yet to prove it can make money from its online recommendations.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Lost Social Security checks can be replaced

Q: My sister told me that if my Social Security check is ever lost or stolen, the government would not replace it. Is this true? That certainly doesn't seem fair.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Q&A: Google to dig deeper into users' lives

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - If you're amazed - and maybe even a little alarmed - about how much Google seems to know about you, brace yourself. Beginning Thursday, Google started operating under a streamlined privacy policy that enables the Internet's most powerful company to dig even deeper into the lives of its more than 1 billion users.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Feel cheated? Small claims court brings big wins

NEW YORK (AP) - If you feel cheated by a big company and complaining gets you nowhere, what can you do? A handful of recent cases suggest that consumers can, if they're motivated enough, win against big companies in small claims courts.

March 02, 2012 | | Nationwide


Gap February revenue figure rises 4 percent

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Clothing retailer Gap Inc. said Thursday that a key revenue figure rose 4 percent in February, above analysts' expectations, helped by strong demand for spring clothing at its Banana Republic chain.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


AT&T relents on 'unlimited data' plan limits

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T Inc. backed away from an unpopular service policy after smartphone subscribers complained that the company placed unreasonable limits on its "unlimited data" plans.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Questions loom as Yelp prices IPO at $15 a share

SA N FRANCISCO (AP) - Yelp's popular online reviews guide the hungry to the best restaurants, the thirsty to the friendliest bars and the flabby to the toughest personal trainers. But, on the eve of its initial public offering, the eight-year-old, still unprofitable company has yet to convince analysts of its long-term prospects.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga unveils stand-alone game destination in addition to Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - "CityVille" fans afraid to spam their Facebook friends with updates about their virtual hometowns can sigh with relief. Zynga has unveiled a new online destination, Zynga.com, where people can play its games away from Facebook, including with people who are not their Facebook friends.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Even after backlash, banks quietly pursuing fees

NEW YORK (AP) - Big banks, facing declining revenues and a regulatory climate that leaves them fewer creative ways to make money, are quietly introducing or experimenting with fees that are sure to outrage customers.

March 01, 2012 | | Nationwide


Brand-name ads to mix with Facebook posts

MENLO PARK (AP) - Messages from brands such as Walmart and Starbucks may soon be mixed in with your Facebook status updates and baby photos from friends and family.

February 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Will higher gas prices derail the economy?

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of gas has jumped 45 cents since Jan. 1 and is the highest on record for this time of year, an average of $3.73 a gallon. On Wall Street, talk has turned from the European debt crisis to another worry: Will higher gas prices derail the economic recovery?

February 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft unveils Windows 8 for consumer testing

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Microsoft on Wednesday let consumers start trying out its upcoming touch-based Windows 8 operating system, which aims to power a new wave of computer tablets and traditional PCs designed to counter Apple's big gains in the market through its Macs and iPads.

February 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple market value hits $500B, where few firms have gone

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple's market capitalization topped $500 billion Wednesday, climbing to a mountain peak where few companies have ventured - and none have stayed for long.

February 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Faster growth last quarter bolsters hopes for 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) - Stronger hiring and higher pay and savings should support solid growth for the economy in coming months.

February 29, 2012 | | Nationwide


Microsoft sees future in Windows 8 amid iPad rise that threatens its business

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft is scrambling to preserve what's left of its kingdom.

February 28, 2012 | | Nationwide


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US to delay enforcing rule for home-care workers protections

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration announced Tuesday that it is delaying enforcement of its initiative to extend minimum-wage and overtime protections to the nation's nearly 2 million home-care workers.

October 07, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds give oyster farm until year’s end to vacate

POINT REYES (AP) - A popular family-owned oyster farm whose lease at the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California has expired will be allowed to keep operating until the end of the year under a legal agreement with the federal government announced Monday.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Can Hewlett-Packard survive the tablet trend?

PALO ALTO (AP) - Personal computer sales have been in a slump for years, as customers flock to increasingly powerful smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. Now Hewlett-Packard, the Silicon Valley stalwart that was once the world's biggest seller of personal computers, is splitting off its PC and printing businesses. It's the latest shakeup in a tech industry that's being reshaped by the mobile revolution.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Wal-Mart plans 1-stop health coverage shopping

NEW YORK (AP) - Wal-Mart is taking one-stop shopping to another area: health insurance.

October 06, 2014 | | Nationwide


Can a football stadium be as ‘smart’ as a phone?

SANTA CLARA (AP) - It's a tough challenge for the National Football League to entice fans off their comfy couches and into stadiums when ticket prices are almost as high as the sport's TV ratings.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


New car technology may not lower insurance rates

WINDSOR, Conn. (AP) - More cars and trucks are being equipped with cameras, radar, automatic braking and other safety technology that help avoid accidents, but drivers may not see their insurance bills go down anytime soon, experts in the auto and insurance industries said Thursday.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Facebook tightens research guidelines

CUPERTINO (AP) - Facebook has tightened its research guidelines following uproar over its disclosure this summer that it allowed researchers to manipulate users' feeds to see if their moods could be changed.

October 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Microsoft plans to offer a glimpse of its vision for Windows this week, as its new CEO seeks to redefine the company and recover from missteps with its flagship operating system.

September 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


World’s largest plane on longest route

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Qantas is putting the world's biggest passenger plane on the world's longest airline route.

September 29, 2014 | | Nationwide


Prices at the pump head below $3 in much of US

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of a gallon of gasoline may soon start with a "2'' across much the country.

September 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


GameStop hires 25,000 seasonal workers, up 47%

GRAPEVINE, Texas (AP) - Gamers rejoice: GameStop is almost doubling its number of seasonal workers this holiday season as it prepares to deal with strong demand for new video games and the new iPhone.

September 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


DirecTV shareholders OK $48.5B sale

NEW YORK (AP) - AT&T's proposed $48.5 billion acquisition of DirecTV is moving forward as shareholders of the country's largest satellite TV broadcaster approved the deal. But it still needs regulatory approval.

September 26, 2014 | | Nationwide


Ways to hide, secure phone data

NEW YORK (AP) - Apple got a lot of attention last week when it released a new privacy policy along with a declaration that police can't get to your password-protected data.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Detroit tells judge: We can’t give away free water

DETROIT (AP) - Detroit's water department defended its shutoff policy Monday and warned that free service to people with unpaid bills could be "very devastating" to the bottom line.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Cracks down on moving overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration cracked down Monday on certain overseas corporate mergers and acquisitions, aiming to curb American companies from shifting their ownership abroad to shirk paying U.S. taxes.

September 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


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