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Wash. sues Fla. firm over text message spam

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington state Attorney General Rob McKenna's office filed has filed a lawsuit targeting a Florida-based company accused of sending people unsolicited text messages, calling it another form of spam that annoys people and costs them money.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


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NEW DIRECTV CUSTOMERS TO PAY $3 A MONTH FOR SPORTS: LOS ANGELES (AP) - DirecTV has started charging new customers $3 more per month if they want a package that includes multiple regional sports networks.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


Treasury announces final AIG stock sale

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. government said Monday that it is selling its remaining shares of American International Group stock, moving to close the books on the government's biggest bailout during the 2008 financial crisis.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


AP source: HSBC to pay $1.9B to settle probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


AP source: HSBC to pay $1.9B to settle probe

WASHINGTON (AP) - HSBC, the British banking giant, will pay $1.9 billion to settle a money-laundering probe by federal and state authorities in the United States, a law enforcement official said Monday.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


FTC investigating makers of cellphone apps over privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) - The government is investigating whether software companies that make cellphone apps violated the privacy rights of children by quietly collecting personal information from mobile devices and sharing it with advertisers and data brokers, the Federal Trade Commission said Monday. Such apps can capture a child's physical location, phone numbers of their friends and more.

December 10, 2012 | | Nationwide


IBM shifts 401(k) policy to once-a-year matches

NEW YORK (AP) - IBM is making changes to its employee benefits that may cause other large corporations to follow suit. The technology company will begin making contributions to employees' 401(k) accounts in lump-sum annual payments, rather than at the time of each paycheck. It's a move that will help the company cut retirement plan expenses.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Big bite out of stock value: Why is Wall Street losing its appetite for Apple?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - This holiday season is shaping up to be a record-breaking period for Apple as shoppers snap up iPhones and iPads. So, why is the world's most valuable company losing its luster with investors?

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Job gains defy Sandy, fears of fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON (AP) - It takes more than a superstorm to derail the U.S. job market.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


9-month marriage rule has few exceptions

Q: I married my husband in June 2012 and he died suddenly in October. Am I eligible for widow's benefits on his account?

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Legal pot complicates drug-free work policies

DENVER (AP) - Pot may be legal, but workers may want to check with their boss first before they grab the pipe or joint during off hours.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


'Borderlands 2,' 'Dishonored' win at Spike VGAs

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The cartoony post-apocalyptic shoot-'em-up sequel "Borderlands 2" and the stealthy first-person game "Dishonored" were among the early winners at the Spike Video Game Awards on Friday.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


Consumer debt rises to record $2.75 trillion

WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans swiped their credit cards more often in October and borrowed more to attend school and buy cars. The increases drove U.S. consumer debt to an all-time high.

December 07, 2012 | | Nationwide


SEC wants Netflix CEO punished over Facebook post

LOS GATOS (AP) - Netflix Inc. is facing scrutiny from government regulators for a Facebook post by its CEO in July that may have boosted the online video company's stock price.

December 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Zynga moves to enter gambling

SAN FRANCSICO (AP) - Online games company Zynga said it has asked Nevada gambling regulators for a decision that could pave the way for it to enter the U.S. gambling market.

December 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


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Waze map app to get Amber Alerts

NEW YORK (AP) - The Waze navigation app is getting Amber Alerts on child abductions.

March 03, 2015 | | Nationwide


HP’s big deal: Tech giant buys Aruba Networks

SANTA CLARA (AP) - Hewlett-Packard is buying wireless networking company Aruba Networks for about $2.7 billion, in what amounts to HP's first major acquisition since its disastrous purchase of a British software company in 2011.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google selling wireless plans in bid to get more people online

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) - Search giant, self-driving car developer, smartphone and tablet maker. Turned data plan provider?

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Dot-com deja vu: Nasdaq tops 5,000, nears high

NEW YORK (AP) - The last time the Nasdaq was this high, Bill Clinton was president, your Internet connection was probably still dial-up and the iPod, iPhone and iPad didn't exist.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Costco’s deal with Visa, Citi

NEW YORK (AP) - If you're shopping at Costco, you'll need a new credit card to pay for those family-sized packs of chicken breasts or toilet paper.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Minimum wage in Oakland jumps to $12.25 an hour

OAKLAND (AP) - The minimum wage in Oakland is now the highest in the San Francisco Bay Area.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


PayPal buying mobile wallet provider

SAN JOSE (AP) - EBay's PayPal payment unit is acquiring mobile wallet operator Paydient ahead of PayPal's spinoff as the mobile payment sector heats up.

March 02, 2015 | | Nationwide


Target slices free-shipping minimum in half to $25

NEW YORK (AP) - Target has sliced its minimum online purchase to qualify for free shipping in half to $25 as the Internet becomes a bigger and bigger sales hub for retailers.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


CBS News releases video in Bill O’Reilly dispute

NEW YORK (AP) - CBS News on Monday released video from four stories it aired about the Falklands War in 1982, all part of a dispute involving Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly and his subsequent statements about covering the war.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Tobacco companies fighting over claims on smoking’s effects

WASHINGTON (AP) - America's biggest tobacco companies asked a federal appeals court Monday to set aside a series of court-ordered advertisements saying they lied about the dangers of smoking.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Google teams up with wireless carriers to combat Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


Man wins $1.52M in NJ’s largest online jackpot

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) - A royal flush led to a king-sized payout for a New Jersey man playing cards online in the state's largest-ever Internet gambling jackpot.

February 23, 2015 | | Nationwide


‘Modern Family’ episode takes place only online

LOS ANGELES (AP) - How to keep the "modern" in "Modern Family" in its sixth season? Create an episode that plays out completely on a computer and in the realm of social media.

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Did NSA plant its spyware around world?

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Did the National Security Agency plant spyware deep in the hard drives of thousands of computers used by foreign governments, banks and other surveillance targets around the world?

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


Raley’s marks 80th year of its first store

WEST SACRAMENTO - Raley's Supermarkets marked its 80th year on Sunday.

February 17, 2015 | | Nationwide


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