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Personal computer maker Dell to go private in $24.4B deal led by founder

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Slumping personal computer maker Dell is bowing out of the stock market in a $24.4 billion buyout that represents the largest deal of its kind since the Great Recession dried up the financing for such risky maneuvers.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Shutterfly shares soar on 50% profit growth

REDWOOD CITY (AP) - Shutterfly Inc. on Tuesday reported a 50 percent jump in quarterly profit as more customers snapped up its photo prints, photo gifts and stationery during the holidays. The results blew past Wall Street estimates and the online photo service also forecast better-than-expected results for 2013.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Monopoly fans vote to toss 1 token, add new piece

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) - The end is near for the shoe, wheelbarrow or iron in the classic Monopoly game as fans vote in the final hours on which token to eliminate and which piece to replace it.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Zynga 4Q loss narrows as game maker cuts costs

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Online games company Zynga said its loss narrowed in the latest quarter even though revenue was largely unchanged as the company cut expenses by laying off workers, closing offices and shutting down poorly performing games.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


18 charged in $200M credit card fraud

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) - Eighteen people have been charged in what may be one of the nation's largest credit card fraud rings, a sprawling international scam that duped credit rating agencies and used thousands of fake identities to steal at least $200 million, federal authorities said Tuesday.

February 05, 2013 | | Nationwide


Twitter grabs Super Bowl spotlight with record 24.1 million posts Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Beyonce's splashy show, a freak power outage, and -oh, yeah- a captivating game of football combined to generate a record 24.1 million posts on Twitter during Sunday night's Super Bowl.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


McDonald's to put 'Fish McBites' in Happy Meals

NEW YORK (AP) - McDonald's says it is offering its first new Happy Meal entree in a decade: Fish McBites.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Oracle to buy Acme Packet for about $2.1B

REDWOOD SHORES (AP) - Oracle will Acme Packet Inc., which makes equipment for telecommunications companies, for about $2.1 billion.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Beer will help power Alaska brewery

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaskan Brewing Co. is going green, but instead of looking to solar and wind energy, it has turned to a very familiar source: beer.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Test shows Polish 'beef' 75% horsemeat

DUBLIN (AP) - Ireland's government announced Monday that DNA testing has confirmed that Polish meat offcuts imported into Ireland and labeled as beef actually contain up to 75 percent horsemeat, a discovery made as Ireland's food-standards scandal forced a second burger manufacturer to shut operations.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Canada begins phasing out its penny coinage

TORONTO (AP) - Canada started phasing out its penny, the nuisance coins that clutter dressers and cost more than their one-cent value to produce.

February 04, 2013 | | Nationwide


Readers react to past columns

Q: In a recent column, you advised a woman not to work just to build up her own Social Security account because she would get higher benefits as a spouse on her husband's Social Security record. I think you did this woman a disservice. You failed to mention important disability protection she could earn by working and paying taxes on her own account. You also didn't tell her husband about survivor's benefits he might be due on his wife's record if she should die before he does - benefits he wouldn't get if she doesn't ...

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Google's stock rides latest rally to new high

Google's stock rides latest rally to new high

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Chevron profit up on asset exchange, refineries

SAN RAMON (AP) - Chevron Corp. posted a 41 percent gain in net income for the fourth quarter as the company produced more oil and gas, improved the performance of its refinery business and realized a gain from swapping assets in an Australian natural gas field.

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


Apple now biggest US phone seller

CUPERTINO (AP) - The launch of the iPhone 5 and the declining popularity of non-smartphones have made Apple the biggest seller of phones in the U.S. for the first time, research firm Strategy Analytics said Friday.

February 01, 2013 | | Nationwide


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Record 4M orders of iPhones

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple had more than 4 million advance orders of its new, larger iPhones in the first 24 hours, exceeding its initial supply, the company said Monday.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Envelopes in hotels invite tips for maids

NEW YORK (AP) - Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Minecraft’ could boost mobile reach

NEW YORK (AP) - Microsoft's decision to spend $2.5 billion for the creator of the hit game "Minecraft" could help the Xbox maker grab attention on mobile phones, a new priority for the company.

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden defends breadstick policy

NEW YORK (AP) - Olive Garden is defending its practice of giving customers as many breadsticks as they want, saying the policy conveys "Italian generosity."

September 15, 2014 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden investor: Back off on breadsticks

NEW YORK (AP) - Maybe there is such a thing as too many breadsticks.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Prosecutors target credit card thieves overseas

WASHINGTON (AP) - Criminals from around the world buy and sell stolen credit card information with ease in today's digital age. But if they commit their crime entirely outside the United States, they may be beyond the reach of federal prosecutors.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Massive new construction tool ready for NASA welding

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A massive structure described by NASA as the world's largest spacecraft welding tool has been completed at the Michoud (MEE'-shoo) Assembly Center in New Orleans, which was chosen in 2011 to build components of a major new rocket system.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Feds: Colon supplement makes bogus claims

WASHINGTON (AP) - The federal government says Bayer is making unsupported claims in advertisements for its dietary supplement designed to help with digestion, in violation of a federal court order.

September 12, 2014 | | Nationwide


Silicon Valley struggles to speak FDA’s language

SAN JOSE (AP) - From Apple's new smartwatch that tracks heartbeats to contact lenses that measure blood sugar - Silicon Valley is pouring billions into gadgets and apps designed to transform health care. But the tech giants that have famously disrupted so many industries are now facing their own unexpected disruption: regulation.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Shoppers may shrug off Home Depot hack

NEW YORK (AP) - Home Depot's data breach could wind up being among the largest ever for a retailer, but that may not matter to its millions of customers.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Yahoo says gov’t threatened $250K a day fine

SUNNYVALE (AP) - Yahoo said Thursday the government threatened to fine the company $250,000 a day if it did not comply with demands to go along with an expansion of U.S. surveillance by surrendering online information, a step the company regarded as unconstitutional.

September 11, 2014 | | Nationwide


Will Apple finally reveal next big thing?

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is poised to reveal its next big thing in a crucial attempt to prove its technological tastemakers still have the power to mesmerize the masses.

September 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Twitter tests shopping service with ‘Buy’ button

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Twitter is taking its users shopping.

September 08, 2014 | | Nationwide


Tesla selects Reno for battery plant

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Coming to Nevada's high desert: A massive, $5 billion factory that will pump out high-tech batteries for hundreds of thousands of electric vehicles.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


Samsung kicks off battle for holiday spending

BERLIN (AP) - Samsung unveiled two smartphones and a virtual-reality headset Wednesday in a bid to draw consumer attention before its fierce rival, Apple, announces its holiday lineup next week.

September 03, 2014 | | Nationwide


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