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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


Mark Twain to appear on commemorative coin

HANNIBAL, Mo. (AP) - Mark Twain is being emblazoned on a commemorative coin, and his Missouri hometown figures to reap some of the benefit.

December 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


Apple to produce Macs in the US next year

CUPERINTO (AP) - Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company will move production of one of its existing lines of Mac computers from China to the United States next year.

December 06, 2012 | | Nationwide


LA ports reopen after crippling 8-day strike ends

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Port clerks returned to work Wednesday, jubilant in the knowledge that an eight-day strike that paralyzed the nation's busiest shipping complex had won them - at least for now - guarantees that their jobs won't be outsourced to China, Arizona or other places.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


Olive Garden to hold off on worker changes

NEW YORK (AP) - The owner of Olive Garden and Red Lobster says it won't bump any full-time workers down to part-time status, after its tests aimed at limiting health care costs resulted in a publicity backlash that took a bite out of sales.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


New Reno-Sparks slogan: All seasons, 1,000 reasons

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) - The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority is changing its promotional slogan for the third time in three years.

December 05, 2012 | | Nationwide


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No more serious safety issues lurking

DETROIT (AP) - A thorough review of General Motors' safety issues is nearing completion and hasn't turned up any more serious problems, the company's CEO said Tuesday.

June 10, 2014 | | Nationwide


Vehicles go on material weight diet

DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) - Roofs made of carbon fiber. Plastic windshields. Bumpers fashioned out of aluminum foam.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt load

WASHINGTON (AP) - Up to 5 million Americans struggling to make their monthly student loan payments could find relief under a program President Barack Obama expanded Monday, part of an election-year push by Democrats to paint Republicans as blocking common-sense steps that could help the middle class.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Pot tax collections booming in Colorado

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's marijuana market boomed in April as tens of thousands celebrated the once-underground 4/20 pot holiday.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Netflix stopping notices that irked Verizon

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Netflix will ease up on a month-long finger-pointing campaign that blamed Verizon and other Internet service providers for problems with its video subscription service.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


McDonald’s US sales slip again

OAK BROOK, Ill. (AP) - McDonald's says a key sales metric slipped again in the U.S. as it faced "ongoing broad-based challenges" in May.

June 09, 2014 | | Nationwide


Apple expands into health, home

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Apple is expanding into home and health management as the company tries to turn its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers into an interchangeable network of devices that serve as a hub of people's increasingly digital lives.

June 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Seattle council passes $15 hourly minimum wage, nation’s highest

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle City Council unanimously passed an ordinance Monday that gradually increases the minimum wage in the city to $15, which would make it the highest in the nation.

June 02, 2014 | | Nationwide


Public-private survey finds cybercrime on the rise

SAN JOSE (AP) - The hackers are winning, according to a survey of 500 executives of U.S. businesses, law enforcement services and government agencies released Wednesday.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


Google workforce: White and male

MOUNTAIN VIEW (AP) - In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is - just 2 percent of its 50,000 Googlers are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women.

May 28, 2014 | | Nationwide


HP to cut 11,000 to 16,000 more jobs

PALO ALTO (AP) - Hewlett-Packard Co. said Thursday that it aims to cut another 11,000 to 16,000 jobs by October, bringing the total number of planned layoffs to a maximum of 50,000 and nearly doubling the largest payroll reduction ever for the 75-year-old technology giant.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Facebook expands privacy checkup tool

MENLO PARK (AP) - More Facebook users can expect to see a blue cartoon dinosaur popping up in their feeds, reminding them to check their privacy settings.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


CarPlay headed in right direction

CUPERTINO (AP) - Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Sears 1Q loss widens, sales remain soft

NEW YORK (AP) - Sears Holdings signaled that it may close more stores than the 80 locations it is shuttering this year as the beleaguered retailer looks for ways to restore profitability and raise cash.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


Gap’s 1st-quarter net income declines 22%

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Gap said that its first-quarter profit fell 22 percent, as the clothing chain's results were hampered by foreign currency fluctuations and a slow start to spring selling.

May 22, 2014 | | Nationwide


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