NEW YORK (AP) — Earnings gains from big U.S. companies are pushing the stock market higher.
Microsoft led the Dow Jones industrial average up after reporting a jump in sales of tablet computers.
5. Earnings gains send stocks higher in early trade - Friday, October 18, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks edged higher Thursday as investors reacted to another slate of corporate earnings, this time from Ford, AT&T and the industrial conglomerate 3M, among others.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 55 points, or 0.3 percent, to 15,465 after the first half-hour of trading. The Standard & Poor's 500 index was up 2 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,748 and the Nasdaq composite was up seven points, or 0.2 percent, to 3,913.
6. Microsoft releasing Windows 8.1, a year in making - Friday, October 11, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is releasing its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download starting Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs.7. Microsoft's phone update to feature driving mode - Friday, October 11, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is updating its Windows software for cellphones to accommodate larger devices and make it easier for motorists to reduce distractions while driving.
It's the third update to Windows Phone 8 software since the system's release a year ago. Devices with this update will start appearing in the coming weeks, and older phones will be eligible for a free upgrade, too.8. Google unveils $279 Chrome laptop made by HP - Friday, October 04, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Google is introducing a $279 laptop that runs its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in models that cost $1,000 or more.
Hewlett-Packard Co. makes the new HP Chromebook 11. Although its price is in line with most other Chrome OS notebooks, the new model sports many design features found in pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.
9. Microsoft unveils new Surface at NYC event - Friday, September 20, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft introduced new Surface tablets, including a professional model that allows people to use it more like a laptop or a desktop computer.
The Redmond, Wash. company is trying to boost its tablet business as sales of traditional desktop and laptop computers decline.
10. Microsoft board boosts dividend by 22 pct - Friday, September 13, 2013
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.
The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents over the world's largest software company's previous dividend. It will be paid on Dec. 12 to shareholders of record as of Nov. 21.
11. Stocks edge higher as Fed kicks off 2-day meeting - Friday, September 13, 2013
Stocks rose on Tuesday as investors shrugged off worries about what the Federal Reserve is up to.
Many expect the Fed to announce Wednesday that it will reduce its $85 billion monthly bond-buying program. Wall Street is hoping for a small reduction because the bond-buying has kept interest rates ultra-low and made it cheaper to borrow money.
12. Combined net worth of America's richest rises - Friday, September 13, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Life is good for America's super wealthy.
Forbes on Monday released its annual list of the top 400 richest Americans. While most of the top names and rankings didn't change from a year ago, the majority of the elite club's members saw their fortunes grow over the past year, helped by strong stock and real estate markets.
13. Deane, Smith and Partners expands reach - Friday, September 13, 2013
Agencies in Nashville and Jackson, Miss., have sealed a partnership agreement designed to grow their business in public relations, marketing, advertising and branding.
In the shared-services agreement announced Friday, Deane, Smith and Partners of Nashville and Mad Genius of Jackson will collaborate on projects in the Southeast and nationwide.14. New Pandora CEO faces royalty fight with artists - Friday, September 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — One of the biggest challenges facing Brian McAndrews, the new CEO of Pandora, will be renegotiating the royalty rates the Internet radio giant pays to the music industry.
If Pandora doesn't prevail, the outcome could impede the company's growth and hamper its ability to compete with services such as Apple's iTunes Radio, which launches next week.15. A seven-day rally in US stocks loses steam - Friday, September 06, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Traders are pausing Thursday after the stock market's longest rally since July.
Stocks were flat in late morning trading. The Dow Jones industrial average was up five points to 15,331, after adding more than 400 points since Monday. The index is up more than 3.5 percent just this month.
16. Christmas in summer? Gadget makers reveal lineups - Friday, September 06, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — It's still officially summer, yet major electronic companies have already announced a slew of holiday gift ideas: iPhones of different colors, video game players and a new category of wristwatches designed to mimic the functionality of smartphones.17. Apple's new iPhones simultaneously aim high, low - Friday, September 06, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that has reshaped technology and culture, Apple will offer two distinct versions of its latest iPhones — a cheaper model made of colorful plastic and another one that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" with a faster processor, fancier camera and fingerprint scanner for better security.18. Stocks rise as Syria conflict looks less likely - Friday, September 06, 2013
Stocks rose and oil prices fell Tuesday as the risk that the U.S. would attack Syria appeared to fade.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index had its sixth straight gain, the longest winning streak since July.
19. EU: Google submits new proposals in antitrust case - Friday, September 06, 2013
BRUSSELS (AP) — Google has submitted new proposals to address concerns by Europe's antitrust watchdog that the U.S. internet giant is stifling competition, the European Commission said Monday.
The new concessions offered by Google come two months after the Commission, which acts as the 28-bloc's antitrust authority, rejected the company's initial proposals as insufficient.20. Microsoft launches Xbox Music on Web for free - Friday, September 06, 2013
Microsoft is making its Xbox Music streaming service available for free on the Web — even to those who don't use Windows 8.
The expansion beyond Windows 8 devices and Xbox game consoles starting Monday is intended to bring new customers into the software giant's ecosystem of devices and services and could help it compete with other digital music offerings like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes. It's also an acknowledgement that the music service hasn't done much to drive sales of the Windows 8 operating system.21. Stock market gains are checked by Syria concerns - Friday, August 30, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market logged modest gains Tuesday as renewed worries about a U.S.-led attack on Syria dampened an early rally.
Stocks surged in the opening minutes of trading as worries of an imminent attack on Syria appeared slimmer after President Barack Obama announced over the weekend that he would seek congressional approval for a strike.
22. Microsoft to buy Nokia phones, patents for $7.2B - Friday, August 30, 2013
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to mount a more formidable challenge to Apple Inc. and Google Inc. as more technological tasks get done on mobile devices instead of personal computers.23. Facebook: Governments demanded data on 38K users - Friday, August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday.24. Microsoft says CEO Ballmer to retire in 12 months - Friday, August 23, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, who took over the helm of the world's largest software company from founder Bill Gates, will retire within the next 12 months.
Microsoft Corp. did not name a successor. The company said it is forming a search committee, which will include Gates, and Ballmer will stay on until a replacement is found.25. Nasdaq breakdown puts pressure on crisis work - Friday, August 23, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest high-tech disruption in the financial markets increases the pressure on Nasdaq and other electronic exchanges to take steps to avoid future breakdowns and manage them better if they do occur.26. Stocks end higher on Wall Street; Microsoft jumps - Friday, August 23, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending with modest gains on Wall Street after recovering from an early stumble caused by a poor report on the housing market.
The Dow Jones industrial average rose 46 points, or 0.3 percent, to 15,010 Friday.27. Deane, Smith and Partners expanding into Mississippi - Friday, August 16, 2013
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Deane, Smith and Partners, a public relations, marketing, advertising and branding agency based in Nashville, has opened an office in Mississippi's capital city.
Deane, Smith and Partners said the move is designed to serve its growing roster of clients in Jackson.28. BlackBerry weighs putting itself up for sale - Friday, August 09, 2013
TORONTO (AP) — BlackBerry will consider selling itself after the long-awaited debut of its new phones failed to turn around the struggling smartphone maker.
The company said Monday that its board has formed a special committee to explore "strategic alternatives" in hopes of enhancing the company's value and boosting adoption of its BlackBerry 10 platform.
29. US factory means buyers can customize Google phone - Friday, August 02, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — With its first smartphone designed completely in-house, Google is demonstrating one of the benefits of moving production from Asia to the U.S.: It's letting buyers customize phones to give them their own style.30. NSA revelations reframe digital life for some - Friday, July 19, 2013
In Louisiana, the wife of a former soldier is scaling back on Facebook posts and considering unfriending old acquaintances, worried an innocuous joke or long-lost associate might one day land her in a government probe.31. Choices: Closer look at 2 plans for Dell's future - Friday, July 19, 2013
Dell Inc. has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the computer maker private. That's a sign the board needs more time to rally support. Activist investor Carl Icahn and the Southeastern Asset Management fund, which own 13 percent of the company combined, have made a competing proposal.32. Dell delays buyout vote, signaling lack of support - Friday, July 19, 2013
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Michael Dell believes he can revive the company bearing his name if his group of investors can buy it for $24.4 billion. But that deal is in danger of falling apart, increasing the chances that the personal computer giant's founder might not be CEO much longer.33. Tech slump holds back US stocks; S&P 500 edges up - Friday, July 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A bad day for technology stocks Friday held back the stock market's big run-up.
Microsoft led the slump in tech, falling the most in more than four years after the company wrote off nearly $1 billion on its new tablet computer and reported declining revenue for its Windows operating system. Google dropped after its revenue fell below analysts' forecasts, partly because the Internet search leader's ad prices took an unexpected turn lower.
34. Dell delays vote on buyout in sign it lacks support - Friday, July 12, 2013
ROUND ROCK, Texas (AP) — Dell has delayed Thursday's vote on founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private in a sign the board needs more time to rally support.
Dell called a special shareholders meeting to order, then quickly adjourned it without a formal vote of the $24.4 billion buyout offer from Michael Dell and a group led by investment firm Silver Lake. It was rescheduled for July 24 at the company's headquarters in Round Rock, Texas.
35. Shareholders voting on $24.4 billion Dell buyout - Friday, July 12, 2013
DALLAS (AP) — Dell Inc. is making a late push to win shareholder support for founder Michael Dell's plan to take the slumping computer maker private, an indication that Thursday's scheduled vote could be close.36. Court sides with Yahoo in data collection case - Friday, July 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Yahoo has won a court fight that could help the public learn more about the government's efforts to obtain data from Internet users.
The U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which reviews government requests to spy on individuals, ruled Monday that information should be made public about a 2008 case that ordered Yahoo Inc. to turn over customer data.37. Microsoft reboots with sweeping reorganization - Friday, July 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft Corp. has decided its entire business needs a new operating system.
CEO Steve Ballmer is restructuring the company to cope with a quickening pace of technological change that has left the world's largest software maker a step behind its two biggest rivals, Apple and Google.38. Microsoft reshuffles company structure - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft Corp. is reshuffling its business in an attempt to promote faster innovation and a sharper focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid lukewarm response to the latest version of its flagship Windows operating system and a steady decline in demand for PCs as people turn to tablets and other mobile gadgets.39. Stocks surge after Bernanke allays stimulus fear - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Call it the Bernanke Boost.
The stock market, which has been marching higher for a week, got extra fuel Thursday after the Federal Reserve chairman said the central bank will keep supporting the economy.
40. The price of surveillance: Government pays to snoop - Friday, July 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — How much are your private conversations worth to the government? Turns out, it can be a lot, depending on the technology.
In the era of intense government surveillance and secret court orders, a murky multimillion-dollar market has emerged. Paid for by U.S. tax dollars, but with little public scrutiny, surveillance fees charged in secret by technology and phone companies can vary wildly.41. Barnes & Noble CEO William Lynch resigns - Friday, July 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble Inc. said Monday that William Lynch has stepped down as CEO, effective immediately, just weeks after the book retailer announced weak sales, big losses and the declining popularity of its Nook e-readers.42. Your favorite apps, created in Brentwood - Friday, June 28, 2013
Tapping an app to see what’s on television, or maybe to do some research on a car before buying it? Chances are good you are using an app on your mobile device that was developed here in Nashville.43. Microsoft tweaks Windows 8, blamed for PC slump - Friday, June 21, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft on Wednesday released a preview version of an update to Windows 8, aiming to address some of the gripes people have with the company's flagship operating system.44. Stocks recover on Wall Street after 2-day plunge - Friday, June 21, 2013
Traders decided that the stock market has suffered enough, at least for now.
After a two-day plunge, stocks ended the week with an advance on Friday, suggesting that Wall Street may be successfully weaned from the Federal Reserve's easy money after all.45. Stocks extend slide as China adds to worries - Friday, June 14, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — There was no let-up in the flight from stocks and bonds Thursday.
Just a day after the Federal Reserve roiled U.S financial markets when it said it could step back from its aggressive economic stimulus program later this year, a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing added to Wall Street's worries.
46. The power of curiosity and sociability - Friday, June 21, 2013
Two organizations – the Miami-based One Laptop Per Child Association and the Cambridge, Mass.-based One Laptop Per Child Foundation – are nonprofit entities set up to oversee the creation of affordable educational devices for use in the developing world.47. Businessman tries his luck at building pot brand - Friday, June 14, 2013
SEATTLE (AP) — For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.48. Lightweight Microsoft Office available on iPhone - Friday, June 14, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft's Office software package is coming to the iPhone for the first time Friday, offering people the ability to read and edit their text documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations at the doctor's office or at a soccer game.49. Microsoft hypes next-gen Xbox One games at E3 - Friday, June 07, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft has its head in the cloud with Xbox One.
The company focused on how cloud computing will make games for its next-generation Xbox One console more immersive during its Monday presentation at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the gaming industry's annual trade show. Microsoft announced last week that the successor to the Xbox 360 must be connected to the Internet every 24 hours to operate, and the system would ideally always be online.50. Apple revamps look of iPhone, iPad software - Friday, June 07, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is throwing out most of the real-world graphical cues from its iPhone and iPad software, like the casino-green "felt" of its Game Center app, in what it calls the biggest update since the iPhone's launch in 2007.51. Obama defends phone data collection program - Friday, June 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama vigorously defended sweeping secret surveillance into America's phone records and foreigners' Internet use, declaring "we have to make choices as a society."52. US declassifies phone program details after uproar - Friday, June 07, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving to tamp down a public uproar spurred by the disclosure of two secret surveillance programs, the nation's top intelligence official is declassifying key details about one of the programs while insisting the efforts were legal, limited in scope and necessary to detect terrorist threats.53. Is Big Data turning government into 'Big Brother?' - Friday, June 07, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — With every phone call they make and every Web excursion they take, people are leaving a digital trail of revealing data that can be tracked by profit-seeking companies and terrorist-hunting government officials.54. Silicon Valley at front line of global cyber war - Friday, May 31, 2013
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping and American counterpart Barack Obama will talk cyber-security this week in California, but experts say the state's Silicon Valley and its signature high-tech firms should provide the front lines in the increasingly aggressive fight against overseas hackers.55. Microsoft aims to simplify with Windows 8.1 - Friday, May 24, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is trying to fix what it got wrong with its radical makeover of Windows. It's making the operating system easier to navigate and enabling users to set up the software so it starts in a more familiar format designed for personal computers.56. Yahoo takes big leap with $1.1B deal for Tumblr - Friday, May 17, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is buying online blogging forum Tumblr for $1.1 billion as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to rejuvenate an Internet icon that had fallen behind the times.
The deal announced Monday represents Mayer's boldest move yet since she left Google 10 months ago to lead Yahoo's latest comeback attempt. It marks Yahoo's most expensive acquisition since the Sunnyvale, Calif., company bought online search engine Overture a decade ago for $1.3 billion in cash and stock.57. INFLUENCE GAME: Tech, labor spar on immigration - Friday, May 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — To the U.S. technology industry, there's a dramatic shortfall in the number of Americans skilled in computer programming and engineering that is hampering business. To unions and some Democrats, it's more sinister: The push by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg to expand the number of visas for high-tech foreign workers is an attempt to dilute a lucrative job market with cheap, indentured labor.58. High-tech companies push for more in immigration bill - Friday, May 10, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — High-tech companies looking to bring more skilled workers to the U.S. pushed Monday for more concessions in an immigration bill pending in the Senate. Labor unions said the Silicon Valley had already gotten enough in the legislation and further changes risked chipping away at protections for U.S. workers.59. Stocks dip below record levels on Wall Street - Friday, May 03, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market pulled back early Thursday after surging to record levels during the past week as investors judged that recent gains already reflect much of the improvement in the economy.60. Microsoft touching up Windows 8 to address gripes - Friday, May 03, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales.61. Barnes & Noble to add Google Play app store to its Nook HD - Friday, May 03, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is teaming up with Google to vastly increase the number of apps available on its Nook HD tablets.
The bookstore chain says it will add Google's Play app store to its 7-inch Nook HD and 9-inch HD+ products in the U.S. and U.K. via a software update Friday. The move expands the number of apps available from the roughly 10,000 the Nook already offered in its own store — such as Angry Birds and Netflix — to 700,000-plus apps and games offered on Google Play. And it comes after a weak holiday sales season for the Nook, which is struggling to gain market share in the rapidly expanding tablet market.62. Google's virtual assistant invades Siri's turf - Friday, April 26, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad.
The duel began Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that performs many of the same functions as Siri.63. S&P 500 reaches new high, led by tech - Friday, April 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Technology companies are leading the stock market higher, pushing the Standard & Poor's 500 index to another record high.
A pair of strong economic reports also encouraged investors Monday. Wages and spending rose in the U.S. last month, and pending home sales hit their highest level in three years.64. Stocks stall on tepid US economic growth - Friday, April 26, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market stalled Friday after the U.S. economy didn't grow as much as hoped and earnings from a handful of big companies failed to rev up investors.
The economy grew at a 2.5 percent annual rate in the first three months of the year, the government said. That was below the 3.1 percent forecast by economists.
65. Blackstone drops out of race to buy Dell - Friday, April 19, 2013
Buyout specialist Blackstone Group LP is dropping its effort to acquire Dell as the computer maker faces slumping sales in personal computers and worsening financial projections.
Blackstone and its partners said that because of those challenges, which surfaced after their bid was submitted last month, they have dropped a plan to buy most of Dell's outstanding stock for $14.25 per share. A letter from the group to a special committee of Dell board members was dated Thursday and disclosed Friday.66. Microsoft 3Q earnings beat Street - Friday, April 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft says revenue and net income surged in the latest quarter, but much the gains were due to the recognition of sales that occurred before the launch of the latest versions of Windows and Office.67. Stocks recover slightly, ending tough week - Friday, April 19, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Strong earnings from a pair of technology giants helped the stock market recover some of its losses Friday, a positive end to Wall Street's worst week in five months.
Microsoft and Google both beat earnings expectations, yields of government bonds ticked up and copper — a key industrial metal — continued its fall, losing 2 percent.
68. Slight decline in midday trading on Wall Street - Friday, April 12, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Disappointing earnings from a range of companies pushed the stock market lower on Thursday, giving major indexes their third loss this week.
Morgan Stanley, UnitedHealth Group and others sank in Thursday trading after turning in their quarterly financial results. Earnings and revenue dropped at Morgan Stanley as the bank made less money from trading bonds and commodities, a common theme for many investment banks this earnings season. Morgan Stanley lost 4 percent to $20.59.
69. Dell, Icahn agree on a share ownership cap - Friday, April 12, 2013
Dell Inc. and Carl Icahn have agreed to cap his stake in the personal computer maker while the panel considers competing takeover bids from the billionaire investor, a group led by CEO Michael Dell and buyout specialist Blackstone Group.70. Coding boot camps promise to launch tech careers - Friday, April 12, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Looking for a career change, Ken Shimizu decided he wanted to be a software developer, but he didn't want to go back to college to study computer science.
Instead, he quit his job and spent his savings to enroll at Dev Bootcamp, a new San Francisco school that teaches students how to write software in nine weeks. The $11,000 gamble paid off: A week after he finished the program last summer, he landed an engineering job that paid more than twice his previous salary.71. PC outlook darkens as sales slump deepens in 1Q - Friday, April 05, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look as if it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology.72. Retailers lead stocks up; Sagging sales hit tech - Friday, April 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Rite Aid, Ross Stores and other retailers rose Thursday after turning in better sales, and major indexes edged up for a fourth day straight.
The discount chain Ross Stores jumped 7 percent, the biggest gain in the S&P 500. The company said that stronger sales in March will likely push profits above its previous estimate.
73. Research firm: PC sales plunge as Windows 8 flops - Friday, April 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Global shipments of PCs fell 14 percent in the first three months this year, the sharpest plunge since research firm IDC started tracking the industry in 1994.
The firm said Wednesday that the appeal of tablets and smartphones is pulling money away from PCs, but it also blames Microsoft's latest version of Windows, which has a new look and forces users to learn new ways to control their machines.74. Senators to add high-tech visas, dispute details - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators finalizing a massive immigration bill are arguing over plans to boost visas for high-tech workers, Senate aides and industry officials say, with disputes flaring over how best to punish companies that train workers here only to ship them overseas.75. Microsoft escalates advertising assault on Google - Friday, April 05, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals.76. Senate confirms White to head SEC - Friday, April 05, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed Mary Jo White's nomination as chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, making her the first former prosecutor to lead the federal agency that oversees Wall Street.77. Best Buy stores to feature Samsung kiosks - Friday, April 05, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of Best Buy jumped on Thursday after it announced plans to create store-within-store kiosks for Samsung products — a vote of confidence from a major consumer electronics retailer that the brick-and-mortar format is still an important way to sell products.78. Haslam wants more workers with degrees via on-line university - Friday, April 05, 2013
Gov. Bill Haslam would like to see more Tennesseans with college degrees. Many more. So he has proposed spending $5 million to partner with a unique online university that allows people with some college credit to earn a degree in certain fields.79. As Facebook matures, is it losing its edge? - Friday, March 29, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — To see what Facebook has become, look no further than the Hutzler 571 Banana Slicer.
Sometime last year, people began sharing tongue-in-cheek online reviews of the banana-shaped piece of yellow plastic with their Facebook friends. Then those friends shared with their friends. Soon, after Amazon paid to promote it, posts featuring the $3.49 utensil were appearing in even more Facebook feeds.80. High-skilled visa requests likely to exceed supply - Friday, March 29, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Homeland Security Department expects applications for high-skilled immigration visas to outpace the available supply in a matter of days, one of the fastest runs on the much-sought-after work permits in years and a sign of continued economic recovery amid new hiring by U.S. technology companies.81. Tech firms bumping up perks to recruit, retain - Friday, March 29, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's ring-shaped, gleaming "Spaceship Headquarters" will include a world class auditorium and an orchard for engineers to wander. Google's new Bay View campus will feature walkways angled to force accidental encounters. Facebook, while putting final touches on a Disney-inspired campus including a Main Street with a B-B-Q shack, sushi house and bike shop, is already planning an even larger, more exciting new campus.82. White promises "unrelenting" enforcement at SEC - Friday, March 08, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — Mary Jo White vowed Tuesday to make "bold and unrelenting" enforcement of Wall Street a high priority if she is confirmed chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission.83. EU fines Microsoft $733M for breaking browser pact - Friday, March 01, 2013
AMSTERDAM (AP) — The European Union has fined Microsoft €561 million ($733 million) for breaking a pledge to offer personal computer users a choice of Internet browsers when they install the company's flagship Windows operating system.84. Dell committee defends $24.4B sale as best choice - Friday, March 01, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Dell Inc. committee that negotiated the slumping PC maker's $24.4 billion buyout is standing behind the deal despite the misgivings of major shareholders who believe the price is too low.85. Forbes: Slim world's richest for 4th year in a row - Friday, March 01, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Mexico's Carlos Slim remains the world's richest man for the fourth year in a row, according to Forbes, while Warren Buffett dropped out of the top three for the first time since 2000.86. In death, Facebook photos could fade away forever - Friday, March 01, 2013
BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — A grieving Oregon mother who battled Facebook for full access to her deceased son's account has been pushing for years for something that would prevent others from losing photos, messages and other memories — as she did.87. Smart watches gain interest and popularity - Friday, February 22, 2013
PALO ALTO, Calif. (AP) — On a sunny day at a picnic table in Silicon Valley, Eric Migicovsky glanced down at his wristwatch. He wasn't checking the time, he was checking his email. Glancing up, he grinned. The message was from yet another journalist.88. Apple CEO promises investors 'great stuff' to come - Friday, February 22, 2013
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook sought to assure shareholders Wednesday that the company is working on some "great stuff" that may help reverse a sharp decline in its stock price.89. Barnes & Noble chair wants to buy retail business - Friday, February 22, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble founder and chairman Leonard Riggio has told the book seller he is going to try to buy the company's retail business.
The news sent shares up more than 17 percent in premarket trading.90. Yahoo redesign aims to make site more inviting - Friday, February 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yahoo is renovating the main entry into its website in an effort to get people to visit more frequently and linger for longer periods of time.
The long-awaited makeover of Yahoo.com's home page is the most notable change to the website since the Internet company hired Marissa Mayer as its CEO seven months ago. The new look will start to gradually roll out in the U.S early Wednesday.91. Microsoft's Outlook takes aim at Google's Gmail - Friday, February 15, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is so confident it has the Internet's best email service that it is about to spend at least $30 million to send its message across the U.S.
The barrage begins Tuesday when Microsoft's twist on email, Outlook.com, escalates an assault on rival services from Google Inc., Yahoo Inc., AOL Inc. and a long list of Internet service providers.92. Reduced Midstate role lessens impact of Dell move to buy back stock - Friday, February 15, 2013
It’s hard to say what impact the planned $24 billion leveraged buyout of Dell will have on the computer giant’s Middle Tennessee operations, a Morningstar analyst says.
But one thing is for sure: Any potential impact has been lessened because Texas-based Dell already has reduced operations in both Davidson and Wilson counties over the past several years.93. Dell looks to calm shareholder concern over buyout - Friday, February 08, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Dell is trying to reassure shareholders about its proposed $24.4 billion acquisition by a group led by its founder, saying it considered a number of strategic options before agreeing to the deal.94. Bass, Berry & Sims names new members - Friday, February 08, 2013
Former associates Wendee M. Hilderbrand, Michael J. Holley and Price W. Wilson have been elected to membership in the firm of Bass, Berry & Sims PLC.95. Dell to go private in $24.4B deal led by founder - Friday, February 01, 2013
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.96. New BlackBerrys coming to UK, Canada in next week - Friday, January 25, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — A new generation of more versatile BlackBerry smartphones is finally about to hit the market after excruciating delays allowed mobile devices made by Apple, Samsung and others to build commanding leads in a market that is redefining society.97. Microsoft retools Office for touch screen, Web use - Friday, January 25, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft's retooled version of its Office software is hitting the market as the company tries to extend one of its key franchises beyond personal computers.
Tuesday's debut comes six months after Microsoft previewed the new-look Office, which includes popular word processing, spreadsheets and email programs.98. Exxon passes Apple as most valuable company - Friday, January 25, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon has once again surpassed Apple as the world's most valuable company after the iPhone and iPad maker saw its stock price falter.
Apple Inc.'s stock has been on the decline since the company's quarterly earnings report Wednesday suggested that its fast growth phase, rare for a company of its size, may be coming to an end.99. Will smart machines create a world without work? - Friday, January 25, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — They seem right out of a Hollywood fantasy, and they are: Cars that drive themselves have appeared in movies like "I, Robot" and the television show "Knight Rider."
Now, three years after Google invented one, automated cars could be on their way to a freeway near you. In the U.S., California and other states are rewriting the rules of the road to make way for driverless cars. Just one problem: What happens to the millions of people who make a living driving cars and trucks — jobs that always have seemed sheltered from the onslaught of technology?100. Really? You thought it was a good idea? - Friday, January 25, 2013
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