NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, are donating $25 million to the CDC Foundation to help address the Ebola epidemic.
The money will be used by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Ebola response effort in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and elsewhere in the world where Ebola is a threat, the foundation said Tuesday.
6. Can it be real? Augmented reality melds work, play - Friday, October 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Skwarek is surrounded by infiltrating militants in New York's Central Park. He shoots one, then hearing a noise from behind, spins to take down another. All of a sudden, everything flashes red. He realizes he's been hit. The words "Game Over" appear before his eyes.7. Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event - Friday, October 03, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event.
The showcase also is expected to feature an update to the operating system for its Mac computers and the possible release of a new digital payment service called Apple Pay. The company's new iPhones released last month include a wireless chip equipped to make the payments, but the service isn't available yet.
8. Could a merger follow the PayPal-eBay split? - Friday, September 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — PayPal's split from long-time partner eBay Inc. makes Carl Icahn mighty happy. But he doesn't think PayPal should stay single for long.
Icahn, who months ago called on eBay to spin off the lucrative online and mobile payment service, continues to believe that the payments field must be consolidated, either by PayPal buying up smaller rivals or by merging with another major player.9. Microsoft skips Windows 9 to emphasize advances - Friday, September 26, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The next version of Microsoft's flagship operating system will be called Windows 10, as the company skips version 9 to emphasize advances it is making toward a world centered on mobile devices and Internet services.10. AOL to feed more video, news to Microsoft's MSN - Friday, September 26, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — AOL will provide Microsoft's MSN with more video and additional news stories from popular sites such as The Huffington Post and TechCrunch in an expansion of a deal aimed at selling more digital advertising.11. Microsoft to offer early look at next Windows - Friday, September 26, 2014
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.12. Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones - Friday, September 19, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones.
His mission began more than two years ago as Ozzie noticed people were increasingly communicating through texts, emails and social media posts instead of calling each other.13. Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut - Friday, September 19, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Alibaba debuted as a publicly traded company Friday and swiftly climbed more than 40 percent in a mammoth IPO that offered eager investors seemingly unlimited potential for growth and a way to tap into the burgeoning Chinese middle class.14. 'Minecraft' could boost Microsoft's mobile reach - Friday, September 12, 2014
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.
But the move carries risks, as gamers can be fickle. Although the Lego-like multiplayer game is currently the top paid app for the iPhone and Android devices in the U.S., today's popular hit could be tomorrow's dud. The maker of the much obsessed-over "Candy Crush Saga," for example, rode the game's popularity to go public this year, only to see its stock falter.15. Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion - Friday, September 12, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft for $2.5 billion.
The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a Lego-like virtual multiplayer world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S.16. Microsoft revamps MSN to flow across devices - Friday, September 05, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is giving its MSN news service a crisper look, new lifestyle tools and seamless syncing across devices.
The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline. The changes also come as people increasingly read news on smartphones and tablets rather than desktop computers.17. Season's new phones are all about selfie image - Friday, September 05, 2014
BERLIN (AP) — Visit any tourist destination, and you're bound to see individuals and groups taking photos of themselves for sharing on social media. It's a declaration to the world that they were there.18. Selfie-centric phone among new Microsoft offerings - Friday, August 29, 2014
BERLIN (AP) — Microsoft will seek to draw more people to its Internet-based services with two new mid-range smartphones it unveiled Thursday, including one designed to help people take better selfies.19. Apple acknowledges some celebrity info compromised - Friday, August 29, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is acknowledging that computer hackers broke into the accounts of several celebrities to steal personal photos that have been posted online, a security breakdown that the iPhone maker blamed on the intruders' ability to figure out passwords and bypass other safeguards.20. Ballmer steps down from Microsoft board - Friday, August 15, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is stepping down from the company's board, bringing to a close 34 years with the software giant.
Ballmer says he plans to devote more time to his ownership of the Los Angeles Clippers, civic contributions, teaching and study.
21. Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets - Friday, August 15, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.
And CEO Larry Page is determined to push even further.22. Pew: Split views on robots' employment benefits - Friday, August 01, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — In 2025, self-driving cars could be the norm, people could have more leisure time and goods could become cheaper. Or, there could be chronic unemployment and an even wider income gap, human interaction could become a luxury and the wealthy could live in walled cities with robots serving as labor.23. Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare - Friday, July 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller.
As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers. Which is why applications for unemployment benefits have dwindled to their lowest level since February 2006 — nearly two years before the Great Recession began — the government said Thursday.24. Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path - Friday, July 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.25. Microsoft cutting 18,000 jobs, signals new path - Friday, July 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft announced the biggest layoffs in its history Thursday, saying it will cut 18,000 jobs or 14 percent of its workforce as it streamlines its Nokia mobile device business to focus on using the Windows Phone operating system.26. Stocks decline in afternoon trading; Mattel down - Friday, July 11, 2014
U.S. financial markets veered lower in afternoon trading Thursday, giving back gains from a day earlier. Economic data were mixed and company earnings reports were mostly disappointing. Investors also monitored developments in Ukraine following reports that a passenger plane was shot down over the eastern part of the country.27. PC shipment slump bottoms out - Friday, July 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — A two-year slump in personal computer sales ended in the second quarter, helped by improving demand in developed markets like North America and Europe.
PC sales have fallen in recent years, hurt by surging demand for tablets and other mobile devices. Tough economic conditions around the world have also disrupted sales. But quarterly figures released Wednesday by the research firms Gartner Inc. and International Data Corp. show the global slump is easing.28. NSA's Internet monitoring said to be legal - Friday, June 27, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The first time the bipartisan Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board dissected a National Security Agency surveillance program, it found fundamental flaws, arguing in a January report that the NSA's collection of domestic calling records "lacked a viable legal foundation" and should be shut down.29. Barnes & Noble wants to separate retail, Nook - Friday, June 20, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Barnes & Noble is going to split its retail and Nook Media businesses into two separate public companies as it looks to boost shareholder value.
The bookseller's stock jumped more than 7 percent in Wednesday premarket trading.
30. Crime data show iPhone 'kill switch' cuts thefts - Friday, June 20, 2014
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New crime data show Apple's addition of a "kill switch" to its iPhones last September has sharply reduced robberies and thefts, authorities said Thursday.
The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems — Android, iOS, and Windows Phone — are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.31. Amazon is about to jump into smartphones - Friday, June 13, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon, a company of seemingly boundless ambition, appears to be venturing into yet another market: smartphones.
The corporate juggernaut that started out with books and soon moved into music, video, cloud computing and Kindle e-readers is hosting a launch event Wednesday in Seattle, and media reports indicate the product will be an Amazon phone — perhaps one with multiple cameras that can produce 3-D photos.32. Volume of encrypted email rising amid spying fears - Friday, May 30, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The volume of email cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield their users' online communications from government spies and other snoops.33. Google says its workers mostly white, male - Friday, May 30, 2014
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — In a groundbreaking disclosure, Google revealed Wednesday how very white and male its workforce is — just 2 percent of its Google employees are black, 3 percent are Hispanic, and 30 percent are women. About a third of the company's workforce is Asian.34. Microsoft unveils larger Surface tablet - Friday, May 16, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft announced a larger version of its Surface tablet to make the device more compelling as a laptop replacement.
The Surface Pro 3 will have a screen measuring 12 inches diagonally, up from 10.6 inches in previous models. Microsoft said it's also thinner and faster than before. The company said it worked closely with chip-maker Intel Corp. to maximize performance in a slim device.
35. Today's CEO: The changing role at the top - Friday, May 16, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Used to be that CEOs were hired for their knowledge of the industry, years of experience and the ability to lead with a tight fist. But the role of the top job has changed dramatically over the last several years.36. European court: Google must yield on personal info - Friday, May 09, 2014
AMSTERDAM (AP) — In a landmark ruling that could rock the Internet search-engine industry, Europe's highest court said Tuesday that people are entitled to some control over what pops up when their name is Googled.37. Microsoft releases security update for Explorer - Friday, May 02, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is releasing a security update for Internet Explorer that closes a gap that allowed attackers to take complete control of a computer. It also issued the update to Windows XP users, despite dropping support for the older operating system last month.38. Microsoft warns of Internet Explorer security gap - Friday, April 25, 2014
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft says a security gap in Internet Explorer could allow an attacker to take complete control of a computer if the user clicks on a malicious link.
The vulnerability affects versions 6 through 11 of the Web browser.
39. Court declines to hear Microsoft antitrust case - Friday, April 25, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declined to take up software maker Novell Inc.'s appeal in a long-running antitrust case against Microsoft Corp.40. Microsoft earnings beat Street expectations - Friday, April 25, 2014
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp. posted flat revenue and a decline in net income for the January-March quarter. Revenue gains from its Windows operating system and cloud computing services like Azure were offset by the lack of special upgrade offer revenues from a year ago.41. Microsoft expands ad-free Bing search for schools - Friday, April 18, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft is expanding a program that gives schools the ability to prevent ads from appearing in search results when they use its Bing search engine. The program, launched in a pilot program earlier this year, is now available to all U.S. schools, public or private, from kindergarten through the 12th grade.42. Netflix poised to raise prices after strong 1Q - Friday, April 18, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Netflix is preparing a sequel unlikely to be a hit with its subscribers. The Internet video service is about to raise its prices for the first time in three years to help pay for more Internet video programming such as its popular political drama "House of Cards."43. Tiny power plants hold promise for nuclear energy - Friday, April 11, 2014
PARIS (AP) — Tiny nuclear power plants that could be far cheaper to build than their behemoth counterparts could herald the future for an energy industry that has come under scrutiny since the Fukushima disaster.44. Once-soaring tech stocks sink in sobering comedown - Friday, April 11, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The stock market's laws of gravity are inflicting pain on its highest fliers.
Just look at the list of technology trailblazers whose values have plummeted from record highs during the past few weeks. Investors have re-focused on safer sectors such as utilities, health care and consumer staples instead of companies that promise potential growth from online services that are building huge audiences.45. Austin joins Regions as sr. VP, wealth advisor - Friday, April 11, 2014
Regions has hired Brian C. Austin to the position of senior vice president and wealth advisor for Nashville and Middle Tennessee. In this role, Austin will focus on total wealth management for high-net worth individuals and families, providing solutions for multidimensional personal and business finances.46. Continued drop in PC shipments slows - Friday, April 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing.
Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013.47. 'Heartbleed' bug causes major security headache - Friday, April 04, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A confounding computer bug called "Heartbleed" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information.48. Nokia gets Chinese approval for Microsoft deal - Friday, April 04, 2014
HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia has received regulatory approval from Chinese authorities to sell its mobile phone unit to Microsoft Corp., removing one of the last major hurdles to the 5.4 billion-euro ($7.3 billion) deal.49. End of Windows XP support spells trouble for some - Friday, April 04, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft will end support for the persistently popular Windows XP on Tuesday, and with an estimated 30 percent of businesses and consumers still using the 12-year-old operating system, the move could put everything from the operations of heavy industry to the identities of everyday people in danger.50. Mozilla CEO resigns after furor over gay rights - Friday, April 04, 2014
Mozilla co-founder Brendan Eich is stepping down as CEO and leaving the company following protests over his support of a gay marriage ban in California.
The nonprofit that makes the Firefox browser infuriated many employees and users last week by naming Eich head of the Mountain View, Calif.-based organization.51. Microsoft reveals Siri-like Windows Phone feature - Friday, March 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is showcasing a new virtual assistant as part of an upcoming update for Windows phones.
The assistant, named Cortana, tries to be chatty like Siri on Apple's iPhones and iPads, while anticipating information you might want, like Google Now on Android devices.52. Windows 8 updates expected at Microsoft conference - Friday, March 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is following through on a promise to update its Windows 8 operating system on a regular basis to respond to consumers' complaints and other feedback.
Just months after the release of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is preparing changes to make it easier for people to use Windows with traditional keyboard and mouse controls. Among other things, Microsoft will add search, power and settings buttons to the Start page, so people don't have to figure out how to pull those functions from the right side of their screens. The update also promises easier ways to close apps.53. Sen. Paul: Give Caterpillar award for tax strategy - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. executives defended a tax strategy Tuesday that has saved the manufacturing giant billions in U.S. taxes. They got support from Republican senators, including one who said the company deserves an award.54. Supreme Court could limit software patents - Friday, March 28, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Is it too easy for high-tech companies to patent inventions that are not really new, but simply take an old idea and blend it with computer wizardry?
The Supreme Court wrestled with that question Monday as justices considered making it tougher for the government to issue patents for computer software.55. US stocks rise, post meager gain for 1st quarter - Friday, March 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks are closing higher as the market posts a meager gain for the first three months of the year.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.8 percent, to close at 1,872 Monday. The index gained 1.3 percent for the first quarter of the year, the fifth straight quarterly gain.
56. Ford CEO's pay up 11 pct to $23.2 million in 2013 - Friday, March 28, 2014
DETROIT (AP) — Ford CEO Alan Mulally's compensation rose 11 percent to $23.2 million in 2013, as the company reported record profits in North America and Asia.
Mulally earned $2 million in salary, the same as 2012. But he earned more in bonuses, at $5.9 million, and in stock and option awards, which totaled $14.6 million.57. Microsoft unveils Office for iPad - Friday, March 28, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer.58. Stocks edge up as Americans open their wallets - Friday, March 28, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are ending broadly higher as traders were encouraged by an increase in consumer spending last month.
Microsoft helped technology companies recover from a week of losses. The biotech sector took another tumble, and the maker of "Candy Crush Saga" fell for the third straight day after its market debut.
59. Microsoft unveils Office for iPad - Friday, March 21, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer.60. Tech companies, Citigroup tug US stocks lower - Friday, March 21, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks were mostly lower Thursday as further declines in technology companies outweighed encouraging economic news. Citigroup fell 6 percent after the Federal Reserve denied the bank's plan to raise its dividend and buy back more stock. Most other major banks won approval to raise their dividends.61. Jesse Jackson to take on tech's lack of diversity - Friday, March 14, 2014
The Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett-Packard annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley's poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.62. Higher interest rates talk spooks stocks - Friday, March 14, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Higher interest rates are coming. And they are coming sooner than you think.
That's the message investors took away from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday. In response, they sent stocks and gold prices lower and bond yields sharply higher.
63. Stocks gain after reports on housing, Ukraine - Friday, March 14, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Encouraging news on the economy gave the stock market a boost on Tuesday.
Stocks also rose on expectations that the conflict between Russia and the West wouldn't escalate further. Russia's President Vladimir Putin is preparing to complete the annexation of the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea, but he said Tuesday that he won't take over other areas of Ukraine.
64. US stocks turn mixed after a weak start - Friday, March 07, 2014
U.S. stocks are finishing mixed after a listless day as traders continue to worry about slowing growth in China and tensions in Ukraine.
The Standard & Poor's 500 index managed a small gain Wednesday, narrowly avoiding its first three-day losing streak since January.
65. Apple dials up effort to meld iPhone with cars - Friday, February 28, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are previewing Apple's iPhone technology for cars this week at an auto show in Geneva.66. Many new phones coming, but Samsung hogs limelight - Friday, February 21, 2014
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Sony unveiled a new waterproof phone that can take ultra-high-definition video. Nokia introduced three Android smartphones aimed at emerging markets. And Lenovo announced one with an all-glass exterior.67. Wealth gap is widest in some affluent US cities - Friday, February 21, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — The gap between the wealthy and the poor is most extreme in several of the United States' most prosperous and largest cities.
The economic divides in Atlanta, San Francisco, Washington, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles are significantly greater than in the rest of the country, according to a study released Thursday by the Brookings Institution, the Washington-based think tank. It suggests that many sources of both economic growth and income inequality have co-existed near each other for the past 35 years .68. WhatsApp: A $19 billion bet for Facebook - Friday, February 14, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is placing a $19 billion bet on reaching its next billion mobile users with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging service that lets people send texts, photos and videos on their smartphones.69. Music City a crossover hit as a high-tech hub - Friday, February 21, 2014
Is there anything Nashville can’t do? One of the most recent accolades making the rounds on social media is the city’s status as a tech town, and it’s not hard to see why.
In September, Google selected Nashville as one of seven inaugural cities participating in its Google for Entrepreneurs Tech Hub Network, a program to better connect burgeoning tech hot spots with Google resources and vice versa. The hub is hosted through the Entrepreneur Center, which receives new tools and technology to help startups grow through the program.70. LinkedIn gives members more room to share insights - Friday, February 14, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — LinkedIn is hoping to unleash more wisdom on its professional networking service by giving its 277 million accountholders more space to share their experiences and insights.
A new feature rolling out Wednesday will free LinkedIn users from restrictions that have limited posts to a maximum of 300 characters. Those limits had been in effect since the service began allowing status updates in 2009.71. Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013 - Friday, February 07, 2014
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.72. Was Microsoft smart to play it safe with CEO pick? - Friday, January 31, 2014
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — After compiling a list of more than 100 CEO candidates, Microsoft settled on Satya Nadella a home-grown leader who joined the software maker in the early 1990s. That's back when Google's founders were teenagers and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in elementary school.73. Internet firms release data on NSA requests - Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — A flurry of new reports from major technology companies show that the government collects customer information on tens of thousands of Americans every six months as part of secret national security investigations. And the companies' top lawyers struck a combative stance, saying the Obama administrative needs to provide more transparency about its data collection.74. Nadella to head Microsoft; Gates leaves chair role - Friday, January 31, 2014
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft has named Satya Nadella, an executive in charge of the company's small, but growing business of delivering software and services over the Internet, as its new CEO. Company founder Bill Gates is leaving the chairman role for a new role as technology adviser.75. Obama secures $750M in pledges to get kids online - Friday, January 31, 2014
WASHINGTON (AP) — Claiming progress in his campaign to get American schools wired for the future, President Barack Obama is announcing commitments from U.S. companies totaling about $750 million to connect more students to high-speed Internet.76. Nothing controversial in Super Bowl ads - Friday, January 31, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — What Super Bowl ads will people discuss over the water cooler a day after the big game?
There were no crude jokes. Sexual innuendo was kept to a minimum. And uncomfortable scenes were missing.77. Apple's Mac still influences, 30 years after debut - Friday, January 24, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Look around. Many of the gadgets you see drew inspiration from the original Mac computer.
Computers at the time typically required people to type in commands. Once the Mac came out 30 years ago Friday, people could instead navigate with a graphical user interface. Available options were organized into menus. People clicked icons to run programs and dragged and dropped files to move them.
78. Nokia sees smartphone sales, profits plunge in Q4 - Friday, January 17, 2014
HELSINKI (AP) — The Nokia handsets business that Microsoft is due to take over saw sales continue to slide in the fourth quarter as its Lumia smartphones failed to draw business away from larger competitors like Apple and Samsung.79. Weak earnings drag US stocks mostly lower - Friday, January 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — After hitting a record high the day before, stocks were mostly lower Thursday as investors reacted to disappointing results from Best Buy, Citigroup and CSX, a railroad company.80. Squeezing private profits from public schools - Friday, January 17, 2014
Charter schools were intended as small public alternatives with unique learning methods for children stuck in failing schools. But dollar signs have transformed those boutique-type schools into big business commodities with profit streams available to operators – even in states like Tennessee that do not allow for-profit charter schools.81. S&P 500 index ekes out another record high close - Friday, January 10, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — It was a squeaker, but the Standard & Poor's 500 index closed at its first all-time high of 2014.
The S&P 500 closed up nine points Wednesday, or 0.5 percent, at 1,848.38. That's just two-hundredths of a point above its previous high set on Dec. 31, 2013.
82. US stocks drift for a second day; Retailers sink - Friday, January 03, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks wavered in early afternoon trading Thursday as traders reacted to disappointing news out of the retail industry. If the Standard & Poor's 500 index ends the day down it would be its fifth decline of the six trading days so far in 2014.83. Snapchat aims to make app more secure - Friday, January 03, 2014
NEW YORK (AP) — Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users.84. Google's top searches peer into society's mindset - Friday, December 13, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.85. Obama to meet with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns - Friday, December 13, 2013
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is meeting Tuesday with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.
The White House says the meeting will focus on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government information technology.86. Tech firms vie to protect personal data, profits - Friday, December 06, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Even as Silicon Valley speaks out against the U.S. government's surveillance methods, technology companies are turning a handsome profit by mining personal data and peering into people's online habits.87. Tech giants call for controls on government snooping - Friday, December 06, 2013
LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by poor publicity for having helped the U.S. government access personal data, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.88. To spin or not to spin: Does Microsoft need Xbox? - Friday, November 22, 2013
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates donned a cool leather jacket when he first introduced the Xbox onstage in 2000. More than a decade later, the video game console is still the hippest brand in Microsoft's portfolio. But as the company begins selling its first new Xbox in eight years on Friday, some critics say Microsoft should spin the gaming unit off. They argue that Xbox distracts management from the company's fast-growing cloud computing business and its effort to catch up to rivals in tablet and smartphone sales.89. Altered landscape for Sony, Microsoft consoles - Friday, November 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — Remember a time before "Angry Birds," the iPad and the iPhone? No?
When Sony and Microsoft last came out with new video game consoles — seven and eight long years, respectively, the companies touted the machines' high-definition graphics, powerful processors and ability to play DVDs, and in Sony's case, Blu-ray discs.90. Lowe, father of IBM personal computer, dies at 72 - Friday, November 01, 2013
CHICAGO (AP) — William C. Lowe had a bold idea: IBM should develop a personal computer that could be mass marketed, expanding the company's reach beyond businesses and into people's homes.
That was in 1980. One year later, the IBM 5150 personal computer was selling out at stores such as Sears and ComputerLand for $1,565, not including a monitor.91. Tech earnings drive stocks to higher close; Microsoft leads Dow - Friday, October 25, 2013
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.
92. 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.
93. 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.94. 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.95. 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.
96. 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.
97. 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.
98. 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.
99. 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.
100. 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.