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  • T-Mobile to eliminate international data fees

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — T-Mobile is eliminating fees for using data and texting services in more than 100 countries and capping charges for international voice calls. Starting Oct. 31, customers of T-Mobile's flagship Simple Choice plan won't have to worry about ...

  • Yellen would face tough challenges as Fed chair

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) WASHINGTON — The challenges for Janet Yellen if she becomes the next Federal Reserve chair will require both the steely intellect and the personable style that many attribute to her. Deciding when to slow the Fed's economic stimulus. Forging consensus ...

  • NJ to start Internet gambling Nov. 26

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — New Jersey residents and visitors will be able to start gambling online on Nov. 26, after a five-day trial period to make sure the systems operated by the city's 12 casinos work properly. The state Gaming ...

  • Online poker thriller 'Runner' quickly politicized

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) The thriller "Runner Runner" starring Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck hasn't even opened yet, but it's already in the center of the fight over online gambling regulation. The American Gambling Association has bought ads on major websites including Twitter, Facebook ...

  • AOL founder looks to invest outside Silicon Valley

    1 year, 1 month ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — AOL co-founder Steve Case is looking to finance entrepreneurs who are trying to build technology companies outside Silicon Valley, just like he once did. The startups will be bankrolled by a $200 million fund that Case's Revolution ...

  • Southwest Airlines begins enforcing no-show policy

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) Passengers who fail to cancel bookings on Southwest now face loss of the ticket's value if they don't show up.The new policy took effect with today's flights. Customers who buy nonrefundable tickets such as Wanna Get Away fares must cancel ...

  • United mistakenly offers free fares on website

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) For a little while today, United Airlines was giving away airplane tickets for free, or close to it. Passengers reported buying tickets for $5 to $10 before United shut down the bookings on its website and phone centers to prevent ...

  • AT&T backtracks as some companies catch flak over tacky 9/11 tweets

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — AT&T and some other companies learned quickly on Wednesday, the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, that it's sometimes best to stay out of the conversation. Even if everyone else is talking. Twitter was aflutter with ...

  • Microsoft launches Xbox Music on Web for free

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) 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 ...

  • J.C. Penney dumps Martha Stewart over poor sales

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — J.C. Penney may be ending the tug-of-war with its nemesis for Martha Stewart. The chain is reportedly dumping the Martha Stewart brand, after sales of the home maven's goods failed to live up to expectations. The move, ...

  • Tooth Fairy inflation: Price of a tooth nears $4

    1 year, 2 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Days of finding a quarter under your pillow are long gone. The Tooth Fairy no longer leaves loose change. Kids this year are getting an average of $3.70 per lost tooth, a 23 percent jump over last ...

  • Facebook: U.S. tops other governments in demanding data on users

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) SAN FRANCISCO — You can thank former intelligence contractor Edward Snowden for a new report from Facebook on the inquiries it gets from governments around the world for information on its more than 1 billion users. According to the giant ...

  • Airline mergers have already led to higher fares

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — The government is putting its foot down on rising airfares and fees by blocking the latest airline merger — but for fliers, it's already too late. The past decade has seen the largest transformation of the airline ...

  • Report: Feds to arrest 2 ex-JPMorgan employees

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Federal authorities plan to arrest two former JPMorgan Chase & Co. employees on suspicion that they tried to conceal the size of the investment bank's $6 billion trading loss last year, according to a published report Friday. ...

  • Trade Commission issues import ban on some Samsung products

    1 year, 3 months ago

    (AP) A federal administrative panel has issued an import ban on some Samsung devices on grounds they violate Apple's patents.The U.S. International Trade Commission issued its ruling late Friday.Samsung and Apple are in a global legal battle over smartphones. Apple argues ...

  • Ouya looks to make a dent in game console market

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Ouya, maker of a bite-sized game console that runs Google's Android operating system, wants to take a bite out the video game triumvirate of Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo. The console, which went on sale Tuesday for $100, ...

  • South Korea says several gov't, private websites hacked

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) SEOUL, South Korea — South Korea said multiple government and private sector websites were hacked on Tuesday's anniversary of the start of the Korean War, and Seoul issued a cyberattack alert warning officials and citizens to take security measures. Government ...

  • A sweet comeback: Hostess says Twinkies to return to shelves July 15

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Hostess is betting on a sweet comeback for Twinkies when they return to shelves next month. The company that went bankrupt after an acrimonious fight with its unionized workers last year is back up and running under ...

  • Men's Wearhouse ousts founder and pitchman Zimmer

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Men's Wearhouse doesn't like the way its founder looks anymore. The men's clothier said Wednesday that it fired executive chairman and face of the company George Zimmer, 64, who has appeared in many of its TV commercials ...

  • A year on, Assange stays put in Ecuadorean Embassy

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) LONDON — A year ago, Julian Assange skipped out on a date with Swedish justice. Rather than comply with a British order that he go to the Scandinavian country for questioning about sex crimes allegations, the WikiLeaks founder took refuge ...

  • Netflix cuts original TV deal with DreamWorks

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) LOS ANGELES — Netflix announced a deal on Monday to air television programming from Dreamworks Animation in what the company described as its biggest transaction ever for original first-run content. Though financial details were not disclosed, Netflix Inc. said the ...

  • Thrifty says offer of free rental car was mistake

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) DALLAS — Thrifty Car Rental says it's sorry, but many customers who were offered a free one-day rental won't be getting that after all. The company says the offer was intended for a select group of top customers but was ...

  • U.S. homebuilder confidence soars to 7-year high

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) For the first time in seven years, most U.S. homebuilders are optimistic about home sales, a sign that construction could help drive stronger economic growth in coming months. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Monday ...

  • Google launches Internet-beaming balloons

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand — Wrinkled and skinny at first, the translucent, jellyfish-shaped balloons that Google released this week from a frozen field in the heart of New Zealand's South Island hardened into shiny pumpkins as they rose into the blue ...

  • Microsoft brings Office to iPhone, but not tablets

    1 year, 5 months ago

    (AP) NEW YORK — Even as a pared-down version of Microsoft's Office software package arrived on the iPhone, the company is holding out on extending that to the iPad and Android devices as it tries to boost sales of tablet computers ...

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