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Online, price jig dismays shoppers

posted: 12/22/2014 2:23 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK — Online shopping has become as volatile as stock market trading. Wild, minute-by-minute price swings on everything from clothes to TVs have made it difficult for holiday shoppers to “buy low.”

Mobile carriers turn to tablets for growth

posted: 12/22/2014 2:18 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Verizon Communications and AT&T are practically giving away tablets this holiday season to eke out customer growth as the market for mobile phones maxes out.

Google, Apple vie to track driving

posted: 12/22/2014 2:17 a.m. Discuss

CHICAGO -- Car insurance industry, meet potential disrupters Google and Apple.

Drivers find 'Waze' to beat LA gridlock

posted: 12/22/2014 2:16 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling through the narrow warren of streets paralleling the nation's busiest urban freeway baffled neighborhood residents a year or so ago.

Curated videos offered as YouTube alternative

posted: 12/22/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Ilya Pozin's 2-year-old daughter wasn't about to abandon daddy's comfortable lap. But Pozin had to manage his successful e-cards company, so he'd entertain Paisley in his home office by playing cartoons and educational videos off YouTube on a second monitor.

Report: Fewer teens using Facebook

posted: 12/22/2014 2:12 a.m. Discuss

SAN FRANCISCO -- Facebook is getting less and less cool -- at least among teens.

Microsoft to pay $23M in patent claim

posted: 12/22/2014 2:11 a.m. Discuss

Microsoft Corp. has agreed to pay VirnetX Holding Corp. $23 million to settle patent claims over secure communication networks. VirnetX rose the most in two years.

Business news in brief

posted: 12/22/2014 2:10 a.m. Discuss

Jeopardy-winning software to aid VA

Murphy Oil, others feeling oil-prices heat

posted: 12/21/2014 2:09 a.m. Discuss

Murphy Oil Corp. and other energy companies are looking at cutbacks as the collapse in oil prices begins to threaten investment in the nation's shale boom.

Off the car kick, debt-laden millennials juggle their transport

posted: 12/21/2014 2:03 a.m. Discuss

MINNEAPOLIS -- Consider Jake Gau a multimodal millennial.

Bottle not lost, cork-makers say

posted: 12/21/2014 2 a.m. Discuss

The world's wine cork producers want you to know they're sorry.

Obama says Sony wrong to cave on threats by hackers

updated: 12/20/2014 4:13 a.m. Discuss

President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment "made a mistake" in shelving a comedy film about a plot to assassinate the leader of North Korea and pledged the U.S. would respond "in a place and manner and time that we choose" to the hacker attack on Sony that the FBI blamed on the communist government.

Gas prices lowest since '09; state averages $2.31

updated: 12/20/2014 4:10 a.m. Comments 2

Gasoline prices are continuing to tumble as Christmas draws near, giving shoppers a little extra cash.

State rate decreases for jobless

posted: 12/20/2014 4:09 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas experienced a third consecutive month of decline in unemployment, recording a 5.8 percent rate for November, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.

McDonald's named in labor cases

posted: 12/20/2014 2:08 a.m. Discuss

McDonald's Corp. wields enough control over its franchisees that it should be jointly responsible for working conditions, according to charges Friday by the U.S. labor board that critics say threaten to upend the fast-food industry.

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