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1. Thinner iPads, Sharper iMacs in Apple's Lineup -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple unveiled a thinner iPad Thursday with a faster processor and a better camera as it tries to drive excitement for tablets amid slowing demand. The company also released an update to its Mac operating system and introduced a high-resolution iMac model that might appeal to heavy watchers of television over the Internet.

2. App Teaches Kindergartners Basic Computer Coding -

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) – This computer programming app is so easy to use that even a kindergartener can do it.

Researchers in Massachusetts have created a basic computer coding app that they say is the first designed specifically for children as young as 5. Kids who haven't yet learned to read can use the app to craft their own interactive stories and games.

3. PC Shipment Slump Bottoms Out -

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.

4. WhatsApp: A $19 Billion Bet for Facebook -

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.

5. Target: Customers’ PINs Among Stolen Data -

Target said Friday that debit-card PINs were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.

The company said the stolen personal identification numbers, which customers type in to keypads to make secure transactions, were encrypted and that this strongly reduces risk to customers. In addition to the encrypted PINs, customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on back of the cards were stolen from about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

6. Target: Customers’ PINs Among Stolen Data -

Target said Friday that debit-card PINs were among the financial information stolen from millions of customers who shopped at the retailer earlier this month.

The company said the stolen personal identification numbers, which customers type in to keypads to make secure transactions, were encrypted and that this strongly reduces risk to customers. In addition to the encrypted PINs, customer names, credit and debit card numbers, card expiration dates and the embedded code on the magnetic strip on back of the cards were stolen from about 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

7. Fury and Frustration Over Target Data Breach -

NEW YORK (AP) – Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target's security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers.

Angry Target customers expressed their displeasure in comments on the company's Facebook page. Some even threatened to stop shopping at the store.

8. Target: 40 Million Card Accounts May be Breached -

Target is grappling with a data security nightmare that threatens to drive off holiday shoppers during the company's busiest time of year.

The nation's second largest discounter said Thursday that data connected to about 40 million credit and debit card accounts was stolen as part of a breach that began over the Thanksgiving weekend.

9. Global PC Shipments Fall for 6th Quarter in Row -

Worldwide shipments of personal computers fell in the third quarter of the year, the sixth straight quarter of decline as cheaper tablet computers and smartphones cut into demand.

That's according to market research firms IDC and Gartner Inc.

10. Apple Introduces 2 New iPhone Models -

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) – Apple's latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" and reads your fingerprint.

11. Apple Expected to Expand Selection of iPhones -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Apple is expected to unveil its latest take on the iPhone Tuesday during an annual ritual that will probably cast a spotlight on the gadget maker's drive to regain market share and its sluggish pace of innovation.

12. Is Big Data Turning Government Into 'Big Brother'? -

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.

13. A Year After IPO, Facebook Aims to be Ad Colossus -

NEW YORK (AP) – It was supposed to be our IPO, the people's public offering.

Facebook, the brainchild of a young CEO who sauntered into Wall Street meetings in a hoodie, was going to be bigger than Amazon, bigger than McDonald's, bigger than Coca-Cola. And it was all made possible by our friendships, photos and family ties.

14. PC, Tablet, Phone Shipments to Hit 2.4 Billion in 2013 -

NEW YORK (AP) – Research firm Gartner says it expects worldwide PC, tablet and mobile phone shipments to reach 2.4 billion units this year, up 9 percent from 2012.

Gartner Inc. said Thursday that device shipments should continue to grow, hitting more than 2.9 billion in 2017. But the mix of devices is shifting away from PCs.

15. Apple's Softer Side Emerges Under CEO Cook -

NEW YORK (AP) – "Those jobs aren't coming back."

That's what Steve Jobs reportedly told President Obama when asked at a dinner in early 2011 whether Apple would consider moving some of its manufacturing from China to the United States.

16. Google Completes Motorola Deal, Heralding New Era -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has completed its $12.5 billion purchase of device maker Motorola Mobility in a deal that poses new challenges for the Internet's most powerful company as it tries to shape the future of mobile computing.

17. Facebook Stock Climbs in Public Debut -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook updated its status to "public company" on Friday.

After an anxiety-filled half-hour delay, its stock began trading on the Nasdaq Stock Market for the first time as investors were finally able to put a dollar value on the company that turned online social networking into a global cultural phenomenon.

18. Facebook Set to Price Initial Public Offering -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook's initial public offering is shaping up to be one of the largest in history. It's expected to be a big payoff for a company that started out eight years ago with no way to make money.

19. Amazon Says It's Selling More Than 1M Kindles Per Week -

SEATTLE (AP) – With the holiday shopping season in full swing, online retailer Amazon.com Inc. said Thursday that it has been selling more than 1 million of its Kindle devices each of the past three weeks.

20. iPads Become Child's Play -

NEW YORK (AP) – Make room in the toy box for the iPad.

Crayola allows tots to doodle on the iPad using its iMarker just as they would a crayon on a coloring book. Tweens are able to belt out their favorite Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez tunes on a Disney microphone that turns the tablet into a karaoke machine. And technology accessories company Griffin enables teens to fly its toy helicopter by using the iPhone as a remote control.

21. Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet Starts Shipping Wed -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble Inc.'s Nook Tablet electronic device began arriving in stores and homes on Wednesday, one day ahead of schedule.

22. Barnes & Noble Unveils $249 Nook Tablet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Barnes & Noble unveiled a $249 Nook Tablet Monday just ahead of the crucial holiday shopping season as the book retailer fights for a larger share of the lucrative e-book market.

23. BlackBerry Blackout is New Threat to Brand -

NEW YORK (AP) – The longest BlackBerry outage in many years left customers outraged this week, threatening to cost the granddaddy of all smartphones more business when it's already struggling to keep up in a crowded marketplace.

24. BlackBerry Outages Spread to North America -

NEW YORK (AP) – BlackBerry users across the world were exasperated Wednesday as an outage of email, messaging and Internet services on the phones spread to the U.S. and Canada and stretched into the third day for Europe, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

25. Amazon Unveils $199 Kindle Fire Tablet -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos on Wednesday showed off the Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet computer, challenging Apple's iPad by extending its Kindle brand into the world of full-color, multipurpose devices.

26. Amazon Expected to Launch Tablet Wednesday -

NEW YORK (AP) – Amazon is expected to unveil a tablet computer Wednesday, Sept. 28, picking a fight with Apple Inc. and its iPad. The iPad has many challengers, but analysts say Amazon's could be different – it has a chance to be more than a wannabe.

27. Focus on Windows Growth in Microsoft's Fiscal Q4 -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft Corp, the world's largest computer software maker, will try to shake the perception that it's turning into a technological dinosaur when it releases its latest quarterly results after the stock market closes Thursday.

28. Threatened by iPad, PCs Start to Look Like Tablets -

NEW YORK (AP) – The response by computer makers to the iPad stealing sales from them: Make their PCs more like iPads.

The "if you can't beat 'em, join 'em" strategy" is prompting a wave of experimentation with the design of the laptop, which has been largely unchanged for two decades. Touch-sensitive screens and the use of Google's Android system for mobile devices are two ways the PC industry is adapting.

29. Memphis Businesses Learn to Ride ‘Mobile Wave’ -

A cross-section of the Memphis business community that included professionals from the financial, home services, marketing, medical, real estate and information technology industries gathered Friday at Comprehensive Pharmacy Services, 6409 Quail Hollow Road, for a conference called “Preparing for the Mobile Wave.”

30. Microsoft, Yahoo Team Up to Ding Google With Bing -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Microsoft Corp. has finally roped Yahoo Inc. into an Internet search partnership, capping a convoluted pursuit that dragged on for years and setting the stage for them to make a joint assault against the dominance of Google Inc.

31. Asentinel Releases Latest VersionOf Telecom Management Software -      Asentinel, a Memphis-based global telecom expense management (TEM) company, announced Wednesday the release of Asentinel 5.0, the latest version of its enterprise software solution to TEM.
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32. Archived Article: Memos - Memphis memos 07-02-03

Lisa Wright was given the Presidential Honors Award in BellSouths service leader program for exemplary service to business, residential or wholesale customers. The award is the highest given for customer service within the ...

33. Archived Article: Yahoo P2 - Yahoo buys search-software maker

Yahoo buys search-software maker
Internet media company Yahoo Inc. Monday said it would pay $235 million to buy Internet search-software maker Inktomi Corp., strengthening its position in the growing Web sear...

34. Archived Article: Benchmark - PayPal booted out of Louisiana, PayPal booted out of Louisiana It has not been a very good week for PayPal. First, the online payment company was forced to delay its initial public offering because of a lawsuit filed by rival CertCo. Just days later...

35. Archived Article: Graphic (tech) - B2C Internet sales taking off B2C Internet sales taking off Online business-to-consumer sales in the United States this year are already up to 75 percent of 1999 totals and are expected to surpass $29.3 billion, according to the Gartner Group. Total...

36. Archived Article: Tech Box - Here is the Top 10 Awareness list with information consumers should know about their money, their bank and the year 2000. Forty of the nations largest banks have developed a Top 10 Awareness list with information for consumers about their bank, thei...

37. Archived Article: Tech Focus Chg - PC push PC push Dataquest reports increase in number of U.S. households planning to purchase a PC; survey shows 43 percent of U.S. households have a PC By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News A survey among U.S. households during Oct...

38. Archived Article: Year 2000 Chg - Year 2000 problem: Crisis or hoax Year 2000 problem: Crisis or hoax? Companies gear up for possible millennium bug By CAMILLE H. GAMBLE The Daily News Large and small companies using computer systems now have three years and two weeks to fix a probl...