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1. Microsoft Expands Ad-Free Bing Search for Schools -

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.

2. 'Heartbleed' Bug Causes Major Security Headache -

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.

3. End of Windows XP Support Spells Trouble for Some -

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.

4. Microsoft Releases OneNote for Macs, Makes It Free -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft Corp. on Monday released a version of its OneNote note-taking software for Macs and added new features and a free tier for all of the software's users in moves clearly targeted at up-and-coming productivity software rival Evernote.

5. 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.

6. Microsoft Names Cloud Computing Chief as Next CEO -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet.

7. AT&T Says It Will Publish Reports on Data Requests -

WASHINGTON (AP) – AT&T Inc. says it will publish reports on the number of requests for customer information that it receives from law enforcement agencies, the latest move in the telecommunications industry toward fuller disclosure amid debate over government surveillance programs.

8. Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year.

Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday.

9. Tech Firms Vie to Protect Personal Data, Profits -

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.

10. Big Tech Companies Lash Out at Government Snooping -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Silicon Valley is escalating pressure on President Barack Obama to curb the U.S. government surveillance programs that vacuum personal information off the Internet and threaten the technology industry's financial livelihood.

11. Report: NSA Spying on Virtual Worlds, Online Games -

LONDON (AP) – American and British intelligence operations have been spying on gamers across the world, media outlets reported, saying that the world's most powerful espionage agencies sent undercover agents into virtual universes to monitor activity in online fantasy games such as "World of Warcraft."

12. Broadband in US Schools Gets Boost From Tech Gurus -

The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus – Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.

13. BizChair Leases Olive Branch Distribution Space -

BizChair.com, an Internet retailer that specializes in selling chairs and furniture for offices, schools, restaurants, medical facilities, and homes, has inked a lease for around 382,500 square feet at 8631 Polk Lane, inside Olive Branch Distribution Center in Olive Branch, Miss.

14. Broadband in US Schools Gets Boost From Tech Gurus -

The effort to get high-speed broadband in every school is getting a boost from the philanthropy of two technology gurus — Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates.

15. Governments Mining Google for More Personal Data -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is rebuffing governments more frequently as authorities in the U.S. and other countries get more aggressive about mining the Internet for information about people's online activities.

16. LinkedIn Asks Court to Let it Disclose FISA Data -

WASHINGTON (AP) – LinkedIn has asked a secret court to allow it to disclose the number of national security orders the company has received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

17. Combined Net Worth of America's Richest Rises -

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.

18. Facebook: Governments Demanded Data on 38,000 Users -

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.

19. Microsoft Says CEO Ballmer to Retire in 12 Months -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, known as much for his zany personality as his business discipline, will leave a legacy of mixed results and a monumental challenge for his yet-to-be-named successor.

20. Nasdaq Breakdown Puts Pressure on Crisis Work -

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.

21. Downtown Marriott Rebrands as Sheraton -

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has rebranded the Memphis Marriott Downtown hotel as a Sheraton, and the property is undergoing renovations to bring that brand’s amenities and services.

22. Microsoft Sets Oct. 17 Release for Windows 8.1 -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Consumers waiting for Microsoft's revamped version of its latest Windows operating system will be able to get the software beginning Oct. 17.

The release date for Windows 8.1 is nearly a year after the debut of Windows 8, a dramatic overhaul of the operating system that has been powering most personal computers for decades.

23. Grizzlies Owner’s Company Riding High -

Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera has enjoyed a run of good news lately surrounding the technology company he founded, Ubiquiti Networks Inc.

24. Downtown Marriott Rebrands as Sheraton -

Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. has rebranded the Memphis Marriott Downtown hotel as a Sheraton, and the property is undergoing renovations to bring that brand’s amenities and services.

25. BlackBerry Weighs Putting Itself Up for Sale -

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.

26. Anderson Embarks on New Chapter in Education Career -

With the first semester of the newly consolidated Shelby County Schools in full swing this week, all eyes are on this mammoth system and what it might mean, if anything, for education’s progress, efficiency and reform in the Mid-South.

27. Anderson Embarks on New Chapter in Education Career -

With the first semester of the newly consolidated Shelby County Schools in full swing this week, all eyes are on this mammoth system and what it might mean, if anything, for education’s progress, efficiency and reform in the Mid-South.

28. IDC: Android Extends Lead Over iPhone in Second Quarter -

NEW YORK (AP) – Research firm IDC says Apple's iPhone continued to lose market share to Android phones in the second quarter.

IDC says the iPhone remains No. 2 behind Android, even without new Apple products driving purchases. Its market share is expected to grow again when a new iPhone comes out, likely this fall.

29. Earnings Deluge -

Another week is in the books, resulting in another record close for both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500. Buoyed by some more accommodative comments from Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke during Congressional testimony this week, investors took the occasion to prop the U.S. equity markets to new highs. Coinciding with Bernanke’s testimony, a deluge of second quarter corporate earnings announcements was released. As a reminder, in this space last week, we wrote,

30. Dell Delays Vote on Buyout, Sign It Lacks Support -

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.

31. Shareholders Voting on $24.4 Billion Dell Buyout -

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.

32. Lemmonds Forges Ahead With New Enterprise -

After years spent helping entrepreneurs bring their startups to life, Elizabeth Lemmonds has moved on from the organization now known as Start Co. and is working on a venture of her own.

33. Five Years in the Life -

Delta Airlines and Northwest Airlines has just merged with more than 150 flights a day at Memphis International Airport shifting to the Delta brand. And Delta’s CEO, Richard Anderson, said Memphis would be an integral hub with more traffic.

34. Microsoft Brings Office to iPhone, but Not Tablets -

NEW YORK (AP) – 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 running its own Windows system.

35. The Power of Curiosity and Sociability -

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.

36. Google Asks to Publish More US Government Information -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is asking the Obama administration for permission to disclose more details about the U.S. government's demands for emails and other information that people transmit online.

37. 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.

38. Apple's Cook Faces Senate Questions on Taxes -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate dragged massively profitable Apple Inc. into the debate over the U.S. tax code Tuesday, grilling CEO Tim Cook over allegations that its Irish subsidiaries help the company avoid billions in U.S. taxes.

39. 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.

40. Icahn, Southeastern Challenge Dell Takeover Plan -

One of the biggest critics of Michael Dell's plan to take the company he founded private has launched a fresh challenge to that $24.4 billion bid and says the slumping PC maker needs new leadership.

41. Companies Need to Think Like Venture Capitalists -

Last week we discussed the concept of the intrapreneur and our conviction that companies must add the pressures of failure and constrained resources to get ingenuity. Real entrepreneurs have vision, resilience and fortitude. Their natural drive, focus on survival and ability to pivot with the market is what generates market winners. It is the natural selection process at work. This is why VCs think the team is most critical, and companies looking to innovate should too.

42. Icahn Signs Confidentiality Agreement With Dell -

Billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who is fighting Dell Inc. founder Michael Dell's plan to take the struggling company private, has entered a confidentiality agreement that would give him access to the computer maker's financial records.

43. Apple CEO Promises Investors ‘Great Stuff' to Come -

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.

44. Barnes & Noble Chair Wants to Buy Retail Business -

NEW YORK (AP) – The last remaining national bookstore chain is being taken off the shelf and dusted off for sale.

Founder Barnes & Noble's founder Leonard Riggio disclosed in a regulatory filing Monday that he wants to acquire the company's stores and website, but not the business that makes the Nook e-reader or the company's college bookstores. No price was disclosed.

45. Memphis Investment Firm at Odds With Dell -

Following Memphis-based Southeastern Asset Management’s public opposition to Dell Inc.’s proposed $24.4 billion buyout, the Texas-based tech company is trying to reassure shareholders that the deal will be beneficial.

46. Epic Marketing Failures of 2012 -

Despite their considerable marketing budgets and extensive teams, some of the world’s most well-known brands made significant marketing missteps in 2012. Learn from these epic fails to protect your brand.

47. Reports: Microsoft May Invest in Dell Buyout -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft has joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell, according to media reports.

Both CNBC and The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft Corp. may invest some of the money needed to take Dell Inc. private after 25 years as a publicly traded company. Tuesday's stories cited unidentified people familiar with the negotiations.

48. Status Quo: The Big Lie -

In a recent Let’s Grow column, we tackled the hard subject of cognitive biases. Yet, we did not touch upon the most prevalent and insidious bias in business. This big lie is that the status quo exists. Nothing stays the same. Companies who strive to keep things the way the presently are – one definition of status quo – live a lie that is not sustainable. They get fixed and rigid, locked into a certain way of counting on the world, and then they crumble and fall.

49. Cash’s Turbulent Tenure Full of Surprises -

Kriner Cash came to the city as Memphis City Schools superintendent in July 2008. He began with an informal census that organized the school district’s student population by how many students were overage for their grade level, how many had no primary care physician and how many had access to no pre-kindergarten services.

50. Google Emerges From Federal Probe Relatively Unscathed -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google has settled a U.S. government probe into its business practices without making any major concessions on how the company runs its Internet search engine, the world's most influential gateway to digital information and commerce.

51. Fulton Accounting Firm Gets Rebrand and New Owner -

Fulton CPAs is a full-service accounting firm that has a new name and is under new ownership.

Previously known as Polsgrove & Fulton, the firm initiated a rebrand in the fall that included the new name after owner and CEO Lynn Fulton assumed full ownership of the business.

52. Indie Memphis Festival Breaks Attendance Record -

This year’s 15th annual Indie Memphis Film Festival, held Nov. 1 through Nov. 4, shattered its previous attendance record.

This year’s festival, presented by Duncan-Williams Inc., saw a nearly 38 percent rise in attendance, from 8,000 last year to 11,028 this year. Also, the festival’s ticket and pass sales grew by more than 60 percent.

53. Indie Memphis Festival Gets a Tech Feel -

Based on a lineup the nonprofit organization released, this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival will feel a lot like the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

It’s a reflection of the digital convergence of film, music and interactive media. Adding a kind of innovation and technology focus to the festival is something organizers have wanted to add for a while, according to Indie Memphis board president Iddo Patt.

54. Indie Memphis Festival Gets New Tech Elements -

There’s a decided South by Southwest feel to this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival, based on a lineup the nonprofit organization announced this week.

For the 15th annual festival, which happens Nov. 1-4, the festival has added new innovation and technology events on topics that range from design trends to digital storytelling, data management and the innovation economy. That’s in addition to screening the independent films and showcasing musical acts that are a staple of the event.

55. Indie Memphis Festival Gets New Tech Elements -

There’s a decided South by Southwest feel to this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival, based on a lineup the nonprofit sent out Tuesday afternoon.

For the 15th annual festival, which happens Nov. 1 through Nov. 4, the festival has added new innovation and technology events on topics that range from design trends to digital storytelling, data management and the innovation economy. That’s in addition to screening the independent films and showcasing musical acts that are a staple of the event.

56. Speculation Mounts for FedEx Changes -

The annual FedEx Corp. meeting with investors next month will be watched closely for what happens to FedEx Express, the oldest division of the Memphis-based company.

57. Gates, Buffett Again Top Forbes' Billionaires List -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates remains the nation's richest man by far, as the tech and philanthropy giant took the top spot on the Forbes 400 list for the 19th year running, with a net worth of $66 billion.

58. Study: Chinese Imports Cost 96,300 Jobs in Mid-South Since 2001 -

A new report from a liberal think tank says Chinese imports caused the loss of 2.7 million jobs in the United States, including 96,300 in the Mid-South, since the industrializing nation joined the World Trade Organization in 2001.

59. Business Honors -

Thirteen Memphis-based companies can officially claim to be among the fastest-growing in the U.S.

That’s according to Inc. Magazine, which put them on its annual Inc. 500|5000 list, an exclusive ranking the magazine published a few days ago that honors the fastest-growing companies by measuring their percentage growth in revenue over a three-year period.

60. How Apple's Phantom Taxes Hide Billions in Profit -

NEW YORK (AP) – On Tuesday, Apple is set to report financial results for the second quarter. Analysts are expecting net income of $9.8 billion. But whatever figure Apple reports won't reflect its true profit, because the company hides some of it with an unusual tax maneuver.

61. Source: Yahoo, Facebook Have Settled Patent Fight -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook and Yahoo have agreed to settle a dispute over patents, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The deal would end lawsuits the companies filed against each other without any money exchanged, according to the person, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

62. Google Sells Small Tablet, Challenges Kindle Fire -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is unveiling a small tablet computer bearing its brand in a challenge to Amazon's Kindle Fire.

The Nexus 7 is designed specifically for Google Play, the online store that sells movies, music, books, apps and other content – the things Amazon.com Inc. also sells for its tablet computer.

63. Apple Integrates Facebook Into iPhone Software -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Fresh off a disappointing initial public offering, Facebook is getting a big boost from Apple, which is building the social network deep into its iPhone and iPad software.

64. Americans Grew Gloomier About the Economy in May -

NEW YORK (AP) – Americans grew much gloomier about the economy in May, causing a critical measure of consumer confidence to suffer its biggest decline in eight months and ending a period of steady optimism.

65. Miss. High Court Rules Legal Fees are Public Funds -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi Supreme Court ruled Thursday in two cases that legal fees paid to private lawyers to represent the state are public funds.

Justices said because the money belongs to the public, it should've been paid out to the lawyers from the attorney general's contingent fund or from other money appropriated to the attorney general.

66. 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.

67. Yahoo to Sell Half of its Alibaba Stake for $7.1B -

HONG KONG (AP) – Struggling Internet company Yahoo Inc. has secured a lifeline after agreeing to sell half of its prized stake in Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba for about $7.1 billion, with most of the cash going to shareholders.

68. Revolving Door: Yahoo Ushers Out Another CEO -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Yahoo still has credibility issues, even after casting aside CEO Scott Thompson because his official biography included a college degree that he never received.

69. B&N, Microsoft Team Up on Nook, College Businesses -

NEW YORK (AP) – Books and bits united Monday as Microsoft provided an infusion of money to help Barnes & Noble compete with top electronic bookseller Amazon. In exchange, Microsoft gets a long-desired foothold in the business of e-books and college textbooks.

70. Facebook Leaning Toward Nasdaq, Reports Say -

NEW YORK (AP) – Facebook will list its shares with Nasdaq, according to media reports.

That would be a big win for the Nasdaq, which competes fiercely with NYSE Euronext Inc., especially for an initial public offering as large as Facebook's, pegged at $5 billion.

71. Apple's Next Hot Release: The Dividend Check -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple made computers sexy. Can it do the same for the musty old dividend?

Issuing a regular payment to your stockholders after years of just amassing cash used to be an admission that your company has run out of creative ideas to grow profits.

72. Apple to Pay Dividend, Start Stock Buybacks -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple is finally acknowledging that it has more money than it needs. But don't expect it to cut prices on iPhones and iPads. Instead, the company said on Monday that it will reward its shareholders with a dividend and a share buyback program.

73. Apple's Market Clout Likely to Draw More Scrutiny -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – In everything it does, from product design to business deals, Apple strives for as much control as possible.

But as the world's most valuable company sets out to define and dominate the rapidly evolving markets it created with the iPhone and the iPad, Apple is likely to face antitrust regulators who want to curb its power.

74. Apple Market Value Hits $500B, Where Few Have Gone -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple's market capitalization topped $500 billion Wednesday, climbing to a mountain peak where few companies have ventured – and none have stayed for long.

Apple was already the world's most valuable company. The gap between it and No. 2 Exxon Mobil Corp. has widened rapidly in the past month, as investors have digested Apple's report of blow-out holiday-season sales of iPhones and iPads. And, more recently, Apple has raised investors' hopes that it might institute a dividend.

75. Pressure Builds for Civilian Drone Flights at Home -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Heads up: Drones are going mainstream.

Civilian cousins of the unmanned military aircraft that have tracked and killed terrorists in the Middle East and Asia are in demand by police departments, border patrols, power companies, news organizations and others wanting a bird's-eye view that's too impractical or dangerous for conventional planes or helicopters to get.

76. Tech Companies Team Up to Combat Email Scams -

NEW YORK (AP) – Google, Facebook and other big tech companies are jointly designing a system for combating email scams known as phishing.

Such scams try to trick people into giving away passwords and other personal information by sending emails that look as if they come from a legitimate bank, retailer or other business. When Bank of America customers see emails that appear to come from the bank, they might click on a link that takes them to a fake site mimicking the real Bank of America's. There, they might enter personal details, which scam artists can capture and use for fraud.

77. Apple Briefly Passes Exxon as Most Valuable Co. -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple briefly surpassed Exxon as the most valuable U.S. company after an excellent quarter, though the oil company has regained the lead at the market's close.

Apple's stock rose as much as 8 percent, while Exxon's fell as much as 2 percent during trading Wednesday.

78. Public Notices Have Important Role -

When I first became publisher of The Daily News in Memphis, I’ll admit I knew very little about public notices. I quickly learned that they are a longstanding requirement on governments, individuals and some businesses to give notice to the public when a range of critically important actions are about to be taken – the foreclosure of a home, passage of a local ordinance, the adoption of a child, and so on.

79. Google Gets More Personal With Search Results -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google is sifting through the photos and commentary on its blossoming social network so its Internet search results can include more personal information.

The additional personal touches that began to roll out Tuesday mark another step toward one of Google's most ambitious goals. The Internet search leader eventually hopes to know enough about each of its users so it can tailor its results to fit the unique interests of each person looking for something.

80. The 'CES Curse?' Gadget Show has Poor Record -

NEW YORK (AP) – The largest trade show in the Americas must be a great place to show off new products, right? Wrong. The International Consumer Electronics Show is quickly becoming a launch pad for products that fall flat.

81. Microsoft Pledges Windows Developers Generosity -

NEW YORK (AP) – Microsoft Corp. is stepping up its competition with Apple and plans to give developers who write software for Windows computers and devices a greater share of revenue sold through the company's upcoming Windows Store.

82. Microsoft Rolls Out Xbox TV Platform -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Microsoft Corp. is rolling out a new interface for its Xbox game console, one that allows you to navigate through music, movies, TV shows and games with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice.

83. Gates Testifies in $1B Lawsuit Against Microsoft -

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) – Microsoft's Windows 95 rollout presented the most challenges in the company's history, leading to several last-minute changes to technical features that would no longer support a rival software maker's word processor, Bill Gates testified Monday in a $1 billion antitrust lawsuit filed by the creator of WordPerfect.

84. Cable Cos. to Offer $9.95 Broadband for Poor Homes -

NEW YORK (AP) – Cable companies said Wednesday that they will offer Internet service for $9.95 per month to homes with children that are eligible for free school lunches.

The offer will start next summer and is part of an initiative the Federal Communications Commission cobbled together to get more U.S. homes connected to broadband.

85. Events -

The Small Business Chamber Breakfast Club will meet Friday, Oct. 28, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at Office Suites Plus, 6000 Poplar Ave., suite 250.For more information, call 212-7424.

86. Microsoft Completes $8.5B Acquisition of Skype -

REDMOND, Wash. (AP) – Internet video chat service Skype is now officially a part of Microsoft.

The two companies joined forces late Thursday when Microsoft Corp. completed its $8.5 billion purchase of Skype. The closing came five months after Microsoft announced the deal.

87. EU Approves Microsoft Acquisition of Skype -

BRUSSELS (AP) – The European Commission approved Friday the proposed $8.5 billion acquisition of the Internet phone and video communication provider Skype by Microsoft Corp., saying the deal would not significantly impede competition in Europe.

88. Steve Jobs and Shades of Yellow -

Editor’s Note: “From the Blog” is a new weekly feature that highlights some of the enterprising work our staff posts on The Daily News blog, blog.memphisdailynews.com.

89. Leadership Group Expands to Memphis -

A business leadership program started by former Tractor Supply Co. CEO Joe Scarlett and run for the last several years in Nashville is going so well the program is expanding to Memphis.

90. Obama, GOP Trumpet Jobs Plans in Silicon Valley -

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) – The debate over how to create jobs has moved to Silicon Valley, where the president and Republican leaders were each taking to the Internet to trumpet their agendas and win over young voters.

91. Bill Gates Tops Forbes List of Richest Americans -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – America's economic woes don't appear to be hurting philanthropist Bill Gates, who tops Forbes' list of the 400 richest Americans for the 18th year in a row.

92. Google Head Disputes That Company Thwarts Rivals -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Google Inc. Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt told a Senate panel Wednesday that the company faces tough competition and isn't using its dominance in Internet search to stifle competitors.

93. Yahoo Co-Founder Urged to Help Oust Chairman -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – A major Yahoo Inc. shareholder is recruiting company co-founder Jerry Yang to join a crusade to oust Chairman Roy Bostock amid the upheaval triggered by the recent firing of CEO Carol Bartz.

94. Google Reveals Energy Use to Show Search is Green -

NEW YORK (AP) – Stung by concerns that using Google is bad for the planet, the Internet search giant has revealed exactly how much electricity the company uses and how much greenhouse gases it produces in an effort to show its business model is environmentally friendly.

95. Activist Buys Up Stake in Yahoo, Slams Board -

LOS ANGELES (AP) – An activist investment fund disclosed Thursday that it has bought a 5.2 percent stake in troubled Web portal Yahoo Inc. and called for sweeping changes to the board.

96. Stocks Recover After Bernanke Predicts US Growth -

Stocks rose in afternoon trading Friday after Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. is on track for long-term economic growth.

Trading volume was light, a sign that many traders were leaving the New York area ahead of Hurricane Irene. The storm is expected to reach the region late Saturday night. A spokesman for the New York Stock Exchange said trading is expected to open as usual on Monday.

97. Without Jobs, Apple Must Show it Can Still Deliver -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – With Steve Jobs bowing out as CEO, Apple Inc. must persuade investors and consumers that it doesn't need the force behind the iMac, iPod, iPhone and iPad in charge to keep the technology hits coming.

98. Google's Patent Play: $12.5B for Motorola Mobility -

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Google Inc.'s $12.5 billion deal to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc. is aimed at giving the Internet search leader more legal firepower as it battles Apple Inc. and Microsoft Corp. to gain the upper hand in the increasingly important mobile computing market.

99. The iPad Trumps Oil: Apple is Most Valuable US Co. -

NEW YORK (AP) – Investors seem to think you want an iPad more than oil, as Apple Inc. became the most valuable company in the United States, surpassing Exxon Mobil Corp. on Wednesday.

100. Apple Passes Exxon as Most Valuable US Company -

NEW YORK (AP) – Apple has surpassed Exxon Mobil as the most valuable company in the U.S. The milestone occurred shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Apple Inc.'s stock gained 3.4 percent to $365.10 Tuesday afternoon, bringing the iPhone and iPad maker's market capitalization to about $338 billion.