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    With a four-year debt crisis and recession affecting many of its member countries, the European Union is turning to cloud computing to create 2.5 million new jobs and boost the region’s economy.

  • Why Rewards of Layaway Outpace Risks: Sears Exec Saturday, 6 Oct 2012 | 12:42 PM ET
    Black Friday shoppers wait to pay for items in a Sears store at Simon Property Group Inc.'s Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio.

    Layaway provides a lure for customers who might not have cash on hand to pay for holiday presents. But the service can also make it harder for retailers to manage inventory, and some customers never pay off their contracts. Sears Holdings weighs in on why the rewards outweigh the risks.

  • TAIPEI/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6- Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc's products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.

  • TAIPEI/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 6- Foxconn, the Taiwanese made-to-order electronics giant that assembles Apple Inc's products, denied reports that a plant in China was crippled by a strike, saying on Saturday that its production is on schedule at an important time for Apple.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Thousands of workers went on strike Friday at a Foxconn plant in central China that makes Apple Inc's iPhone 5, paralyzing production of the smartphone, the rights advocate group China Labor Watch reported. Apple is already struggling with supply constraints, analysts say.

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    "I have access to first-hand information," one member of the invite-only investing group AAPL Sanity said. "In fact, I usually get it a lot sooner than people might get it sifting through the analyst blogs and noise out there."

  • Stocks Flat, but Dow Logs Best Close in 5 Years Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:42 PM ET

    Stocks ended narrowly mixed Friday, erasing an earlier rally fueled by the monthly government jobs report, but all three major indexes still posted their first positive week in three and the Dow finished at its best level since December 2007.

  • *Fred Hassan to become non-executive chairman in January. Oct 5- Avon Products Inc will close the book on the Andrea Jung era at the end of the year, clearing the way for new Chief Executive Sheri McCoy to try to fix the iconic but struggling beauty products company.

  • Apple's Future Without Steve Jobs Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 4:22 PM ET
    Apple's Future Without Steve Jobs

    It's been one-year since the passing of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, and some worry the magic Jobs brought to the company is wearing off. James Brehm, Compass Intelligence, and Gene Munster, Piper Jaffray, discuss.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 5- Consumer Reports, the influential reviewers' group that blasted the iPhone 4 for a faulty antenna, on Friday gave Apple Inc's latest smartphone a thumbs-up despite echoing widespread complaints about its patchy mapping service.

  • Review: Apple's maps app lets you follow the voice Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 2:13 PM ET

    Although it's not flawless or as good as Google's maps app on Android phones, Apple's new offering on the iPhone got me where I needed to go _ for the most part. I've used Google's Android app since it was released three years ago.

  • *Fred Hassan to become nonexecutive chairman in January. By Jessica Wohl and Phil Wahba. Oct 5- Avon Products Inc.

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    Cybercrime is becoming increasingly commonplace and insidious and yet, time and time again, corporate America appears ill-prepared.

  • Black Friday Prediction: Killer Deals on Electronics Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 12:09 PM ET
    Black Friday shoppers wait to pay for items in a Sears store at Simon Property Group Inc.'s Great Lakes Mall in Mentor, Ohio.

    The shopping experts at dealnews.com studied what happened last year and they expect many popular electronic items to be at their lowest prices ever during what they call the “Black Friday Season” – mid-November to Cyber Monday.

  • Year After Jobs' Death, How High Can Apple Fly? Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 11:01 AM ET
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    Without visionary leader Steve Jobs to guide Apple, how long can the magic ride last? A year after Jobs' death, that question is on many minds.

  • How Apple Changes Lives Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:33 AM ET
    How Apple Changes Lives

    For many people, Apple remains a unique investment. Apple Sanity is an invite-only online group of 600 retail investors linked together around the world.

  • Remembering Steve Jobs Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 10:18 AM ET
    Remembering Steve Jobs

    Today marks the one-year anniversary of Steve Jobs' death. The SOTS crew discusses Jobs' impact on the technology sector and how his successor has fared in the last year.

  • *Fred Hassan to become nonexecutive chairman in January. Oct 5- Avon Products Inc said Executive Chairman Andrea Jung, who was replaced as chief executive officer in April, would step down from the board at the end of 2012, ending what became a tumultuous tenure in recent years and sending the company's shares up nearly 6 percent.

  • Austria merger delays 4G auction to late 2013 Friday, 5 Oct 2012 | 9:14 AM ET

    VIENNA, Oct 5- Uncertainty over a controversial merger is expected to delay an auction for Austria's fourth-generation telecoms frequencies until next September, potentially leaving the pioneer in mobile technology among the last European countries to have faster networks.

  • *Samsung Electronics reported a record quarterly profit of $7.3 billion, nearly double last year's figure, as strong sales of high-end TVs and Galaxy smartphones more than offset reduced orders for chips and screens from Apple Inc, its main rival and leading customer.