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  • SEATTLE, July 25- An online stock trader who profited from inside information passed to him by a former Microsoft Corp finance employee was sentenced to 1-1/ 2 years in prison in Seattle on Friday.

  • July 25- Amazon.com Inc's heavy investment in content and technology to fight off deep-pocketed rivals is proving to be more costly than many had expected, raising fears that operating earnings will be remain under pressure indefinitely. Amazon's shares fell 12 percent to $314.76 in early trading on Friday, wiping out about $18 billion from its market value.

  • July 25- Amazon.com Inc's heavy investment in new content and technology to fight off deep-pocketed rivals is proving expensive and analysts fear this will hurt operating earnings for some time.

  • BEIJING, July 25- China Telecom Corp Ltd will sell Microsoft Corp's Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country's third-largest telecommunications company said on Friday. Joanna Li, Microsoft's China spokeswoman, said the console would be offered exclusively to China Telecom's 30 million broadband customers.

  • BEIJING, July 25- China Telecom Corp Ltd will start selling Microsoft Corp's Xbox One gaming console in China from September through an exclusive contract, the country's third-largest telecommunications company said in a statement on Friday.

  • Google's handling of removal requests has drawn criticism. *Google has received 91,000 removal requests across Europe.

  • Across US job market, layoffs are becoming rare Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The risk of losing your job is getting smaller and smaller. As the U.S. economy has improved and employers have regained confidence, companies have been steadily shedding fewer workers.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 1:23 PM ET

    Apple Inc. fell. 2 percent to $97.03 with 44,545,900 shares traded. Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose 5.2 percent to $6.18 with 26,030,200 shares traded. BlackBerry Ltd. rose 5.6 percent to $10.38 with 31,147,300 shares traded.

  • July 24- Shares of Facebook Inc hit a record high on Thursday after a surge in mobile advertising revenue helped the world's No. 1 social network trounce analysts' expectations for quarterly profit and revenue.

  • *Google's handling of removal requests has drawn criticism.

  • Nokia sees brighter future without handset unit Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 3:09 AM ET

    HELSINKI— There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Nokia Corp.' s stock closed up 7.3 percent at 6.14 euros on the Helsinki Stock Exchange. Suri gave an upbeat outlook for the core networks unit which now accounts for around 90 percent of Nokia's revenue.

  • Can Facebook sustain its bumper earnings? Thursday, 24 Jul 2014 | 12:25 AM ET

    Social media giant Facebook reported bumper earnings growth on Wednesday, but some analysts have called into question how long the party will last.

  • How the Dow Jones industrial average did Wednesday Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 5:13 PM ET

    The stock market eked out a record high Wednesday, as investors weighed positive earnings from the technology industry against disappointing news from Boeing and other companies. Apple reported earnings that topped analysts' estimates, helped by rising shipments of iPhones. Microsoft also reported results that beat forecasts.

  • *Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks ended mostly higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 closing at a record on Apple's bullish results, though Boeing weighed on the Dow and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept the broader market's gains in check.

  • *Apple rallies after results, boosting tech names. NEW YORK, July 23- U.S. stocks were largely higher on Wednesday, with the S&P 500 hitting another record high after bullish results from tech giants Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ FRANKFURT, July 22- European Union antitrust regulators are preparing to step up investigations of Google Inc's practices on several fronts and are likely to revise certain terms of a settlement involving its search engine that was proposed earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.

  • Up, up and away! Tech trading above bubble highs Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:29 AM ET

    Microsoft and Cisco may sound old school compared to internet high fliers, but some of the old timers are at levels not seen since the dot com bubble.

  • Here's Apple's 'big failing,' says Roger McNamee Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 11:12 AM ET
    Roger McNamee, managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners. (file photo)

    Though Apple posted profits that beat expectations, investor Roger McNamee found reason to throw cold water on the tech giant.

  • *Microsoft sees end to Nokia losses, shares rise. NEW YORK, July 23- The S&P 500 hit a record high on Wednesday, lifted by bullish earnings from companies like Apple and Microsoft, though technical resistance and conflicts in Ukraine and the Gaza Strip kept gains in check.

  • Whirlpool's quarter goes down the drain Wednesday, 23 Jul 2014 | 10:28 AM ET
    A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Whirlpool missed profit and revenue expectations by a wide margin, and cut their full year forecast.