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  • *Alibaba soars in debut, Yahoo falls. NEW YORK, Sept 19- U.S. stocks closed little changed on Friday after Alibaba's strong debut was offset by falling technology shares as Oracle and Yahoo stumbled, but the Dow managed to edge higher to set a record for a second straight session.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:33 PM ET

    Apple Inc. fell. 8 percent to $100.96 with 62,126,100 shares traded. ChinaNet Online Holdings Inc. rose 92.2 percent to $1.96 with 22,262,700 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. fell. 1 percent to $25.20 with 40,878,100 shares traded.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- U.S. stocks were little changed mid-session on Friday after Alibaba's strong debut was offset by falling technology shares as Oracle and Yahoo stumbled.

  • Some consumers say Apple is losing its "cool" factor Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former chief executive Steve Jobs.

  • Review: Larger iPhones eliminate reason to switch Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:12 AM ET

    NEW YORK— It's easy to dismiss Apple's new iPhones as merely catching up to Android. After all, phones running Google's Android system long have had larger screens. In addition, many Android phones already have the wireless chips that iPhones are getting for making credit card payments without pulling out a card at retail stores.

  • Alibaba stock soars in jubilant trading debut Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Alibaba's stock is surging as the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse's begins its first day trading as a public company. Jubilant CEO Jack Ma stood on the NYSE trading floor Friday as eight Alibaba customers, including an American cherry farmer and a Chinese Olympian, rang the opening bell from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

  • WASHINGTON, Sept 18- Microsoft Corp urged the Federal Communications Commission to approve AT&T's Inc $48.5 billion bid for DirecTV, saying in a filing that the acquisition is crucial to expanding Americans' access to the internet. The letter, which was dated Sept. 16 and released publicly on Thursday, comes as the FCC conducts a formal review of the merger.

  • SEATTLE, Sept 18- Microsoft Corp will close its Silicon Valley research-and-development operation as part of 2,100 layoffs announced on Thursday, as it moves toward its new CEO's goal of cutting 18,000 staff, or about 14 percent of its workforce.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:18 PM ET

    Apple Inc. rose. 2 percent to $101.79 with 35,902,100 shares traded. Facebook Inc. rose. 7 percent to $77.00 with 22,472,500 shares traded. Gilead Sciences Inc. rose 2.0 percent to $105.93 with 16,071,400 shares traded.

  • Microsoft cuts 2,100 jobs in restructure efforts Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 1:15 PM ET

    Microsoft laid off 2,100 employees as a part of a previously announced restructuring plan.

  • Microsoft to CNBC: Laying off 2,100 workers today     Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:43 PM ET

    CNBC's Melissa Lee reports Microsoft will lay off 2,100 employees today as part of the 18,000 layoffs previously announced. The FMHR traders take their positions in the name.

  • Robot bartender—hard drinks from hardware Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 9:53 AM ET
    Makr Shakr

    Royal Caribbean is introducing a robot bartender, but the experience just isn't the same, says Issac from 'The Love Boat.' NBC News reports.

  • TOKYO, Sept 18- The head of Sony Corp's PlayStation division hopes to raise its profit outlook for this year, in stark contrast to the Japanese electronics firm's mobile business which has forecast deep losses and sent Sony's stock reeling.

  • Early movers: AAPL, MSFT, TGT, V, A, AMZN & more Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:57 AM ET
    Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

    Some of the names on the move ahead of the open.

  • Sept 17- News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson has urged European regulators to reconsider their settlement with Google Inc over its search practices, calling the Internet company an "egregious" aggregator and a "platform of piracy."

  • Fed comments tell Cramer to buy Apple & more Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 6:12 PM ET
    Federal Reserve Chairman Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference at the Federal Reserve in Washington, Sept. 17, 2014.

    Cramer spent Wednesday sifting through the Fed statement and the comments made by Fed chief Janet Yellen. They're quite telling.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St edges higher after Fed; Dow sets record Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 4:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Sept 17- U.S. stocks edged higher in volatile trading on Wednesday after the U.S.

  • Most active Nasdaq-traded stocks Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:17 PM ET

    Apple Inc. was unchanged at $100.91 with 26,598,500 shares traded. Auxilium Pharmaceuticals Inc. rose 44.1 percent to $31.00 with 10,563,000 shares traded. Cisco Systems Inc. was unchanged at $25.23 with 11,326,700 shares traded.

  • 5 things small businesses need to know this fall Wednesday, 17 Sep 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    NEW YORK— What do small business owners need to pay attention to this fall?