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Investors still see benefit of hiring stock pickers to run their funds

...stock in the S&P 500, the oil giant's performance has a bigger effect on the index than any company outside Apple and Microsoft. This year, it's been a negative. Exxon Mobil has shed 11 percent of its value due to the plunge in the price of crude...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-19/investors-still-see-benefi
Traditional toys remain popular Christmas buys

...those 18-and-under.At the Augusta Best Buy store on Walton Way Extension, the iPhone 6 and accompanying accessories, Microsoft Surface tablet, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and fitness trackers have been top sellers, said assistant manager Lana Green...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/local-business/2014-12-19/traditional
Barnes & Noble, Microsoft end Nook deal

...ending its commercial agreement with Microsoft for its Nook e-book reader ahead of...to boost shareholder value.In 2012 Microsoft paid $300 million for a 17.6 percent...Noble supplied Nook content and apps for Microsoft's Windows products. On Thursday Barnes...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-04/barnes-noble-microsoft-end
Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google

...the video game "Minecraft," whose popularity prompted Microsoft to buy it for $2.5 billion earlier this year; Frozen and...Instead of doing a wide-ranging compilation of top searches, Microsoft's Bing separated its lists into disparate categories, such...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/life/2014-12-16/robin-williams-suicide-seizes-year-
Jurors to hear Steve Jobs testimony at Apple trial

...could not be played on iPods, and songs purchased on iTunes could not be played on competing portable devices, including Microsoft's Zune and Diamond Multimedia's Rio music player.Music fans chafed at the restrictions. RealNetworks soon introduced...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-01/jurors-hear-steve-jobs-tes
Kirby: Forget cops, put body cameras on the crooks

...loss""Upcoming NFL draft to focus on use of mutants""Average height of NBA players now nine feet, seven inches""Microsoft announces it has perfected its newest version of Windows so it crashes BEFORE installation is completed""New federal law...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-12-08/kirby-forget-cops-put-body-ca
Microsoft to cut up to 18,000 jobs over next year

REDMOND, Wash. - Microsoft is cutting up to 18,000 jobs, about...it bought in April.The news sent Microsoft's stock up 3 percent in premarket...professional and factory jobs will be cut. Microsoft expects charges of $1.1 billion...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-07-17/microsoft-cut-18000-jobs-o
Microsoft to buy Minecraft maker for $2.5 billion

NEW YORK - Microsoft will acquire the maker of the long-running hit game Minecraft...and rich with new opportunities for that community and for Microsoft," said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.The deal is expected to close in late 2014...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-15/microsoft-buy-minecraft-ma
US stock market has best week in nearly 2 years

...helped by strong quarterly earnings from Microsoft and other big U.S. companies.After...was expecting.Quarterly results from Microsoft and UPS helped lift stocks Friday, but...others have come in above expectations.Microsoft's sales and profits were well above...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-10-24/us-stock-market-has-best-w
Business news

...Windows to skip 9 to emphasize advancesSAN FRANCISCO - Microsoft is trying to soften an unpopular redesign of Windows...Although the current version is called Windows 8, Microsoft says it's skipping ahead to Windows 10 to emphasize...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-09-30/business-news