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Superfish points fingers over ad software security flaws

People walk past a Lenovo flagship experience store in Beijing, China. Security researchers revealed Thursday that some computers sold by China’s Lenovo, the world’s biggest PC maker, had a major security hole that would let any garden-variety hacker impersonate shopping, banking and other websites and steal users' credit card numbers and other personal data.

The Department of Homeland Security is warning Lenovo users to uninstall Superfish software because of the danger from hackers. The software, a visual recognition program, is designed to aid online shoppers.

Poll shows most Americans favor higher minimum wage

Although Americans support three key proposals from President Obama's State of the Union speech, they don't approve of the job he's doing to help the middle class.

Entrepreneur Diana Kander left legal profession to mentor students, others

Diana Kander learned her entrepreneurial spirit from her parents. The family started making dental products in their basement after they came to the United States from the Soviet Union in 1989, when Kander was 8 years old.

Expedia to buy Orbitz, further shifting online travel space

The deal would add Orbitz, CheapTickets and HotelClub to Expedia's list of assets, which already includes Hotels.com, Hotwire and Trivago.

RadioShack at Columbia Mall to close

The Columbia Mall RadioShack is one of more than 1,700 locations that RadioShack announced it would be closing in the near future.

'Slow flowers' movement pushes local, U.S.-grown cut flowers

"Farmer florists" are a growing business aimed at providing customers the option to buy local cut flowers.

 

Local businesses look to cash in on Cupid

The second annual Grand Love Vendor Fair brought vendors and Valentine's Day shoppers together Saturday afternoon at the Cherry Hill Event Center.

Even as U.S. job market picks up, unemployed face frustration

Low unemployment means companies are struggling to fill openings.

 

Columbia RadioShack could close in wake of bankruptcy

The store at Columbia Mall was included on a potential store closure list posted on the electronics chain's website. The other Columbia location, at 2013 W. Worley St., was not on the list.

As trading pits close, traders yearn for 'roar' of old

CME Group, the parent company of the Chicago Board and Trade, announced Wednesday it is shutting down trading in 21 trading pits in Chicago in New York.

News Guide: Net neutrality and what it could mean to you

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, proposed changes intended to keep Internet service providers like Comcast and AT&T from slowing down Internet speeds. Equal access to the Internet is on the road to becoming a public utility.

Energizer debuts recycled AA and AAA batteries

The company says they are the first disposable AA and AAA alkaline batteries made with recycled batteries.

Nixon releases $21.5M for Missouri veterans homes, shelters

The announcement follows a national settlement with credit rating agency Standard & Poor's. The settlement concerned allegations that Standard & Poor's knowingly inflated ratings of risky mortgage investments that helped trigger that 2008 financial crisis.

Businesses stay clear of using Super Bowl name

As the professional football's biggest night approaches, the NFL is watching to see how companies use its trademark phrase "Super Bowl." Some companies are opting away from toeing the line of copyright infringement and using the "big game" or "game day."

 

State looking into whether IBM layoffs affect subsidies

REDI expresses confidence in the tech firm that announced an unspecified number of layoffs Wednesday.

Columbia-based IBM service center lays off employees

Some Columbia residents lost their jobs at IBM on Wednesday, but formal notice of the number of people who were laid off has not been released.

EPA standards help drive renewed demand for diesel-fueled vehicles

Commercial diesel engines changed significantly after the EPA passed regulations in 2010 that altered the industry. Now the engines are cleaner, more powerful and much more efficient — and sales figures show consumers are noticing.

 

McDonald's says changes are afoot to woo customers

The fast-food chain is considering new menu choices and ways for customers to order to reverse falling sales worldwide.

Harold's Doughnuts set to open Jan. 16

The craft doughnut shop has been delivering doughnuts since June and originally planned to open its doors in the fall.

Bull market for stocks keeps on going in 2014

Despite a few wobbles, the U.S. stock market climbed 11.4 percent and ended the year close to record levels.

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