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Discount Chain Family Dollar To Close 370 Stores

MATTHEWS, N.C. (UPI) — Family Dollar Stores, facing increasing retail competition, have decided to close 370 stores and bring down prices on more than 1,000 products. The steps are aimed at improving financial performance after the company reported a drop in second-quarter earnings and also revised their outlook for the year. The closings will affect […]

Facebook To Stop In-App Messaging, Expects Users To Download Messenger App

MENLO PARK, Calif. (UPI) — Facebook is killing its in-app messaging service and has asked users to download a separate Messenger app to continue chatting with their friends. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that the messaging service will be stripped out of the social network’s primary Facebook app. The messages button will continue to remain in […]

Jobless Claims Fall By 32,000, Nearing Seven-Year Low

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell last week, reaching its lowest level in almost seven years, suggesting a revival in the labor market. New claims for unemployment benefits dropped by 32,000 to 300,000 for the week ending April 5, according to the Labor Department. The number is […]

Greece Will Resume The Sale Of Long-Term Bonds

ATHENS, Greece (UPI) — Greece will come out with a five-year bond issue for the first time since it was granted an international bailout of €240 billion bailout four years ago. The Greek Finance Ministry said Wednesday that the government had reached out to international banks “for an imminent five-year bond issue.” The officials gave […]

Twitter To Roll Out Facebook-Like Design Update

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Twitter will begin rolling out its new profile page design in the coming weeks, and the redesign already appears on certain celebrity pages. The redesign, which makes a user’s profile page look very similar to Facebook’s design, will come with a larger profile picture and header image, and will showcase the […]

Internet Users Advised To Change Passwords Due To ‘Heartbleed’ Bug

SAN FRANCISCO (UPI) — Internet users are encouraged to change the online passwords after the discovery of a major bug known as “Heartbleed” affecting OpenSSL. The Heartbleed bug in OpenSSL means that any website with HTTPS encryption is vulnerable to attack. Users can tell if a website uses HTTPS security if the see “https” at […]

Report: Virgin America Rated Highest-Quality U.S. Airline

BURLINGAME, Calif. (UPI) — Virgin America topped a survey of the 15 biggest carriers in the U.S for best overall performance; the airline was in the first spot last year. The report conducted by researchers for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Wichita State University’s W. Frank Barton School of Business rated several performance markers, such as […]

U.S. Builds Most Accurate Atomic Clock, Could Keep Time For 300 Million Years

BOULDER, Colo. (UPI) — The U.S. Department of Commerce has developed the most accurate atomic clock that will henceforth serve as the new U.S. civilian time and frequency standard. The National Institute of Standards and Technology has built the next-generation clock, which could keep time accurately within a second for 300 million years. The NIST-F2 […]

Xbox Password Flaw Exposed By Five-year-old San Diego Boy

OCEAN BEACH , Calif. (UPI) — Five-year-old San Diego resident Kristoffer Von Hassel found a backdoor into Microsoft’s Xbox One Live, alerting the company to major security glitch. The glitch wouldn’t have been found had Kristoffer’s parents not noticed that he was logging in to his father’s Xbox Live account and playing games he wasn’t […]

Eric Holder: U.S. Investigating High-Speed Trading

WASHINGTON (UPI) — The U.S. Justice Department is investigating high-frequency trading at Wall Street and financial firms, Attorney General Eric Holder told lawmakers Friday. Appearing before the House Appropriations Committee to discuss his department’s budget, Holder said they were investigating high-frequency trading to see whether it violated insider trading laws. “The department is committed to […]

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