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Microsoft's Nadella Posts Cloud Gains in Third Quarter
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT:US)'s push into cloud computing, which is accelerating under new Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella, paid off in the fiscal third quarter.
Microsoft Posts Smaller-Than-Expected Profit Decline  Wall Street Journal
Microsoft Earnings Beat Street Expectations  ABC News
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Amazon Meets Analysts' Low Expectations
Amazon earlier this month announced a device, called Fire TV, that lets consumers watch the company's extensive video library as well as play a wide array of games on their television sets.
Amazon First Quarter Sales Pop 23%, Beat Street Expectations  Forbes
Amazon Posts Stronger 1Q Profit on Revenue Growth  Fox Business
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GM's Net Income Falls 85 Percent
DETROIT - General Motors, the nation's largest automaker, said its net income in the first quarter fell about 85 percent because of costs from safety recalls and a one-time charge for Venezuelan currency changes.
GM says facing multiple probes into recent recalls  Reuters India
Securities regulators probing GM recall  CBS News
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Apple buoys Nasdaq; Ukraine weighs on broader market
NEW YORK (Reuters) - The Nasdaq rose modestly in a choppy session on Thursday, lifted by a rally in Apple shares a day after the iPad maker's strong results, though tensions in Ukraine held the broader market in check.
Stocks close mostly higher on earnings; Apple up  Chron.com
Market Closes Mostly Higher in Volatile Trading  New York Times
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Taco Bell to test US Taco Co. concept: Fancier food, boozy shakes
Taco Bell plans to test a new fast-casual restaurant in Huntington Beach called U.S. Taco Co. and Urban Tap Room, slated to open in the next couple of months.
Taco Bell Is Going Upscale�Really  Businessweek
A fast food chain's quest for glory falls short  Old Gold & Black
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UPDATE 1-Ex-KPMG partner London gets 14 months for insider trading
... * 29-year KPMG veteran sentenced in Los Angeles. * Friend was tipped about news involving KPMG clients (Adds details of allegations, background; paragraphs 1-4, 7-9).
Ex-KPMG Partner Sentenced for Insider Trading  Fox Business
Ex-KPMG Auditor London Gets 14 Months in Insider-Trading Case  Businessweek
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Ronald McDonald's Hipster Makeover Is The Sexiest Thing Since The Shamrock ...
What's creepier than Ronald McDonald's horror movie makeup and old-man-lurking-around-the-playground jumpsuit? The fact that, instead of retiring the character once and for all, McDonald's is giving everyone's least-favorite clown a hipster makeover.
America's Most Terrifying Mascot Is Getting a Total Makeover  TIME
Ronald McDonald gets a makeover, takes on Twitter (+video)  Christian Science Monitor
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Starbucks Profit Rises as Sales Increase
Starbucks has been diversifying in recent years from its traditional coffee business by adding more packaged products and food. Agence France-Presse/Getty Images.
Starbucks cafe sales heat up slightly in latest quarter  Reuters
Starbucks profit climbs as US sales increase  MSN Money
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Strong durable goods orders buoy growth outlook
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods rose more than expected in March and a measure of business capital spending plans surged, bolstering views of an acceleration in growth in the second quarter.
Forex - USD/CAD remains rangebound after U.S. data  NASDAQ
Durable-goods orders climb 2.6% in March  MarketWatch
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Loonie ends little changed as Poloz predicts low rates for long term
The Canadian dollar closed little changed Thursday amid comments from the Governor of the Bank of Canada that Canadians should expect cheap borrowing costs to last for years even after the central bank gets around to raising interest rates.
Bank of Canada sees hope for exports, inflation risks  Reuters Canada
Canadians can bank on low interest rate environment for years to come: Poloz  Nanaimo Daily News
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