Apple crushes quarterly earning expectations

Customers wait to buy the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in Italy. (EPA)

THE SWITCH | The company has sold 39.3 million iPhones in the past three months and reported earnings of $1.42 per share on $42.1 billion in revenue in the fourth quarter.

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Small businesses likely to have new leaders in Congress

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IBM offloads chip-making business

IBM offloads chip-making business

To profit off new tech, titans like IBM are pushing for reinvention — and to leave old business mainstays behind.

USIS suffers another blow as GAO rules for competitor

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FBI: ‘No indication’ JPMorgan hacked because of sanctions

Officials have not determined whether a foreign government or criminals were behind intrusions.

Akin Gump bests Squire Patton Boggs in lobbying revenue

For the first time in more than a decade, Squire Patton Boggs was not nation’s top-earning lobby firm.

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Michelle Singletary

Smart program saves homeowners from foreclosure

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Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

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Warren Brown

Warren Brown

On Wheels: 2014 Ford Focus Electric

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US stocks close higher as turbulence fades

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The election is 2 weeks away. Stay calm.

The election is 2 weeks away. Stay calm.

The election’s fundamental features have always favored Republicans.

How the Supreme Court could still wreak havoc on Obamacare

How the Supreme Court could still wreak havoc on Obamacare

Federal lawsuits challenging premium subsidies could unravel the insurance market, a new analysis shows.

How a top regulator aims to improve access to mortgage credit

How a top regulator aims to improve access to mortgage credit

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Are data breaches creating smarter consumers?

Some consumers are changing their spending habits this holiday season.

The Switch

Marc Andreessen wants the AT&T-DirecTV deal to go through

Marc Andreessen wants the AT&T-DirecTV deal to go through

It’s part of a larger philosophy about competition.

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Switchboard: Amazon’s giving Simon & Schuster more control over e-book prices

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