Bad news: Your Facebook page is likely about to slow down. Good news: The change will help keep online thieves away. According to a recent blog post, Facebook is in the process of moving all of its users in North America -- and soon the rest of the world -- to a type of Internet connection that is more secure but also tends to slow down Web browsing a bit. Called HTTPS, it's the connection you see on online retail sites when you're about to enter credit card information or a password.
Is Google in a hurry to get 2012 over with? Probably not. But that didn't stop the snarky headlines after it was discovered that a buggy app in the new version of Google's mobile operating system omits the month of December. The People app lets users bookmark friends' birthdays and other important dates on a calendar. But some users of Android 4.2, the system's newest update, are complaining they can't note December dates in the app because its calendar skips from November to January. December simply does not exist.
As the conflict between Israel and Gaza escalates and the investigations into the former CIA Director David Petraeus and attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi dominate the news cycle, a new poll shows Americans are following Washington's debate over the so-called fiscal cliff more closely than the other stories.
U.S. stocks rallied Monday, logging their best gains in months, as investors started the holiday-shortened week optimistic that fiscal cliff negotiations in Washington are progressing.
The New York Stock Exchange hired former homeland security chief Michael Chertoff to investigate a potential security breach by the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to an NYSE spokesperson.
Hostess Brands and a key union agreed Monday to try to mediate their dispute in coming days -- an unexpected development that could spare the company from permanently shutting down.
Some time next year, you'll be able to buy a Ford Fiesta subcompact car powered by the smallest engine the automaker has ever made. With that engine, the Fiesta will be more fuel efficient than any other non-hybrid car on the market, Ford announced on Monday, getting over 40 miles per gallon on the highway. Exact fuel economy figures for the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder engine, which will be small enough to fit inside a piece of carry-on luggage, are not available yet, however.
JPMorgan Chase named Marianne Lake as its new chief financial officer Monday. She will succeed Douglas Braunstein. Lake had served as the CFO of JPMorgan Chase's consumer and community banking business and will transition into her new role in early 2013. Braunstein, who had been widely expected to step down by year-end, will become the bank's vice chairman.
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the credit rating of France, stripping a key eurozone economy of its prized AAA status.
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Barbara Walters announces who will appear in her 90-minute special "Most Fascinating People," which is in its 20th season.
CBS wasn't the only network cleaning house on Friday. As "Partners" was swiftly axed from that network's calendar, ABC has done the same with "666 Park Avenue" and "Last Resort."