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Jessica Seaman

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Acxiom keeps watch on data rules dialogue

European Union debates tighter collection directives

Subscriber onlyPersonal data has become a valuable commodity for U.S. technology and Internet companies to use and sell. Continue reading...

Higher gas prices likely for summer

Geopolitical factors cited as a reason

Subscriber onlyThe price of gasoline in Arkansas has jumped 14 cents in the past month, and motorists will see little relief on average this summer when prices are expected to soften only slightly, according to a monthly government report released Tuesday. Continue reading...

Retailers trail on hacker defenses

Attackers savvy, spry, report says

Subscriber onlyRecent cyberattacks on Target Corp. and Neiman Marcus have the retail industry searching for ways to strengthen safeguards protecting consumer data gathered during in-store and online transactions. Continue reading...

Acxiom data-site update to let public see more

Subscriber onlyAcxiom Corp. will allow consumers a better look at the information the company has collected about them when it rolls out an update to its data website in the fall, Chief Executive Officer Scott Howe said during a recent interview at the data broker’s Little Rock headquarters. “We want to give people more options,” Howe said. Continue reading...

Murphy studies closing refinery after sale failure

Wales facility put on market 3 years ago, subsidiary says

Subscriber onlyMurphy Oil Corp. is deciding whether to shut down its Milford Haven refinery in Wales after talks with a potential buyer collapsed last month. Continue reading...

Natural-gas reserves at 11-year low

Subscriber onlyNatural-gas inventories have hit an 11-year low as a result of a long winter and a cold start to spring, according to a weekly government report released Thursday. Continue reading...

Social media slow leap for Stephens Inc.

LR investment firm moves with the times, but carefully

Subscriber onlyStephens Inc. is joining a new thriving, albeit risky, venture: social media. Continue reading...

Cold winter has sapped natural-gas stores

If summer sizzles, air conditioning seen hindering stockpile replenishment

Subscriber onlyNatural-gas inventories plunged to 11-year lows this winter as prolonged cold weather in the United States led to record-breaking gas use, according to a weekly government report released Thursday. Continue reading...

Profit up 43% for landline provider

But Windstream sees revenue dip

Subscriber onlyWindstream Holdings Inc. on Thursday reported a profit of $241 million for its 2013 fiscal year, a 43 percent jump from 2012. Continue reading...

Sources: Cost cutting, Acxiom laying off 215

Subscriber onlyAcxiom Corp. is laying off more than 215 employees nationwide, sources familiar with the job cuts said Wednesday. Continue reading...

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