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A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS say completing a federal tax return is easy, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll. The findings defy conventional wisdom in Washington, where politicians have made careers out of promising a simpler tax system. In another blow to advocates of tax reform, almost no one is willing to pay higher taxes in exchange for a simpler code. Only 7 percent of those surveyed say they would be willing to pay more in federal taxes if the process of filling out a tax return were easier. Some 90 percent say "no, thanks."

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BANK OF AMERICA CORP. is paying $772 million in fines and refunds to settle regulators' accusations that it misled customers who bought extra credit-card products and illegally charged others for credit monitoring and reporting services they didn't receive. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency announced the agreement Wednesday with the second-largest U.S. bank.

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WORLDWIDE SHIPMENTS OF PCS fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines, they also show a considerable slowdown from the drops in the fourth quarter of 2013. Analysts for both firms pointed to a bump in demand, especially in Japan, stemming from Microsoft's retirement of its Windows XP operating system this week.

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A CONFOUNDING COMPUTER BUG CALLED "HEARTBLEED" is causing major security headaches across the Internet as websites scramble to fix the problem and Web surfers wonder whether they should change their passwords to prevent theft of their email accounts, credit card numbers and other sensitive information. The breakdown revealed this week affects a widely used encryption technology that is supposed to protect online accounts for a variety of online communications and electronic commerce.

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$1.3M

THE SIZE OF THE MILLENNIUM TECHNOLOGY PRIZE won by British-American physicist Stuart Parkin for discoveries leading to a thousand-fold increase in digital data storage on magnetic disks, which enables services that include large data centers, cloud services and social networks.

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THE BOTTOM LINE: Volkswagen is telling U.S. dealers to stop selling its most popular cars until transmission fluid leaks can be fixed. ... Panera Bread Co. is planning to overhaul the way people order in a project that includes letting customers order online or with their mobile devices.

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