Microsoft launches Windows 7, its new operating system and its most important rollout in more than a decade. The $200 system, which has touch-screen features and a less cluttered look, comes 3 years after Vista, a system that failed to ignite much excitement in home users or businesses. Top earners at seven firms that were bailed out by the U.S. government will see their paychecks and bonuses slashed under a plan by the Obama administration. The companies affected are: AIG, Bank of America, Citigroup, GM, Chrysler, GMAC, and Chrysler Financial. The number of people filing first time claims for unemployment benefits rose by 11 thousand last week, signaling the job market is still bumpy. Hamburgers and french fries are selling fast in troubled times. Strong sales and cost cutting gave a lift to McDonald's earnings. The fast food giant reported a stronger than expected third quarter profit. AT&T earnings get a boost from the wildly popular iPhone. The company landed a record number of new wireless customers last quarter.