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  • "The problem has skyrocketed in the past few years," and enforcement must keep pace, says City Council Housing and Buildings Committee Chairman Jumaane Williams. Airbnb says New York unfairly lumps occasional users in with hotel-scale operators, although officials say enforcement focuses on big players. "It can get overzealous," says Airbnb public policy head...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A long legal battle over accusations that a prominent Silicon Valley venture capital firm demeaned women and held them to a different standard than their male colleagues became a flashpoint in the ongoing discussion about gender inequity at elite technology and venture capital firms. Though Ellen Pao lost her lawsuit against Kleiner...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- Former Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers partner Ellen Pao is not the only person who lost when a California jury rejected her claims of gender discrimination against the venture capital firm. Pao sought about $16 million in lost wages and tens of millions more in punitive damages in a lawsuit that captivated Silicon Valley.

  • *Kleiner venture capital firm wins against ex-partner Ellen Pao. SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- Silicon Valley powerhouse venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers was cleared on Friday of claims it short-circuited the career of a former partner because she is a woman, in a gender discrimination trial that shook the tech world. A California jury also...

  • Swap trades fuel California carbon market activity Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 9:09 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- California carbon futures were little changed this week as traders focused on over-the-counter vintage swaps instead of the outright buying or selling of permits, market sources said on Friday. In the first deal the party sold unused 2014 vintage allowances and bought June 2015 vintage permits at a 4- cent differential.

  • Pao trial: Jury clears Kleiner Perkins on all claims Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 7:56 PM ET
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    A California jury found in favor of venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins in a high-profile gender discrimination case brought by former partner Ellen Pao.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- A California jury decided that venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not retaliate against former partner Ellen Pao by terminating her employment after she sued three years ago. The verdict was read in San Francisco Superior Court on Friday in a case that helped spark a broad discussion about sexism in Silicon...

  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, according to a source familiar with the matter, making it Intel's biggest purchase ever and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector. The acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- A California jury ruled Friday to clear venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination in a lawsuit brought by a former woman partner, but the judge ordered jurors to resume deliberations on a claim of retaliation. The jury in California Superior Court decided that gender was not the reason Kleiner did...

  • NEW YORK, March 27- Wall Street on Friday closed higher for the first time in a week, lifted by rising tech stocks, while oil prices slumped 5 percent on receding fears about Middle East fighting disrupting supplies. The major U.S. stock indexes snapped a four-day losing streak after the Wall Street Journal reported chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy rival...

  • *Ex-venture capital firm partner sued for gender discrimination. SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- A California jury cleared venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers of gender discrimination in a high profile lawsuit brought by female former partner Ellen Pao. The case laid bare the personnel matters of the firm that backed Google Inc and Amazon.com...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- A California jury decided that gender was not the reason venture capital firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers did not promote former partner Ellen Pao, and that Pao was not substantially harmed because of Kleiner's decisions.

  • CALIFORNIA JURY SAYS GENDER WAS NOT A SUBSTANTIAL REASON KLEINER PERKINS FAILED TO PROMOTE ELLEN PAO TO SENIOR PARTNER-VERDICT.

  • March 27- Intel Corp is in talks to buy fellow chipmaker Altera Corp in a deal likely to top $10 billion, making it Intel's biggest purchase and the latest merger in the quickly consolidating semiconductor sector, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. An acquisition of Altera, which makes programmable chips widely used in cellphone towers, the military and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Altera's stock soared to its highest price in nearly four years Friday on a report the chipmaker is in talks to be sold to industry leader Intel. Intel Corp.' s shares rose $1.92, or more than 6 percent, to close at $32. Altera makes chips used in phone networks and cars, two areas that Intel has been angling to get into as demand for personal computer chips...

  • Communication startup Slack reports data breach Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:49 PM ET

    Slack provides communication tools that integrate with several third-party applications such as Google Inc's Hangout and Twitter. It counts New York Times Co, Spotify and airbnb among its customers. Cybercrimes have emerged as one of the biggest threat to businesses, with companies such as Sony Corp and Target Corp finding themselves at the receiving end in...

  • Stored for decades in attics, closets and a bank safe-deposit box in New Jersey, the gun belonging to former IRS agent Michael Malone— and possibly used by members of Al Capone's gang— is headed to Las Vegas, where it will be part of an the exhibit at The Mob Museum beginning in mid-April. "Michael Malone was, I believe, the greatest undercover agent in the history of law...

  • US STOCKS-Wall St ends 4-day skid on late tech rally Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 4:28 PM ET

    *Intel in talks to buy Altera- WSJ. The Wall Street Journal reported chipmaker Intel Corp is in talks to buy rival Altera Corp, citing people familiar with the matter, sending the PHLX semiconductor index up 2.8 percent. Intel shares jumped 6.4 percent to $32 as the biggest boost to the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 indexes.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 27- A California jury has reached a verdict in a high profile gender discrimination lawsuit brought by former Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers partner Ellen Pao against the venture capital firm, a court official said on Friday. The verdict will be read at 2 p.m. PT in San Francisco Superior Court in a case that helped spark a broad discussion...