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  • Lyft cars doing away with pink furry mustache Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 5:39 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The pink mustache is out. At the San Francisco headquarters on Monday night, the company, which operates all over the country, will have 300 Lyft drivers replace the old pink mustache with the new "glowstache." Lyft's co-founder, John Zimmer, will also share statistics about how Lyft has benefited the San Francisco economy and give insight on what's in...

  • Microsoft earnings report doesn't excite market Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 4:21 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Big jumps in sales of its Surface tablets, cloud computing software and Lumia smartphones drove Microsoft's quarterly revenue above expectations, as CEO Satya Nadella continues to steer toward the mobile gadget market and shift Microsoft away from its traditional focus on the PC. Revenue from cloud computing products, in which businesses pay...

  • Most major U.S. carriers said they would allow passengers ticketed to, from or through the Northeast on Monday or Tuesday to change their plans without getting hit by a reservation-change fee, typically $200. Home Depot said it's seeing high demand for shovels, salt, snow throwers and other suppliers throughout the mid-Atlantic up through New England.

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally on merger deal. *D.R. Horton up after results, lifting homebuilders. "There was a lot of trepidation in the market going into the Greek election... but by this morning the Syriza win was priced into the market already," said Robert Francello, head of equity trading for Apex Capital in San Francisco.

  • U.S. bitcoin exchange makes debut Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 3:12 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Jan 26- Bitcoin payments processor Coinbase on Monday opened a regulated exchange in the United States for trading the virtual currency, the company said. Launched just days after Coinbase raised $75 million from blue-chip financial institutions such as the New York Stock Exchange, the Coinbase Exchange was meant to help stabilize the bitcoin...

  • SPOKANE, Washington— For the first time, all varieties of apples from the United States will go on sale in China, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The Washington Apple Commission— which represents growers of the nation's largest crop and most apple exports— said China stopped buying U.S. apples in 2012 because of concerns over a fungus.

  • Uber caps surge pricing during winter storm Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 2:39 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Want a ride home from car service Uber during the major snowstorm descending on the Northeast on Monday? In New York City, surge pricing will be capped at 2.8 times— nearly triple— the normal fare. The San Francisco company is also planning to donate some of the proceeds to the American Red Cross.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court on Monday upheld the conviction of a former Nevada lobbyist accused of making illegal campaign contributions to Sen. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected F. Harvey Whittemore's contention that the evidence presented at trial was insufficient to convict him. Reid, a Nevada Democrat, was not accused of any...

  • *Rock-Tenn and MeadWestvaco rally, set to merge. In deal news, Rock-Tenn Co and MeadWestvaco Corp said they would combine to form a packaging company worth $16 billion, with MeadWestvaco shareholders owning a majority stake. Rock-Tenn shares jumped 6.7 percent to $67.19 while MeadWestvaco rose 14.5 percent to $51.59 as the S&P 500' s biggest percentage gainer.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Kaiser Permanente nurses in California approved a new contract that boosts pay and improves patient care along with health and safety protections for nurses, a union official said Monday. Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California voted last week to approve the new...

  • IBM "flatly denies" report of mass layoffs Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Calling it "ridiculous" and "baseless," IBM on Monday dismissed a report that said the technology giant plans to lay off 1 in 4 of its workers, or 100,000 people. The company "flatly denies" the Forbes report, IBM spokesman Ian Colley said in a phone interview. IBM previously has announced layoffs affecting "several thousand people," only "a small fraction" of...

  • NEW YORK— The author of a best-seller about Twitter is working on an investigative book about the black market website Silk Road. According to Portfolio, Bilton has been looking into Silk Road for the past year, in coordination with Epic Magazine. 20th Century Fox has acquired rights to a Silk Road film based on Bilton's book and Epic's planned story.

  • Soros eyes investing in auto dealer groups -report Monday, 26 Jan 2015 | 10:48 AM ET

    DETROIT, Jan 26- Billionaire financier George Soros wants to invest in or buy a large automotive dealership group, potentially following in the footsteps of Warren Buffett, Automotive News reported. Two representatives of Soros Fund management, which Soros chairs, attended the National Automobile Dealers Association convention in San Francisco over the...

  • WASHINGTON— Sheriffs are campaigning to pressure Google Inc. to turn off a feature on its Waze traffic software that warns drivers when police are nearby. Waze, which Google purchased for $966 million in 2013, is a combination of GPS navigation and social networking. They are seeking support among other law enforcement trade groups to pressure Google to...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 25- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States fell 13.3 cents in the past two weeks, falling to its lowest level since late April 2009, but the end of a months-long slide may be near, according to the Lundberg survey released Sunday. Prices for regular grade gasoline fell to $2.07 a gallon in the survey dated Jan. 23 from the previous...

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of a regular gallon of gas dropped 13 cents in the past two weeks to $2.07, but it could soon rise. San Francisco continued to have the highest-priced gas in the Lower 48 states at $2.54 a gallon. Albuquerque, New Mexico, remained lowest at $1.73 a gallon.

  • Fake schools draw scrutiny of federal investigators Saturday, 24 Jan 2015 | 10:50 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— From her hometown in India in 2010, Bhanu Challa said she had no reason to doubt that Tri-Valley University was a legitimate American school where she could pursue a master's degree. Authorities told her that Tri-Valley was a sham school. Tri-Valley is among at least half a dozen schools shut down or raided by federal authorities in recent years...

  • NEW YORK, Jan 23- The Federal Reserve could be key for Wall Street next week as investors get to hear from the U.S. central bank for the first time since a series of moves by its global peers, including the European Central Bank's massive stimulus plan. But the increased stimulus measures from the ECB and elsewhere globally, including the Bank of Canada, may make it...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— More than $300,000 in world-class wine stolen from a famed Napa Valley restaurant has been recovered from a private cellar on the other side of the country. The Yountville establishment is rated three stars in the Michelin guide and twice has been named the world's best by Restaurant Magazine. Still, those in the tight-knit Napa Valley wine...

  • Online storage provider Box soars in Wall Street debut Friday, 23 Jan 2015 | 10:26 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Box's shares soared more than 70 percent in their stock market debut Friday despite the online storage provider's decade-long history of losses, a showing that may encourage more unprofitable technology startups to go public this year. The start on the New York Stock Exchange came after Box Inc. sold 12.5 million shares for $14 apiece in a...