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  • Messaging app seeks to bring voices back to phones Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 | 12:02 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Longtime technology guru Ray Ozzie wants to bring back the emotions of the human voice to phones. Ozzie, 58, Microsoft's former chief software architect, hopes to orchestrate voice's comeback through Talko, a mobile application being released Tuesday for the iPhone.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 6:00 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Hundreds of corporations, insurance companies and pension funds are calling on world leaders gathering for a U.N. summit on climate change this week to attack the problem by making it more costly for businesses and ordinary people to pollute.

  • Investors fret Yahoo's future, stock dips Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 3:52 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo may be losing some appeal on Wall Street now that U.S. investors can buy directly into Alibaba. The sell-off came even though Yahoo reaped more than $9 billion last week from selling some of its stake in Alibaba, as the Chinese e-commerce company held a record-setting initial public offering of stock.

  • Samsung may launch first Tizen phone in India Monday, 22 Sep 2014 | 3:18 AM ET

    SEOUL, South Korea— Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday.

  • Gov. Brown signs clean-air vehicle legislation Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Governor Jerry Brown signed into law several bills designed to boost use of clean air vehicles in California. Such roads exist in Orange and Riverside counties, and the San Francisco area.

  • US gas prices fall, extending summer decline Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 2:33 PM ET

    CAMARILLO, Calif.— A national survey says the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline has dropped another 9 cents over the last two weeks, to $3.37, bringing the decline to 34 cents over the last 13 weeks. Jackson, Mississippi, had the lowest price among cities surveyed in the Lower 48 states, with $3.03 a gallon.

  • Will more pensions dump hedge funds? Sunday, 21 Sep 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    The California Public Employees' Retirement System building in Sacramento, Calif.

    More pension funds consider divesting from hedge funds, due to poor performance and high costs. NYT reports.

  • New smartphone app gives sight to the blind Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20- Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son's school report and labels on bottles in the fridge.

  • The lure of fall travel despite rising hotel prices Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    As hotels prices rise through fall, travelers are expected to hit the road, lured by new hotels, Ferrari driving packages and upgraded attractions.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- If Larry Ellison sailed off on his yacht for good tomorrow, who would really run Oracle Corp? Of 12 analysts who replied to an anonymous poll, five said Catz would likely run Oracle, while only one voted for Hurd, 57. Four said both would continue to run the company, one said neither, and one plumped for dark-horse internal candidate Thomas Kurian.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adopters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

  • The IPO, which vaulted Alibaba founder Jack Ma into the ranks of tech billionaires like Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, sets the stage for the Chinese e-commerce juggernaut to expand in the United States, Europe and Asia. Alibaba's closed price of $93.98 gave the company a market cap of $231 billion.

  • NEW YORK, Sept 19- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares soared 38 percent in their first day of trading on Friday as investors jumped at the chance for a piece of what is likely to rank as the largest IPO in history, in a massive bet on China's burgeoning middle class.

  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 19- When Kathryn Slater-Carter learned her family would lose $1.5 million after McDonald's Corp did not renew the franchise agreement on one of their restaurants in the San Francisco suburbs, she tried for a second time to change state law to protect franchisee investments.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Holly Riggle, a 29- year-old white-collar worker from Ohio, is just the kind of everyday customer Apple Inc would love to have for its new iPhone 6, which launches Friday. But Riggle is sticking to her Android smartphone, calling Apple less "original" than it was under former Chief Executive Officer Steve Jobs.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1600 GMT / 12:00 p.m. ET Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:01 PM ET

    Alibaba expected to rise in trading debut on heavy interest. NEW YORK- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd's shares surge 41 percent to $96.02 on their first day of trading as many investors who received fewer shares than hoped lined up orders to buy what looks likely to be the largest IPO in history. Wall St rises as Scots stay in UK, Alibaba debuts.

  • PG&E emails may have violated rules, judge says Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

  • Apple faithful line up for latest, larger iPhones Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:20 AM ET

    NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19- Apple Inc's latest phone lured throngs of gadget lovers, entrepreneurs and early adapters to its stores in New York, San Francisco and other cities around the world in the latest sign of strong initial demand for the new, larger generation of iPhones.

  • Yahoo rakes in another jackpot from Alibaba's IPO Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo is making amends for years of blundering with one smart move: an early investment in China's Alibaba Group that has turned into a multibillion-dollar boon.