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  • WASHINGTON— United Airlines stopped a prominent security researcher from boarding a California- bound flight late Saturday, following a social media post by the researcher days earlier suggesting the airline's onboard systems could be hacked. The researcher, Chris Roberts, attempted to board a United flight from Colorado to San Francisco to speak at a major...

  • FireEye Inc, a prominent U.S. security company, said the espionage effort took advantage of holes in Adobe Systems Inc's Flash software for viewing active content and Microsoft Corp's ubiquitous Windows operating system. FireEye has been assisting the agencies probing those attacks, but it said it could not comment on whether the spies are the same ones who...

  • In NYC, debate over saving small shops amid chains' rise Saturday, 18 Apr 2015 | 11:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— New York is increasingly becoming chain store city. "To me, the streetscape of New York City is what sells New York City. "Yes, they go to Times Square, but then they get so excited when they go to Little Italy or Chinatown.... that's what makes New York."

  • LOS ANGELES— Two Southern California utilities should return at least $648 million to customers because of evidence of secret deal-making in a nearly $5 billion settlement following the closing of a nuclear power plant, a state agency said Friday. The Office of Ratepayer Advocates, an arm of the California Public Utilities Commission, said in a statement that...

  • Don't plan to line up for Apple Watch next week Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:51 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— If you're planning on buying the new Apple Watch, don't expect to walk into a store and leave with one next week. But Apple has adopted a new strategy for the watch, which Apple executive Angela Ahrendts described this week as "not just a new product but an entirely new category for us." "The memo was first obtained by the tech blog 9 to5Mac and its...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Protests by Japanese-American groups have led an East Coast auction house to cancel a sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II internment camps. "We know what the internment camps were," Rago Arts and Auction Center founding partner David Rago said Thursday. Roughly 120,000 Japanese Americans were incarcerated at 10 relocation camps...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google is about to change the way its influential search engine recommends websites on smartphones and tablets in a shift that's expected to sway where millions of people shop, eat and find information. The revised formula, scheduled to be released Tuesday, will favor websites that Google defines as "mobile-friendly." Websites that don't fit the...

  • Why your rent will rise again this year Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 6:49 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Living in an apartment? The average U.S. rent has climbed 14 percent to $1,124 since 2010, according to commercial property tracker Reis Inc. That's four percentage points faster than inflation, and more than double the rise in U.S. home prices over the same period. "The only relief in sight is rents in the hottest markets are going to go up at a slower...

  • Communication software maker Slack raises $160 million Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:17 PM ET

    April 16- Slack, which makes software to help improve team communication, said it raised $160 million in a round of funding, valuing it at $2.8 billion. The San Francisco- based startup, whose tool helps people exchange messages, videos and images, said new investors include Horizons Ventures, Digital Sky Technologies, Index Ventures, Spark Capital Growth, and...

  • Airware launches drone operating system Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:16 PM ET
    A drone powered by Airware

    The San Francisco-based start-up announces the official launch of its operating system for commercial drones.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Yahoo and Microsoft will keep working together on Internet search, but Yahoo is getting more control over the how the search results are presented. An agreement announced Thursday extends a search partnership that Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. forged in 2009 while they were being led by different CEOs. As has been the case since the companies...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Protests by Japanese-American groups have led an East Coast auction house to cancel a sale of 450 photos and artifacts from World War II internment camps. "We know what the internment camps were," Rago Arts and Auction Center founding partner David Rago said Thursday. The New Jersey auction house has declined to identify the owner of the collection,...

  • April 16- Tata Consultancy Services Ltd has been sued by a white American information technology worker who accused India's largest software services exporter of overwhelming favoritism toward workers of South Asian descent in the United States. In a complaint filed on Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Steven Heldt said 95 percent of Tata's 14,000-...

  • First Republic Bank tops 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 8:22 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ First Republic Bank on Thursday reported first-quarter profit of $115.9 million. The average estimate of 13 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. First Republic Bank shares have increased roughly 10 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • NEW YORK, April 16- I was lending money to a grocery store owner in Mozambique and a cosmetics saleswoman in Haiti when I realized I was addicted. If you have $25 to spare, you can lend it to an entrepreneur halfway across the world and feel like you are making a small difference. The 51- year-old Los Angeles author and screenwriter has been lending on Kiva since 2009...

  • London stakes its claim as global bitcoin hub Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:57 PM ET
    Bitcoins

    London, center of the $5-trillion-a-day global currency market, now wants to be home to a controversial upstart - bitcoin.

  • Netflix enthralls viewers in 1Q with original programming Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 5:20 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Netflix is enthralling viewers and investors alike as popular original programming such as " House of Cards" lure subscribers at a quickening pace. Netflix said Wednesday that it gained 4.9 million subscribers in the first three months of the year, more than any other quarter since the video streaming service's debut eight years ago.

  • Google reached a settlement in 2013 with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over Web search allegations. However, regulators often speak with companies about fairness complaints without the discussions leading to an investigation, and Google has already successfully fought off a U.S. civil suit involving Android. The meetings between Google critics and...

  • INSIGHT-London stakes its claim as global bitcoin hub Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    *Bitcoin backers say UK attitude makes London attractive. *World's biggest bitcoin networking group is London- based. LONDON, April 15- London, centre of the $5- trillion- a-day global currency market, now wants to be home to a controversial upstart- bitcoin.

  • Schwab misses Street 1Q forecasts Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 8:51 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ The Charles Schwab Corp. on Wednesday reported first-quarter profit of $302 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 24 cents per share. Eight analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $1.54 billion.