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  • Thanksgiving: Turkey, parades, shopping deals Thursday, 27 Nov 2014 | 1:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Turkey, stuffing and a helium-filled Thomas the Tank Engine were on the menu as friends and families gathered across the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving. Here's a look at how Americans prepared to celebrate Thanksgiving. "It's really cool, they're huge," said San Francisco resident Ella Missan.

  • Colombians protest ban on ride-share company Uber Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 5:32 PM ET

    BOGOTA, Colombia— Furious taxi drivers and loyal users of Uber are butting heads over Colombia's new ban on the ride-sharing company. Amid threats of a strike by yellow taxis who consider cars affiliated with Uber to be "pirates," the Transportation Ministry this week declared illegal all smartphone applications that facilitate the hiring of cabs that aren't...

  • Twitter now tracks other apps you've installed Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Twitter said it is now tracking what other apps its users have installed on their mobile devices so it can target content and ads to them better. Twitter Inc. said Wednesday that users will receive a notification when the setting is turned on and can opt out using settings on their phones. A recent Pew Research Center poll found that people sometimes have...

  • INSIGHT-Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 1:19 PM ET

    *Google in firing line in Europe as lawmakers vote on break-up. BRUSSELS, Nov 26- When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an ageing Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. Indeed, to many in Brussels it is Google's fellow Americans- such as Microsoft,...

  • The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Motorola Mobility, a unit of Lenovo Group Ltd, could not invoke U.S. antitrust law because its foreign subsidiaries had been the "immediate victims" of a conspiracy to boost prices on liquid crystal display screens. The defendants include AU Optronics Corp, Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd, HannStar Display Corp, LG...

  • Nov 26- Fairchild Semiconductor International Inc persuaded a federal judge to throw out a jury verdict ordering it to pay $105 million to Power Integrations Inc for willfully infringing two power generation patents, and will get a new trial on damages. But she said Power Integrations' damages expert testified at trial that he had not assessed what portion of...

  • See Spot relax: Pet massage gaining popularity Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 9:45 AM ET

    PHOENIX— Spa treatments don't stop with people. "People call me because their dogs are having problems," said Shelah Barr, a San Francisco dog massage therapist. Pet owners spent $4.4 billion last year on "other services," a category that includes grooming, training and services such as massage, according to the American Pet Products Association, which tracks...

  • Bitcoin exchange Kraken to help in Mt. Gox bankruptcy Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 4:49 AM ET

    TOKYO, Nov 26- U.S. bitcoin exchange operator Payward Inc said on Wednesday it will work on retrieving some millions of dollars lost by Tokyo- based Mt. Gox's Tokyo- court appointed trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi with investigating where the missing bitcoins are, along with eventually redistributing any found to creditors as part of a liquidation.

  • Snow makes Thanksgiving travel 'a little hairy' Wednesday, 26 Nov 2014 | 1:00 AM ET

    MINEOLA, N.Y.— A sloppy mix of rain and snow rolled into the Northeast on Wednesday just as millions of Americans began the big Thanksgiving getaway, grounding hundreds of flights and turning highways hazardous along the congested Washington- to- Boston corridor. Numerous auto accidents were reported across the Northeast, where by midafternoon the line...

  • HP earnings show continued struggle Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Hewlett-Packard Co.' s latest earnings report shows that despite three years of efforts to turn its business around, the venerable tech giant still has a lot more work ahead. CEO Meg Whitman has decided to split the pioneering Silicon Valley company in two. For the August-October fiscal quarter, HP reported net income of $1.3 billion, or 70 cents a...

  • Lawmakers target Golden Gate Bridge sidewalk fee Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 4:23 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Two California lawmakers plan to introduce legislation to block a possible sidewalk toll on the Golden Gate Bridge. Assemblymen Phil Ting and Marc Levine said at a news conference Tuesday that a sidewalk toll would be the wrong message to send when officials are trying to cut greenhouse gas pollution and encourage people to walk and bike.

  • Twitter lets merchants offer deals to its users Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 1:37 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Twitter is expanding its reach into commerce with a new tool called "Offers." Advertisers can post promotions and discounts in users' Twitter feeds, whether or not the users follow those merchants on the short-messaging service. San Francisco- based Twitter Inc. says it will encrypt and store the credit card information but users can remove it any time.

  • Google's latest innovation: A spoon? Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 4:14 AM ET
    Shirin Vala, 65, who is an essential tremor patient, uses a Liftware Spoon to eat without spilling at her home in Oakland, Calif.

    Just in time for the holidays, Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon for people with tremors.

  • Google's latest: A spoon that steadies tremors Tuesday, 25 Nov 2014 | 3:20 AM ET

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.— Google is throwing its money, brain power and technology at the humble spoon. "We want to help people in their daily lives today and hopefully increase understanding of disease in the long run," Google spokesperson Katelin Jabbari said. "It's totally novel," said UC San Francisco Medical Center neurologist Dr.

  • California recycler to pay $2.4 million over waste Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 5:11 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A Northern California scrap metal recycler has agreed to pay nearly $2.4 million to settle a state civil case alleging loose handling of toxic waste. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control announced the settlement Monday with Sims Group. Sims Group denied wrongdoing in its settlement with the state.

  • Unidentified country likely behind spying software Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:06 PM ET

    The malicious software known as "Regin" is designed to collect data from its targets for periods of months or years, penetrating deep into computer networks while covering its tracks to avoid detection, according to analysts at Symantec, the Silicon Valley security firm that disclosed the program's existence in a report this week. Citing factors including its...

  • Redbox raising DVD rental rates by 25 percent Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    Redbox's Blu-Ray rental rates are jumping 33 percent, from $1.50 per day to $2. The stock of Redbox's owner, Outerwall Inc., surged $7.83, 12 percent, to close Monday at $71.39— the biggest one-day gain since February 2012. Those options include Netflix's $9- per-month Internet video service, with 37 million U.S. subscribers, and various video-on-demand packages...

  • Gap in deal with European online retailer Zalando Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Gap is teaming up with Zalando to sell its clothing and accessories on the European online retailer's website, helping to expand its presence in the region. Gap Inc., which is based in San Francisco, opened its first company-run international store in the U.K. in 1987. It now has 190 company-operated stores and 33 franchise locations in Europe.

  • Asia stocks fall as China rate cut effect fades Monday, 24 Nov 2014 | 4:22 AM ET

    The rally has been driven by optimism that central banks in Europe, China and Japan will take action to help invigorate economic growth outside the U.S., after the Federal Reserve ended its bond-buying stimulus program last month. "You clearly have momentum favoring stocks right now," said Russ Koesterich, chief investment strategist at Blackrock.

  • Nov 23- The average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States dropped 10 cents in the past two weeks, hitting a four-year low, according to the latest Lundberg survey released on Sunday. The gasoline price is down about 41 cents a gallon from a year ago and has dropped 88 cents from a 2014 peak of $3.72 in May. The highest price within the survey area within 48 U.S....