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  • Disney pens love letter to Japan with robot film Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 AM ET

    "The fifth-highest-grossing movie of all time made more than $250 million of its total in Japan alone, nearly a third of its overseas numbers and more than five times what it made in France, according to Box Office Mojo. Disney shows its love for Japan by setting the story in a picturesque town that's a cross between Tokyo and San Francisco, San Fransokyo, complete...

  • California startup unveils gun technology for cops Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 4:01 AM ET

    WATSONVILLE, Calif.— A Silicon Valley startup has developed technology to let dispatchers know when a police officer's weapon has been fired. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak, whose agency is among two testing the technology, said it will allow the sheriff's office to see whether deputies are in trouble and unable to ask for assistance.

  • Dolby Laboratories beats Street 4Q forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 5:21 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Dolby Laboratories Inc. on Thursday reported net income of $45.9 million in its fiscal fourth quarter. Analysts expected $216.9 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in December, Dolby Laboratories expects its per-share earnings to range from 51 cents to 55 cents.

  • Riverbed meets 3Q profit forecasts Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Riverbed Technology Inc. on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings of $11.5 million. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was also for earnings of 30 cents per share. Analysts expected $279.2 million, according to Zacks.

  • Cloud business lifts Microsoft's quarterly results Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 4:32 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft's quarterly profit and revenue sailed past expectations Thursday, as CEO Satya Nadella's push to embrace cloud computing and diversify into mobile devices helped lift sales by 25 percent. The tech giant reported net income of $4.54 billion, or 54 cents per share, for its fiscal first quarter that ended in September— beating analysts'...

  • US tech firm fined for underpaying Indian workers Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 2:46 PM ET

    The probe announced this week by the U. S Department of Labor uncovered several egregious violations at Electronics for Imaging Inc., a printing technology specialist that generated revenue of $728 million last year, when the misconduct occurred. Among other things, Electronics for Imaging paid the eight workers far below California's required minimum...

  • ProLogis reports 3Q results Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ ProLogis Inc. on Thursday reported a key measure of profitability in its third quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 46 cents per share. ProLogis expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $1.85 to $1.86 per share.

  • HealthCare.gov's EZ form not for legal immigrants Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 | 3:12 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— HealthCare.gov' s simpler online application is being touted as a big win for consumers. "The whole idea was that HealthCare.gov was going to be a seamless and easy process, but that doesn't seem to be the case for immigrants," said Alvaro Huerta, an attorney at the National Immigration Law Center in Los Angeles. The White House wants more Latinos to sign...

  • Yelp beats Street 3Q forecasts Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 4:33 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Yelp Inc. on Wednesday reported net income of $3.6 million in its third quarter. Analysts expected $98.9 million, according to Zacks. For the current quarter ending in December, Yelp said it expects revenue in the range of $107 million to $108 million.

  • The top 20 US cities for tech startup funding Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    About half of that funding went to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, according to the National Venture Capital Association. 1. San Francisco, $9.32 billion, 506 deals. 2. San Jose, California, $3.78 billion, 237 deals.

  • 'Silicon Beach' brings tech boom to Los Angeles Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— So long Silicon Valley. In the past few years Google, Microsoft, Facebook, and YouTube have opened offices on the west side of Los Angeles from Santa Monica south to Venice and Playa del Rey. "Historically, Silicon Valley has been the center of gravity for tech and startups but I think more and more, these types of companies can be built anywhere," says Erik...

  • Huge gold nugget going up for sale in California Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 8:19 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— One of the biggest gold nuggets found in modern times in Northern California's historic Gold Country is going up for sale. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Wednesday that the nugget's finder asked dealer Don Kagin to keep his name and the location of the discovery secret. That includes a 54- pound gold chunk found in Butte County in 1859. The...

  • INSIGHT-Big Tech winning battle with 'patent trolls' Wednesday, 22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Oct 22- For two decades, companies that buy software patents to sue technology giants have been the scourge of Silicon Valley. Reviled as patent trolls, they have attacked everything from Google's online ads to Apple's iPhone features, sometimes winning hundreds of millions of dollars. NetApp, a Silicon Valley maker of sophisticated data storage devices, last...

  • Yahoo CEO defends strategy in face of criticism Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 8:27 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Signaling her reign has reached a pivotal juncture, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is trying to convince restless shareholders that the long-struggling Internet company is heading in the right direction. Starboard contends that since Mayer became CEO in July 2012, Yahoo has been wasting money on ill-advised acquisitions and a bloated payroll while...

  • Apple issues security warning for iCloud Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 7:52 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple has posted a new security warning for users of its iCloud online storage service amid reports of a concerted effort to steal passwords and other data from people who use the popular service in China. Apple's post did not mention China or provide any details on the attacks. Chinese activists blamed the attacks on that country's government,...

  • FTC names privacy expert as chief technologist Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 6:40 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— The Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday named an outspoken Internet privacy expert, Ashkan Soltani, as its chief technologist in a move that signals the agency's focus on protecting consumers' online privacy. Over the last year, he co-authored a series of Washington Post articles that examined government surveillance programs first revealed...

  • Oct 21- Apple and GT Advanced Technologies Inc struck an agreement on Tuesday that will let GT begin the shutdown of key Arizona operations, and shed some more light on why the former stock market darling abruptly filed for bankruptcy this month. A lawyer for GT, Apple's erstwhile sapphire supplier, described the deal at a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in...

  • Taxi rates in Las Vegas area will top New York's Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 4:20 PM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Nevada taxi regulators have approved a rate hike that would make cab rides in Las Vegas and surrounding areas the second most expensive among U.S. metropolitan areas with tourism-based economies. A report commissioned by a coalition of cab companies shows rates will be higher than those in New York or San Francisco, but lower than Atlantic City's.

  • BOSTON/ BEIJING, Oct 21- Apple Inc's iCloud storage service in China was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the Beijing government is behind the campaign. An Apple representative declined comment on the allegations that Beijing was trying to spy on Apple customers, but noted that the...

  • 2nd guilty plea in California tainted beef case Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 12:41 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A second defendant has pleaded guilty in a case alleging that a Northern California slaughterhouse at the center of a massive recall processed and distributed tainted beef. Eugene Corda, an employee of Petaluma- based Rancho Feeding Corp., entered the plea to one count of aiding and abetting in the distribution of adulterated, misbranded and...