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  • SAN FRANCISCO— Hey Siri, turn off the kitchen light. The first "smart" home gadgets that can be controlled by Apple's voice-activated digital assistant are going on sale this week, just days after rival tech giant Google announced it's building its own software for Internet-connected home appliances and other gadgets. HomeKit-certified products hitting the...

  • The College Board gave unprecedented access to the revamped SAT it plans to introduce next spring to Khan Academy, which has developed diagnostic quizzes and interactive practice tests that will be accessible to anyone with Internet access. Khan Academy, based in Mountain View, is known for its free web-based library of instructional videos and academic...

  • Plans would let California farmers avoid water cuts Tuesday, 2 Jun 2015 | 3:34 AM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Moving to meet voluntary water conservation targets, dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta have submitted plans to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted amid the relentless California drought, officials said. California cities and businesses have also been ordered...

  • "This is a money-making crime," said Chief Joseph Fox, commander of the New York Police Department's Transit Bureau. In California, thieves removed copper from San Francisco's BART rail system in Oakland, San Francisco and San Mateo counties on a single weekend in 2011. In Washington state in 2013, a man clipped 70,000 pounds of copper wire from the light rail...

  • SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California Senate on Monday approved a plan to again raise the state's minimum wage, lifting it to $13 an hour in 2017, then tying it to the rate of inflation after that. Jerry Brown signed legislation giving California one of the highest minimum wage rates in the nation. He says his plan would bring workers to the federal poverty level by...

  • Alan Exelrod, an attorney for plaintiff Ellen Pao, filed the two-page notice of appeal in San Francisco Superior Court. Kleiner Perkins' attorney Lynne Hermle countered during the trial that Pao failed as an investor at the company and sued to get a big payout as she was being shown the door. Kleiner Perkins' spokeswoman Christina Lee said in a statement Monday...

  • TORONTO, June 1- Taxi drivers packed a courtroom in Canada's largest city on Monday as Toronto stated its case for the Uber ride-sharing service to be regulated like the traditional cab companies with which it competes. Toronto is seeking an injunction to halt Uber's operations unless the San Francisco- based company and all its drivers are licensed.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— Dozens of farmers in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta submitted plans Monday to the state saying they intend to plant less thirsty crops and leave some fields unplanted to meet voluntary water conservation targets amid the relentless California drought, officials said. At least 120 farmers in the delta east of San Francisco had filed...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google isn't making much headway diversifying its workforce beyond white and Asian men, even though the Internet company hired women to fill one out of every five of its openings for computer programmers and other high-paying technology jobs last year. "Early indications show promise, but we know that with an organization our size, year-on-year...

  • OMAHA, Neb.— The price of a private lunch with Warren Buffett is already over $1 million, and the online auction continues all week. The top bid Monday afternoon was $1,000,100, so the California charity that will receive the proceeds is guaranteed another significant donation. Through the annual auctions, Buffett has raised $17.9 million for the Glide...

  • TORONTO, June 1- Taxi drivers packed a courtroom in Canada's largest city on Monday as Toronto stated its case that the Uber ride-sharing service should be regulated, as are the traditional cabs with which Uber competes. Toronto is seeking an injunction to stop Uber from operating unless the San Francisco- based company agrees to comply with Toronto's demand...

  • June 1- An online auction for the right to dine with billionaire investor Warren Buffett and raise money for a San Francisco charity has started strongly, with the top bid surpassing $1 million in less than a day. As of 2:30 p.m. EDT Monday, the top bid was $1,000,100 in the eBay auction, which ends at 10:30 p.m. EDT Friday. This year's winner can bring up to seven...

  • NEW YORK— Intel is buying chip designer Altera for about $16.7 billion in cash to expand its reach into new chip markets that are powering the wireless revolution, smarter cars and more. While Intel already works with Altera on the manufacturing of certain kinds of high-end chips, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said that owning the company will allow Intel to fully...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google is making its privacy controls easier to find and understand in an attempt to make the more than 1 billion users of its digital services more comfortable about the personal information that they give the Internet's most powerful company. The simpler approach debuting Monday features a redesigned "My Account" hub where all of Google's key...

  • LOS ANGELES— Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson out-muscled the competition at domestic movie theaters as the earthquake epic "San Andreas" hauled in an estimated $53.2 million over the weekend. It was Johnson's biggest debut for a non-sequel as the top-billed actor, according to box office tracker Rentrak. The action star helped the movie over-perform on the West Coast...

  • Bidding window opens for annual Buffett lunch auction Sunday, 31 May 2015 | 10:24 AM ET

    OMAHA, Nebraska— Billionaire Warren Buffett will again try to sell the world's most expensive lunch this week to raise money for a San Francisco charity that helps the poor and homeless. Over the past 15 years, Buffett's lunch auction has raised $17.9 million for the Glide Foundation. The 16th annual lunch auction starts Sunday with a $25,000 minimum bid on eBay,...

  • SAO PAULO, May 29- Panama's Copa Airlines plans to expand its route network out of Latin America despite the challenges it currently faces in Brazil, the region's biggest market, the company's chief executive officer said on Friday. The carrier, a subsidiary of Copa Holdings SA, sees further potential in a business model built on linking small and mid-sized Latin...

  • NEW YORK, May 29- The accused mastermind behind the underground website Silk Road was sentenced on Friday to life in prison for orchestrating a scheme that enabled more than $200 million of anonymous online drug sales using the digital currency bitcoin. Ulbricht had admitted to creating Silk Road, but denied wrongdoing. Ulbricht, who sniffled while speaking,...

  • At noon on a recent Wednesday in May, San Francisco's Lazy Bear restaurant began taking reservations for June. Just 45 minutes later, nearly every seat for the entire month was sold out. "The main issue is trying to manage risk, trying to incentivize patrons to keep their reservations," says Northwestern University microeconomic theorist Jeffrey Ely, noting that...

  • NEW YORK— A San Francisco man who created the underground drug-selling website Silk Road was sentenced Friday to life in prison by a judge who cited six deaths from drugs bought on his site and five people he tried to have killed. Ulbricht's 2013 arrest shut down what prosecutors described as an unprecedented one-stop online shopping mall where the supply of...