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  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 5:48 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama's former campaign manager and White House senior adviser David Plouffe is joining car service startup Uber as it seeks to expand in cities worldwide. Plouffe was the architect of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser as Obama won re-election.

  • Uber hires former Obama adviser Plouffe Tuesday, 19 Aug 2014 | 4:57 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Uber is stepping up its political game with a high-powered new hire. David Plouffe is best known for running President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. Plouffe was the architect of Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and a top White House adviser as Obama won re-election.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign manager, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-expanding car rides-on-demand startup runs into stiff resistance in some cities.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 19- Uber has enlisted David Plouffe, President Barack Obama's 2008 campaign advisor, to devise and run its global political and branding strategy, as the fast-growing car rides-on-demand firm runs into stiff resistance from taxi companies in some cities.

  • 4 at slaughterhouse behind beef recall indicted Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 6:08 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall processed cows with cancer while U.S. livestock inspectors took lunch breaks and later distributed the diseased cattle, according to federal charges announced Monday.

  • Business Highlights Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 5:50 PM ET

    Dollar General enters bidding for Family Dollar. Dollar General Chairman and CEO Rick Dreiling said during a conference call Monday that the company had expressed interest in combining with Family Dollar multiple times over the last few years.

  • US utility pleads not guilty to gas blast charges Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 2:30 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric Co. pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood.

  • Google's pivotal IPO launched a decade of big bets Monday, 18 Aug 2014 | 12:59 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit.

  • Trying to get by on the sharing economy Sunday, 17 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM ET
    Starting a long day around 4 a.m., Jennifer Guidry, who earns money by offering transportation or services through a variety of apps like Uber, Lyft and TaskRabbit, applies makeup in her home office.

    If sharing economy companies are creating jobs of the future, it doesn't mean decent wages and benefits are part of the bargain for workers.

  • Google buys city-guide app maker JetPac Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 9:01 PM ET

    Aug 15- Google Inc is buying JetPac Inc, the startup that designs social travel applications disclosed on its website on Friday, without providing details. Earlier this year, Google bought Nest Labs Inc, which makes smart thermostat and smoke alarms, for $3.2 billion, making the deal one of the largest in Google's history.

  • Money laundering charge added to FedEx drug case Friday, 15 Aug 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Federal prosecutors say several addicts died soon after receiving shipments of illegal prescription drugs via FedEx.

  • Aug 15- The first new crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • Aug 15- The first crude-by-rail project at a California refinery is likely to win approval next month after more than a year of scrutiny, the head of the Kern County planning division told Reuters, and it could help reopen the shuttered plant.

  • Aug 14- Chinese internet firm Sina Corp posted better-than-expected growth in both revenue and earnings on Thursday, riding a strong performance from its Weibo Corp online messaging subsidiary and a 29 percent jump in advertising sales.

  • Aug 14- Chinese internet firm Sina Corp posted a 19 percent rise in net revenue after a strong performance from its Weibo Corp online messaging subsidiary and a 29 percent jump in advertising sales.

  • California home sales decline amid tight market Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    SAN DIEGO— California home sales declined in July compared to the same time last year as buyers struggled to find something they could afford in the tight market, a research firm said Thursday. The sharpest drop in sales was in Southern California.

  • Berlin bans car service Uber Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:22 PM ET

    Aug 14- Berlin has banned car service Uber, which allows users to summon a ride on their smartphone, for not offering drivers and vehicles licensed to carry passengers, or full insurance cover, the German capital said.

  • Yelp Inc. to expand in Chicago, bringing 300 jobs Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 12:07 PM ET

    CHICAGO— San Francisco- based Yelp Inc. plans to open a new office at Chicago's Merchandise Mart next year. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced the planned expansion Thursday.

  • Netflix goes for laughs with new stand-up specials Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 9:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— You can have Bill Cosby in the palm of your hand. Netflix is announcing performances by both comics and three more, set to roll out this fall. Taped at Boston's Wilbur Theatre, it finds Jefferies weighing in on diverse topics such as politics, new fatherhood, orgies and Neil Diamond.

  • Berlin taxi drivers hail city's Uber ban Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | 7:24 AM ET

    BERLIN— Berlin taxi drivers were celebrating Thursday after authorities banned the ridesharing service Uber from operating in the city because of safety concerns.