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  • *Taiwan seeks to block access to Uber. TAIPEI/ SHANGHAI, Dec 22- Uber Technologies Inc is under fire in Taiwan and the Chinese mainland mega city Chongqing over concerns that it and its drivers are not appropriately licenced, adding to a string of official complaints aimed at the fast-growing U.S. start-up. But an investigation in Chongqing- a city with a third more...

  • Big changes coming to Cuba tourism with US opening Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 12:06 AM ET

    American citizens have been allowed to visit Cuba on such "people to people" trips since 2011, one of President Barack Obama's first moves toward detente with the communist-run island— provided their scheduled activities are sufficiently educational, and down time is kept to a minimum. President Barack Obama has said the U.S. is easing the rules on visiting...

  • US companies eager to embrace Cuba face hurdles Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 11:13 AM ET

    American businesses have begun imagining ways to capitalize on last week's announcement that the United States will restore diplomatic ties with Cuba and ease curbs on trade with one of the last surviving Communist regimes. Their more ambitious plans would require that Congress lift the U.S. embargo on most exports to Cuba. All that said, Cuba experts have a...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp's SportsNet have reached a deal allowing the cable giant's regional sports networks to remain on-air for DISH subscribers, the two companies said on Saturday. The two pay-TV companies have been in negotiations over whether DISH would drop Comcast's regional sports network,...

  • DISH, Comcast SportsNet reach deal in regional dispute Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Dec 20- Satellite TV provider DISH Network Corp and Comcast Corp's SportsNet have reached a deal allowing the cable giant's regional sports networks to remain on-air for DISH subscribers, DISH said on Saturday. The two pay-TV companies have been in negotiations over whether DISH would drop Comcast's regional sports network, threatening access...

  • Protesters in contempt of court for anti-whaling campaign Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 12:15 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Radical environmentalists who threw acid and smoke bombs at Japanese whalers were found in contempt of court Friday for continuing their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 19- A U.S. judge on Friday rejected Hewlett-Packard Co's proposed settlement of shareholder litigation involving the information technology company's botched acquisition of Autonomy Plc. District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco wrote that the settlement may not have been fair for shareholders because it broadly released HP from...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Radical environmentalists were found in contempt of court Friday for failing to heed an order to halt their relentless campaign to disrupt the annual whale hunt off the waters of Antarctica. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered a commissioner to determine how much Paul Watson and members of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society he...

  • Celebrities react to latest Sony hack developments Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 3:40 PM ET

    Latest reaction from Hollywood and beyond to the Sony hacking scandal and President Obama' s remarks Friday that the studio "made a mistake" in not releasing its embattled film "The Interview":. We stand by our director members Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg and hope that a way can be found to distribute the film by some means, to demonstrate that our industry is not...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • TORONTO, Dec 19- BlackBerry Ltd on Friday reported a bigger-than-expected drop in third-quarter revenue, sending shares of the struggling smartphone maker lower, even as it eked out a small adjusted profit and began generating cash flow again. Revenue fell to $793 million from $1.19 billion a year earlier, falling short of analysts' expectations of $931.5...

  • China's wealth finds home in Washington state Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:08 AM ET

    MEDINA, Wash.— Savvy Seattle-area real estate agents have gained an advantage by paying attention to the growing connections between China and Washington state. "I'm so glad my mother made me study Chinese," laughed property broker Janie Lee, after showing a client from Beijing a $4 million home in the suburb of Medina. And a recent top-grossing Chinese romantic...

  • Chevron: Big flames at refinery no cause for alarm Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:13 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Calif.— Large flames and white clouds of steam visible for miles from a San Francisco Bay Area refinery caused no harm to the surrounding community. The Richmond Fire Department dispatched crews to the refinery but cancelled the call when the refinery told them it was a normal flaring operation. KTVU-TV reports no one was injured inside the plant and no...

  • Companies' data security in question after Sony hack Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 12:05 AM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Uber suspends operations in Portland for 3 months Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 7:09 PM ET

    PORTLAND, Ore.— Less than two weeks after the ride-hailing app Uber launched in Portland without officials' approval, the company said it is suspending operations for three months to work out its differences with the city. General manager Brooke Steger wrote in a blog post Thursday that Portland is working to update its regulations for private for-hire...

  • Hellmann's maker Unilever drops suit over 'Just Mayo' Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 6:52 PM ET

    Hellmann's mayonnaise maker Unilever has withdrawn its lawsuit against the maker of " Just Mayo." Unilever filed suit against Hampton Creek earlier this year claiming the name of the small California company's product amounted to false advertising. Unilever said Thursday that it decided to withdraw the lawsuit so that Hampton Creek can address its label...

  • Sides 'far apart' in US West Coast port negotiations Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— While West Coast seaports struggle to keep up with billions of dollars of cargo, dockworkers and their employers apparently aren't close to a new contract nearly six months after their old deal expired. Longshoremen have continued to work without a contract at 29 ports from San Diego to Seattle that are a vital trade link with Asia, though their...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ DETROIT, Dec 18- Google Inc is laying the groundwork for a version of Android that would be built directly into cars, sources said, allowing drivers to enjoy all the benefits of the Internet without even plugging in their smartphones. "It provides a much stronger foothold for Google to really be part of the vehicle rather than being an add-on," said...

  • Sony hacking fallout puts all companies on alert Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:52 PM ET

    The hack, which a U.S. official has said investigators believe is linked to North Korea, culminated in the cancellation of a Sony film and ultimately could cost the movie studio hundreds of millions of dollars. "The Sony breach is a real wake-up call even after the year of mega-breaches we've seen," says Lee Weiner, Boston security firm Rapid7's senior vice...

  • Officials from the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union resumed negotiations on Thursday morning at the San Francisco headquarters of the association, said Craig Merrilees, a spokesman for the union. The waterfront cargo slowdowns have coincided with prolonged labor talks between 20,000 dockworkers and the...