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  • Williams-Sonoma's shares fall on weak outlook Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:35 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Shares of Williams-Sonoma Inc. tumbled late Wednesday, after the seller of cookware and home furnishings issued a weak profit outlook. The guidance came as Williams-Sonoma reported a 5 percent increase in fiscal second-quarter profits.

  • BEIJING, Aug 28- Masayoshi Son's nose for an investment has turned a $20 million start-up punt on Alibaba into a stake worth maybe $50 billion or more as the Chinese e-commerce giant co-founded and led by Jack Ma heads to what could be the biggest U.S. tech IPO of all time.

  • Lending Club files for IPO valued at to $500M Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Lending Club, a company that aims to reduce the cost of lending by connecting consumers with investors, filed for an initial public offering valued at up to $500 million on Wednesday. LendingClub Corp. runs an online marketplace that connects borrowers and investors.

  • Alibaba's revenue growth surges in latest quarter Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    Alibaba's latest quarter ending June 30 was highlighted by revenue of $2.54 billion, a 46 percent increase from last year based on current exchange rates for the yuan. Alibaba Holding Group Ltd. earned nearly $2 billion in the latest quarter, including a one-time gain of $1 billion generated by a reassessment of the company's investment portfolio.

  • FRANKFURT, Aug 27- U.S. car service Uber is planning an aggressive expansion in Germany despite a backlash from cities such as Berlin and Hamburg, which have questioned its right to operate in highly regulated markets dominated by traditional taxis. Currently, Uber operates in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich, Frankfurt and Duesseldorf.

  • Paramount has over 16.5 million square feet of prime office space and several buildings in major cities, including San Francisco's landmark One Market Plaza building, Washington DC's Liberty Place and Paramount Plaza on Broadway.

  • Michael Peck's call to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was in a report he made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2013, the AP reported on Monday, a day after a strong earthquake shook California's Napa Valley region.

  • CORRECTED-Berlin bans car service Uber Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 10:03 AM ET

    BERLIN, 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.

  • Arch Venture Partners raises $400 million fund Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 7:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Aug 27- Chicago- based Arch Venture Partners raised a $400 million fund to invest in early stage companies, the firm announced Wednesday, underscoring renewed investor confidence in the once moribund life sciences sector.

  • Uber eyes aggressive expansion in Germany despite bans Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 5:05 AM ET

    FRANKFURT, Aug 27- U.S. car service Uber is planning an aggressive expansion in Germany despite a backlash from cities like Berlin and Hamburg, which have questioned its right to operate in highly regulated markets dominated by traditional taxis.

  • Hackerspaces help techies turn ideas into reality Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 | 3:44 AM ET

    MESA, Ariz.— Inside a nondescript garage-like workshop nestled between restaurants, a flower shop and jewelry stores along Main Street, ideas are taking shape. "It's all about sharing what we know with one another," said Mitch Altman, 57, founder of a similar setup in San Francisco called Noisebridge.

  • -Charles Schwab Corp. has lost a $15 million arbitration case against Morgan Stanley, which it accused of improperly recruiting brokers from a Schwab San Francisco branch who left with confidential information. Schwab accused Morgan Stanley of maliciously organizing an "actionable raid" of the branch.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Aug 26- Investors are looking over portfolios to make room for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Inc's market debut next month- and that means some less attractive stocks that funds are holding might be shown the door.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Aug 26- Investors are looking over portfolios to make room for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Inc's market debut next month- and that means some less attractive stocks that funds are holding might be shown the door.

  • Correction: Obit-Sperling story Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 1:44 PM ET

    PHOENIX— In a story Aug. 25 about death of University of Phoenix founder John Sperling, The Associated Press reported erroneously the day that Sperling died. John Sperling, University of Phoenix founder, dies. John Sperling, founder of for-profit University of Phoenix, dies at 93 near San Francisco.

  • Gap plans to expand New York distribution center Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 7:36 AM ET

    FISHKILL, N.Y.— Gap, Inc. plans to expand its distribution center in the Hudson Valley, adding up to 1,200 jobs over the next five years while investing $96 million into upgrading the facility.

  • Quake is major test for hard-luck California city Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 AM ET

    NAPA, Calif.— The earthquake that jolted California's wine capital may have caused at least $1 billion in property damage, but it also added impetus to the state's effort to develop an early warning system that might offer a few precious seconds for residents to duck under desks, trains to slow down and utility lines to be powered down before the seismic waves reach them.

  • Twitch gamers lead online march to live video streaming Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ LOS ANGELES, Aug 25- Amazon.com Inc tracked Twitch's evolution from scrappy guerrilla startup to one of the Internet's hottest media properties. Amazon's $970 million bet- its largest ever- underscores how a loyal and fast-growing following for live-streaming video has grabbed the attention of big brands.

  • IPO VIEW-Fund managers look to make room for Alibaba Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO/ NEW YORK, Aug 26- Investors are looking over portfolios to make room for Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group Holdings Inc's market debut next month- and that means some less attractive stocks that funds are holding might be shown the door.

  • Michael Peck's call to close the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in San Luis Obispo County was in a report he made to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission in 2013, the AP reported on Monday, a day after a strong earthquake shook California's Napa Valley region.