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  • Venture capitalist confidence dips in Q1 Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 12:56 PM ET
    Silicon Valley

    From 3.93 in Q4, venture capitalists' confidence has slumped to 3.81, according to the Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist Confidence Index.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google's influential search engine has hit a tipping point in technology's shift to smartphones. The upheaval has rocked PC makers and other tech companies such as Microsoft with businesses tied to sales of desktop and laptop computers. "The future of mobile is now," says Jerry Dischler, a Google Inc. vice president in charge of the company's "...

  • Warren Buffett to auction another charity lunch Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 11:25 AM ET

    May 5- Billionaire investor Warren Buffett has once again agreed to have lunch this year with the winner of an auction to benefit a San Francisco charity. Past auctions have raised about $17.8 million, including a record $3,456,789 from an anonymous bidder in 2012. Last year's winner, Andy Chua of Singapore, bid $2,166,766. Other winners have included hedge fund...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Each time 81- year-old Bill Dworsky or his 80- year-old wife Dorothy opens the refrigerator, closes the bathroom door or lifts the lid on a pill container, tiny sensors in their San Francisco home make notes on a digital logbook. The couple's 53- year-old son, Phil, checks it daily on his smartphone. The Silicon Valley tech executive lives just across...

  • LOS ANGELES— Wells Fargo Bank employees driven by strict sales pressure issued unwanted credit cards and opened unauthorized accounts that charged customers fees and damaged their credit, according to a lawsuit filed by the city of Los Angeles. "In its push for growth, Wells Fargo often elevated its profits over the legal rights of its customers," Feuer said.

  • Fujifilm Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo- based Fujifilm Holdings Corp, sued Motorola in 2012, accusing the company of infringing three of its patents on digital camera functions and a fourth patent relating to transmitting data over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth. The damages the jury ordered on Monday were lesser than the $40 million Fujifilm sought...

  • Miami skyline

    Entrepreneurs and investors want South Florida to be a technology hub, but they have their work cut out for them.

  • What killed Silicon Valley exec Dave Goldberg Monday, 4 May 2015 | 12:06 PM ET
    David Goldberg

    Dave Goldberg, chief executive of SurveyMonkey and husband of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg, died after he collapsed at the gym at a private resort in Mexico.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have pieced together a collection of letters written by Mark Twain when the author was a young newsman in San Francisco. "This is a very special period in his life, when he's out here in San Francisco," said Bob Hirst, general editor of the Mark Twain Project on the Berkeley campus.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Veteran tech executive John Chambers plans to step down after more than 20 years as CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., a major supplier of computer networking gear that makes the Internet work. Cisco said its board has selected longtime company executive Chuck Robbins to succeed Chambers in July, bypassing some of Chambers' better-known lieutenants.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— David Goldberg, a popular Silicon Valley executive and husband of Facebook second-in-command and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg, has died suddenly at age 47, his company and family members said Saturday. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The New York Times that Goldberg died while he was on vacation abroad with his wife.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— David Goldberg, a popular Silicon Valley executive and husband of Facebook second-in-command and "Lean In" author Sheryl Sandberg, has died suddenly at age 47, his company and family members said Saturday. "Dave Goldberg was an amazing person, and I am glad I got to know him," Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page.

  • Police in Portland, Oregon, say an initially peaceful May Day demonstration turned violent Friday evening as a splinter group hurled chairs and other objects at officers. The Burnside Bridge over the Willamette River was closed for about a half-hour during the height of the evening commute when protesters tried to force their way across.

  • Police say black-clad May Day marchers hurled wrenches and rocks at officers and hit police with sticks as a Friday evening march through a Seattle neighborhood turned violent, injuring three officers. That brought the day's Seattle demonstration arrest total to four. Hundreds of people earlier joined in May Day marches in Seattle and Yakima, Washington, in...

  • LOS ANGELES— The United States and Japan will work toward strengthened economic ties, including promoting more direct investment in each other's markets and approval of a Pacific trade agreement, officials said Friday. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker said at a Japan-U.S. economic forum in downtown Los Angeles attended by visiting Japan Prime Minister...

  • April 30- CME Group Inc on Thursday suspended two traders from its markets for allegedly colluding to enter orders repeatedly with no intention of trading, a strategy that has been fingered as a key contributor to the 2010 Wall Street flash crash. Heet Khara and Nasim Salim, both traders of CME Group's gold and silver futures contracts on its Comex exchange in New...

  • DIARY- Top Economic Events to May 14 Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 8:01 PM ET

    BOSTON- Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren gives welcome and opening remarks before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction Act Outreach Meeting hosted by the bank- 1300 GMT. BOSTON- Federal Reserve Board Governor Daniel Tarullo speaks at opening session before the Economic Growth and Regulatory Paperwork Reduction...

  • Nektar tops Street 1Q forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:09 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Nektar Therapeutics on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $33.8 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. The average estimate of five analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 41 cents per share. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $20.2 million.

  • CAI misses 1Q profit forecasts Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 5:09 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. _ CAI International Inc. on Thursday reported first-quarter net income of $13.5 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 68 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • NEW YORK, April 30- Stock markets worldwide posted a second straight session of losses on Thursday after more weak earnings reports, with all three major U.S. indexes plunging more than 1 percent. Celgene led a fall in U.S. biotech stocks, while shares of Harman International Industries fell 7 percent after the maker of audio systems cut its 2015 profit forecast.