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  • Uber: Ride with us, we'll give you hotel points Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 9:26 AM ET

    Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders a bit more incentive to choose the ride-hailing service over a taxi.

  • *Dropped brands include Cisco, Apple, McAfee, Citrix. BEIJING, Feb 25- China has dropped some of the world's leading technology brands from its approved state purchase lists, while approving thousands more locally made products, in what some say is a response to revelations of widespread Western cybersurveillance. Smartphone and PC maker Apple Inc has also been...

  • Home builders cater to wealthy in lukewarm market Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 7:14 AM ET
    A worker stands near a home under construction at the Toll Brothers Inc. Jupiter Country Club housing development in Jupiter, Florida.

    Home builders are increasingly targeting the wealthy as the housing market remains tepid, The New York Times reports.

  • Uber partners with Starwood, giving hotel points for rides Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 12:02 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Uber is partnering with hotel chain Starwood to give riders a bit more incentive to choose the ride-hailing service over a taxi. Free hotel nights start at 3,000 points for the lowest tier of hotels, like the Four Points by Sheraton Tucson Airport in Arizona, and can be as high as 35,000 points a night for properties like the St. Regis Princeville Resort in...

  • Nektar reports 4Q loss Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 7:42 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO _ Nektar Therapeutics on Tuesday reported a loss of $45.7 million in its fourth quarter. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for a loss of 37 cents per share. Analysts expected $15 million, according to Zacks.

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared ready to give Edison International employees who accused the utility of favoring higher-cost mutual funds over lower-cost ones in its retirement plan a chance to revive some of their claims. There appeared to be consensus among the justices that a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in favor of...

  • WASHINGTON— The Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to make it easier for participants in employee retirement plans to challenge companies' investment decisions that eat into retirement savings. The justices heard arguments in an appeal filed by current and former employees of energy company Edison International. Fifty-three million people hold...

  • Reddit, Google crack down on posting nude pics Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 2:52 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Reddit and Google are taking a tougher stance against nudity to prevent their services from turning into online peep shows. Google Inc., the Internet's most powerful company, is going to ban most nude photos and video from publicly accessible sites on its popular Blogger service. The change comes about six months after hackers obtained nude...

  • The American Progressive Bag Alliance, which represents bag manufacturers, had about 50,000 more valid signatures than the 505,000 needed to qualify the referendum after a random sample of the signatures was tallied, said Bill Mabie, chief deputy for Secretary of State Alex Padilla. "California voters will now have the chance to vote down a terrible law that, if...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 24- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared set to revive certain claims in a class action lawsuit against Edison International by employees who accused the utility of favoring higher-cost mutual funds over-lower cost ones in its retirement plan. The case concerns a lawsuit filed by Glenn Tibble and other employees against Edison...

  • LoungeBuddy raises cash, benefits from airport delays Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:35 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 24- LoungeBuddy, a business that allows travelers short-term access to airport lounges, said on Tuesday it had raised $3 million in venture capital, bringing the company's valuation to $18 million. Founders Fund, the venture firm founded by PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, led the latest round in raising cash but will not take a board seat,...

  • Meet Facebook's new virtual reality competitor Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 12:29 PM ET
    An image from Valve Software's Team Fortress 2

    Valve Software, creator of the industry's largest PC game digital distribution platform, will unveil new virtual reality hardware.

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose in December at a faster pace than the previous month, likely because of a much smaller number of homes for sale. The Standard& Poor's/Case-Shiller 20- city home price index, released Tuesday, increased 4.5 percent in December compared with 12 months earlier. The index measures prices compared with those in January 2000 and...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A lawyer for a former junior partner suing a venture capital firm in a Silicon Valley sex bias suit contended Tuesday that his client was passed over for promotions because she was a woman and then fired after she complained. Exelrod said his client, 45- year-old Ellen Pao, had received erotic poetry and sketches of nude women from a senior partner...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A jury was picked Monday to determine whether a venerable Silicon Valley venture capital firm is liable in a sexual discrimination lawsuit or is the victim of a former employee forced out because of poor performance. The lawsuit filed by Ellen Pao, 45, and the back-and-forth court filings with her former employer Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield&...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Aiming to undercut Apple's latest hit service, Google is teaming up with three major U.S. wireless carriers to prod more people into using its mobile wallet. The counterattack announced Monday is just the latest example of how the competition between Google Inc. and Apple Inc. is extending beyond the technology industry's traditional...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— As California's drought drags on, officials are cracking down on thieves who wrench open fire hydrants and ignore or tamper with meters to access one of the state's precious commodities— water. The East Bay Municipal Utility District— like many Bay Area water districts— has never fined people who steal or attempt to steal water.

  • Feb 23- Congestion at the U.S. West Coast ports could take as much as two months to unwind, according to port and trade group officials, with retailers and other companies bracing for further shipment delays after the apparent resolution of a months-long labor dispute. "It's not going to be fast," Jon Slangerup, chief executive officer of the Port of Long Beach, told...

  • *Senate committee expected to call hearing on bill- sources. A similar Fed audit bill passed the House of Representatives late last year and a hearing on Fed transparency is expected to be formally called by the Senate banking committee, according to people familiar with the matter. "We feel the current system works well, it's time-tested, and there are all kinds of...

  • LOS ANGELES, Feb 21- U.S. West Coast ports will resume full operations from Saturday evening after a tentative labor deal was reached between a dockworkers union and a group of shippers, easing months of disruptions to trans-Pacific trade that have hit businesses from automakers to meat exports. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez arrived in San Francisco to broker a...