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  • Over 1,000 Europeans a day ask Google to scrub Web Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 12:23 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Google is being swamped with demands from Europeans trying to erase humiliating links to their past from the world's dominant Internet search engine. That's an average of more than 1,000 requests a day since late May, when Google began accepting submissions in order to comply with a European court that ruled some embarrassing information...

  • Oct 10- In changes that have raised the potential investment risks in many 401 retirement accounts, several major fund companies are increasing the stock allocation of their target date funds, which are used by many of those with such plans. BlackRock Inc, Fidelity Investments and Pacific Investment Management Co- all firms that have seen returns in their...

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp's chief executive officer suggested on Thursday that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the "system", bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement. Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world at a three-day...

  • SEATTLE, Oct 9- Microsoft Corp's chief executive officer suggested on Thursday that women in technology should not ask for raises but have faith in the system, bringing a torrent of criticism and causing the executive to backtrack after the statement. Satya Nadella, who became CEO in February, was asked how women should get ahead in the tech world at a three-day...

  • Business Highlights Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 6:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The stock market had its worst day of the year Thursday, just 24 hours after recording its best. WASHINGTON— Though braced by a resurgent United States, the global economy is under threat from other regions— from Europe and Latin America to China and Japan— where growth is stalling and prospects remain dim. That's the bleak picture facing global finance...

  • Wells Fargo settles inquiry into bias against moms Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 5:47 PM ET

    NEW YORK— The federal government said Thursday that it reached a $5 million settlement with Wells Fargo to resolve allegations it discriminated against pregnant women, new mothers and women on maternity leave. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Wells Fargo's home mortgage unit refused to make loans available to some women based on...

  • Oct 9- Amazon.com Inc, the online juggernaut whose rapid expansion helped derail many a brick-and-mortar retail chain, may soon open its first physical store, at a prime site in Midtown Manhattan, according to The Wall Street Journal. Amazon plans to open its first full-fledged store across from the Empire State Building, at 7 West 34th Street, the Journal...

  • Tesla adding all-wheel drive, safety features Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 3:46 PM ET

    LOS ANGELES— Electric carmaker Tesla Motors was expected to unveil an all-wheel-drive system— and perhaps more— at a much-hyped mystery event Thursday night near Los Angeles. The only hint came last week, when CEO Elon Musk tweeted, "About time to unveil the D and something else," with a photo showing what looked like Tesla's Model S sedan mostly hidden by a garage.

  • California power regulator to exit amid criticism Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California's chief utility regulator, under fire over emails showing secret dealings with the state's largest utility, said Thursday that he will not seek reappointment when his term ends at the end of the year. California Public Utilities Commission President Michael Peevey made the announcement after a state lawmaker said he would bring...

  • Mexico's junk food taxes hitting Pepsi, Coke Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 9:17 AM ET

    PepsiCo reported a higher quarterly profit Thursday as global sales rose, but one weak spot was Mexico. Recent declines suffered by Pepsi and Coke in Mexico underscore why the beverage industry is fighting tax proposals on sugary drinks in in San Francisco and nearby Berkeley. Hugh Johnston, chief financial officer for PepsiCo, said in a phone interview that...

  • San Francisco housing: Time for a correction? Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 8:57 AM ET

    San Francisco's housing market may see a slight dip but limited supply and the tech economy continue to bolster the region.

  • Ahead of the Bell: Gap Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 7:58 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Gap's stock is falling in premarket trading Thursday following the retailer's announcement that Chairman and CEO Glenn Murphy will retire in February. Gap Inc. said late Wednesday that Art Peck, the president of its growth, innovation and digital division, will assume the CEO position. "We are excited and pleased with Art Peck as successor, but given...

  • Oct 8- Advanced Micro Devices said Chief Operating Officer Lisa Su would immediately replace Rory Read as chief executive officer as the chipmaker expands beyond its core personal computer market, sending its shares down 5 percent in extended trading. AMD, a perennial runner-up to Intel Corp in the business of providing processors for personal computers, has...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 8- Google Inc has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to wade into contentious litigation against Oracle Corp, arguing that the high court must act to protect innovation in high tech. Google's request, filed on Monday, seeks to overturn an appeals court ruling that found Oracle could copyright parts of the Java programming language, which Google used to...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. stocks soared on Wednesday, with major indexes posting their biggest one-day jumps of 2014 after the Federal Reserve reassured investors that its first interest rate hike would not come until it deemed the economy could withstand it. Market, and the labor market is still too squishy for the Fed to be raising rates anytime soon, "said Jim...

  • Gap Chairman and CEO Murphy stepping down Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 4:19 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Gap said late Wednesday that Glenn Murphy will resign as its chairman and chief executive on Feb. 1, and the retailer will promote its digital leader Art Peck to CEO. The San Francisco company, which operates Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic, said Wednesday Murphy is resigning on Feb. 2, the end of its current fiscal year. Since joining Gap in 2005, Peck has been...

  • PC market still ailing despite gains in US, Europe Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 4:02 PM ET

    The contrasts emerged in two separate reports released Wednesday by research firms International Data Corp. and Gartner Inc.. Gartner pegged the worldwide sales at 79.4 million units, a decrease of less than 1 percent. "Consumers' attention is slowly going back to PC purchases," Gartner analyst Mikako Kitagawa said.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St jumps 1 pct after Fed minutes Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 2:49 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Oct 8- U.S. stocks rallied 1 percent on Wednesday, jumping in a volatile session after the Federal Reserve reassured investors that the first interest rate hike would not come before the economy could support it. The Fed has said that it would not raise rates for a "considerable time," and in the minutes from its Sept. 16-17 meeting the U.S. central bank...

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ TOKYO, Oct 8- The financial implosion of Apple Inc supplier GT Advanced Technologies Inc this week offers a dramatic illustration of how the iPhone maker can put the screws to suppliers willing to take a short-term risk for future riches. Analysts and industry insiders cited terms of GT Advanced's deal with Apple that involved building an...

  • Latest iPads, Mac system expected at Oct. 16 event Wednesday, 8 Oct 2014 | 12:46 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Apple is expected to step up its efforts to boost recently slumping iPad sales with the unveiling of its latest tablet computer at an Oct. 16 event. In keeping with its usual practice, Apple Inc. isn't saying what's on the agenda. This is the time of the year that Apple typically releases its latest products to cash in on the holiday shopping season.