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  • CHICAGO— As another storm flung snow at Chicago, Alexandra Clark wondered how she'd get to work. Chicago and New York introduced apps in early 2012, and Seattle has gotten into the game, as have some places in Maryland and Virginia. Boston briefly experimented, too, though their site was so popular it crashed during a February 2013 storm, hampering the response...

  • Facebook hiring spree hints at virtual reality plans Sunday, 18 Jan 2015 | 8:01 AM ET
    In June, Oculus showcased its VR Rift Development Kit 2 headset at the E3 Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

    Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent.

  • SAN FRANCISCO/ SEATTLE, Jan 18- Virtual reality goggles, drones and data centers are all driving a hiring spree at Facebook Inc that is set to swell its ranks as much as 14 percent in the near term, according to a review of job listings on the company's website. Oculus Rift, the maker of virtual reality headsets that Facebook acquired in a $2 billion deal last year, is...

  • Jan 15- Chipmaker Intel Corp forecast current-quarter revenue and gross margins that disappointed investors, sending its shares down about 2 percent in extended trading. "The top line looked a little bit light of the Street and gross margin looked a little bit light," Christopher Rolland, an analyst at FBR Capital Markets, said. Net income rose to $3.66 billion, or...

  • Elon Musk wants to use Seattle to get to Mars Tuesday, 13 Jan 2015 | 11:37 AM ET
    The unmanned Falcon 9 rocket launched by SpaceX lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Cape Canaveral, Florida January 10, 2015.

    Space X CEO Elon Musk is recruiting Seattle in his quest to establish a human settlement on Mars, reports Bloomberg.

  • NEW YORK, Dec 31- U.S. Treasuries returned 4.95 percent in 2014 while long bonds astounded with a 27.23 percent return, according to data by Barclays from Tuesday's close. Bonds gained on Wednesday after the Institute for Supply Management-Chicago Business Barometer for December declined to 58.3, its lowest reading since July.

  • LOS ANGELES, Dec 29- Brushing aside calls for federal mediation in prolonged contact talks with employers at 29 U.S. West Coast ports, the union for 20,000 dockworkers urged shipping executives on management's board of directors to take a more active part in negotiations. The Pacific Maritime Association, representing shipping lines and terminal operators...

  • VANCOUVER, Dec 28- When Allan Pulga, a communications manager, found out he was going to be a father, he had to make a tough choice- stay in a tiny downtown condo or leave Vancouver. "When you're a young, single person, you can make Vancouver work financially," said Pulga, who was able to transfer to iQmetrix's Regina office. The average Vancouver- area property- including...

  • Are you gonna eat that? The future of leftovers Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 5:00 AM ET
    Hannah Parker, left, and Seth Cohen carry curbside compost bins to truck as town residents gathered at a town garage to distribute curbside composting bins to homes in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. on March 8, 2014.

    In the very near future, you're not just going to recycle soda cans and glass jars. You're going to recycle last night's leftovers.

  • Dec 19- Shares of cancer drug developer Juno Therapeutics Inc soared as much as 65 percent in their market debut on Friday, capping a big year for biotech IPOs. Shares were priced at $24 per share, above the expected $21- $23. As of Sept. 30, Seattle- based Juno had raised about $314 million in private venture funding from investors including Amazon.com Inc co-founder...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- Healthcare companies including Aetna Inc, Mercer and Towers Watson& Co have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits. By last year, blue chip names such as Sears Holding Corp and Walgreen...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police searched for explosives at Amazon.com' s headquarters after a threatening letter was found at a company building just north of the city's downtown district, but found nothing, authorities said on Monday. Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one...

  • NEW YORK/ SEATTLE, Dec 15- Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company's legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas. The diverse set of interests filed briefs with a federal appeals court in New York, urging it to reverse a judge's order that...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police are searching for explosives at Amazon.com' s headquarters after a threatening letter was found at one of the company's buildings just north of the city's downtown district, authorities said on Monday. Amazon building security contacted Seattle police at 10:30 a.m. local time after staff found a note inside a bathroom at one of...

  • SEATTLE, Dec 15- Seattle police are investigating an unspecified threat close to Amazon.com' s headquarters in the South Lake Union neighborhood of the city, authorities said on Monday. Seattle police tweeted that officers were attending a "threats investigation in 400 blk Terry Ave N" but had no additional information to share. According to Seattle tech news...

  • NEW YORK, Dec 15- Healthcare companies including Aetna Inc, Mercer and Towers Watson Co have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to build exchanges that allow company employees to buy their own insurance, betting that Corporate America wants to get out of managing workers' health benefits. By last year, blue chip names like Sears Holding and Walgreen Co had...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 11- Amazon.com Inc is considering expanding its same-day delivery program globally, recent job listings show, underlining the importance of fast shipping to its ability to compete with the instant gratification offered by brick-and-mortar stores. It is not clear when Amazon hopes to meet its goals and how it would extend same-day delivery...

  • *Treasury sell $21 bln 10- year notes to strong demand. NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. "The market continues to trade very, very well," said Charles Comiskey, head of Treasuries trading at Bank of Nova Scotia in New York.

  • Trimble Navigation Ltd, VDOS Global LLC, Clayco Inc and Woolpert Inc said in their petitions to the FAA that they would operate drones weighing less than 55 pounds and keep them within view at all times. Previous FAA exemptions were for aerial photography by seven television and film companies. The latest approvals came as the FAA and other industry officials...

  • TREASURIES-Bond yields dip before 10-year note auction Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014 | 10:55 AM ET

    NEW YORK, Dec 10- U.S. Treasuries yields fell on Wednesday on safety buying as stocks and oil prices fell, and before a government auction of $21 billion in reopened 10- year notes, which is expected to see solid demand. Besides the $21 billion in reopened 10- year notes due to be sold on Wednesday, the Treasury will sell $13 billion in 30- year bonds on Thursday.