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  • BOONE, Iowa, Aug 31- Monsanto Co's digital agriculture platform should begin generating revenue for the seed and chemical company by 2020 as paid subscriptions for data-driven farm management and planting advice services expand, a top executive told Reuters. Revenues from the Climate Corporation business, acquired in 2013 for nearly $1 billion, are expected...

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ Salesforce.com Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal second-quarter net income of $229.6 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. Thirteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.02 billion. For the current quarter ending in November, Salesforce.com expects its per-share earnings to range from 20 cents to 21 cents.

  • NEW YORK— Apple isn't saying much about its next iPhones, but there's been plenty of speculation that the giant Plus model will have two camera lenses side by side on the back. Apple isn't revealing anything until its product event in San Francisco next week. Motorola unveiled its third Moto Z model and the attachment, called Hasselblad True Zoom Mod, at the IFA tech...

  • PORTLAND, Ore.— When the bill comes after a meal, there's no crunching numbers for the tip— just pay and go. "Primarily we wanted to take the reins of compensating our employees," said Andy Fortang of Le Pigeon in Portland, Oregon, which eliminated tipping in June. Le Pigeon raised its prices an average of 20 percent and now compensates workers with a mix of base pay and a...

  • NEW YORK— Small businesses that can't find the right people to fill their job openings may be suffering from a Great Recession hangover. Nearly a fifth of small business owners surveyed by American Express this spring said finding the right staff is their biggest challenge while expanding their companies. Some employers are still trying to hire one person to...

  • Better bang for your buck in San Francisco

    Which is the better buy: a San Francisco clock tower or a sleek sanctuary? Ryan Serhant, star of "Million Dollar Listing New York" weighs in.

  • STATELINE, Nev.— The extraordinary efforts put into healing Lake Tahoe in recent decades show it's possible to preserve the country's greatest natural treasures for future generations, President Barack Obama said Wednesday. Harry Reid of Nevada launched the summit 20 years ago to draw attention to reductions in Lake Tahoe's famed clarity.

  • BRUSSELS/ DUBLIN, Aug 30- The European Commission ordered Apple Inc to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid. Apple and Dublin said the U.S. company's tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law and they would appeal the ruling, which is part of a drive against what the EU says are...

  • BRUSSELS/ DUBLIN, Aug 30- The European Commission ordered Apple Inc to pay Ireland unpaid taxes of up to 13 billion euros on Tuesday as it ruled the firm had received illegal state aid. Apple and Dublin said the U.S. company's tax treatment was in line with Irish and European Union law and they would appeal the ruling, which is part of a drive against what the EU says are...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Google is preparing to expand a San Francisco carpooling program in a move that could that could set up a showdown with its one-time ally, the popular ride-hailing service Uber. Now, only people working at six companies, including Google, Wal-Mart Stores and Adobe Systems, can request rides. The tests have worked well enough to encourage Waze to move...

  • Aug 30- Twitter Inc on Tuesday stepped up its battle to attract video talent to its platform, saying it will allow U.S. users who upload a video to share in any advertising revenue it generates. Twitter, Facebook Inc, Snapchat and YouTube are all competing to keep or recruit top video talent as they seek to cash in on the wave of televison-style advertising that has...

  • Aug 30- Alphabet Inc's Google unit plans to open its ride-sharing program to Waze app users in San Francisco this fall, pitting itself against Uber Technologies Inc, the Wall Street Journal reported. Google in May launched a pilot program around its California headquarters which allowed several thousand area workers at specific firms to carpool together...

  • Aug 30- Uber Technologies Inc has plucked a top executive from U.S. retailer Target to help lead the growing ride-services company and reshape its image. Uber said on Tuesday it hired Jeff Jones, chief marketing officer for Target Corp, to oversee the bulk of its global operations. "Jones has a strong track record of driving the narrative around Target's brand, and...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. "It's all about the Fed and it's also about the August jobs report this Friday," said Ninh Chung, head of investment strategy and portfolio management at SVB Asset Management in San Francisco. However, many are exercising caution ahead of Friday's print from the Labor Department as Fischer and other voters on the Federal Open Market Committee,...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. "It's all about the Fed and it's also about the August jobs report this Friday," said Ninh Chung, head of investment strategy and portfolio management at SVB Asset Management in San Francisco. However, many are exercising caution ahead of Friday's print from the Labor Department as Fischer and other voters on the Federal Open Market Committee,...

  • Google to expand ride-sharing service in SF -DJ

    According to Dow Jones, Google is now expanding their ride-sharing service in San Francisco. CNBC's Josh Lipton reports the details.

  • Aug 30- Uber Technologies Inc has plucked a top executive from retail giant Target to help lead the growing ride services company and reshape its image. Uber said on Tuesday it hired Jeff Jones, chief marketing officer for Target Corp, to oversee the bulk its global operations. Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick said in a blog post that he and Jones met in...

  • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. states had an increase in new businesses last year, as did a majority of the metropolitan areas studied by the Kauffman Foundation. The top five were Texas, Florida, California, New York and Colorado. The areas with the highest number of new companies were Austin, Texas; Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas.

  • SPRINGFIELD, Ill.— Invasive weeds have long threatened to erode dunes on a portion of the Chicago lakefront, but the area recently had to contend with a virtual invasion: "Pokemon Go" characters. Kelly Cassidy, a Chicago Democrat who is sponsoring the bill. "We just want to make sure that the imaginary animals can co-exist with the real wildlife in our parks and natural...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 30- U.S. stocks fell on Tuesday after stronger-than-expected U.S. consumer confidence data stoked worries about a potential Federal Reserve interest rate hike this year, while European shares gained and the dollar climbed. Fed Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, in an interview with Bloomberg TV on Tuesday, said the U.S. job market is close to full...