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  • SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft debuted its new Windows 10 operating system Wednesday, in what the company hopes will be a pivotal moment in its bid regain its sway in a world where the PC is no longer king. Microsoft is counting on tens or even hundreds of millions more to download its latest release for free in coming months. Microsoft and major PC makers are planning a...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her Issaquah, Washington, living room.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Pacific Gas& Electric Co. on Wednesday reported second-quarter earnings of $406 million. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 78 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • July 28- Twitter Inc's shares fell more than 11 percent in extended trade on Tuesday after the microblogging company said its number of monthly average users grew at the slowest pace since it went public in 2013.. "This is unacceptable and we're not happy about it," Jack Dorsey, who stepped in as interim chief executive on July 1, said on a call with analysts.

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ RPX Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $8 million. For the current quarter ending in September, RPX Corp. said it expects revenue in the range of $67.7 million to $68.2 million. RPX Corp. shares have increased 17 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • July 28- Twitter Inc's quarterly earnings and revenue blew past expectations, but its monthly average user number grew at its slowest pace since it went public in 2013, and its shares fell about 7 percent after hours. The company's net loss narrowed to $136.7 million, or 21 cents per share, in the second quarter ended June 30 from $144.6 million, or 24 cents per share,...

  • NEW YORK— Twitter failed to add users at a quick enough pace for investors in the second quarter even as revenue grew sharply, feeding concerns about whether it can ever become a mass-market service like Facebook or Google. The beleaguered company is searching for a permanent CEO to replace Dick Costolo, who stepped down at the beginning of this month.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. _ CAI International Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $12.9 million. The average estimate of six analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 67 cents per share. Three analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $61.2 million.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Yelp is getting skewered by investors after the online business review service sank to a second-quarter loss and dimmed its outlook amid a slowdown in its digital advertising sales. He predicted Yelp could be generating $1 billion in annual revenue by 2017, more than doubling from a projected $545 million to $550 million this year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ Twitter Inc. on Tuesday reported a loss of $136.7 million in its second quarter. Fourteen analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $487.4 million. Analysts surveyed by Zacks had expected revenue of $563.9 million.

  • NEW YORK, July 28- Investors in social media shares have zeroed-in on Facebook Inc, piling into stock options to add bullish bets on the company in the days ahead of its Wednesday earnings. The ascent has made Facebook one of the ten largest S&P companies in terms of market capitalization, with the stock now worth more than $260 billion- surpassing decades-old...

  • WASHINGTON— Apartment rents are up. So are prices for restaurant meals, haircuts, gym memberships and a cup of coffee. For American consumers who have become used to flat or even falling prices for several years, an unfamiliar sight has emerged in many corners of the economy: Inflation is ticking up.

  • Facebook's ascent has investors betting on more gains Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 28- The big selloffs in shares of social media companies last quarter following weak results seem to be brushed under the carpet this earnings season as investors focus instead on the success of Facebook Inc.. The rapid ascent has made Facebook one of the ten largest S&P companies in terms of market capitalization, with the stock now worth more than...

  • FRANKFURT, July 28- Business planning software start-up Anaplan is nipping at the heels of industry leaders SAP, Oracle and IBM, with sales of its cloud-based service tripling in each of the past three years as it seeks to shake up the market. While major players like SAP, Oracle's Hyperion business and IBM's Cognos and Applix units have been forced to offer...

  • Correction: San Francisco-Soda Warning story Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 10:30 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— In a story July 26 about a lawsuit against San Francisco by the American Beverage Association, The Associated Press reported erroneously where the city's health warning labels would be posted. Beverage group sues San Francisco over soda warnings, advertising ban; cites 1st Amendment. SAN FRANCISCO— The American Beverage Association has sued...

  • WASHINGTON— U.S. home prices rose steadily in May, pushed higher by a healthy increase in sales this year. And separate data released by the Census Bureau Tuesday pointed to the limited impact of the three-year old housing recovery: The proportion of Americans owning their own homes has continued to decline and is now at the lowest level since 1967..

  • U.S. home price growth stalls in May-S&P/Case-Shiller Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 8:59 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 28- U.S. single-family home prices in May rose from the previous year at the same pace as April but fell short of forecasts, as housing construction slowed and new home sales lagged existing home sales, a closely watched survey said on Tuesday. Denver, San Francisco, and Dallas experienced the biggest year-over-year home appreciation among the 20...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Ivory dealers in San Francisco's Chinatown stood in their shop doors next to windows full of carved ivory tusks and trinkets, unfazed by proposed federal rules that the White House says go as far as possible to ban the U.S. trade of ivory from the world's endangered elephants. "Cow bone," Virginia Lo, manager of a Chinatown shop next door, said of the...

  • Microsoft's free Windows 10 giveaway: What that means Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 3:00 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system debuts Wednesday, as the longtime leader in PC software struggles to carve out a new role in a world where people increasingly rely on smartphones, tablets and information stored online. No one's expected to line up overnight for Windows 10, the way people did 20 years ago for Windows 95. But Microsoft...

  • Appeals court upholds California's shark fin ban Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 2:18 PM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— A federal appeals court Monday dismissed a legal challenge to a California law banning the sale, distribution and possession of shark fins. The legislation does not conflict with a 19th century law that gives federal officials authority to manage shark fishing off the California coast or significantly interfere with interstate commerce, the...