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  • SAN FRANCISCO— Waze's traffic navigation app already shows ads prodding drivers to swing by fast-food joints like Dunkin' Donuts and Taco Bell. On Tuesday, the Google-owned app will start letting drivers purchase coffee and other items from Dunkin' Donuts for pickup along their way. If all goes well with the Dunkin' Donuts test, Waze plans to team up with other...

  • HONG KONG, March 28- Acquisitive Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is in talks to buy a controlling stake in the owner of the publisher of Forbes magazine, two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Hong Kong- based investor group Integrated Whale Media Investments, which holds 95 percent of Forbes Media, is also in talks with another Chinese media firm...

  • VILNIUS/ TAIPEI, March 28- Taiwan- based electronics manufacturer Quanta Computer Inc has acknowledged that its name was used as part of an email fraud scheme that bilked two U.S.-based internet companies out of more than $100 million. He was arrested this month in Lithuania at the request of U.S. authorities and is currently in jail there. Rimasauskas' alleged...

  • March 27- Uber Technologies Inc put its self-driving cars back on the road on Monday, voicing confidence in its autonomous vehicle program three days after one of its cars was involved in a crash in Tempe, Arizona. Uber wrapped up a brief investigation and cleared its autonomous cars to resume driving in the three cities where it operates a self-driving pilot...

  • March 27- Driverless vehicles operated by Uber Technologies Inc will be back on the road in Tempe and Pittsburgh on Monday after one of its self-driving cars crashed in Arizona, the ride-hailing company said. "Our cars will be back on the road in Tempe and Pittsburgh later today," an Uber spokeswoman told Reuters. On Friday, Uber suspended its pilot program in three...

  • Housing is in high demand in most of the nation, but the housing recovery is becoming increasingly uneven, depending on location.

  • NEW YORK— Uber says it is resuming its self-driving car program in Arizona and Pittsburgh after it was suspended following a crash over the weekend. The difference between the California program versus the ones in Arizona and Pennsylvania is that California does not allow passengers to ride in the vehicles. The company said Monday that it paused the...

  • The hospitals— Advocate Health Care Network, Dignity Health and Saint Peter's Healthcare System— say their pensions are "church plans" exempt from the law and have been treated as such for decades by the government agencies in charge. Workers suing the health systems argue that Congress never meant to exempt them and say the hospitals are shirking legal...

  • March 27- Driverless vehicles operated by Uber Technologies Inc were back on the road in San Francisco on Monday after one of its self-driving cars crashed in Arizona, the ride-hailing company said. Uber's autonomous vehicles in Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, remained grounded but were expected to be operating again soon, according to a spokeswoman...

  • March 27- Buffalo Wild Wings Inc, battling activist hedge fund Marcato Capital Management LP in a proxy fight, escalated tension between the two sides on Monday by tapped one of Marcato's own nominees for its director slate. The restaurant chain nominated Janice Fields, a veteran executive at McDonald's Corp, and Sam Rovit, the CEO of CTI Foods and a former...

  • LONDON, March 27- Qatar's Sovereign Wealth Fund said on Monday it would open an office in San Francisco to expand its growing U.S. portfolio, and was still considering investing in a technology fund formed by SoftBank Group Corp. "Soon we will be opening an office in the Silicon Valley in San Francisco," the fund's CEO, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Saud al-Thani,...

  • LONDON, March 27- The Qatar Investment Authority, the Gulf Arab state's acquisitive sovereign wealth fund, is setting up an office in San Francisco to manage its growing portfolio in the United States, its CEO said in London on Monday. Much of its activity has traditionally been in Europe but the fund has said it is looking to diversify into Asia and the United...

  • CAMARILLO, Calif.— The average price of a gallon of regular-grade gasoline dipped about a penny nationally during the past two weeks, to $2.34. Gas in San Francisco was the highest in the contiguous United States at an average of $3.01 a gallon Friday. The lowest was in Tulsa, Oklahoma, at $2.01 per gallon.

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  • RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 24- California on Friday challenged the Trump administration's approach to car pollution, approving standards that the White House said still need review and setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators. California Governor Jerry Brown and other state officials have vowed to lead the defense of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— The owner of a company that supplied foreign workers to San Francisco Bay Area technology companies is facing visa fraud charges after filing fake documents to bring people to the United States, the U. S Attorney's Office announced Friday. A federal grand jury indicted Jayavel Murugan, CEO of Dynasoft Synergy, Inc., and a second man, Syed Nawaz, on...

  • RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 24- California on Friday approved vehicle pollution targets that the Trump administration last week put on hold, setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators that could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers. Board Chair Mary Nichols invited the auto industry to suggest implementation...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— An advertising boycott of YouTube is broadening, a sign that big-spending companies doubt Google's ability to prevent marketing campaigns from appearing alongside repugnant videos. PepsiCo, Wal-Mart Stores and Starbucks on Friday confirmed that they have also suspended their advertising on YouTube after the Wall Street Journal found...

  • RIVERSIDE, Calif., March 24- California on Friday approved vehicle pollution targets that the Trump administration last week put on hold, setting up a potential face-off between federal and state regulators that could be expensive for automakers and a headache for consumers.

  • March 24- Canyon Bridge Capital Partners LLC, the China- backed buyout fund that agreed to acquire Lattice Semiconductor Corp in November for $1.3 billion, has resubmitted the deal for U.S. government review, three people familiar with the matter said. The move comes after the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a government panel which reviews...