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  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 19- Amazon.com Inc's chief technology officer is working toward a day when people can control almost any piece of software with their voice. The company on Wednesday rolled out the technology powering Alexa, its voice assistant that competes with Apple Inc's Siri, to developers so they can build chat features into their own apps, CTO Werner...

  • *India- based outsourcing firms could be hit if program changes. *Silicon Valley makes heavy use of foreign STEM workers. KENOSHA, Wis., April 18- President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of the U.S. visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country, putting technology firms and the outsourcing companies that serve them on notice...

  • TOKYO, April 19- A Japanese government-backed fund and policy bank are considering a joint bid with Broadcom Ltd for Toshiba Corp's semiconductor business, a move that would vault the U.S. chipmaker into the lead to buy the prized unit, the Asahi newspaper said on Wednesday. A bid by Innovation Network Corp of Japan and the Development Bank of Japan with Broadcom...

  • KENOSHA, Wis., April 18- President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered a review of the U.S. visa program for bringing high-skilled foreign workers into the country, putting technology firms and the outsourcing companies that serve them on notice that possible changes may be ahead. Seeking to carry out a campaign pledge to put " America First," Trump signed an executive...

  • KENOSHA, Wis., April 18- President Donald Trump on Tuesday ordered federal agencies to look at tightening a temporary visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to the United States, as he tries to carry out his campaign pledges to put " America First." In the document, known to the White House as the "Buy American and Hire American" order, Trump also seeks...

  • KENOSHA, Wis., April 18- President Donald Trump on Tuesday will order federal agencies to look at tightening a temporary visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to the United States, as he tries to carry out his campaign pledges to put " America First." He will also use what the White House called the "Buy American and Hire American" order to seek changes...

  • NEW YORK— President Donald Trump is expected to target a visa program cherished by tech companies for bringing in programmers and other specialized workers from other countries. The Associated Press and other news organizations are reporting that Trump plans to sign an order Tuesday that will direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and...

  • WASHINGTON, April 18- President Donald Trump on Tuesday will order federal agencies to look at tightening a temporary visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to the United States, as he tries to carry out his campaign pledges to put " America First." He will also use what the White House called the "Buy American and Hire American" order to seek changes...

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ The Charles Schwab Corp. on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings of $564 million. The average estimate of 10 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 37 cents per share. Six analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $2.06 billion.

  • SAN FRANCISCO _ Prologis Inc. on Tuesday reported a key measure of profitability in its first quarter. The average estimate of 12 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for funds from operations of 62 cents per share. Prologis expects full-year funds from operations in the range of $2.72 to $2.78 per share.

  • April 18- Paul Maritz, a technology executive who held senior roles at EMC Corp, Microsoft Corp and VMWare Inc, has joined Warburg Pincus LLC as an industry adviser, the private equity firm announced on Tuesday. Warburg Pincus, which has $44 billion in private equity assets under management, is looking to invest more in machine learning technology, especially as it...

  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs. Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the "buy American and hire...

  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the United States to fill high-skilled jobs. Two senior Trump administration officials who briefed reporters at the White House said Trump will also use the "buy American and hire...

  • WASHINGTON— President Donald Trump is planning to sign an executive order that seeks to make changes to a visa program that brings in high-skilled workers. The officials said the order, which Trump will sign at the headquarters of tool manufacturer Snap-on Inc., would direct the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Labor and State to propose new rules to...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 17- The U.S. Justice Department in San Francisco has instituted new oversight for complex cases, a federal prosecutor said, following a failed drug conspiracy prosecution against delivery service FedEx Corp. Attorney Brian Stretch, in an interview with Reuters last week, said his staff has identified about 20 of the office's most complex...

  • SAN FRANCISCO— Netflix is on the verge of surpassing 100 million global subscribers, a testament to how much the video streaming service has changed the entertainment landscape since its debut a decade ago. Over the past decade, "what really did it for Netflix was the explosion of phones and tablets that allowed people to watch video everywhere," said Wedbush...

  • RALEIGH, N.C.— Bank of America settled a decades-old case that accused its predecessor company of systematically discriminating against black applicants for entry-level jobs in Charlotte, the U.S. Labor Department said Monday. Bank of America's penalty roughly corresponds to what a Labor Department review board last year determined it should pay,...

  • April 17- In 10 days, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission will lift a ban on telecoms companies engaging in merger talks, and Wall Street is betting on T-Mobile US Inc, Sprint Corp and Dish Network Corp to be the first ones out of the gate. You have to ask yourself whether T-Mobile is going to be as eager to do a deal as Sprint, "said Craig Moffett, an analyst at...

  • Taylor, who had Parkinson's disease, died Thursday at his home in the San Francisco Peninsula community of Woodside, his son, Kurt Taylor, told the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. In 1961, Taylor was a project manager for NASA when he directed funding to Douglas Engelbart at the Stanford Research Institute, who helped develop the modern computer mouse.

  • LITTLE ROCK, Ark.— Arkansas' already compromised plan to execute eight men by the end of the month appeared to unravel Friday, with a judge blocking the use of a lethal injection drug and the state's highest court granting a stay to one of the first inmates who had been scheduled to die. Arkansas, which has not executed an inmate since 2005 because of drug shortages and...