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  • Feb 17- A court order demanding that Apple Inc help the U.S. government break into the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters opens a new chapter in the legal, political and technological fight pitting law enforcement against civil liberties advocates and major tech companies. A federal judge in Los Angeles on Tuesday ordered Apple to provide "reasonable...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 16- This winter was supposed to be Nutanix's time to shine. Eric Jensen, an IPO attorney for Cooley LLP, said his firm has "a pretty significant pipeline of deals," with about 32 companies that have filed with regulators for IPOs, either confidentially or publicly. IPO experts also say they expect more startups will get acquired cheaply, and go the way...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 13- President Barack Obama has a number of likely options as he looks for a nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who died on Saturday. If Obama's nominee is not confirmed by the Senate, the White House could use the process to energize Democratic voters ahead of the presidential and congressional elections in...

  • BOSTON, Feb 12- Valiant Capital Partners, a hedge fund with ties to renowned investor Julian Robertson that has been closed to new investments since 2012, is raising fresh capital, a person familiar with the firm's plans said. The San Francisco- based firm, which has bet heavily on technology stocks including Apple, Facebook and Amazon, wants to keep its assets near...

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 12- Alphabet Inc's Google will not participate in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of broadcast airwaves for wireless industry use, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday. Google last participated in a 2008 FCC auction but did not buy any airwaves.

  • NEW YORK/ SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 12- Alphabet Inc's Google will not participate in the U.S. Federal Communications Commission's upcoming auction of broadcast airwaves for wireless industry use, a spokeswoman told Reuters on Friday. The FCC's deadline for interested bidders to file applications to participate in the auction ended on Wednesday.

  • Feb 12- Now markets have delivered their verdict on inflation- it's not picking up any time soon- economic data due next week will show whether price pressures are rising meaningfully or falling back in some of the world's major economies. Sweden's Riksbank also slashed its repo rate to -0.50 percent on Thursday, partly as insurance against expectations that...

  • Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California

    As technology stocks slide, real estate agents say the clamor for high-end homes in San Francisco has quieted.

  • High-end home sales cool off in San Fran

    CNBC's Josh Lipton reports on the state of the real estate market in San Francisco in correlation to a tanking tech sector.

  • Zenefits People

    Software company Zenefits is being investigated by the California Department of Insurance over questions about its business practices.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11- Software company Zenefits is being investigated by the California Department of Insurance over questions about its business practices, the agency said Thursday. The announcement of the investigation follows the resignation on Monday of Zenefits Chief Executive Parker Conrad, who was replaced amid allegations from state regulators...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11- Software company Zenefits is being investigated by the California Department of Insurance over questions about its business practices, the agency said Thursday. The announcement of the investigation follows the resignation on Monday of Zenefits Chief Executive Parker Conrad, who was replaced amid allegations from state regulators...

  • *Indonesia has Twitter's top Internet user penetration rate. *Twitter says Indonesia has great potential, still a top mkt. While Twitter doesn't break down country figures, Global Web Index data shows Indonesia remains joint first with Mexico in active users among the 34 countries the UK- based metrics company monitors- and significantly ahead in terms of...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11- Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle litigation brought by customers who alleged the ride hailing service misrepresented the quality of its safety practices and the fees it charged passengers, the company said on Thursday. The cases, filed in a Northern California federal court, were brought after district attorneys in Los...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Feb 11- Uber has agreed to pay $28.5 million to settle litigation brought by customers who alleged the ride hailing service misrepresented the quality of its safety practices and the fees it charged passengers, the company said on Thursday. The cases, filed in a Northern California federal court, were brought after district attorneys in Los...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Global stock markets are on their shakiest footing in years. In addition to the fall in U.S. stock markets, major stock indexes worldwide have also been hit hard, despite efforts by the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank to spur growth through lower interest rates. With Thursday's decline, the S&P 500 stock index has lost 10.5 percent so far in...

  • *Deep skepticism that U.S. rate hikes will happen in 2016. WASHINGTON, Feb 11- Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen returned to Congress with a brave face on Thursday amid a worsening meltdown in global markets and growing skepticism the U.S. central bank can carry out its long-planned pivot to "normal" monetary policy. As she did at a House of Representatives panel on...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Global stock markets are on their shakiest footing in years. In addition to the selling in the United States, major stock indexes worldwide have also been hit hard, despite efforts by the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank to spur growth through lower interest rates. "One of the new themes in markets is that has damaged the banks and that...

  • Inside CouchSurfing's headquarters

    From a tree house to a hammock, CouchSurfing CEO Jennifer Billock shows off its San Francisco headquarters.

  • NEW YORK, Feb 11- Restaurant stocks have sat like dry toast for the last six months, but investors are now starting to nibble back into the sector. "We are getting close to an investment opportunity in restaurant stocks," said Bryant Evans, portfolio manager at Cozad Asset Management in Champaign, Illinois. Sector employment has been expanding as well; in January it...