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  • *Microsoft showcases new Windows Phones. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday demand for the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, was running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7..

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said on Monday sales of the company's new Windows 8 operating system, released to the public on Friday, were running at a higher rate than its last release, Windows 7..

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Google Inc unveiled a larger version of its Nexus-branded tablet computer on Monday, and updated its mobile gadget and online content offerings as competition with Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and Microsoft Corp heats up ahead of the holiday sales season.

  • ROME- Former Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi faced a fresh setback on Monday as early counting in a local election in Sicily showed his divided centre-right party trailing in a former stronghold and big gains for the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement.

  • Treasury debt prices rose on Monday as a perceived rise in political risks in Italy and concerns about the strength of the U.S. economic recovery fueled safe-haven buying in thin trade as Hurricane Sandy was on track to pummel the U.S. East Coast.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- One morning in April, Ron Conway, the billionaire technology investor, sat in a conference room on the second floor of San Francisco's City Hall with about 50 representatives from the city's business community.

  • Take Taiwan's E Ink Holdings Inc, which makes most of the monochrome displays for devices such as Amazon.com Inc's Kindle and Barnes& Noble Inc's Nook. ``The bottom fell out of the market,'' says E Ink Chief Marketing Officer Sriram Peruvemba.

  • *Citi fired top Internet analyst and junior analyst. BOSTON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 26- Citigroup fired its top Internet analyst, Mark Mahaney, and paid a $2 million fine to a Massachusetts regulator to settle charges that the bank improperly disclosed research on Facebook IPO and information on other tech companies.

  • Oct 26- A former chief financial officer at Xilinx Inc on Friday became the latest executive to settle civil charges of being part of now-imprisoned hedge fund tycoon Raj Rajaratnam's insider trading network.

  • BOSTON, Oct 26- Massachusetts fined Citigroup $2 million to settle charges that two bank analysts improperly released confidential information about Facebook's financials before the technology company went public. Citi said its top Internet analyst, Mark Mahaney, who was involved in the Facebook matter, is no longer at the company.

  • George Mitchell is stepping down from overseeing private settlement talks over the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion. The California Public Utilities Commission appointed the former Senate Majority Leader earlier this month to mediate a settlement regarding whether Pacific Gas& Electric Co. should be fined for the blast.

  • Wells Fargo& Co. spokeswoman Vickee Adams said this week that once the company learned Eggers had received a waiver, it offered on Oct. 12 to rehire him in his old job at the same salary. But Eggers said that he won't accept the bank's offer to return to work unless Wells Fargo changes its background check policy.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 26- Pension changes recently endorsed by the Los Angeles city council don't go far enough for former Mayor Richard Riordan, who aims to put more aggressive fixes on the city's May 2013 ballot.

  • LONDON/ SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 26- Top oil companies in the western world are missing out on the full benefits of strong crude prices because of costly production outages and delays in bringing on new capacity, third-quarter results are set to show. ``Earnings are... down 13 percent year-on-year, worse than the 2 percent decrease in Brent prices- once again demonstrating the majors' poor margin capture in a strong commodity price environment and rising cost pressures,'' said Credit Suisse analysts in a note on the top European players.

  • *Apple to launch iPhone 5 in China in December. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Apple Inc delivered a second straight quarter of disappointing results and iPad sales fell well short of Wall Street's targets, marring its record of consistently blowing past investors' expectations.

  • *Apple full-year revenue jumps 45 pct to $156.5 bln. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Apple Inc delivered a second straight quarter of disappointing results and iPad sales fell well short of Wall Street's targets, marring its record of consistently blowing past investors' expectations.

  • *Amazon spending heavily on warehouses, Kindle technology, cloud business. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Amazon.com Inc reported its first quarterly net loss in more than five years on Thursday as the world's largest Internet retailer spent heavily and suffered from an economic slowdown in Europe.

  • *Amazon spending heavily on warehouses, Kindle technology, cloud business. SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Amazon.com Inc reported weak quarterly results on Thursday as the world's largest Internet retailer spent heavily and suffered from an economic slowdown in Europe.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- KLA-Tencor Corp posted fiscal first-quarter revenue below expectations and said current-quarter revenue would fall more as chipmakers, worried about the economy, hold off on new orders of manufacturing equipment.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 25- Apple Inc delivered another quarter of lackluster results and iPad sales fell well short of Wall Street targets, pushing its stock down more than 1 percent. Apple sold fewer iPads than anticipated as the economy remained weak and consumers waited for the new iPad mini, which will hit store shelves next month.