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  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Stanford University alumni with entrepreneurial streaks may be particularly well placed to pay off their $41,250 tuition bills, according to a new report on venture funding. That compares to $3.8 billion by Harvard alumni, whose rank was boosted by former student Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, CB Insights said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Stanford University alumni with entrepreneurial streaks may be particularly well placed to pay off their $41,250 tuition bills, according to a new report on venture funding. That compares to $3.8 billion by Harvard alumni, whose rank was boosted by former student Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook, CB Insights said.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- A handful of individual super-donors, business groups and unions have poured more than $350 million into California ballot initiatives ahead of the Nov. 6 election, underscoring the extent to which the state's system of ``direct democracy'' has morphed into a big-money battleground.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc Chief Executive Tim Cook on Monday replaced the heads of its software and retail units in the company's most sweeping executive shake-up in a decade following embarrassing problems with its new mapping program and unpopular store-related decisions.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its iPhone software chief and its head of retail would leave, a major executive shake-up that follows embarrassing problems with the company's new mapping software and disappointing quarterly results.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- Apple Inc said on Monday its head of iPhone software and its head of retail would leave, the biggest shake-up in the technology company's executive ranks since Tim Cook became chief executive last year.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 29- A handful of individual super-donors, business groups and unions have poured more than $350 million into California ballot initiatives ahead of the Nov. 6 election, underscoring the extent to which the state's system of ``direct democracy'' has morphed into a big-money battleground.

  • *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.