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  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 30- Greenpeace protesters dangling from a bridge in Portland, Oregon, on Thursday forced back an icebreaker that Royal Dutch Shell needs in Alaska to start drilling in the Arctic. The 13 Greenpeace protesters, who rappelled down from the bridge over the Willamette River early on Wednesday, are hoping to shorten Shell's Arctic drilling season...

  • NEW YORK, July 30- Google Inc will have to make do with the low rate it must offer Microsoft Corp to use some of its Motorola Mobility patents after a U.S. appeals court on Thursday ruled the licensing rate had been properly set. Microsoft sued Motorola in 2010, alleging Motorola had breached its obligation to offer licenses at a reasonable cost.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- Danielle Faust, 33, is six weeks into wearing braces to fix her crooked teeth and is pretty happy about the process, but not the price. While the $5,000 for Invisalign clear aligners in South Florida where she is a freelance writer is $1,000 less than a friend is paying in New York, she is kicking herself because she missed out on a Groupon that would...

  • PORTLAND, Ore., July 28- Protesters began gathering in a riverside park in Portland Tuesday evening, planning to drop kayaks in the water to protest Wednesday's scheduled launch of a ship to be used by Royal Dutch Shell for Arctic oil exploration. Following the lead of protesters in Seattle who tried to block ships headed for Shell's planned oil exploration in the...

  • July 23- Amazon.com Inc shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer. Combined with a bullish forecast for the third quarter, upbeat comments from company executives on Amazon's Prime delivery service and...

  • July 23- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday as new food, drinks and technology helped the world's biggest coffee chain attract more customers. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months were up 7 percent globally in the latest quarter, with an estimated 23 million more customer transactions than in the year-earlier quarter as...

  • July 23- Amazon.com Inc shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc, the world's largest retailer. Amazon also forecast third-quarter revenue above estimates, and reported strong sales in North America, and unprecedented growth in its...

  • July 23- Starbucks Corp reported higher quarterly profit on Thursday, as new drinks like the "flat white" and food such as breakfast sandwiches and bistro boxes helped heat up sales in its dominant Americas region. Sales at Starbucks shops open at least 13 months jumped 8 percent in the U.S.-dominated Americas unit for the fiscal third quarter ended June 28.

  • Two cities may get NHL teams—but it won't be easy Thursday, 23 Jul 2015 | 11:45 AM ET
    A Quebec Nordiques fan shows his support for their return to the NHL.

    Las Vegas and Québec City have filed for new NHL franchises, but based on past expansion teams, they would face a daunting task.

  • CHICAGO/ SAN FRANCISCO, July 22- Macy's Inc is expanding same-day delivery to several new U.S. markets this summer, one of the most aggressive pushes by a brick-and-mortar retailer in an area dominated by e-commerce giant Amazon, according to a Macy's official. Currently, Macy's is offering the service in Houston, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Washington D.C.,...

  • July 13- Royal Dutch Shell PLC said on Monday an icebreaker crucial to planned Arctic oil drilling will be sent to Portland, Oregon to repair a gash in its hull, but the issue is not expected to delay the beginning of drilling off Alaska later in July. Voyage time between Portland and southern Alaska should not delay the company's plans to begin drilling off...

  • Comcast to offer streaming services for $15 a month Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | 11:58 PM ET

    July 12- Cable company Comcast Corp said it is beta testing a new cable streaming service called Stream, which will broadcast live TV from HBO and about a dozen other networks for $15 per month. Launching with Boston, followed by Chicago and Seattle, Stream would let Comcast's Xfinity Internet customers stream live TV over phones, tablets and laptops.

  • WASHINGTON, June 30- U.S. exporters large and small scrambled on Tuesday to urge foreign customers not to abandon deals supported by the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which will be forced to halt new business at midnight as its charter expires. Companies affected range from giants including aircraft maker Boeing Co and General Electric Co to small exporters of...

  • SEATTLE, June 29- U.S. Coast Guard and police boats cleared a way through protesters in kayaks at a Seattle- area port on Tuesday so a drilling ship could head for the Arctic on behalf of Royal Dutch Shell. The activists, who have staged frequent demonstrations during the past two months against Royal Dutch Shell's oil exploration in the Chukchi Sea off mainland...

  • SEATTLE, June 29- Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and AppNexus Inc, and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it slims down its money-losing online operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search...

  • June 29- Microsoft Corp said on Monday it will hand over its display advertising business to AOL Inc and AppNexus Inc, and sell some map-generating technology to ride-hailing app company Uber, as it slims down its money-losing online operations. The moves mean Microsoft will focus on its growing search advertising business based on its Bing search engine, and...

  • In Seattle, still 'Sleepless'—yet raking in cash Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger and Tom Hanks, left to right, in a scene from the film “Sleepless in Seattle.”

    "Sleepless in Seattle" is a goldmine for tours and shop owners, contributing to the nearly $5 billion the city generates in travel spending yearly.

  • YOUR MONEY-Auto insurance loyalty can cost you Thursday, 25 Jun 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    June 25- When Jonathan G. Stein became unhappy with his long-time car insurance carrier earlier this year, the 41- year-old lawyer from Elk Grove, California switched to a new company. The Texas Office of Public Insurance Counsel did a study showing that a consumer who has stuck with the same auto insurer for eight years could reduce the premium by 19 percent by...

  • UPDATE 2-Oracle sales, profit miss estimates; shares fall Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 | 5:02 PM ET

    June 17- Oracle Corp's quarterly profit and revenue fell short of analysts' estimates, as weak sales of its traditional database software licenses were made worse by a strong U.S. dollar that lowered the value of foreign sales. Shares of Microsoft Corp and Salesforce.com, two of Oracle's closest rivals, were close to unchanged. "This was an ugly print and speaks to...

  • June 17- Stephen Elop, the former top boss at phone-maker Nokia, is one of four high-level executives leaving Microsoft Corp as the company hones its focus on software services and the cloud, Chief Executive Satya Nadella announced on Wednesday. The departure of Elop, whose Devices group will be rolled into Microsoft's Windows unit, signals a shift of emphasis...