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  • WASHINGTON, May 15- United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, on Friday said 12 executives would leave the company in December under a voluntary layoff, a 30- percent reduction in executive ranks. Tory Bruno, chief executive of the venture, told Reuters in an emailed statement the layoffs were part of ULA's ongoing efforts to...

  • CHICAGO, May 14- Genome pioneer J. Craig Venter's company has signed a broad collaboration agreement with the Cleveland Clinic to sequence and analyze de-identified blood samples from the health system's patients, the two parties said on Thursday. The deal is the latest in a string for Venter's La Jolla, California- based Human Longevity Inc, a start-up formed in...

  • HAVANA/ PARIS, May 12- French oil company Total on Tuesday denied it had signed an offshore exploration deal with Cuba during President Francois Hollande's visit there. "Total categorically denies it has signed an offshore exploration agreement with Cuba," a spokesman said. A source with knowledge of the matter said Total's marketing and services branch, which...

  • May 11- Dish Network Corp reported a 3.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue as it earned more per user in its core pay-TV business, making up for a fall in subscribers. Dish was involved in a three-week dispute with 21st Century Fox before signing a new distribution agreement on Jan. 15 that put Fox programming back on Dish's service. Net income attributable to Dish...

  • Air Force Secretary Deborah James last week said the Air Force expects to finalize the terms of the competition by the end of May, and could award contracts for prototypes of new U.S.-fueled launch vehicles as early as September. The current sole launch provider, United Launch Alliance, a joint venture run by Lockheed Martin Corp and Boeing Co, is working on a new...

  • BEIJING, April 28- China's Tencent Holdings Ltd launched on Tuesday an operating system for internet-connected devices such as TVs and watches that is open to all developers, taking on domestic rivals Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Xiaomi Inc in the smart hardware space. This model mirrors Google Inc's Android mobile OS, and could help Tencent replicate the U.S....

  • UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with Argentinian state oil company YPF, while Russia's...

  • April 23- A unit of AstraZeneca Plc has teamed up with Juno Therapeutics Inc to develop combination treatments that use the body's immune system to kill cancer cells. The partnership between AstraZeneca's research and development arm MedImmune and Juno is the latest collaboration between companies intent on developing a new class of drugs known as...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed several cooperation documents in the energy sector on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to deepen ties with countries in South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with state oil company YPF, while...

  • April 21- Yahoo Inc and Microsoft Corp added a termination clause to the terms of their search partnership agreement under which either company can end the deal on or after Oct. 1, 2015, according to a regulatory filing by Yahoo on Monday.

  • *Xi says China- Pakistan security, economies linked. ISLAMABAD, April 20- China and Pakistan launched a plan on Monday for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion, linking their economies and underscoring China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan to oversee the signing of...

  • *Xi says China- Pakistan security, economies linked. ISLAMABAD, April 20- China and Pakistan launched a plan on Monday for energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan worth $46 billion, linking their economies and underscoring China's economic ambitions in Asia and beyond. China's President Xi Jinping arrived in Pakistan to oversee the signing of...

  • April 20- Groupon Inc said it would sell a 46 percent stake in Ticket Monster, its South Korean e-commerce business, to a partnership formed by KKR and Hong Kong- based Anchor Equity Partners for $360 million.

  • SHANGHAI, April 20- Foreign automakers continue to plough money into factories in China, the world's largest car market, even as the biggest economic slowdown in a quarter of a century crimps sales growth. Market leaders Volkswagen AG and General Motors show no sign of letting up on their planned investments, while Toyota Motor and Ford Motor are also pursuing...

  • Toyota to launch two hybrid cars in China this year Sunday, 19 Apr 2015 | 9:44 AM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 19- Toyota Motor Corp, the world's largest automaker by sales volume, plans to launch two hybrid cars in China this year as part of efforts to launch vehicles that will help to reduce pollution in the country. The gasoline-electric hybrid cars, called Levin Hev and Corolla, will be launched in China in the second half of the year, the Japanese company...

  • SHANGHAI, April 19- Foreign automakers continue to plough money into factories in China, the world's largest car market, even as the biggest economic slowdown in a quarter of a century crimps sales growth. Market leaders Volkswagen AG and General Motors show no sign of letting up on their planned investments, while Toyota Motor and Ford Motor are also pursuing...

  • BEIJING, April 17- Alibaba Group Holding Ltd deepened its push into the automotive business on Friday, saying it had struck a partnership with Shanghai General Motors to offer online sales and financing for GM cars. Currently, Shanghai GM's Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands are available for sale on Alibaba's TMall.com website, and the two companies said...

  • BEIJING, April 17- Two years ago, just one Chinese SUV ranked among the country's top-10. Despite preferential government policies, local carmakers have failed to really compete with foreign automakers like Volkswagen AG and General Motors in sedan sales. Chongqing Changan Automobile and Great Wall Motor will launch fresh versions of their top-selling SUVs...

  • UPDATE 1-SunPower, Apple to build solar projects in China Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 10:05 AM ET

    April 16- Solar panel maker SunPower Corp said it would partner with Apple Inc to build two solar power projects in China's Sichuan province with total capacity of 40 megawatts. The projects, when complete, will be co-owned by Apple and Sichuan Shengtian New Energy Development Co Ltd, SunPower's project development joint venture. SunPower and longstanding...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., April 13- Hours after unveiling its next-generation "Vulcan" rocket, the company that launches most of America's satellites, United Launch Alliance, ran into its first problem- the rocket's name. "Vulcan is a trademark of Vulcan Inc. and we have informed ULA of our trademark rights," Chuck Beames, president of the Paul Allen-backed Vulcan...