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  • SAN FRANCISCO— Like a lot of teenagers, Aanya Nigam reflexively shares her whereabouts, activities and thoughts on Twitter, Instagram and other social networks without a qualm. After using the Internet-connected device for two months, Aanya, 16, started to worry that the Echo was eavesdropping on conversations in her Issaquah, Washington, living room.

  • 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...

  • REDMOND, Wash. _ MicroVision Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $2.8 million in its second quarter. The Redmond, Washington- based company said it had a loss of 6 cents per share. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • SEATTLE _ Tableau Software Inc. on Wednesday reported a loss of $19 million in its second quarter. The average estimate of 18 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 5 cents per share. Twelve analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $141 million.

  • NEW YORK, July 29- When Matt and Jen Osmun opened their vape shop in Bethel, Connecticut, last December, they didn't expect to get a boost from the local medical marijuana outlet. "Sales are going really well, and getting better every month," said Jen Osmun, who started the business with her husband, a former plumber, after he was injured in an accident.

  • 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...

  • VANCOUVER, Wash. _ Barrett Business Services Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter profit of $8.7 million. On a per-share basis, the Vancouver, Washington- based company said it had net income of $1.19. Keywords: Barrett Business Services, Earnings Report.

  • WASHINGTON— In the sci-fi thriller "Ex Machina," the wonders and dangers of artificial intelligence are embodied in a beautiful, cunning android named Ava. She puts her electronic smarts to work with frightening results, manipulating and outwitting her human handlers. Just how far off in the future is a robot like the fictional Ava?

  • The top executive at the maker of Subaru automobiles joked that he would have to wear a helmet on an upcoming trip to the United States. Subaru's U.S. sales have almost doubled in the past four years. Subaru's " Love Promise," in which it pledges to make "a positive impact in the world," has helped build loyal consumers in states like California, New York and Washington.

  • Paccar beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 8:09 AM ET

    BELLEVUE, Wash. _ Paccar Inc. on Tuesday reported second-quarter earnings of $447.2 million. The average estimate of 11 analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of $1.16 per share. Paccar shares have decreased nearly 5 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat.

  • Potlatch beats 2Q profit forecasts Tuesday, 28 Jul 2015 | 6:54 AM ET

    SPOKANE, Wash. _ Potlatch Corp. on Tuesday reported second-quarter net income of $711,000. The average estimate of four analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was breakeven on a per-share basis. This story was generated by Automated Insights using data from Zacks Investment Research.

  • Plum Creek Timber tops 2Q profit forecasts Monday, 27 Jul 2015 | 4:10 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ Plum Creek Timber Co. on Monday reported second-quarter net income of $21 million. Plum Creek Timber expects full-year earnings to be $1.05 to $1.20 per share. Plum Creek Timber shares have dropped 6 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard& Poor's 500 index has stayed nearly flat.

  • WASHINGTON— As President Barack Obama faces pressure to discuss human rights in his first official visit to Ethiopia this weekend, a unique lawsuit back home is challenging whether the African country can spy on an American by turning his computer into a giant recording device. But the man, born in Ethiopia and now a U.S. citizen, isn't wanted for a crime.

  • Scary headlines don't deter investors Saturday, 25 Jul 2015 | 6:11 AM ET

    NEW YORK— The U.S. economy is growing at a painfully slow pace. Greece still threatens the euro. Neither do many on Wall Street.

  • SEATTLE— Seattle's annual Torchlight Parade is this Saturday, and Seattle police have an unusual message for people planning to go watch the parade. On their online police blotter, they are asking people to avoid overloading the cellular network during the parade by tweeting and posting photos to Facebook. Previous Seattle parades have put the cellular...

  • A look at the largest companies in the S&P 500 Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 7:08 PM ET

    Amazon surpassed the world's largest retailer, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., in market value Friday, on the back of a strong earnings report. Amazon shares closed up nearly 10 percent, giving the Seattle company a market value of $247.77 billion, versus $230.53 billion for Wal-Mart. A company's market value is calculated by multiplying the number of shares of stock it...

  • HomeStreet misses 2Q profit forecasts Friday, 24 Jul 2015 | 5:16 PM ET

    SEATTLE _ HomeStreet Inc. on Friday reported second-quarter profit of $12.4 million. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 71 cents per share. HomeStreet shares have risen 37 percent since the beginning of the year.

  • HARTFORD, Conn.— Momentum is building for a $15- an-hour minimum wage in Connecticut, at least for some workers, given the formation of a new low-wage worker advisory panel and this week's recommendation to raise pay for fast-food workers in neighboring New York, according to some state lawmakers and activists. The co-chairmen of the General Assembly's Labor and...

  • NEW YORK— It's official: Amazon is bigger than Wal-Mart. The sharp increase in shares brought Amazon's market value to $247.77 billion, more than its biggest rival, Wal-Mart Stores Inc., signaling a sea change in retailing. Bentonville, Arkansas- based Wal-Mart Stores is valued at about $230.53 billion.

  • 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...