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  • Tesla's Autopilot makes for a smooth highway cruise

    Tesla's Autopilot makes for a smooth highway cruise

    This week, Autopilot helped me drive a Tesla Model S luxury electric sedan from the Bay Area to Reno, about 240 miles on Interstate 80. The next day, it helped me drive back. Everybody I talk to wants to know: Did I like the car? Did I like Autopilot? Is it ready for prime time? My answers: Yes,...

  • Airbnb sues Anaheim over law that makes the rental site liable for hosts who violate city law

    Airbnb sues Anaheim over law that makes the rental site liable for hosts who violate city law

    Airbnb sued the city of Anaheim on Thursday, challenging a new city law that imposes fines on short-term rental sites for listing homes and apartments that violate the city’s rental regulations. The lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, marks the second time in so many months that...

  • Stocks end mostly higher, buoyed by tech firms; oil slides

    Stocks end mostly higher, buoyed by tech firms; oil slides

    Stocks had another day of meager gains Thursday as investors worked through a batch of company earnings, including results from Facebook, Ford Motor and Whole Foods Market. Cautious investors are looking ahead to Friday’s meeting of the Bank of Japan, which is expected to announce of more stimulus...

  • Google parent Alphabet's profit soars 24% despite losses on risky bets

    Google parent Alphabet's profit soars 24% despite losses on risky bets

    Business is booming at Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on kooky-sounding projects that may never produce any revenue. Most of the losses are concentrated in Alphabet's “X” lab, a wellspring of far-out ideas that Google co-founder Sergey Brin launched...

  • Oracle is buying business software firm NetSuite in a $9.3-billion deal

    Oracle is buying business software firm NetSuite in a $9.3-billion deal

    Oracle Corp. is buying cloud software company NetSuite Inc. in a deal valued at $9.3 billion, combining two Silicon Valley firms that count Larry Ellison as a top shareholder. Both companies provide enterprise-resource planning software, or systems that streamline business operations such as inventory...

  • Proposed rules would limit harassment by debt collectors

    Proposed rules would limit harassment by debt collectors

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is taking its first step toward reining in debt collectors, releasing an early outline of rules aimed at preventing them from harassing consumers and trying to collect debts that don’t exist. The proposal, which will be discussed Thursday at a CFPB hearing...

  • SeaWorld San Diego drops lawsuit over breeding ban

    SeaWorld San Diego drops lawsuit over breeding ban

    SeaWorld San Diego has dropped a lawsuit against the California Coastal Commission that challenged the agency’s right to impose a ban on the breeding of killer whales at the theme park. SeaWorld, facing pressure from animal-rights groups and others, announced in March that it would no longer breed...

  • Facebook crushes expectations thanks to booming mobile ad sales

    Facebook crushes expectations thanks to booming mobile ad sales

    Facebook's stock was trading higher after the world's biggest social media company handily surpassed Wall Street's expectations for the second quarter, barreling ahead on mobile advertisements, user growth and the next frontier — video.  Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said in an interview...

  • Stocks rise, pushed up by Apple; Twitter dives

    Stocks rise, pushed up by Apple; Twitter dives

    Stocks ended Wednesday slightly lower as shares of energy companies and consumer goods makers outweighed gains in technology companies such as Apple. Investors also worked through the Federal Reserve's latest policy statement. The Fed didn't change interest rates, but it left the door open for...

  • SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says

    SpaceX will spend $300 million on Red Dragon Mars mission, NASA says

    SpaceX is likely spending about $300 million on its unmanned Red Dragon Mars mission, according to NASA estimates. The topic came up at a NASA Advisory Council committee meeting Tuesday, when agency official Jim Reuter said SpaceX’s spending on the mission was about 10 times that of NASA’s, according...

  • Elon Musk's Tesla Gigafactory idea was crazy, Panasonic exec thought. And yet ...

    Elon Musk's Tesla Gigafactory idea was crazy, Panasonic exec thought. And yet ...

    When Yoshihiko Yamada was introduced to the idea of the Tesla Motors Gigafactory a couple of years ago, he said, “I thought it was crazy.” Crazy, because “the production capacity of this factory would exceed the global capacity of the industry,” the Panasonic Corp. executive vice president said...

  • Fed holds key interest rate steady but signals a hike could come this fall

    Fed holds key interest rate steady but signals a hike could come this fall

    Federal Reserve policymakers said Wednesday they were holding a key interest rate steady but signaled a hike could come this fall as their concerns have eased about a slowing job market and the fallout from Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. Following a two-day meeting, central bank officials...

  • Qualcomm settles gender-discrimination lawsuit

    Qualcomm settles gender-discrimination lawsuit

    Qualcomm Inc. has agreed to pay $19.5 million to settle a gender-discrimination lawsuit that alleged women engineers faced systemic roadblocks to equal pay and promotions at the company. The settlement covers 3,300 women nationwide who worked in science, technology, engineering and math jobs at...

  • To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To see why LeEco bought Vizio, look at the Chinese company's smartphones

    To get a better sense of why Chinese technology company LeEco is buying Irvine TV maker Vizio for $2 billion, have a look at one of LeEco’s smartphones. The company’s Le 2 pro handset retails for just $166 in China, but if you pay about $15 extra, you get a one-year subscription to the company’s...

  • Sisters Ride: 100 years later, motorcycle sisters ride again

    Sisters Ride: 100 years later, motorcycle sisters ride again

    On July 4 exactly a century ago, sisters Augusta and Adeline Van Buren left Brooklyn, N.Y., headed for San Francisco on a pair of 1000cc Indian “moto-cycles.” Politically inclined and media savvy, the young suffragettes hoped that their coast-to-coast ride would convince the American military brass...

  • Lawmaker calls for more scrutiny of scope maker after emails are disclosed

    Lawmaker calls for more scrutiny of scope maker after emails are disclosed

    A U.S. lawmaker is renewing his push for Congress to toughen requirements on medical-device warnings, calling Olympus Corp.’s 2013 decision against issuing a broad alert to U.S. hospitals about scope-related superbug outbreaks “despicable.” Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Torrance) said internal Olympus emails...

  • Covered California insurance doesn't guarantee the doctor will see you, study says

    Covered California insurance doesn't guarantee the doctor will see you, study says

    The recent announcement that Covered California premiums will rise by double digits in 2017 is only part of the challenge for the nation’s largest health exchange. A newly released study found that 4.38% of Covered California policyholders enrolled in Blue Shield or Blue Cross plans were rejected...

  • What to expect from the Fed's first meeting since 'Brexit'

    What to expect from the Fed's first meeting since 'Brexit'

    Federal Reserve policymakers meet this week for the first time since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and the referendum’s effects on financial markets and economic growth are likely to be a hot topic during the two-day gathering. After all, central bank officials were so concerned about...

  • Twitter user growth lags despite effort to drum up interest

    Twitter user growth lags despite effort to drum up interest

    Despite tweaks to its micro-blogging service intended to win over new users, Twitter Inc. recorded just a slight increase in user growth in the second quarter. The San Francisco company Tuesday reported an average of 313 million monthly active users, up just 3% from the same quarter in 2015. Since...

  • Apple reports sales decline for second straight quarter

    Apple reports sales decline for second straight quarter

    Apple announced Tuesday that quarterly sales fell in consecutive quarters for the first time since 2002 as demand slows for its smartphone lineup.  The world’s most valuable company sold 40.4 million iPhones, down from 47.5 million devices during the same period last year. That decline contributed...

  • Domestic airfares drop to lowest level since 2010

    Domestic airfares drop to lowest level since 2010

    Lower fuel costs and increased competition from low-cost airlines have pushed the price of domestic airline tickets to the lowest level since 2010, according to federal data. The average domestic airline ticket sold in the first three months of the year was $361, down 7.8% from the first quarter...

  • Stocks finish mixed; Gilead and McDonald's fall as Texas Instruments jumps

    Stocks finish mixed; Gilead and McDonald's fall as Texas Instruments jumps

    Stocks had a muddled session Tuesday, as investors worked through a large batch of corporate earnings from a range of companies including Gilead Sciences, McDonald's and Texas Instruments. McDonald's shares had their biggest one-day percentage decline since the financial crisis, weighing heavily...

  • Automotive tech firm Mobileye will end its partnership with Tesla

    Automotive tech firm Mobileye will end its partnership with Tesla

    Tech firm Mobileye, which makes chips and software for driver-assistance systems such as Tesla Motors Inc.’s autopilot feature, will end its partnership with the electric car maker. In a call with analysts Tuesday, Mobileye co-founder Amnon Shashua said the Israeli company’s work with Tesla would...

  • Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    Tesla car mangled in fatal crash was on Autopilot and speeding, NTSB says

    The Tesla car involved in a fatal crash in Florida this spring was in Autopilot mode and going about 10 miles faster than the speed limit, according to safety regulators, who also released a picture of the mangled vehicle. Earlier reports had stated the Tesla Model S struck a big rig while traveling...

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