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Estimate: Apple shipped 3.6 million watches last quarter

SAN FRANCISCO — A new report estimates Apple shipped 3.6 million watches in the last quarter — more than some analysts have estimated and enough to change the competitive landscape for fitness bands and other wearable gadgets.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Business Wire


Pushing workers is Amazon's prime directive

Did you know that Amazon workers are routinely driven to tears? That they’re scolded for not answering email after midnight? That drones monitor their movements off the clock? That even their

Date: 08/28/2015 | Web Monkey


Investors yawn at low taxes in Texas

For all its success as the fastest-growing big state, luring the most business with a paucity of taxes and regulation, Texas is an inferior investment.

Date: 08/27/2015 | Business Wire


Amazon to build 5th Texas fulfillment center

SAN MARCOS, Texas — Amazon.com Inc. plans to build a fifth fulfillment center in Texas.An Amazon.com statement Thursday said about 1,000 full-time jobs will be created in San Marcos, 30 miles south of Austin.

Date: 08/22/2015 | Business Wire


Costco sued over claims shrimp harvested with slave labor

Costco Wholesale was sued for selling farmed shrimp from Thailand, where slave labor and human trafficking in the fishing industry are widespread, and allegedly misleading U.S. consumers about it.

Date: 08/20/2015 | Business Wire


Exposé on Amazon's workplace 'really hits close to home'

Amazon? I don't know about you, but I can count on one hand the number of times I've bought something from the online retailer.Once I needed a copy of Jim Lynch's

Date: 08/19/2015 | Local News


Single-family home construction surges

WASHINGTON — U.S. builders started work on single-family houses last month at the fastest pace since the Great Recession began in late 2007.Housing starts in August rose 0.2 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.21 million homes, the Commerce Department...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Business Wire


Is it really that hard to work at Amazon?

Silicon Valley wasted no time in reacting to a New York Times article on what it's like to work at Amazon. The story featured depictions of people pushed to extremes, staff crying at desks and "redrawing the boundaries of what is acceptable."The Seattle-based...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Business Wire


Airbus A321 hits runway lights in N. Carolina

FORT WORTH, Texas — Federal safety officials are investigating an incident in which a US Airways jet struck runway lights, damaging the underside of the plane’s tail, while attempting to land after the pilots reported wind shear.

Date: 08/18/2015 | Nation & World


Verizon backs off plan for Pasco antenna after public outcry

PASCO — Verizon Wireless is no longer planning to build an almost 50-foot cellphone tower in Pasco after residents complained about appearances, health concerns and property values.

Date: 08/17/2015 | Business Wire


Indian airline orders 250 Airbus A320neo jets

PARIS — Indian budget airline IndiGo finalized an exceptionally large order for 250 single-aisle Airbus A320neo jets on Monday to keep up with rapid growth in the country’s air travel.

Date: 08/17/2015 | Business Wire


Ford headlight failures prompting wrecks draw U.S. probe

WASHINGTON — Some models of Ford sedans are being scrutinized by U.S. regulators for the second time since 2008 after continuing reports that headlights suddenly turn off, leading motorists to veer off roadways and sometimes crash.The defect investigation focuses on...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire


It's the golden age of the American muscle car

The golden age of Detroit muscle is now.The Detroit Three's performance cars are better today than ever before.Despite strict emissions limits, concerns about climate change and unpredictable gasoline prices that would make a '60s hot rodder pull over and weep,...

Date: 08/15/2015 | Business Wire


Tablet shipments fall 11 percent worldwide

After three years of enormous growth, the worldwide tablet market continues to decline.Tablet shipments in the second quarter fell 11 percent year over year to 42.5 million units, according to the latest report from Canalys.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Business Wire


Feds offer an early peek at U.S. bank profits

WASHINGTON — There's a hidden way to get detailed financial data on publicly traded U.S. banks days before the companies release their earnings. The information is accurate, free, and — most important — totally legal.The source is the federal government,...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire


China auto sales slump to 17-month low despite price cuts

BEIJING — Chinese consumers bought the fewest passenger vehicles in 17 months in July, extending a slump in the world’s largest auto market as deeper discounts failed to revive demand.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire


Rite Aid stores will now accept Apple Pay

SAN FRANCISCO — Rite Aid stores will start accepting Apple’s mobile payment system, Apple Pay, later this month after initially shunning the service in favor of a rival system.

Date: 08/12/2015 | Business Wire


U.S. tech workers fall in love with wacky job titles

San Jose Mercury NewsSAN JOSE, Calif. — It is a corporate feel-good movement sweeping the nation: titlemania.

Date: 08/11/2015 | Business Wire


Santa Fe Opera to commission production on Steve Jobs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Apple co-founder Steve Jobs will be the subject of an upcoming opera.The Santa Fe Opera announced Wednesday that its latest commission will be based on the technology pioneer.

Date: 08/07/2015 | Entertainment


AT&T, as new owner of DirecTV, offers TV-wireless package

NEW YORK — AT&T is unveiling a new package that combines traditional TV and wireless services as it seeks to broaden its offerings following its $48.5 billion purchase of satellite TV company DirecTV about a week ago.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Business Wire


Verizon workers to stay on job without new contract

NEW YORK — Verizon and unions representing workers in nine states said employees will work without a contract as more negotiations are scheduled.

Date: 08/03/2015 | Business Wire


Walker’s Wisconsin shows what’s wrong with corporate welfare

The continuum of American politics is not a straight line — it is more like a circle. Travel farther out on the right and left, and ultimately the sides bend to a common position on an issue like taxpayer subsidies for big business. To many progressives, such expenditures are...

Date: 08/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Windows 10 fixes annoyances in earlier versions

NEW YORK — It took me just a weekend to get comfortable with Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system, something I never did with its predecessor, Windows 8, even after nearly three years.

Date: 07/29/2015 | Business Wire


FCC chairman recommends OK of $48.5B AT&T-DirecTV deal

NEW YORK — The head of the Federal Communications Commission has recommended approving AT&T’s $48.5 billion purchase of DirecTV. The deal would create the country’s largest provider of cable or satellite TV.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


Citigroup to refund $700 million for deceptive card practices

NEW YORK — Nine million credit card customers will receive refund checks from Citigroup after U.S. regulators forced the bank to repay $700 million and fined it $70 million for illegal and deceptive practices.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


Microsoft books $8.4B write-down on phones

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft booked an $8.4 billion charge in the fourth quarter, swallowing a bitter pill by writing off the Nokia phone business it bought just over a year ago. It narrowly beat analysts’ depressed expectations for a quarter that also saw a steep decline in personal computer sales even...

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


Apple: Strong iPhone sales, few Watch details

SAN FRANCISCO — Apple’s latest financial report shows the iPhone is still the key engine of the company’s success. But the impact of its newest product, the Apple Watch, isn’t clear.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


Why airlines keep pushing biofuels: They have no choice

NEW YORK — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel.They have no other choice.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


Toshiba’s CEO resigns over doctored books

TOKYO — Toshiba’s CEO and eight other executives resigned Tuesday to take responsibility for doctored books that inflated profits at the Japanese technology manufacturer by $1.2 billion over several years.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


BlackBerry cuts jobs as part of turnaround plan

TORONTO — BlackBerry Ltd. announced another round of job cuts Tuesday as it deals with weak smartphone sales and pushes ahead with a restructuring plan.

Date: 07/21/2015 | Business Wire


A&P files for Ch. 11 bankruptcy, 2nd time in five years

NEW YORK — Grocery store operator A&P is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with plans to sell off stores as it faces increasingly tough competition.

Date: 07/20/2015 | Business Wire


Nuclear deal has firms eyeing Iranian opportunities

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — The nuclear deal is done. Now it’s time to talk business.While it will likely be months before sanctions on Iran ease, business and political leaders are wasting no time in trying to tap into a large and what they hope will be a lucrative Iranian market.

Date: 07/19/2015 | Business Wire


Wal-Mart helped push manufacturing overseas. Now it wants to reverse that

BENTONVILLE, Ark. - The group cheer at Wal-Mart's third annual U.S. manufacturing summit - convened to find more American-made products - was greeted with a voice from another era."Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done...

Date: 07/18/2015 | Business Wire


Amazon calls Prime Day a hit; some customers grumble

Amazon.com said it sold more products during its Prime Day event Wednesday than on last year’s Black Friday, a sign the promotion was a success despite complaints that the deals were subpar.

Date: 07/17/2015 | Business Wire


Google self-driving car involved in injury accident

LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. revealed Thursday that one of its self-driving car prototypes was involved in an injury accident for the first time.

Date: 07/16/2015 | Nation & World


Earnings top expectations, helping lift stocks

NEW YORK — For U.S. investors, low expectations are paying off.Over the last week, 38 companies in the Standard & Poor's 500 index have reported quarterly results, and financial information company S&P Capital IQ says most have posted bigger-than-expected...

Date: 07/16/2015 | Business Wire


Amazon takes heat for ‘lame’ deals on ‘Prime Day’

It was billed as Black Friday in July, but some customers are saying the discounts offered for Amazon.com Inc.’s Prime Day are more like yard sale finds.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Business Wire


Iran could buy $20 billion in airliners

The historic nuclear deal with Iran gives Boeing and Airbus Group a rare opportunity to reshape a civilian aviation industry.

Date: 07/15/2015 | Business Wire


Airbus electric plane flies over English Channel

CALAIS, France — Airbus flew its electric plane across the English Channel for the first time Friday — hours after an independent French pilot made a similar voyage, beating the aeronautics giant in this symbolically important step toward making electronic flight viable in the long term.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire


Honda announces another air bag recall

TOKYO — The recalls at Honda Motor Co. over defective Takata air bags have grown by another 4.5 million vehicles, raising the tally at the Japanese automaker to 24.5 million.Tokyo-based Honda said Thursday the latest recall affects 1.63 million vehicles in Japan, but none in North America.

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire


IBM claims semiconductor breakthrough

NEW YORK — IBM says it has achieved a breakthrough in making computer chips even smaller, creating a test version of the world's first semiconductor that shrinks down the circuitry by overcoming "one of the grand challenges" of the tech industry.The...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Business Wire


Microsoft to cut 7,800 jobs as phone sales flag

NEW YORK — Microsoft will cut 7,800 jobs and take a $7.6 billion impairment charge as it attempts to revive its flagging phone hardware business.The new cuts come on top of the 18,000 jobs that were trimmed last year and just over a year after the company made an...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Business Wire


Boeing leads in deliveries, trails Airbus in new airplane orders

Boeing came up in second place to its European rival, the Airbus Group, on orders in the first half of the year. The Chicago-based company has deliver more airplanes this year, though.

Date: 07/06/2015 | Aerospace Blog


In Seattle, some fret over rapid growth

SEATTLE — Seattle, notorious for boom-and-bust cycles stretching back to the 19th century Alaska gold rush, is booming once again.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Northwest


Ford to recall cars for software update

Ford is recalling about 433,000 of its 2015 Focus, C-MAX and Escape vehicles for a problem with the body control module.The software glitch could allow the engine to continue to run after the ignition is turned off and the key removed or the after pressing the Engine Stop button.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire


Facebook ramps up minority hiring

Facebook nearly doubled the number of its black and Hispanic employees last year, but those groups are still starkly underrepresented at the tech giant. In 2014, black and Hispanic employees made up 5.4 percent of all workers, up from 4.4 percent in 2013.

Date: 07/03/2015 | Business Wire


State quietly raises Microsoft’s taxes

SEATTLE — Washington state is quietly giving Microsoft a tax increase, and the company isn't complaining about the $57 million tax hike over the next two years.The state budget deal agreed to in Olympia this week included the closing of a number of tax breaks. This one...

Date: 07/02/2015 | Business


Chrysler, Ford sales up, GM’s decline 3 percent

DETROIT — Sales of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles cars and trucks rose 8 percent in June; Ford was up almost 2 percent, and General Motors fell 3 percent, but the industry remains on track for its best year since 2005.

Date: 07/02/2015 | Business Wire


Toyota, Nissan, Honda back hydrogen stations for fuel cells

TOKYO — Toyota, Nissan and Honda are working together to get more fuel cell vehicles on roads in what they call Japan’s big push toward “a hydrogen society.”

Date: 07/02/2015 | Business Wire


Boeing loses $1.3B tanker deal to Airbus

The Boeing Co.'s KC-46 Pegasus tanker was shut out again Tuesday, this time by South Korea. That makes the aerial refueling tanker 0-for-6 competing for foreign military contracts.Boeing has lost every one of those deals to its rival, Airbus Group's A-330 Multi Role Tanker...

Date: 06/30/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Rights tilting to corporations in trade deal

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would, in his words, "level the playing field" and "give our workers a fair shot." But critics...

Date: 06/29/2015 | Opinion Columnists


Facebook now worth more than Wal-Mart

NEW YORK — Facebook is now bigger than Wal-Mart, at least when it comes to its value on the stock market.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire


Google adds free ad-supported tier to music app

LOS ANGELES — Google is adding a free tier to its subscription streaming music service in the U.S., aiming to convert the millions of people who click on the Google Play Music app every month but turn away because they’re prompted for payment information.

Date: 06/23/2015 | Business Wire


UAW wants health-care pool of U.S. automakers to cut costs

The leader of the United Auto Workers said the union is looking at ways to reduce health-care costs at the three biggest U.S.-based automakers through a group that would include all of their hourly and salaried employees.

Date: 06/19/2015 | Business Wire


YouTube to showcase news video by eyewitnesses

SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube has started a video news service to showcase the most interesting clips recorded and posted by eyewitnesses at events unfolding around the world.The service, called "YouTube Newswire," is being compiled by Storyful, an Internet...

Date: 06/19/2015 | Business Wire


Airbus edges Boeing in orders race in Paris

LE BOURGET, France — Europe’s Airbus glided past Boeing to take top honors in their annual competition to sell commercial jets at the Paris Air Show. The U.S. plane maker, however, inked more deals for big-ticket wide-body planes.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire


Starbucks to close La Boulange stores

Three years after acquiring the highly touted Bay Area bakery chain, Starbucks Corp. said Tuesday it will close all 23 La Boulange cafes by the end of September.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire


GE to move jobs overseas if Ex-Im Bank ends

WASHINGTON — General Electric Co. Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt threatened to move U.S. jobs overseas if Congress doesn’t reauthorize the Export-Import Bank’s charter, which expires at the end of June.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire


Costco confirms Lynnwood store opening in August

LYNNWOOD — Costco says that the new store here is set to open in August.The company has declined to answer questions from media, but on its website the Lynnwood location now is listed among planned openings.The store is being built at the old high school site north of Alderwood mall.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business


Quality improves in auto industry

DETROIT — The quality of cars and trucks made by U.S., European and Korean companies has improved so much in recent years that Japanese automakers, long the industry standard, are having trouble keeping pace.

Date: 06/18/2015 | Business Wire


Potential new airplanes dominate talk at Paris Air Show

There’s been a flurry of news out of the Paris Air Show, so here is a round up of Wednesday’s most interesting stories:

Date: 06/17/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Toyota adds nearly 1.4M vehicles to Takata air bag recall

DETROIT — Toyota is adding nearly 1.4 million cars, trucks and SUVs to a growing recall for air bags that can explode with too much force.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Business Wire


Starbucks launches mobile ordering in 3,400 more stores

SEATTLE — Starbucks said Tuesday it’s launching its mobile order program in more than half of the stores it owns in the U.S.The move follows an initial pilot launched last December in Portland, Oregon, and expanded three months later to some 600 locations across the Pacific Northwest.

Date: 06/17/2015 | Business Wire


Nintendo showcases new titles, including multiplayer ‘Zelda’

LOS ANGELES — Link is set to return to the Nintendo 3DS before he arrives on the Wii U.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Business Wire


Lynnwood firms lands Mississippi work at Paris Air Show

The trip to France was worth it. Lynnwood-based Nova-Tech Engineering landed work in Mississippi during a meeting Monday with Orbital ATK executives at the Paris Air Show."They were able to more or less confirm that...

Date: 06/16/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Boeing announces 100-plane 737 MAX deal worth $10.7B

PARIS — Boeing on Tuesday announced the biggest order so far of the Paris Air Show, as last-minute deal for 100 737 MAX 8 aircraft valued at about $10.7 billion at list price.

Date: 06/16/2015 | Business


Old games will work on new Xbox, Microsoft says

LOS ANGELES — Microsoft has promised that hundreds of games designed for its older Xbox 360 will work on its newer Xbox One console, starting with a handful of titles this year. It also showed off how its HoloLens headset can be used to play “Minecraft” via hologram on a coffee table.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Business Wire


Boeing considers new commercial jetliner

The Boeing Co. says it is studying a new commercial jetliner that would smaller than its smallest twin-aisle airplane and bigger than its largest single-aisle plane.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Aerospace Blog


Boeing, Airbus announce $24B in orders at Paris Air Show

PARIS — A huge demand for long-haul jetliners was on display at the Paris Air Show on Monday, with Garuda Indonesia, Saudi Arabian Airlines and Qatar Airways among buyers in announced deals valued at about $24 billion.

Date: 06/15/2015 | Business


Leveling the showroom floor

Most of us would probably say that we want to see the downtowns and small businesses in our communities thrive. They provide jobs. They provide goods and services we need. And it's enjoyable to buy something from someone you become familiar with, an exchange that adds to our sense of...

Date: 06/15/2015 | Editorials


Boeing plans a classic 777 revival at Paris Air Show

The International Paris Air Show opens Monday, and industry insiders say this year's aerospace extravaganza will be quieter than most.The biennial show, which runs June 15-21, has a reputation for headlines about new airplanes and...

Date: 06/13/2015 | Business


Disney parks price out the middle class

When Walt Disney World opened in an Orlando swamp in 1971, with its penny arcade and marching-band parade down Main Street U.S.A., admission for an adult cost $3.50, about as much then as three gallons of milk.Disney has raised the gate price for the Magic Kingdom 41 times...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Business Wire


Germanwings co-pilot feared going blind

PARIS — Fearing he was going blind, the co-pilot who slammed a Germanwings jet into the Alps took sick days at work, upped his dosage of an antidepressant, and reached out to doctors, but they didn’t tell his employer they thought he was unfit to fly because of German privacy laws, a French...

Date: 06/12/2015 | Nation & World


Boeing says commercial airplane demand will keep rising

Boeing says it sees the already historically high demand for commercial airplanes only going up over the next 20 years.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Aerospace Blog


EPA to regulate U.S. airliner emissions

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration proposed Wednesday to regulate aircraft emissions in much the same way as power plants, saying they are a threat to human health because they contain pollutants that help cause global warming.Using its authority under The Clean Air...

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire


Why Americans are getting new credit cards

NEW YORK — A big change is happening inside your wallet.

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business Wire


Adversity and success

Q&A with top Frontier Communications exec Vickey Oxley

Date: 06/10/2015 | Business


Used A380 superjumbos pose fresh threat to Airbus’ sales drive

TOULOUSE, France — Airbus Group is set to face a fresh challenge in reviving sales of its flagship A380 superjumbo as used aircraft hit the market.

Date: 06/09/2015 | Business Wire


20 years later

777 has come to dominate market but it's time for a successor

Date: 06/07/2015 | Business


Sno-King, Everett chorales close out seasons

Snohomish County's community chorales are finishing up the current season with concerts this weekend.Frank DeMiero directs the 100-voice Sno-King community Chorale twice June 6, with performances at 3 and 7 p.m. at the Edmonds Center for the Arts.Lee Mathews...

Date: 06/05/2015 | Entertainment


GM sales in China fell in May

DETROIT — General Motors sales in China fell in May for the second straight month, as economic growth continues to slow in the world’s largest auto market.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Business Wire


Apple Watch coming to stores soon

SAN FRANCISCO — Soon you’ll be able to buy an Apple Watch like you’d buy most other watches — in a store.

Date: 06/05/2015 | Business Wire


Auto report: Detroit to hold steady, Honda will gain

DETROIT — Honda will gain market share, Nissan and the Korean automakers could slip, and the rest, including the Detroit Three (General Motors, Ford and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles), should hold their own over the next four years, according to the most recent edition of the influential Car Wars...

Date: 06/04/2015 | Business Wire


Massive Google drone crashes during test

WASHINGTON — A prototype of the massive, solar-powered drone Google plans to build as a platform for delivering Internet service from the sky was destroyed in a crash at a New Mexico test site.The unmanned Solara 50 fell to the ground shortly after takeoff on May 1 and...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Business Wire


Airbus A400M crash linked to ‘assembly’ problem

PARIS — Airbus said it's too early to tell the causes of a deadly crash of an A400M military plane, after one of its top executives reportedly said flight recorder data pointed to a problem in final assembly.German newspaper Handelsblatt on Friday quoted Airbus...

Date: 05/29/2015 | Business Wire


Apple can keep its Watches off our bodies

Do you have your Apple Watch yet? Just 2 percent said they do in our

Date: 05/29/2015 | Web Monkey


GoPro meets virtual reality with 16-camera array

GoPro is moving into virtual reality with the announcement of a 16-camera, 360-degree array that can capture stereoscopic and spherical video. But this early model is too big to wear on your head.The rig, meant to be mounted on a tripod, has yet to be priced. It will support...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire


Amazon rolls out free same-day delivery

In another blow to bricks-and-mortar retail stores, Amazon.com is launching free same-day delivery for Prime members in 14 metropolitan areas.

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire


Exxon Mobil, Chevron reject climate experts

DALLAS — Shareholders of big oil companies overwhelmingly rejected several environmental resolutions including proposals to put climate-change experts on their boards and set goals for greenhouse-gas emissions.The votes at meetings of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron...

Date: 05/28/2015 | Business Wire


USDA won’t probe organic farms complaint

Aerial photographs taken last summer of some of the largest organic egg and dairy farms in the United States showed few animals outside on pasture, but the USDA will not investigate whether these operations are violating rules for organic agriculture, officials wrote last week.

Date: 05/24/2015 | Nation & World


That cute new robot may take your job

Willie McTuggie looks like a photocopier on wheels. But he — it, actually — has the engineered brain of a reasonably smart human, and acts like one when when he rolls up to a nurse's station, opens a drawer, retrieves a dose of pills and glides off to make a delivery.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire


Amazon adds one-hour delivery in New York City

NEW YORK — Amazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases.

Date: 05/22/2015 | Business Wire


Big banks to pay $5 billion fine for fraud

WASHINGTON — Four of the world's biggest banks agreed Wednesday to pay more than $5 billion in penalties and plead guilty to rigging the currency markets — a rare instance in which federal prosecutors have wrung an admission of criminal wrongdoing from a major financial...

Date: 05/21/2015 | Business Wire


Target tops Wal-Mart in race for turnaround

NEW YORK — Target is beating Wal-Mart in the race to beef up sales.

Date: 05/20/2015 | Business Wire


Suit challenges app tracking of worker phones

When Myrna Arias discovered that her employer could track her movements even when she was off duty, she decided to remove the GPS-enabled app on her company smartphone that facilitated the monitoring. That got her fired, according a suit filed by Arias.In the lawsuit, Arias,...

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World


New ceramic a big boost for jet engines

NISKAYUNA, N.Y. — For nearly three decades Krishan Luthra stubbornly labored away in a General Electric research lab on a long-shot effort to cook up a new type of ceramic that few consumers will ever see or use.Now this obscure material, which is lightweight, strong...

Date: 05/16/2015 | Business Wire


Microsoft co-founder starts endangered-species initiative

SEATTLE — A Microsoft co-founder has donated $390,000 to start his initiative that would create new state criminal penalties for persons trafficking in body parts of endangered species.

Date: 05/13/2015 | Northwest


Verizon barges into online video, buying AOL for $4.4B

NEW YORK — Verizon is buying AOL for about $4.4 billion, advancing the telecom’s push in both mobile and advertising fields.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Business Wire


Self-driving car crashes reported

LOS ANGELES — Google Inc. revealed Monday that its self-driving cars have been in 11 minor traffic accidents since it began experimenting with the technology six years ago.The company released the number after The Associated Press reported that Google had notified...

Date: 05/11/2015 | Business Wire


Starbucks cleared in coffee-spill lawsuit

RALEIGH, N.C. — A jury in North Carolina ruled Monday that Starbucks is not liable for damages after a Raleigh police officer said he suffered third-degree burns from a cup of coffee spilling in his lap three years ago.

Date: 05/11/2015 | Business Wire




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