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New Mexico panel blindsides Facebook with $39M utility bill

A powerful New Mexico regulatory authority is requiring the state’s largest utility to bill Facebook $39 million for a new transmission line construction for its data center – a move …


UPDATED: Thu., April 18, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

Uber rolls out feature urging riders to ‘check your ride’

Uber is releasing a new feature to help riders ensure they’re getting into the right vehicles.


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 7:16 p.m.

Some of Samsung’s folding phones are already breaking

Some of Samsung’s new $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking after just a couple of days. Journalists who received the phones to review before the public launch say the …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019, 11:28 a.m.

Sleek new SUVs dominate reveals at New York auto show

Auto shows may be waning in importance as companies find other ways to introduce new products, but the New York International Auto Show still has a healthy list of new …


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019, 2:21 p.m.

Apple, Qualcomm settle lawsuits over iPhone chips

Apple and Qualcomm announced Tuesday that they have settled their yearslong litigation over the use of Qualcomm’s chips in Apple’s iPhones.


UPDATED: Mon., April 15, 2019, 3:04 p.m.

Musk tweets out another Tesla forecast in midst of SEC talks

Elon Musk, already in hot water over his Twitter use, posted another Tesla production forecast reminiscent of the one that landed him before a federal judge earlier this month.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 7:20 p.m.

Southwest removes 737 MAX 8 from flight schedule until August

Southwest Airlines customers relaxing on Thursday evening got an email that may mean their summer vacation could be more stressful and expensive than they planned.


UPDATED: Fri., April 12, 2019, 10:25 a.m.

German price platform sues Google over search results

A German price-comparison platform says it has filed a suit against Alphabet Inc.’s Google search business on allegations it has abused its dominant position by favoring its own price-comparison service …


UPDATED: Wed., April 10, 2019, 12:49 p.m.

REI reports more sales, income, and members – but also higher costs (and it still needs a new CEO)

Despite a business environment that is increasingly hostile to physical retailers, REI is delivering impressive results.


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019, 5:57 p.m.

Hormel lawsuit reveals what ‘natural’ meat really means

Consumers want “natural” meat-and the biggest meat companies want to sell it to them. American shoppers are reaching for healthier, more environmentally and animal-friendly meat products, with 39% saying “all-natural” …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Bank of America raising hourly minimum wage to $20

Bank of America plans to raise its starting pay to $20 an hour over a two-year period, the bank said Tuesday, starting with a hike next month.


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 3:08 p.m.

Retailers try to lure customers with free Uber rides

While shoppers are getting everything from morning coffee to complete work wardrobes delivered to their homes, some businesses are working with ride-hailing company Uber to entice customers back through their …


UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019, 5:48 p.m.

Ghost of Toys R Us still haunts toymakers

A year after Toys R Us imploded, toymakers are still readjusting to the big loss of shelf space. That means slashing the number of styles they carry, re-evaluating how they …


U.S. businesses’ job openings fell sharply in February

The number of available jobs in the U.S. fell sharply in February after nearly reaching a record level the previous month, a sign that businesses may pull back a bit …


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 1:37 p.m.

Ford workers in Russia protest planned closure

Ford workers in Russia have started industrial action over plans to close a plant including stopping work if there are any equipment problems.


UPDATED: Mon., April 8, 2019, 4:47 p.m.

Pinterest sets conservative pricing after Lyft drop

Pinterest, among the gaggle of tech companies hoping to go public this year, set a conservative price range Monday for its initial public offering. It hopes to raise as much …


UPDATED: Fri., April 5, 2019, 11:41 a.m.

EU says BMW, Daimler, VW colluded to limit emissions tech

European Union authorities said Friday that German automakers BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen colluded to limit the development of emissions-cleaning technology in cars.


Snap joins online game fray, unveils advertising products

Snapchat is joining the online-games bandwagon with a new service that lets people play together on its mobile platform. The company says it wants to make it easier for friends …


Ghosn’s problems broaden as Renault flags expenses concerns

Legal troubles are piling up for Carlos Ghosn after French carmaker Renault said Wednesday it had flagged to judicial authorities serious problems with his expenses during his time as chairman …


UPDATED: Wed., April 3, 2019, 8:54 p.m.

Forget kibbles: U.S. sales of fresh pet food are soaring

U.S. pet owners are increasingly feeding fresh food to their dogs and cats. Some order pre-proportioned meals of meat and vegetables or frozen raw meat online. Others find them in …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 2:27 p.m.

California jury orders Chevron to pay $21M for cancer claims

A Northern California jury ordered Chevron Corp. to pay the families of two brothers who died of cancer a combined $21.4 million after concluding the company failed to properly warn …


UPDATED: Mon., April 1, 2019, 3:43 p.m.

U.S. safety agency opens probes into Hyundai and Kia fires

The U.S. government’s highway safety agency has decided to open two new investigations into fires involving Hyundai and Kia vehicles after getting complaints of more than 3,100 fires and 103 …


Amazon’s role in co-sponsoring research on fairness in AI draws mixed reaction

Amazon has partnered with the taxpayer-funded National Science Foundation on a three-year, $20 million program to fund basic research into fairness in artificial intelligence systems, which are under increasing scrutiny …


UBS: sees human spaceflight as a $23 billion industry by 2030

Flying people to hang out in outer space could be worth $23 billion by 2030, UBS Group AG predicted.


UPDATED: Fri., March 29, 2019, 5:11 p.m.

Investors hail Lyft shares in IPO, see profits down the road

Lyft’s shares soared as the company went public Friday, giving investors their first chance to bet on the future of the ride-hailing industry.


Amazon, other Washington companies, get perfect scores for LGBTQ policies, but some advocates ask for more

Amazon, along with 10 other Washington-based companies, scored 100 percent this week in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s latest measure of policies and practices that “affirm and include” lesbian, gay, …


U.S. mortgage rates post biggest drop in decade to 4.06 percent

Purchasing a home just became a lot cheaper, thanks mostly to the Federal Reserve’s decision last week to put its interest rate hikes on hold for now.


UPDATED: Thu., March 28, 2019, 8:08 p.m.

Trade panel: Boeing got unfair U.S. tax break, hurting Airbus

Delivering final word in a nearly 14-year standoff, a World Trade Organization body has ruled that Boeing received an illegal U.S. tax break from Washington state that damaged sales by …


Stock indexes waver on Wall Street after a wobbly start

Stock indexes veered between small gains and losses in early trading Wednesday on Wall Street as the market cooled off after posting solid gains a day earlier.


McDonald’s $300 million tech deal will revolutionize menus

McDonald’s, in its largest acquisition in 20 years, is buying a decision-logic technology company to better personalize menus in its digital push.