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SAN FRANCISCO | Apple drops iPhone bombshell on already reeling stock market

SAN FRANCISCO— Jan 02, 2019—Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is waning, confirming investor fears that the company’s most profitable product has lost some of its luster. The reckoning came in a letter from Apple CEO Tim Cook to the company’s shareholders released after the stock market closed Wednesday. Cook said Apple’s revenue for the … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Apple drops iPhone bombshell on already reeling stock market

SAN FRANCISCO | Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood clucking

SAN FRANCISCO —Jan 02, 2019— Netflix said 45 million subscriber accounts worldwide watched the Sandra Bullock thriller “Bird Box” during its first seven days on the service, the biggest first-week success of any movie made for the company’s nearly 12-year-old streaming service. Netflix, which typically refuses to provide viewership numbers, made the rare disclosure in … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Netflix’s ‘Bird Box’ success gets Hollywood clucking

AUSTIN, Texas | Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

AUSTIN, Texas— One tech giant strung dozens of North American cities through a circus-like contest that led mayors and governors to desperately pitch their regions — and offer huge sums of public money — in hopes of landing a gleaming new corporate campus. The other swept in quietly before making its big move. The outcome … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Apple upstages Amazon in selecting new tech hub locations

AUSTIN, Texas | Apple deepens Austin ties, expands in other tech hotbeds

AUSTIN, Texas — Apple plans to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a Southwestern city that has already become a bustling tech hub. The decision, announced Thursday, comes 11 months after Apple CEO Tim Cook … Continue reading AUSTIN, Texas | Apple deepens Austin ties, expands in other tech hotbeds

SAN FRANCISCO | Cruise control: GM’s No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit

SAN FRANCISCO — General Motors’ No. 2 executive is moving from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run the automaker’s self-driving car operations as it attempts to cash in on its bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation. GM President Dan Ammann will become CEO of the company’s Cruise Automation subsidiary at the beginning of … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Cruise control: GM’s No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unit

SAN FRANCISCO | Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

SAN FRANCISCO  — Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after thousands of high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. Google bowed to one of the protesters’ main demands by dropping mandatory arbitration of all sexual misconduct cases. That … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google bows to worker pressure on sexual misconduct policy

SAN FRANCISCO | Google reforms sexual misconduct rules

SAN FRANCISCO— Google is promising to be more forceful and open about its handling of sexual misconduct cases, a week after high-paid engineers and others walked out in protest over its male-dominated culture. CEO Sundar Pichai spelled out the concessions in an email sent Thursday to Google employees. The note of contrition came a week … Continue reading SAN FRANCISCO | Google reforms sexual misconduct rules

ATLANTA | Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines

ATLANTA — Election experts have long warned about the nation’s aging fleet of voting equipment. This week’s elections underscored just how badly upgrades are needed. Across the country, reports poured in Tuesday amid heavy voter turnout of equipment failing or malfunctioning, triggering frustration among voters and long lines at polling places. Scanners used to record … Continue reading ATLANTA | Midterm voting exposes growing problem of aging machines