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Broadcom up 11% on plan to exit cellular baseband

NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- Broadcom Corp. BRCM shares jumped 11% premarket after the firm said Monday that it is looking into a possible sale or …

UBS investigated in Belgium for money laundering - prosecutors | Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Swiss Bank UBS UBSN.VX is being investigated in Belgium for suspected money laundering, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday.<p>The logo of Swiss bank UBS is seen at a branch office in the north-eastern Swiss town of St. Gallen July 3, 2013. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann<p>A judge had launched …

What Ballmer\’s deal for the Los Angeles Clippers means for Microsoft investors

How Extreme Weather Is Already Draining The Biggest U.S. Companies, By The Numbers

Pepsi, Allstate, Walmart, and dozens of other S&P 500 corporations reveal the costs they face as climate change worsens.<p>While politicians squabble over whether climate change is real, most of the world’s big companies are already dealing with its consequences. In a new report from the Carbon …

Justice Department price-fixing probe rattles auto industry worldwide

An investigation into price-fixing and bid-rigging in the auto parts industry has mushroomed into the Justice Department's largest criminal antitrust probe ever, and it's not over yet.<p>The investigation, made public four years ago with FBI raids in the Detroit area, has led to criminal charges …

Amazon escalates standoff with publisher Hachette Book Group

If you're hoping to pre-order books by J.K. Rowling, Michael Connelly and other Hachette Book Group authors, you'll have to go somewhere besides Amazon.com.<p>An ongoing standoff between<p>Amazon.com Inc.and one of the leading New York publishers has intensified. The online retailer, which already had …

Sweets makers work to keep names off e-cigarettes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Owners of brands geared toward children of all ages are battling to keep notable names like Thin Mint, Tootsie Roll and Cinnamon …

'Best-before' labels on rice, coffee and pasta reach their sell-by date

EU is to scrap "best-before" dates on long life food packaging as a measure to stop millions of tons of edible produce being thrown away every year<p>The European Union is poised to scrap compulsory “best before” labels on coffee, rice, dry pasta, hard cheeses, jams and pickles to help reduce the …

Agriculture

Scientists are trying to help taxis beat Uber at its own game

Taxi companies aren't pleased with Uber and Lyft, but they could be making way better use of ride-sharing technology themselves, according to researchers. A study by MIT and Fujitsu examined why cabs are usually underutilized, but never available during surge periods when you need them. To combat …

Oracle Wins Appeal in Java Copyright Fight With Google

API code can be protected like any other intellectual property, a three-judge panel has ruled.<p>Business software giant Oracle won a key legal victory today in its ongoing fight with Google over the search company’s use of Java software in its Android mobile operating system. The U.S. Court of …

Steve Ballmer Says Microsoft, Apple Both "Two Trick" Ponies

The tricky part is finding a third trick, the former Microsoft chief said in his first big talk since leaving the software maker.<p>Steve Ballmer, who has just passed Bill Gates to become Microsoft’s largest shareholder, has kept a relatively low profile since leaving the software maker.<p>However, he …

Nintendo posts $456 million annual operating loss

Nintendo posted a 46.4 billion yen operating loss ($456 million) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2014, the company announced today in its fiscal earnings, marking the third consecutive annual operating loss for the company.<p>Nintendo's net loss was 23.2 billion yen ($228 million), down from last …

California’s Giant Redwoods Are Being Poached

The fear that fewer airlines means higher airfares is confirmed by this chart

Competition is good for consumers, and Skyscanner can prove it. The airfare search engine analyzed millions of user queries and found that the more airlines fly a route from the US, the cheaper the route gets on a per mile basis.<p>For example, on a 2,000 mile (3,200 km) round-trip flight (roughly the …

Uber is upending that old motto about the customer always being right

I had a rude shock recently when trying to hail an Uber cab. It showed up alright, but only barely. The driver told me he almost didn’t pick me up “because of your low score.”<p>Low score? For what?!<p>I knew passengers rated drivers, but I had no idea Uber rated its passengers too. Call me old fashioned.<p>…

NPR picks L.A. media veteran Jarl Mohn as its new chief

Pasadena public radio station KPCC-FM (89.3) grabbed the national spotlight with Friday's announcement that Jarl Mohn, the media industry veteran who ran<p>E! Entertainment Televisionthrough most of the 1990s, will beNational Public Radio's next president and chief executive. He succeeds interim …

LG Sold 12.3 Million Smartphones in Q1, Up 19 Percent From a Year Ago

Korea’s LG said Monday that it shipped 12.3 million smartphones last quarter, up 19 percent from a year ago and representing three-quarters of all of its phones sold in Q1. Phone unit revenue of $3.19 billion was up 6 percent from a year ago and profit margins up from the prior quarter.

Facebook Open-Sources Pop, The Animation Engine Behind Paper – MacStories

Facebook has open-sourced Pop, the animation engine behind the company’s alternative client for iPhone, Paper. Used to power transitions and animations inspired by real-life physics and interactions, Pop has allowed Facebook to build Paper’s popular gestural controls, which have become one of the …

U.S. Supreme Court case puts BlackBerry patents at risk

BlackBerry Ltd. boss John Chen doesn't need another headache.<p>But an important patent case now before the U.S. Supreme Court could soon send him reaching for the Tylenol bottle.<p>The case goes to the heart of how far U.S. courts should go in protecting patents for often vague software-based business …

Episode 533: Why Cars From Europe and the US Just Can't Get Along

When a car is sold in the United States, the safety features on that car — the airbags, the bumper — they are built to US safety standards. There is a different set of standards in Europe. To sell a Jeep Wrangler in Europe, Chrysler has to redesign and replace a bunch of seemingly random parts of …

Mental And Physical Toll Of Bullying Persists For Decades

What doesn't kill us only makes us stronger, right? Well, not when it comes to bullying.<p>Some may still consider bullying a harmless part of growing up, but mounting evidence suggests that the adverse effects of being bullied aren't something kids can just shake off. The psychological and physical …

How A Music Writer Learned Trust Is The Ultimate Backstage Pass

Lisa Robinson has done just about every kind of music writing there is. She has followed Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones on tour, covered the scene around CBGB in the 1970s, been a syndicated newspaper columnist, written live reviews for <i>The New York Post</i> and cover stories for <i>Vanity Fair.</i> In …

100% Electric Cars Are Now Outselling Plug-in Hybrids in the US

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>Range anxiety isn’t holding back the electric car. Sales figures are in for the first half of 2013, and they show that 100% …

Electric Vehicles

Marissa Mayer’s genius plot to turn Apple against Google

Is Marissa Mayer about to play two of Silicon Valley’s fiercest rivals off each other?<p>Kara Swisher of Re/Code was out with a fascinating scoop on Yahoo late yesterday. According to her report, which cited sources inside the company, Yahoo is looking to convince Apple to dump Google as the default …