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  • Financial markets: Six highlights -- and absurdities -- of 2013

    Wall Street had plenty of reasons to think 2013 would go miserably for the stock market — what with a lackluster global economy, the U.S. government shutdown, Syria's civil war, the Obamacare fiasco and Miley Cyrus. Instead, we're on track for a...
  • Snapchat becomes target of widespread cyberattack

    Days after being warned of a security weakness in its popular app, Snapchat became the target of a widespread cyberattack that affected millions of users, a black eye for a local start-up with sky-high hopes of becoming the next social media juggernaut....
  • The day ahead in business

    The day ahead in business
    Reports: MBA mortgage applications, Federal Funds target rate Local earnings: Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., Boeing Co., IDEX Corp., John B. Sanfilippo & Sons Other earnings: Chrysler Group, Dow Chemical, Facebook Inc., Marathon Petroleum and others Of...
  • Apple must refund customers for apps bought by children

    Apple Inc. agreed to refund customers $32.5 million to settle a complaint over mobile phone apps bought by children, prompting consumer advocates to call for a broader crackdown against deceptive practices by big wireless companies. "This is a warning...
  • Economy expands at solid 3.2% annual rate in fourth quarter

    Economy expands at solid 3.2% annual rate in fourth quarter
    WASHINGTON — U.S. consumer spending ended last year with a flourish, lifting overall economic growth and renewing hopes that the recovery will hit its stride this year and boost employment and incomes. The economy expanded at a solid 3.2% annual...
  • Google profit and revenue jump 17%, but ad prices keep falling

    SAN FRANCISCO — As far as Wall Street is concerned, Google Inc. can build all the robots and self-driving cars that it wants as long as it keeps growing its main business: online advertising. And increasingly, that means selling ads that are shown...
  • Sony Pictures buys movie rights to Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In'

    SAN FRANCISCO -- Sony Pictures has obtained the rights to Sheryl Sandberg's bestseller “Lean In,” according to people with knowledge of the situation. Nell Scovell, a veteran television writer who helped Sandberg write the book, will pen the...
  • Sony obtains rights to Facebook exec Sheryl Sandberg's 'Lean In'

    "Lean In," the bestselling nonfiction book by Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg about the dearth of women leaders in the corporate world and what can be done about it, is on its way to the big screen. Sony Pictures has obtained film rights to "Lean In"...
  • Facebook talking to FTC about changes to privacy policy

    Facebook talking to FTC about changes to privacy policy
    SAN FRANCISCO -- The Federal Trade Commission is discussing Facebook Inc.'s proposed changes to its privacy policy as part of its 2011 settlement with regulators. The FTC is exploring whether Facebook's proposed privacy changes violate the settlement,...
  • Mixing cruising with independent travel

    Mixing cruising with independent travel
    I used to think there were independent travelers and cruise passengers -- two mutually exclusive categories. But now, with cruising shedding its newlywed and geriatric stereotypes, all kinds of tourists are finding shipboard travel to be appealing....
  • Facebook's status among investors and analysts changes: It's a darling

    SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc. has just one question for Wall Street: How do you like me now? Shares of the social network, which had fallen from favor after its disastrous public debut last year, hit new highs Tuesday, even as U.S. stocks ended...