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Tech companies turn LA region into new Silicon Valley cluster

posted: 01/26/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- First came Facebook and YouTube. Then Microsoft moved in. Google is on its way. And now Yahoo, too, is joining the high-tech cluster that has sprouted in Playa Vista.

San Diego at risk of losing Comic-Con

posted: 01/26/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Comic-Con International, San Diego's lucrative four-day convergence of costumes and commerce, may be ready for a change of scenery.

Bank tests cardless ATMs for mobile users

posted: 01/26/2015 2:09 a.m. Discuss

CHICAGO -- Responding to the growing use of smartphones, Wintrust Financial is rolling out 190 "cardless cash" ATMs that will give consumers the option of withdrawing cash using only their smartphones.

Microsoft reveals HoloLens headset

posted: 01/26/2015 2:07 a.m. Discuss

REDMOND, Wash. -- Microsoft on Wednesday unveiled an unexpected new headset that allows interaction with holographic images, enabling people to play video games, build 3-D models and hold immersive videoconferences with colleagues.

Business news in brief

posted: 01/26/2015 2:06 a.m. Discuss

Spain court tells Google to remove links

Euro tumbling, but brands not cheaper in U.S.

posted: 01/25/2015 2:29 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- Americans hoping to save on European goods thanks to a falling euro shouldn't rush to uncork that bottle of French Bordeaux. There's very little to celebrate.

Furniture chain goes supersize

posted: 01/25/2015 2:28 a.m. Discuss

THE COLONY, Texas -- Ed Lipsett, store director of the huge Nebraska Furniture Mart under construction in this Dallas suburb, takes great pride in the breadth of the new store. At 560,000 square feet, it's big enough to fit three Wal-Mart supercenters inside.

Carmakers' quiet engines lack a muscular rumble, so it's faked

posted: 01/25/2015 2:27 a.m. Discuss

Stomp on the gas in a new Ford Mustang or F-150 and a driver will hear a meaty, throaty rumble -- the same style roar that Americans have associated with auto power and performance for decades.

NFL players train to shift fields

posted: 01/25/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

NEW YORK -- As Eddie George neared the end of his nine seasons in the NFL, the running back began pondering his next play.

3 World Cup sponsors join airline in deciding to withdraw

posted: 01/25/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

BP PLC's Castrol oil brand, Johnson & Johnson and tire maker Continental AG said they haven't renewed agreements with soccer ruling body FIFA to sponsor the World Cup.

Macau tops world cities in economic performance

posted: 01/25/2015 2:22 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- Macau, the Chinese territory known for casino gambling, outperformed the rest of the world's major cities economically last year, according to a report Thursday.

Chances good for raises, employer survey reports

posted: 01/25/2015 2:21 a.m. Discuss

CHICAGO -- A survey conducted in the fall gives workers a reason to feel more optimistic about their chances of getting raises.

U.S. home buys rise in December

posted: 01/24/2015 2:25 a.m. Discuss

WASHINGTON -- More Americans purchased homes in December, yet total sales slipped in 2014 as first-time buyers struggled to find houses.

UPS pays price for extra preparation

posted: 01/24/2015 2:24 a.m. Discuss

After missing millions of deliveries on Christmas in 2013, United Parcel Service Inc. promised it would do better next time. It hired thousands more workers to ensure it could handle a deluge of shipments on its busiest days.

Labor talks resume for West Coast ports

posted: 01/24/2015 2:23 a.m. Discuss

LOS ANGELES -- Labor strife at seaports along the West Coast prompted thousands of dockworkers to rally against employers they say are trying to exploit a crisis of cargo congestion at harbors that handle about $1 trillion worth of goods annually.

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