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Three ways eSports can become an even bigger business

Video game tournaments are a $500-million global business, but they have a long way to go before they can justify the big investments game-makers, team owners and others are making in them. That's because it's not yet clear how video game competitions, known as eSports, will take shape compared...

Fiat Chrysler and Google team up on self-driving minivans

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and Google will work together to more than double the size of Google's self-driving vehicle fleet by adding 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans. The companies announced the agreement Tuesday, saying Chrysler engineers would work with Google to install sensors and software so...

How bitcoins work

If Craig Wright is who he says he is, the Australian entrepreneur is the creator of bitcoin previously known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto -- who is supposedly worth about 1 million bitcoins, or some $450 million. But how exactly do you use the digital currency? Take a look at how bitcoins...

Bitcoin's creator reveals his identity - or does he?

Bitcoin's creator stayed in the shadows for years. Known only by the pseudonym Satoshi Nakamoto, the programmer or team that masterminded the digital currency remained anonymous. Bitcoin launched in 2009, and as the years passed, curiosity deepened. Newsweek once purported to have found the answer:...

Uber sued again over drivers' employment status

The class action flood gates have opened. Less than two weeks after Uber Technologies agreed to pay up to $100 million to settle class-action lawsuits in California and Massachusetts in which drivers sought to be reclassified as employees instead of independent contractors, the ride-hailing company...

Digital TV company Rovi is buying TiVo in $1.1 billion deal

Digital TV listing company Rovi is buying TiVo in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.1 billion. Rovi Corp. said Friday it will pay $10.70 in cash and stock for each TiVo Inc. share. Rovi will pay $2.75 per share in cash, or about $277 million. The rest, $7.95 per share, will be paid in stock....

Apple shares rebound slightly as analysts cut forecasts

Apple shares ticked back up a couple of percentage points Wednesday morning after disappointing quarterly results sent them plunging more than 8% in late trading. Only a handful of public companies have ever reported more than $10 billion in profit in a three-month period. Apple did just that for...

Yahoo to name four new board members, ending Starboard proxy fight

Yahoo Inc. has come to an agreement with activist investor Starboard Value and will add four new directors to its board, the struggling tech company said Wednesday. The announcement ends a proxy fight that began last month when Starboard said it would nominate nine directors to Yahoo's board. If...

Expectations are high for Facebook's first-quarter earnings

It’s been a disappointing quarter for tech giants, with both Apple and Twitter missing analysts’ earnings expectations. But Facebook might be poised to buck the trend when it reports its first-quarter earnings today after the close of markets at 2 p.m. Pacific time.Analysts polled by Thomson Reuters...

Disney streaming service is reportedly halted by Chinese regulators

Chinese regulators have reportedly suspended DisneyLife, a digital platform for Disney movies and videos that was launched in China five months ago. The move comes as China tightens controls on foreign content online, a push that also resulted in the suspension of Apple Inc.’s iTunes store in China...

What to expect from Twitter's quarterly earnings report

Is Twitter Inc. tapped out? Investors will have a better idea later Tuesday when the social media firm reports its quarterly earnings. Once again, all eyes will be on the number of monthly active users, which is important because it directly equates to advertising revenue. Twitter reported growth...

Apple could report first quarterly earnings drop in 13 years

The last time Apple Inc. announced a quarterly sales decline, Steve Jobs was celebrating the laptop going mainstream. Bullish prospects countered the 1% fall reported in April 2003, pushing down the company's stock, already near a bottom, only slightly. Now, falling interest in the iPhone is expected...

IBM makes a big shift into cognitive computing

IBM's California research lab sits atop a green hill in Almaden, 15 miles south of downtown San Jose. There aren't any signs that suggest if you drive up the narrow road that wraps around the hill you'll find a research facility at the top. No signs that the research center is home to a Fortune...

California regulators permit Uber and Lyft to offer carpooling services

State regulators on Thursday granted companies such as Uber and Lyft permission to offer carpooling, sanctioning a service that has allowed fast-growing San Francisco companies to offer lower-cost rides. After weeks of delays, the California Public Utilities Commission voted 4-1 on Thursday to...

Google is rigging the global app market with Android, EU alleges

The European Union is broadening its battle with Google, alleging that the technology giant rigs the global market for mobile apps by making its Android operating system give preferential treatment to its own products. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Wednesday that “Google's behavior...

Potential sale looms over Yahoo's quarterly earnings report

When Yahoo Inc. reports its first-quarter earnings on Tuesday, investors and analysts will focus less on the struggling Internet company’s numbers and more on any updates about potential buyers. Bids for Yahoo and its assets closed Monday, with Verizon still said to be the front-runner to acquire...

Slowest quarter in two years for L.A. start-up investment

The first quarter marked the slowest period for investment into Los Angeles start-ups in two years, with just under $400 million going to about 50 companies. The last time so little came into the Los Angeles region was the first three months of 2014, with $319 million across about 50 start-ups,...

This 24-year-old venture capitalist is using UC Berkeley as his own incubator

Meet the 24-year-old venture capitalist using UC Berkeley as his own incubator Universities have in recent years awakened to the fact that students can help them make money through more than just tuition and board. Stanford University started investing in students’ start-ups in 2013. Harvard University...

Supreme Court rejects challenge to Google's online library of books

The Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Google Inc.'s online book library from authors who said the project makes it harder for them to market their work. The justices let stand lower court rulings in favor of Mountain View, Calif.-based Google and rejected the authors' claim that...

Taxi-for-kids service Shuddle plans to close, citing fundraising challenges

The tough fundraising environment has claimed another victim -- Shuddle, the Bay Area taxi service for kids, which announced that it will shut down Friday. "As we all have seen in today’s headlines, it is an extremely challenging environment for raising new capital,” Doug Aley, Shuddle’s chief...

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