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SurveyMonkey prepares for future without visionary Dave Goldberg

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The sudden death of Dave Goldberg, husband to Facebook star Sheryl Sandberg and a guy adored by much of Silicon Valley, left behind not only family and friends reeling from grief. He left behind a company of 500 employees that now must figure out how to cope with the loss of its leader.

SurveyMonkey launched in 1999 and ...Read more

Former MillerCoors executive indicted for fraud

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CHICAGO -- A former MillerCoors marketing executive and seven others were indicted on charges of embezzling at least $7 million from the Chicago-based beer company, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.

The 20-count indictment did not identify MillerCoors, referring to it as a victim company with offices in Chicago and Milwaukee. The former vice ...Read more

UAW fights suspension in Ford sex harassment probes

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DETROIT -- The United Automobile Workers union has filed a grievance challenging the suspension of the union's plant chairman at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant, a suspension served in the midst of allegations of sexual harassment at the auto plant.

Ford and the UAW have not released full details of the suspension, but the union chief is named in...Read more

Private-sector job growth slowed in April to 169,000, ADP says

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WASHINGTON -- Private-sector job growth surprisingly slowed again in April, with businesses adding just 169,000 net new positions, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing Inc. said Wednesday.

Economists had been expecting a gain of 205,000 jobs after a weak March. Instead, ADP downgraded the March figure to 175,000 from its initial estimate of ...Read more

Oculus VR's first consumer headset to go on sale in early 2016

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Oculus VR, the Facebook-owned company best known for its Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, announced Wednesday that the first consumer version of the device will ship in the first quarter of 2016, with pre-orders available later this year.

A developer kit for the earliest Oculus Rift was first made available to early adopters back in 2012. ...Read more

Report: Asian-American tech workers absent from Silicon Valley's executive suites

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As Silicon Valley companies seek to diversify their ranks and address the glaring absence of women, black and Latino engineers, a new report says they are overlooking a problem hidden in plain sight.

Asian-Americans are well-represented at the Bay Area's leading technology firms, but few rise to the ranks of management and ...Read more

Tech Q&A: How to fix a sporadic Internet connection

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Q: Our five-year-old HP desktop PC frequently loses its Comcast Internet connection, and we get the error message "You are not connected to a network." The outage doesn't last long, but it often interferes with logging onto a bank or investment website.

The outages began before we got our most recent Comcast-provided modem-router, to which our ...Read more

City ticketing UberX drivers at Atlanta airport

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ATLANTA -- Hug a stranger. Hop into the front seat of his car. And keep your cellphone out of sight.

Those are some of the tips UberX users are sharing with each other to sidestep the ban on commercial ride-share pickups at the Atlanta airport.

The rule has created a game of cat-and-mouse that some drivers and customers play to avoid getting ...Read more

Troy Wolverton: Apple Watch fun, but not a must-have

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After living with the Apple Watch for more than a week, I'm still not sold on it.

Up to now, I've only had a chance to use it for short periods, so it's been fun to test out the new device for a longer span of time. And I've gotten a kick out of having people look at my wrist with envy or curiosity.

But I just haven't found much use for it. It...Read more

High-tech backcountry gear — with wilderness smarts — can save your life

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Three hikers stranded on a glacier in Alaska, their tent ruined by high winds, were rescued after they alerted a friend to their distress using a satellite-based texting device that works at every end of the globe. With the weather deteriorating and hypothermia setting in, the hikers may not have survived otherwise.

A hiker ...Read more

Nextdoor co-founder Sarah Leary, on building safer neighborhoods

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SAN FRANCISCO -- When was the last time you asked your neighbor for a cup of sugar?

Chances are, in the digital age where more of our friends live on Facebook than in our communities, you never have. But Sarah Leary remembers the neighborhood of her youth, where people looked out for each other -- not just their baking needs, but their children...Read more

Hillary Clinton-backed post-quake Haiti project 'a work in progress'

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CARACOL, Haiti -- While visiting this onetime bean field in Haiti's northeast region, former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declared it was a new day.

"We had learned that supporting long-term prosperity in Haiti meant more than providing aid," Clinton told a roomful of star-studded investors at a luncheon celebrating the opening of ...Read more

Starbucks scoops up pricey beans in high-end coffee world

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SEATTLE -- The Cup of Excellence is the coffee world's foremost competition, a cross between "American Idol" and the Olympics that can bring a measure of profit and fame to farmers growing the most exquisite beans.

Held separately in 10 coffee-producing nations, it gathers an international jury of coffee experts to pick and rank the best ...Read more

Michelle Quinn: Tech firms address the third rail — gender pay equity

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Much of the discussion about the lack of women in Silicon Valley has focused on numbers: Only 25 percent of the industry's technical workforce is female, for instance, as are an equally low level of its managers.

But another number has received far less attention: The number on their paychecks. Women who work in computer and mathematical ...Read more

Consumers spending more on Mom this year, survey finds

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If you're planning on shelling out a little extra to celebrate Mom this year, you're not alone.

According to a survey by the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend an average of $172.63 on Mother's Day gifts this year, the highest amount in the survey's 12-year history.

This year's spending average beat last year's numbers by about $...Read more

Cable TV industry goes from high to low in a year

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CHICAGO -- It hasn't been a good year for television.

That seems clear from this year's annual convention of the nation's pay-TV industry here.

The lofty expectations from last year's gathering of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association have given way to this year's anxiety over digital disruption. The most obvious sign? A new name...Read more

Candidate Ben Carson resigns from Costco board

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Ben Carson, who declared Monday he is running for president, has resigned from his longtime post on the Costco board of directors, the Issaquah, Wash.-based company said Tuesday in a regulatory filing.

The company's brief statement said he stepped down voluntarily "in light of the obligations of his political pursuits," and it thanked him "for ...Read more

Sprint credits customer satisfaction in staying No. 3

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Sprint Corp. added more than 1.2 million subscribers in the first quarter of this year to remain the nation's third largest wireless carrier ahead of rival T-Mobile US Inc.

Sprint ended March with 57.141 million subscribers. T-Mobile, which has grown substantially in the last two years, had 56.836 million. The quarter delays...Read more

Panera ridding food menu of more than 150 artificial ingredients

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ST. LOUIS -- Panera Bread Co. plans to banish more than 150 artificial ingredients including high fructose corn syrup, aspartame and artificial colors in its sandwiches, soups and other foods.

The restaurant chain, based in the St. Louis suburb of Sunset Hills, said Tuesday it's the first national restaurant company to share its list of ...Read more

At least two Florida companies approved for ferry service to Cuba

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- At least two companies have received U.S. government approval to operate ferries between Florida and Cuba, their executives confirmed Tuesday.

The ferry services would be the first approved to the communist-led island since Washington imposed its embargo more than 50 years ago.

Havana Ferry Partners of Fort Lauderdale ...Read more