Uber's expansion prompts a taxi strike in Mumbai, India

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MUMBAI, India -- A taxi strike in India's second largest city spilled into a second day Wednesday as a powerful union protested the expansion of Uber and other mobile cab-hailing services.

Many of Mumbai's familiar black-and-yellow taxis – known as kaali-peelis – remained off the roads, making the notoriously congested city slightly more ...Read more

Private sector firms added solid 190,000 jobs in August, ADP reports

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WASHINGTON -- Hiring by U.S. firms picked up a bit last month as the private sector added 190,000 net new jobs, payroll firm Automatic Data Processing said Wednesday.

The job growth was an improvement over July's 177,000 figure, which was revised down from the initial report of 185,000. But the August figure was below analyst expectations of ...Read more

Sonoma County residents' battle with wineries is about more than water

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SANTA ROSA, Calif. -- These days, the redwood-shaded creek by Laura and Ray Waldbaum's house is a bone-dry path of rocks and gravel, its occasional stagnant pools a somber reminder of the salmon that once thrived there.

Fewer than 500 endangered coho now wend their way from a network of such creeks to the Russian River and out to sea, and the ...Read more

New Comcast CFO says company must avoid complacency

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PHILADELPHIA -- Mike Cavanagh, one of the nation's top banking executives at JPMorgan Chase and now Comcast Corp.'s new chief financial officer, says the Philadelphia company's biggest "enemy" is complacency, hoping that consumer trends won't change and that Comcast remains the big cable company.

Comcast's destiny is "in our hands," Cavanagh ...Read more

Troy Wolverton: New light bulbs offer alternative to LEDs and CFLs

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For consumers who are still bemoaning the phaseout of incandescent light bulbs, hate the harsh CFLs and can't figure out LEDs, another option may be on the horizon -- a new kind of bulb is slated to hit store shelves this fall.

Like LEDs and CFLs, the new bulbs, developed by a startup company called Finally Light Bulb, are much more efficient ...Read more

Venture capital investing boom neglects startups tackling poverty

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PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The venture capital investing boom has sent billions of dollars to startups that serve the upper crust of society with an app to deliver your laundry or order a valet to park your car, yet many VCs continue to resist investing in viable businesses bringing toilets, water and electricity to the rural poor.

For years, ...Read more

Do you need to tip your Uber driver?

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PITTSBURGH -- When it comes to tipping, some Uber drivers have started to take matters into their own hands.

The ride-sharing giant, which pairs drivers in their own vehicles with passengers via a smartphone app, spells out its official policy on its website: "You don't need cash when you ride with Uber. Once you arrive at your destination, ...Read more

Comcast's aim: Making you happy

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PHILADELPHIA -- The conference calls begin at 9 a.m. sharp each Monday on the 22d floor of the Comcast Center.

There was Charlie Herrin, the head of customer experience in jeans and a blazer, at the table leading the call of about 30 executives and managers, seeking to ease customers' frustrations.

This was the new base for a reimagined ...Read more

Instagram making you sad? Blame the Kardashians

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Shira Hecht keeps up with all her friends on Instagram, but she still hasn't met most of the 896 people she follows.

You might recognize some: January Jones, Lindsay Lohan, Nicki Minaj, Justin Timberlake, Gisele Bundchen, James Franco, Azealia Banks, Lena Dunham, Kendrick Lamar, Mindy Kaling, Reese Witherspoon, Channing Tatum, Scarlett ...Read more

Will drone racing fly as a sport?

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Imagine careening through the forest chasing Stormtroopers on speeder bikes as Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia did in a famous scene from "Star Wars," flying around trees and ducking under branches.

A group of drone operators created that sensation for Internet viewers when they recently raced their camera-equipped robotic quadcopters through ...Read more

Tech Q&A: Pushing the limits of a PC's memory has its own limits

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Q: In your column two weeks ago, you said Windows ReadyBoost allowed a PC to supplement its RAM (random access memory) with as much as 256 gigabytes of high-speed memory from attached flash memory devices. But when I tried it on my Windows 7 PC, I could use only 4 gigabytes of storage on a 32-gigabyte camera memory card. Why is that?

-- Susan ...Read more

Toledo will keep Wrangler but lose Cherokee

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DETROIT -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has found a way to keep production of the iconic Jeep Wrangler in Toledo, Ohio, but it involves moving production of the next-generation Jeep Cherokee.

The automaker plans to move production of the Wrangler to the north side of its Toledo Assembly Complex, where the Cherokee is made, and launch the Wrangler ...Read more

Minimum wage law unfair to franchisees, appeals court told

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SEATTLE -- The International Franchise Association, in oral arguments before a federal appeals court panel Tuesday, again contended that Seattle's minimum wage law unfairly discriminates against local franchisees.

The law, which puts local franchisees on the same fast track as large employers in having to pay employees at least $15 an hour, "...Read more

7-Eleven expands delivery options

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CHICAGO -- Picture this scenario: It's dinnertime and you could really go for a Mountain Dew and some taquitos from your neighborhood 7-Eleven store.

But that store just a few blocks away feels worlds away from your couch. Panic sets in.

Fear not, dudes and dudettes. On Tuesday, 7-Eleven announced a partnership with DoorDash to begin delivery ...Read more

Summer box office expected to have slow finish over Labor Day weekend

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LOS ANGELES -- The box office is typically slow over Labor Day weekend and early tracking suggests this year will be no different.

New offerings "The Transporter Refueled" and "A Walk in the Woods" are expected to pull in less than $20 million combined, according to people familiar with pre-release audience surveys. That means there's a good ...Read more

Exelon plans cost cuts, won't rule out layoffs

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CHICAGO -- Nuclear power giant Exelon says it plans to cut costs -- and it isn't ruling out layoffs.

Citing increased competition and low energy prices, the Chicago-based company released a statement Tuesday saying it aims to achieve savings over the next two years.

The statement followed a story by Crain's Chicago Business that cited an ...Read more

McDonald's to start all-day breakfast Oct. 6

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CHICAGO -- McDonald's will begin rolling out all-day breakfast nationwide on Oct. 6, a long-awaited move that could help boost sales for the flagging burger chain.

The move, following a vote Tuesday by franchisee leadership, is the boldest one yet under McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook, who was hired in March and has vowed to transform the fast...Read more

Uber loses round in legal battle with drivers

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A federal judge on Tuesday dealt a blow to Uber's efforts to neutralize a major legal challenge to its business model, finding that a lawsuit against the growing ride-sharing company can proceed as a class-action on behalf of most California drivers who have worked for the Bay Area outfit since 2009.

In a 68-page ruling, U.S. District Judge ...Read more

Uber drivers can move forward with class-action lawsuit, judge rules

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Uber drivers scored a victory Tuesday as a federal judge ruled that they may move forward with a class-action lawsuit that seeks to turn them from contractors into employees.

U.S. District Judge Edward Chen in San Francisco found against Uber's argument that the lawsuit shouldn't be certified as a class action and that it should be limited to ...Read more

Amgen and Novartis partnering on a drug that could prevent Alzheimer's

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Biotech firm Amgen Inc. is partnering with Novartis, the Swiss pharmaceutical giant, to develop a drug that could prevent Alzheimer's disease.

The companies announced the commercialization and development agreement in a news release Tuesday. They will combine their separate efforts on drugs that attack BACE, an enzyme that produces clusters of ...Read more