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Risky IPO seeks new way to trade star athletes

Risky IPO seeks new way to trade star athletes

SAN FRANCISCO | Professional athletes frequently get traded to other teams, but San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis is about to be the first ever to be traded like a stock.

March 25, 2014 6:00 pm

$20 billion is chump change for BP

NEW YORK | BP holds enough oil in its reserves to single-handedly supply the United States for two years. It has little debt for a company of its size and makes more money than Apple and Google combined.

June 18, 2010 12:05 am

Google's decision on China traces back to founders

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc. co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page have always said they put their principles before profit, even to the point of using their control of the company to take a stand.

January 17, 2010 12:00 am

Online news fees: Financial salvation or suicide?

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette is a rarity among large U.S. newspapers -- it's selling more weekday copies than a decade ago. In Idaho, the Post Register's circulation has remained stable, while many other print publications have lost readers to the Internet. How can this be?

May 31, 2009 12:00 am

US newspaper circulation sees biggest decline yet

U.S. newspapers are losing circulation faster than ever, compounding the pain of an industry reeling from even larger drops in the advertising revenue that pays most of the bills.

April 27, 2009 12:00 am

Microsoft wants to negotiate with new Yahoo board

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Microsoft Corp. threw its weight behind investor Carl Icahn's effort to oust Yahoo Inc.'s board next month, saying Monday that a successful rebellion would encourage the software maker to renew its takeover bid for Yahoo or negotiate another multibillion-dollar deal.

July 08, 2008 12:00 am

Yahoo embraces Google after ending Microsoft talks

SAN FRANCISCO | Yahoo Inc.'s efforts to revive takeover talks with Microsoft Corp. have reached a dead end, prompting the Internet pioneer to hire online search leader Google Inc. to handle some of its advertising sales.

June 12, 2008 12:00 am

HP to buy EDS for about $13.2B

SAN FRANCISCO | Hewlett-Packard Co. is buying Electronic Data Systems Corp. for $13.2 billion in a deal that will create the second largest technology services provider behind IBM.

May 14, 2008 12:00 am

Google sagging stock soars after strong 1Q showing

SAN FRANCISCO | Investors appear ready to embrace Google Inc. again after weeks of hand wringing over whether the faltering U.S. economy would bog down the Internet search leader's moneymaking machine.

April 20, 2008 12:00 am

Yahoo says no to Microsoft

SAN FRANCISCO | Yahoo Inc.'s rejection of Microsoft Corp.'s unsolicited takeover bid left investors guessing the next move in a tense mating dance that may hatch a more imposing challenger to Google Inc. or disintegrate into a bruising brawl.

February 12, 2008 12:00 am

Google stock price soars above $700 for first time

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc.'s stock price barreled through $700 for the first time Wednesday, propelled by a belief that the Internet search leader will become even more profitable as it plants its products and services in new markets.

November 01, 2007 12:00 am

Yahoo earnings slip, but beat expectations

SAN FRANCISCO | Yahoo Inc.'s third-quarter profit slipped less than analysts feared, raising hopes that the slumping Internet powerhouse can deliver on the comeback promises of a new management team that took over four months ago.

October 17, 2007 12:00 am

Search startup Powerset takes on Google

SAN FRANCISCO | The dozens of entrepreneurs gathered for an exclusive high-tech conference here Monday all hope to dazzle the crowd with their ingenuity.

September 18, 2007 12:00 am

High-risk mortgages turning into toxic mess for lenders, borrowers

SAN FRANCISCO | When Linda Martin refinanced the mortgages on three different houses nearly three years ago, she thought the lower monthly payments would help her save more money for retirement.

August 11, 2007 12:00 am

Spring may turn into season of reckoning for national housing industry

SAN FRANCISCO | Springtime usually means good times in the housing industry, but this year it's threatening to become a grim season of reckoning.

April 01, 2007 12:00 am

TV personalities among winners in Google's $1.76 billion YouTube purchase

SAN FRANCISCO | Television talk show host Maury Povich hasn't always been a big fan of YouTube Inc. because the online video sharing pioneer frequently displays unauthorized clips from his copyrighted program.

February 09, 2007 12:00 am

Yahoo tackles mess of its own making with sweeping changes

SAN FRANCISCO | Yahoo Inc. is tackling its most difficult challenge since the dot-com bust with sweeping organizational changes aimed at cleaning up a mess of the Internet icon's own making.

December 07, 2006 12:00 am

Google's stock price rises above $500 for 1st time

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc.'s stock price surpassed $500 for the first time Tuesday, marking another milestone in a rapid rise that has catapulted the Internet search leader into the corporate elite.

November 22, 2006 12:00 am

CEOs of McAfee, CNet step aside to atone for stock-option problems

SAN FRANCISCO | The chief executives of McAfee Inc. and CNet Networks Inc. stepped aside Wednesday to atone for stock-option chicanery that occurred on their watch, expanding the list of business leaders swept up in a messy scandal that is erasing profits and spurring government investigations.

October 12, 2006 12:00 am

Google eclipses its rivals once again with YouTube acquisition

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google's lightning-quick acquisition of online video pioneer YouTube once again demonstrated the Internet search leader's penchant for pouncing on golden opportunities that leave its rivals scrambling to catch up.

October 11, 2006 12:00 am

Google to buy video-sharing site YouTube for $1.65 billion

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc. is snapping up YouTube Inc. for $1.65 billion in a deal that catapults the Internet search leader to a starring role in the online video revolution.

October 10, 2006 12:00 am

HP stock falls on reports CEO approved parts of leak probe

SAN FRANCISCO | Hewlett-Packard Co.'s stock price dropped by nearly 5 percent Thursday as investors reacted to reports that Chief Executive Officer Mark Hurd knew more about the computer and printer maker's elaborate spying program than previously thought.

September 22, 2006 12:00 am

Knight Ridder's demise reflects sobering times for newspapers

SAN JOSE, Calif. | Like many newspaper lovers, Larry Jinks is wrestling with mixed emotions as Knight Ridder Inc.'s shareholders prepare to vote Monday on the company's $4.5 billion sale to McClatchy Co.

June 25, 2006 12:00 am

Yahoo reprograms video service to take aim at YouTube

SAN FRANCISCO | Yahoo Inc. is reprogramming its online video service so it's more like YouTube.com, an Internet upstart that has amassed a large audience during the past year with a free Web service that encourages people to post and share homemade clips.

June 01, 2006 12:00 am

Yahoo, eBay to join forces in partnership

SAN FRANCISCO | Internet powerhouses Yahoo Inc. and eBay Inc. are joining forces in an alliance that further defines the battle lines in an online showdown with rivals Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and AOL.

May 26, 2006 12:00 am

Yahoo overhauls home page as battle for Web traffic intensifies

SAN FRANCISCO | Yahoo Inc.'s Web site is unveiling a new look Tuesday as the Internet powerhouse strives to remain the world's most popular online destination and strengthen its advertising appeal.

May 16, 2006 12:00 am

Wachovia to acquire Golden West in $24 billion-plus deal

SAN FRANCISCO | Wachovia Corp., the nation's fourth largest bank, is muscling into the West with a $24.2 billion deal to buy Golden West Financial Corp., a mom-and-pop shop that blossomed into a prized savings and loan.

May 09, 2006 12:00 am

Google shares fall after plans to sell momre shares

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc. shares fell 1.7 percent Thursday after the online search engine leader disclosed it would sell another 5.3 million shares as the company's stock is added to the Standard & Poor's 500 index.

March 31, 2006 12:00 am

Google executives exude optimism in analyst meeting

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc. executives provided investment analysts with a bright outlook Thursday in a display of confidence that appeared aimed at defusing growth concerns raised by the search engine leader's chief financial officer earlier this week.

March 03, 2006 12:00 am

Want Netflix DVDs quicker? Take your time returning them

Manuel Villanueva realizes he has been getting a pretty good deal since he signed up for Netflix Inc.'s online DVD rental service 2 1/2 years ago, but he still feels shortchanged.

February 11, 2006 12:00 am

Online shopping sites sharpen up for holidays

SAN FRANCISCO | Laura Hanson relies on the Internet to make her a smarter shopper even when she isn't planning to buy online.

November 22, 2005 12:00 am

Google's third-quarter profit seven times higher than last year

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc. posted a third-quarter profit seven times higher than a year ago, driven by the moneymaking prowess of its Internet-leading search engine.

October 21, 2005 12:00 am

Oracle to acquire Siebel for $5B

SAN FRANCISCO | Oracle Corp. is buying its struggling rival Siebel Systems Inc. for about $5.85 billion, continuing a recent shopping spree that has eliminated two of its biggest competitors as it aims to topple Germany's SAP AG in the business applications software market.

September 13, 2005 12:00 am

Cerf's up at Google

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc. has hired Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf to float more ideas and develop new products, adding another weapon to the online search engine leader's rapidly growing arsenal of intellect.

September 09, 2005 12:00 am

Smarter search engines still stumped by trivia

SAN FRANCISCO | Even as they become more savvy, the Internet's leading search engines still sometimes bog down in befuddlement when a specific kernel of knowledge is sought.

June 25, 2005 12:00 am

Interest-only mortgages raise stakes in real estate

SAN FRANCISCO | Once a frustrated renter, Chris Economou is now a happy homeowner, enjoying a splendid view of San Francisco and an $80,000 increase in his property's value since he bought the one-bedroom condominium for $435,000 a year ago.

June 07, 2005 12:00 am

On the recovery trail

SAN FRANCISCO | Prescription drug distributor McKesson Corp. has been a headache to shareholders for years, but the pain finally may be subsiding for investors in one of the nation's oldest and largest companies.

May 27, 2005 12:00 am

Netflix takes over Wal-Mart's online rentals

SAN FRANCISCO | Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is turning over its online DVD rental business to Netflix Inc., signaling that the world's largest retailer couldn't beat the Internet upstart at its own game.

May 20, 2005 12:00 am

Bark and bite

SAN FRANCISCO | Fed up with his job as an investment banker, Greg Taxin was contemplating his next career move in late 2002 when corporate America's accounting scandals inspired an epiphany.

May 10, 2005 12:00 am

Gas prices just won't fall

SAN FRANCISCO | Pumped up by persistently high energy prices, the oil industry maintained its streak of massive -- and growing -- quarterly profits this week, aggravating motorists and amazing financial analysts.

May 01, 2005 12:00 am

Google stock hits new high

SAN FRANCISCO | Google Inc.'s earnings are growing so rapidly that not even the stock market bulls can keep up.

April 23, 2005 12:00 am

ChevronTexaco buying rival Unocal

SAN RAMON, Calif. | ChevronTexaco Corp., the nation's second largest oil company, is buying smaller rival Unocal Corp. for about $16.4 billion, hoping to further elevate its already surging profits by boosting its oil and natural gas supplies in Asia.

April 05, 2005 12:00 am

Dot-com jester gets serious

SAN FRANCISCO | When the dot-com bubble burst, Philip J. Kaplan made money mocking the entrepreneurs and venture capitalists who flushed away billions of dollars.

March 12, 2005 12:00 am

Blogging new trails

SAN FRANCISCO | Like so many other 20-somethings hoping to mine the Internet gold rush of the late 1990s, Mena Trott was thrown for a humbling loop by the dot-com bust, yet still craved stardom. Her unassuming husband, Ben, just wanted another computer programming gig in Silicon Valley's dep…

February 20, 2005 12:00 am

Click fraud threatens search engine ad growth

SAN FRANCISCO | Like thousands of other merchants, Tammy Harrison thought she had struck gold when hordes visited her Web site by clicking on the small Internet ads she purchased from the world's most popular online search engines.

February 12, 2005 12:00 am

New life after a high-tech merger gone sour

SAN JOSE, Calif. | There is an increasingly popular theory in Silicon Valley that much of the technology industry must merge or die. But software maker Network General Corp. is providing a reminder that some high-tech companies may be better off left alone.

February 03, 2005 12:00 am

Playboy interview could delay Google IPO

SAN FRANCISCO -- Google Inc.'s highly anticipated initial stock offering faced a possible stumbling block Thursday with the release of a Playboy interview the online search engine's co-founders gave just before the company filed plans to raise $3 billion with its IPO.

August 13, 2004 12:00 am

Google settles Yahoo with stocks

SAN FRANCISCO -- Online search engine leader Google Inc. will surrender more than $300 million of its stock to Yahoo Inc. in a settlement that removes a legal threat hanging over its IPO at the expense of enriching a nettlesome rival.

August 10, 2004 12:00 am

Google's good-vibes IPO hits sour note

SAN FRANCISCO -- All the glee and glamour surrounding Google Inc.'s IPO is rapidly dissolving into feelings of dread and derision about the online search engine's long-awaited stock market debut.

August 07, 2004 12:00 am
Not your father's Frisbee

Not your father's Frisbee

EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- Wham-O Inc. is putting a new spin on the Frisbee, the fanciful flying discs that have twirled through parks, hovered above playgrounds and wafted in the ocean air for nearly 50 years.

July 20, 2004 12:00 am
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