Stories by Michael Liedtke

Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

IPO allowed Google to make big bet it can become indispensable

SAN FRANCISCO - Google's IPO, a decade ago this week, launched the company on a trajectory that continues to reshape its business and much of the world in its orbit. CEO Larry Page is determined ...
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

Apple's stock bounces back to hit a new high

After hitting $101.09 Wednesday afternoon, Apple shares closed up 4 cents at $100.57. That gave Apple a market value of $602 billion.
By Michael Liedtke

Saturday, Aug 16, 2014

Yelp CEO reviews his business

SAN FRANCISCO - After Yelp posted the first quarterly profit in its history last week, the online business-review site got panned on Wall Street.
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, July 21, 2014

Netflix earnings more than double

SAN FRANCISCO - Netflix's quarter earnings more than doubled as the Internet video service surpassed 50 million worldwide subscribers for the first time.
By Michael Liedtke

Friday, June 13, 2014

FCC to review Internet traffic jams

SAN FRANCISCO - The FCC is setting out to unravel the mystery behind the Internet traffic jams bogging down the delivery of Netflix videos and other online content.
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Tesla opening access to its electric car patents

SAN FRANCISCO - Electric car maker Tesla Motors is handing over the keys to its technology in an unusual effort to encourage automakers to expand beyond gasoline-burning vehicles.
By Michael Liedtke

Friday, June 6, 2014

Apple's CarPlay in right direction

Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project is called CarPlay.
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Volume of encrypted e-mail rising amid spying fears

SAN FRANCISCO - The volume of e-mail cloaked in encryption technology is rapidly rising as Google, Yahoo, Facebook and other major Internet companies try to shield users.
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Apple seeks to regain cool with $3 billion Beats buy

CUPERTINO, Calif. - Apple is striking a new chord with a $3 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, a headphone and music streaming specialist that also brings the swagger of rapper Dr. Dre and ...
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, May 12, 2014

Apple CEO Tim Cook makes break from Jobs' style

SAN FRANCISCO - "Think different" became Apple's creed during the late Steve Jobs' reign as CEO. Now, chief executive Tim Cook is making decisions that would have seemed crazy to Jobs.
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Apple on verge of buying Beats for $3.2 billion, report says

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is orchestrating a $3.2 billion acquisition of Beats Electronics, the headphone maker and music streaming distributor founded by hip-hop star Dr. Dre.
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Alibaba IPO poses pivotal test for Yahoo CEO

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer faces key decisions as windfall from Alibaba IPO looms. The IPO triggers a provision requiring Yahoo Inc. to sell about 40 percent of its stake in Alibaba.
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Google, Apple settle high-tech workers' lawsuit

SAN FRANCISCO - Google, Apple, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a class-action lawsuit alleging they conspired to prevent their engineers and other highly sought technology workers from ...
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, April 21, 2014

Apple unveils free recycling of devices

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is offering free recycling of all its used products and vowing to power all of its stores, offices and data centers with renewable energy to reduce the pollution caused by ...
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, March 3, 2014

Apple advances CarPlay

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is accelerating the race to make smartphone applications easier and safer to use in cars.
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, Feb. 24, 2014

Netflix shifts stance in deal with Comcast

SAN FRANCISCO - After years of bickering, Netflix and Comcast are finally working together to provide their subscribers with a more enjoyable experience when they're watching movies.
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, Jan. 27, 2014

Apple's holiday season a letdown

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple's holiday season proved to be a letdown, even though the company sold a record number of iPhones and iPads during its latest quarter.
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014

Icahn raises stake in Apple

SAN FRANCISCO - Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Apple as he escalates his campaign to pressure the company into buying back more of its stock while the shares remain stuck far ...
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014

PCs cap worst sales year with another fourth-quarter drop

SAN FRANCISCO - Personal computer sales sank even further during the holiday shopping season, capping the steepest annual decline in PC shipments since desktop and laptop machines began to appear ...
By Michael Liedtke

Friday, Dec. 13, 2013

Can smartphones snap out of technological stupor?

Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled.
By Michael Liedtke
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