Stories by Michael Liedtke

Friday, Jan. 23, 2015

Box shares soar in market debut

SAN FRANCISCO - Shares of online storage provider Box soared 66 percent in their stock market debut Friday despite the company's decade-long history of losses, a showing that might encourage more ...
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015

Google Glass pulled off consumer market

SAN FRANCISCO - Google will stop selling its Internet-connected eyewear to consumers until the company can develop a more polished and affordable version that's less likely to be viewed as a ...
By Michael Liedtke

Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

Bowl game sponsors come and go

SAN FRANCISCO - Ready! Set! Hut, hut: This holiday season's blitz of college football bowl games will feature a reshuffled roster of corporate sponsors spending millions to thrust their names in ...
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014

Robin Williams' suicide seizes the year on Google

Robin Williams, World Cup, Ebola top the list of 2014's fastest-rising searches on Google.
By Michael Liedtke

Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014

Apple's iOS 8 upgrade makes typing on iPhone much simpler

SAN FRANCISCO - I never would have considered writing this review on my iPhone if I hadn't upgraded to Apple's new operating system, iOS 8.
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014

Bringing parents to work can bridge generation gap

Companies around the globe are participating in "Bring In Your Parents Day," an event that gives adult children a rare opportunity to showcase the cultural and technological changes that have ...
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, Oct. 2, 2014

Stadium app aims to fill seats

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - It's a tough challenge for the National Football League to entice fans off their comfy couches and into stadiums when ticket prices are almost as high as the sport's TV ratings.
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014

Apple unveils watch, larger iPhone

Apple unveiled a smartwatch on Tuesday, a wearable device that marks the company's first major entry in a new product category since the iPad's debut in 2010.
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
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