Stories by Michael Liedtke

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Alphabet's quarterly earnings soar despite rising 'moonshot' losses

SAN FRANCISCO - Busi­ness is booming at Google's parent company, Al­pha­bet Inc., even as it loses billions of dollars on projects that might never produce any revenue.
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Facebook getting pushy with its Messenger app

SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook is once again getting pushy about how people message one another.
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Twitter struggles to grow, spurring sale speculation

SAN FRANCISCO - Twitter is in danger of becoming the next internet company forced into a desperation sale if it cannot find a way to start luring people and advertisers back to its ...
By Michael Liedtke

Saturday, July 23, 2016

How 'Pokemon Go' went from prank to phenomenon

SAN FRANCISCO — All it took was a prank to hatch a mobile video game that has turned into a cultural phenomenon.  
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Netflix to debut on Comcast's X1 box later this year

SAN FRANCISCO - Comcast is going to add Netflix to its X1 set-top boxes in the latest deal to blur the lines separating cable TV from Internet video services.
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Phone could soon sense all around you

SAN FRANCISCO - Suppose your smartphone is clever enough to grasp your physical surroundings - the room's size, the location of doors and windows and the presence of other people. What could it do ...
By Michael Liedtke

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Startup aims to put self-driving big rigs on road

SAN FRANCISCO - Picture an 18-wheel truck barreling down the highway with 80,000 pounds of cargo and no one but a robot at the wheel.
By Michael Liedtke

Apple's stores will get new look

SAN FRANCISCO - Apple is getting ready to unveil a stylish new product that's not for sale - a new look for its stores. The iPhone maker is overhauling its nearly 480 stores worldwide, starting ...
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

New Google products, services take aim at its biggest rivals

Google is showing off a new smart-home speaker, a virtual-reality system and a chat service called Allo during its annual conference that serves as a launching pad for its latest products and ...
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Google parent delivering despite missed marks

SAN FRANCISCO - Larry Page's five-year tenure as CEO of Google - and now its new corporate parent Alphabet - is reminding investors that patience pays off, despite a letdown in the first quarter.
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Yahoo's decline accelerates ahead of possible sale

Yahoo's financial slump deepens in 1st quarter as company's board mulls selling Internet operations.
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, April 18, 2016

Netflix's push to become a leader in original programming is paying off

SAN FRANCISCO - Look out, HBO. Netflix produced more original programming than cable's premium-network leader last year, according to number provided by the two rivals. The Internet video service ...
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Google says 77 percent of its online traffic under encryption

SAN FRANCISCO - Google is disclosing how much of the traffic to its search engine and other services is being protected from hackers as part of its push to encrypt all online activity.
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016

Yahoo will cut 1.700 from workforce

SAN FRANCISCO - Yahoo is laying off about 1,700 employees and shedding some of its excess baggage in a shake-up likely to determine whether CEO Marissa May­er can save her job.
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, Feb. 1, 2016

Google parent ousts Apple as most valuable

The shift occurred in Monday's extended trading after Alphabet released a fourth-quarter earnings report that highlighted the robust growth of the digital ad market.
By Michael Liedtke

Monday, Jan. 25, 2016

Twitter says 4 key executives leaving company

SAN FRANCISCO - Four of Twitter's key executives are leaving the company in an exodus that has escalated the uncertainty facing the messaging service as it struggles to broaden its audience and ...
By Michael Liedtke

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016

Netflix's fourth quarter boosted by robust gains overseas

The stakes riding on Netflix's international expansion came into sharper focus with the release of a fourth-quarter report highlighted by robust gains overseas
By Michael Liedtke

Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015

In reversal, Yahoo decides to spin off core business

The company will now aim to spin off its struggling In­ter­net business - essentially, everything associated with the Yahoo brand name - into a new company. Yahoo itself would become little more ...
By Michael Liedtke

Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015

Square's stock soars 45 percent in first day of trading

SAN FRANCISCO — Square bounced back in its stock market debut Thursday after the once-hot mobile payments service slashed the price of its initial public offering to get the deal done.
By Michael Liedtke

Friday, Oct. 30, 2015

LinkedIn's 3Q results top analyst views, propelling stock

LinkedIn suffers 3rd-quarter loss, but gains in revenue, accountholders delight investors.
By Michael Liedtke
 
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