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    Business News Roundup, Feb. 23


    Autos Toyota tops consumer list Toyota has four of the 10 vehicles on Consumer Reports’ annual top picks, the most of any brand. ...

    Autos Toyota tops consumer list Toyota has four of the 10 vehicles on Consumer Reports’ annual top picks, the most of any brand. The Corolla and Camry are the magazine’s choice for best small and midsize cars. The Sienna led the minivan category, and the Highlander is the best midsize SUV. The Chevrolet Bolt is the best small green car, a new category. The Ford F-150 is the top full-size pickup truck. Hyundai’s Genesis topped brand rankings, which are sorted by the number of models per brand that Consumer Reports recommends.

    Corporate whistle-blower protections cut by U.S. high court


    The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed an anti-retaliation provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law, insulating publicly traded companies from some whistle-blower lawsuits. The court unanimously threw out a lawsuit against Digital Realty...

    The U.S. Supreme Court narrowed an anti-retaliation provision in the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial law, insulating publicly traded companies from some whistle-blower lawsuits. The court unanimously threw out a lawsuit against Digital Realty Trust by a former company official who was fired after complaining internally about alleged violations of federal securities laws. Writing for the court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Dodd-Frank authorized whistle-blower lawsuits only by people who had reported the alleged misconduct to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Lower courts had been divided on the issue.

    The making of a No. 1 YouTube conspiracy video after the Parkland tragedy


    YouTube’s list of “Trending” videos typically includes funny clips, updates from popular YouTube personalities, movie trailers and viral TV segments. On Wednesday, for a brief time, the No. 1 trending video featured David Hogg, a survivor of the...

    YouTube’s list of “Trending” videos typically includes funny clips, updates from popular YouTube personalities, movie trailers and viral TV segments. On Wednesday, for a brief time, the No. 1 trending video featured David Hogg, a survivor of the massacre last week at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. The caption claimed, falsely, that Hogg, 17, was not a student, but an “actor.” The video, posted in August, was a brief local news segment. In it, Hogg was interviewed by the CBS affiliate in Los Angeles after witnessing a dispute between a lifeguard and a swimmer at Redondo Beach. On Tuesday, a YouTube user who went under the name “mike m.

    Hershey and pot; Twitter and bot; blockchain or not?


    Did they Kiss and make up? At least two California marijuana companies have run into challenges from an unlikely source: the Hershey Co. The chocolate maker has sent cease-and-desist letters to Oakland dispensary Harborside and Good Girl...

    Did they Kiss and make up? At least two California marijuana companies have run into challenges from an unlikely source: the Hershey Co. The chocolate maker has sent cease-and-desist letters to Oakland dispensary Harborside and Good Girl Cannabis Co., an edibles maker in Plumas County, over product names. Good Girl’s challenge was quickly resolved, but Harborside wound up in court briefly over selling Jolly Meds cannabis products. (Hershey makes Jolly Ranchers.) The product line’s name was eventually changed to J:Meds, and the case was dropped.

    Ship traffic, Feb. 23


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    Trump says he may pull ICE from California


    President Donald Trump said on Thursday he’s considering pulling federal immigration enforcement agents out of California, which declared itself a so-called sanctuary state and limits local police cooperation with U.S. authorities enforcing the...

    President Donald Trump said on Thursday he’s considering pulling federal immigration enforcement agents out of California, which declared itself a so-called sanctuary state and limits local police cooperation with U.S. authorities enforcing the president’s immigration policies. “Frankly, it’s a disgrace, this sanctuary city situation,” Trump said at the White House. If the administration were to remove Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials from California, the state would be “begging” for them to come back, he said. “I’m thinking about doing it.

    Barclays female investment bank staff paid 48% less than men


    (Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc pays female employees at its investment bank division just under half as much as male colleagues on average, highlighting the gender imbalances in the industry and the concentration of men in highly paid roles. The gender pay...

    (Bloomberg) -- Barclays Plc pays female employees at its investment bank division just under half as much as male colleagues on average, highlighting the gender imbalances in the industry and the concentration of men in highly paid roles. The gender pay gap widens to 79 percent for discretionary bonuses paid to employees at its international unit, which houses the corporate and investment bank, said the London-based company, the first major bank with British operations to disclose such data. At the U.K. ring-fenced bank, women earn 26 percent less than men and receive bonuses that are 60 percent lower, according to the lender’s annual report.

    Business News Roundup, Feb. 22


    Net neutrality FCC to publish rule change The Federal Communications Commission is set to publish its order to eliminate net neutrality rules on...

    Net neutrality FCC to publish rule change The Federal Communications Commission is set to publish its order to eliminate net neutrality rules on Thursday, Reuters reported Wednesday. Two sources briefed on the matter confirmed the publication to Reuters. Once released, state attorneys general and Congress can make moves to rescind the order from taking effect. Congress will have 60 days to reverse the FCC’s order.

    Do seating charts at tech firms matter?


    If you want to understand the priorities of a technology company, first look at the seating chart. At Google’s Mountain View headquarters, CEO Sundar Pichai now shares a floor with Google Brain, a research lab dedicated to artificial...

    If you want to understand the priorities of a technology company, first look at the seating chart. At Google’s Mountain View headquarters, CEO Sundar Pichai now shares a floor with Google Brain, a research lab dedicated to artificial intelligence. When Facebook created its own artificial intelligence lab at its offices about 7 miles away, it temporarily gave AI researchers desks next to the fishbowl of a conference room where CEO Mark Zuckerberg holds his meetings. “I can high-five Mark and Sheryl from my desk, and the AI team was right next to us,” said Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer, referring to Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer.

    Good news: AI is getting cheaper. That’s bad news, too


    A Redwood City startup recently unveiled a drone that can set a course entirely on its own. A handy app allows the user to tell the drone to follow someone. Once the drone starts tracking, its subject will find it remarkably hard to shake. ...

    A Redwood City startup recently unveiled a drone that can set a course entirely on its own. A handy app allows the user to tell the drone to follow someone. Once the drone starts tracking, its subject will find it remarkably hard to shake. The drone is meant to be a fun gadget — sort of a flying selfie stick. But it is not unreasonable to find this automated bloodhound a little unnerving. On Tuesday, a group of artificial intelligence researchers and policymakers from prominent labs and think tanks in both the United States and Britain released a report that described how rapidly evolving and increasingly affordable AI technologies could be used for malicious purposes.

    Google’s digital assistant branches out to Nest camera


    Google’s voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest’s deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding Internet-connected microphones. The virtual assistant is being offered to owners...

    Google’s voice-activated assistant is branching out to Nest’s deluxe security camera in an expansion that may amplify the privacy concerns surrounding Internet-connected microphones. The virtual assistant is being offered to owners of the Nest Cam IQ in a free update that rolled out Wednesday. The move comes just two weeks after Nest moved back under Google’s direct control after spending nearly 2½ years as a separate company owned by the same parent, Alphabet. The $300 Nest Cam will give Google another potentially valuable earhole in its battle with Amazon and Apple to build digital command centers in people’s home.

    Ship traffic, Feb. 22


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    Conservative Twitter users lash out after followers vanish


    Some conservative Twitter users are accusing the company of unfairly targeting their followers as it steps up efforts to get rid of fake...

    Some conservative Twitter users are accusing the company of unfairly targeting their followers as it steps up efforts to get rid of fake accounts.

    Business News Roundup, Feb. 21


    Earnings Home Depot beats estimates A strong home-improvement market pushed Home Depot’s profit higher in the fourth quarter, topping...

    Earnings Home Depot beats estimates A strong home-improvement market pushed Home Depot’s profit higher in the fourth quarter, topping expectations. The Atlanta company’s profit rose 5.6 percent to $1.78 billion ($1.52 per share) for the three months that ended Jan. 28. Adjusted earnings were $1.69 per share. Revenue rose 7.5 percent to $23.88 billion on an increase in customers at existing stores. Same-store sales increased 7.5 percent. Analysts had expected profit of $1.62 per share on $23.66 billion in revenue.