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In China, your company’s name can’t be a mouthful


A rule issued last month says new companies cannot register names that are paragraphs or long sentences — which could spell trouble for the likes of What Are You Looking At Shenzhen Technology Co.

iHome makes a spot for your Echo Dot in its retooled clock radio


Tech Review: The pros and cons of a new iHome Audio product designed to augment the Echo Dot digital assistant with stereo speakers and a digital clock.

3D printing adds another dimension as tool for production, not just prototypes

Advancing technology and lower costs have some local companies looking to 3D printing for faster, cheaper product tweaks and for full-fledged manufacturing as well.

Facebook’s invisible Seattle team wrangles the digital deluge


Facebook has become one of the fastest-growing tech companies in the Seattle area since opening here in 2010. About a quarter of its local engineers work on the company’s massive cloud infrastructure — supporting some of the most widely…

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Lights out: Eclipse to have big impact on California power


SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When the moon passes in front of the sun during Monday’s eclipse California will lose enough solar energy to power more than 1.5 million homes, a figure that underscores the state’s growing reliance on energy from…

Chicken Soup for the Soul gets icy reception in trading debut

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the provider of positive vibes through its books, videos and TV programs, got a negative reception on Wall Street in its trading debut Friday.


California tightens rules on popular pesticide for farmers


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that…

Windows 7 to 10 transition may not be as painful as you think


Patrick Marshall answers your personal-technology questions each week.

Icahn steps down as unofficial Trump adviser


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has lost another informal adviser from the business world: billionaire investor Carl Icahn, who gave the White House guidance on its deregulation efforts. Icahn said in a letter to Trump released…

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How major US stock market indexes fared Friday


U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market. On Friday: The S&P 500 retreated 4.46 points, or 0.2 percent, to 2,425.55.…

Foot Locker and Deere slide while Estee Lauder jumps


NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Friday: Foot Locker Inc., down $13.32 to $34.48 The athletic gear retailer had a weak quarter and plans to close more stores. Hibbett Sports Inc., down 60 cents to $10.90…

Ex-union official in Detroit charged in labor payoff scandal


DETROIT (AP) — A former union official in Detroit has been charged with making more than $40,000 in purchases for herself and others with money from Fiat Chrysler. Virdell King is the fourth person charged in the case. The government says…

Wal-Mart takes battle with Amazon to the skies with floating warehouse patent filing


The world’s largest retailer has applied for a U.S. patent for a floating warehouse that could make deliveries via drones, which would bring products from the aircraft down to shoppers’ homes.


Taylor Swift left ‘a blank space, baby’ on social media


NEW YORK (AP) — Taylor Swift had a “blank space, baby” across social media Friday — and Swifties went wild. There was no immediate word from the Swift camp on what happened, but the “Blank Space” pop star is known for promotional trickery…

Cities seek creative ways to prevent car or van attacks


PARIS (AP) — From Barcelona to Times Square and beyond, extremists have used vehicles as deadly weapons with alarming frequency in recent years, whether to promote jihad, get attention or express despair. In response, ugly concrete blocks…

Concrete driver strike that slowed Seattle construction ends with labor deal

The strike had threatened to slow Seattle’s record construction boom — 74 major projects are under way now in downtown Seattle alone.

Special eclipse glasses selling out quickly


SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Eclipse mania is building and so is demand for the glasses that make it safe to view the first total solar eclipse to cross the U.S. in 99 years. Lines are forming, prices are rising and shelves are emptying as people…

Judge tosses shareholder lawsuit against Martha Stewart


DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit filed by former stockholders of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia over the company’s 2015 acquisition by Sequential Brands. The lawsuit said that Stewart leveraged her…


US rig count decreases by 3 this week to 946


HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. decreased by three this week to 946. A year ago, just 491 rigs were active. Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes said Friday that 763 rigs sought oil…


Vote: What do you want out of the NAFTA negotiations?


Big stakes, big dangers, as negotiations open on NAFTA at Donald Trump's demand. Please select your hoped-for outcome.

Hollywood’s hacking pains are bigger than movie leaks


NEW YORK (AP) — Piracy is a long-running and even routine issue for Hollywood, whether it’s street vendors hawking bootleg DVDs on street corners or video uploaded to file-sharing sites like Pirate Bay. Now cybercriminals are also putting…

Former Uber CEO lashes out at VC firm suing company


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick is skewering a lawsuit filed by a former ally, describing it as a malicious attempt to sever his remaining ties to the ride-hailing service that he co-founded. Kalanick lashed out in…


A sports rout on Wall Street


NEW YORK (AP) — Sporting goods retailers can’t shake their losing streak. Shares of stores that mostly sell sneakers and sporting gear plummeted Friday after Foot Locker and smaller rival Hibbett Sports reported a drop in sales in the…

Tech companies continue efforts to banish extremist accounts


NEW YORK (AP) — Tech companies’ efforts to banish extremist groups and individuals are continuing as a social network popular with extremists disappeared from Google’s Android app store. Gab had already been unavailable in Apple’s store,…


Alleged Yahoo hacker in Canada agrees to extradition to US


HAMILTON, Ontario (AP) — A Canadian man accused in a massive hack of Yahoo emails agreed Friday to forgo his extradition hearing and go face the charges in the United States. Karim Baratov was arrested in Hamilton, Ontario, in March under…


11 US states added jobs in July


WASHINGTON (AP) — Hiring increased in 11 U.S. states in July, while the unemployment rate tumbled to record lows in two states. The Labor Department said Friday that unemployment rates were relatively stable in most states. They fell in 15…

A midday rally fades as sporting goods stocks are penalized


NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slumped in the final minutes of trading Friday and ended a rough week with more losses. Bad news from sporting goods retailers weighed on the market. A day before, stocks had taken their biggest loss in three…


Hot stock tip: Chicken Soup for the Soul


NEW YORK (AP) — “These are the times that try men’s souls,” was written more than two centuries ago, but given events this week, they could have popped up in any blog or tweet in recent days. What better time then, for a little Chicken…

Markets Right Now: Health care, retailers weigh on US stocks


NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on developments in financial markets (All times local): 4:00 p.m. Stocks closed slightly lower on Wall Street after a midday rally ran out of gas. Health care stocks and retailers fell more than the rest of the…

Million-dollar homes on the rise in Seattle and the Eastside: How many in your neighborhood?


Just a few years ago, it was hard to find a ZIP code where at least 10 percent of homes were worth $1 million — now, it’s the new normal for a majority of Seattle and the Eastside.

Iceland shoppers warm up to Costco, other discounters


The isolated North Atlantic island nation, where an ordinary burger can cost $20, is getting a taste of the discount retail world as Costco and H&M push into the market.


Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean imports


BEIJING (AP) — Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing’s decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier…

Russian Bombardier worker charged with aggravated bribery


COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — A Russian employee in the Swedish branch of Canadian plane and train maker Bombardier was charged Friday with aggravated bribery and faces up to six years in jail and deportation if found guilty. Swedish…

Fox’s James Murdoch slams Trump’s Charlottesville response


NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of 21st Century Fox has denounced racism and terrorists while expressing concern over President Donald Trump’s reaction to the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. James Murdoch also told friends in a personal…