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business news roundup, april 26

trump meetswith tim cookapple ceo tim cook met with president trump in the oval office on wednesday amid a brewing trade war between the u.s. and china.white house officials said that cook also had met with larry kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, and had a meeting at the offices of u.s. trade representative robert lighthizer.white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said the “primary focus and purpose of the meeting is to discuss trade,” adding that the meeting had been planned for weeks.now playing: president donald trump plans to name cnbc senior contributor larry kudlow as his top economic adviser. media: fox5dc the white house didn’t immediately provide additional information on what trump and cook had discussed.autosnissan offerspg&e discountautoma...





for the first time, facebook spells out what it forbids

if you’ve ever wondered exactly what sorts of things facebook would like you not to do on its service, you’re in luck. for the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn’t belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact.so please don’t make credible violent threats or revel in sexual violence; promote terrorism or the poaching of endangered species; attempt to buy marijuana, sell firearms or list prescription drug prices for sale; post instructions for self-injury; depict minors in a sexual context; or commit multiple homicides at different times or locations.facebook already banned most of these actions on its previous “community standards” page, which sketched out the company’s standards in broad strokes. but on tuesday...





business news roundup, april 26

trump meetswith tim cookapple ceo tim cook met with president trump in the oval office on wednesday amid a brewing trade war between the u.s. and china.white house officials said that cook also had met with larry kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, and had a meeting at the offices of u.s. trade representative robert lighthizer.white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said the “primary focus and purpose of the meeting is to discuss trade,” adding that the meeting had been planned for weeks.now playing: now playingwhat's dirtier than a toilet seat? your keyboardbuzz 60spotify’s app redesign brings on-demand playlists to free userswibbitzbig companies have ads on some very bad youtube videosfortunenew demands on tech execs facing public scrutinycheddar tvadidas sh...





younger americans less apt to use unique passwords, poll finds

photo: elise amendola / associated press 2017 image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1now 41 percent of americans use unique passwords, mostly.now 41 percent of americans use unique passwords, mostly. photo: elise amendola / associated press 2017 younger americans less apt to use unique passwords, poll finds1 / 1back to gallerythe number of accounts compromised by hackers is now in the trillions — enough, perhaps, to make even technophobes think hard about the security of their passwords. indeed, many are — especially older americans, a new survey shows.start with the now-familiar advice to avoid reusing the same password across important accounts such as email, banking and social media. a new poll from the associated press-norc center for public affairs research finds that 41 per...





a video game ‘loot box’ offers coveted rewards, but is it gambling?

in the 1980s, arcade games chugged quarters as players tried to reach new levels. today, many video games let players at home spend a dollar — or much more — to open digital “loot boxes” that offer features like new character outfits and powerful weapons.finding the rarest items in these boxes can be expensive for players and lucrative for game publishers because the contents are randomly generated.that has legislators in several states concerned that the boxes constitute gambling and should be regulated like lottery tickets and slot machines.a bill introduced in minnesota on monday would prohibit the sale of video games with loot boxes to people younger than 18 and require a stern warning: “this game contains a gambling-like mechanism that may promote the development of a gaming...





former top wall street regulator turns to the blockchain

photo: kayana szymczak / new york times image 1of/3captioncloseimage 1 of 3gary gensler, former head of the commodity futures trading commission, now works at the mass achusetts institute of technology, where he will write and teach about block chain’s potential.gary gensler, former head of the commodity futures trading commission, now works at the mass achusetts institute of technology, where he will write and teach about block chain’s potential. photo: kayana szymczak / new york times image 2 of 3gary gensler writes a blockchain sequence on a whiteboard at the massachusetts institute of technology.gary gensler writes a blockchain sequence on a whiteboard at the massachusetts institute of technology. photo: kayana szymczak / new york times image 3 of 3former to...





thiel won’t bid on gawker; lendingclub probe; amazon delivers to cars

thiel won’t bid on gawkerpeter thiel has agreed not to bid on the assets of bankrupt gawker media in exchange for the web publisher’s promise to end an investigation into the tech billionaire, a facebook board member. the accord clears an obstacle to the company selling its assets in bankruptcy, according to court papers filed wednesday in u.s. bankruptcy court in new york. the defunct website was looking into thiel’s role, as well as his lawyer’s, in funding the lawsuit by wrestler hulk hogan that led to its demise. under bankruptcy law, creditors can look into possible litigation that may gain more money for creditors.number of the day15 percentnow playing: the grey area between questions of privacy rights and first amendment rights were central to thewrap’s panel discussion in...





youtube overhauls kids’ app after complaints about content

youtube is overhauling its kid-focused app to give parents the option of letting humans, not computer algorithms, select what shows their children can watch.the updates that begin rolling out thursday are a response to complaints that the youtube kids app has repeatedly failed to filter out disturbing content.google-owned youtube launched the toddler-oriented app in 2015. it has described it as a “safer” experience than the regular youtube video-sharing service for finding “peppa pig” episodes or watching user-generated videos of people unboxing toys, teaching guitar lessons or experimenting with science.in order to meet u.s. child privacy rules, google says it bans kids under 13 from using its core video service. but its official terms of agreement are largely ignored by tens of m...





business news roundup, april 26

trump meetswith tim cookapple ceo tim cook met with president trump in the oval office on wednesday amid a brewing trade war between the u.s. and china.white house officials said that cook also had met with larry kudlow, the president’s top economic adviser, and had a meeting at the offices of u.s. trade representative robert lighthizer.white house press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said the “primary focus and purpose of the meeting is to discuss trade,” adding that the meeting had been planned for weeks.now playing: now playingdomino's now delivers pizza to the beach or your picnic blanketbuzz 60competition will catch up with netflixcheddar tvmarine layer grows from apparel to airbnbcheddar tvwoman fined $500 for saving free delta snackbuzz 60new demands on tech execs facing pu...





twitter falls after warning growth will slow this year

twitter stock fell about 2 percent wednesday after warning that the pace of its revenue growth will slow.though it beat earnings estimates for the first quarter, the san francisco company said it would be difficult to produce growth rates in the second half of the year that top those of 2017, when a broad-based recovery began. as a result, revenue growth will resemble that of 2016.the caution put a damper on the nascent turnaround that saw twitter remain in the black for the second quarter in a row after more than 16 quarters of losses. twitter’s push into live video and more personalized content appears to be starting to pay off, boosting revenue and profit by luring users and advertisers. sales jumped 21 percent, the most in two years, to $664.9 million in the first quarter, the compan...





these san francisco neighborhoods spend the least cash: what it says about the future

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new kid version of amazon echo wants you to say 'please' to alexa

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ship traffic, april 26 - sfgate

san francisco marine exchange published 9:36 am, wednesday, april 25, 2018





a video game ‘loot box’ offers coveted rewards, but is it gambling?

in the 1980s, arcade games chugged quarters as players tried to reach new levels. today, many video games let players at home spend a dollar — or much more — to open digital “loot boxes” that offer features like new character outfits and powerful weapons.finding the rarest items in these boxes can be expensive for players and lucrative for game publishers because the contents are randomly generated.that has legislators in several states concerned that the boxes constitute gambling and should be regulated like lottery tickets and slot machines.a bill introduced in minnesota on monday would prohibit the sale of video games with loot boxes to people younger than 18 and require a stern warning: “this game contains a gambling-like mechanism that may promote the development of a gaming...





cambridge analytica fights back after data scandal

photo: alex brandon / associated press image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1christopher wylie, the cambridge analytica whistle-blower, leaves a a meeting with house democrats on capitol hill. the company is denying many claims.christopher wylie, the cambridge analytica whistle-blower, leaves a a meeting with house democrats on capitol hill. the company is denying many claims. photo: alex brandon / associated press cambridge analytica fights back after data scandal1 / 1back to gallerylondon — cambridge analytica unleashed its counterattack against claims that it misused data from millions of facebook accounts, saying tuesday it is the victim of misunderstandings and inaccurate reporting that portrays the company as the evil villain in a james bond movie.clarence mitchell, a high-p...





overworked? these are the companies offering the best work/life balance, according to indeed

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retailers warned on juul sales to kids

photo: caroline tompkins / new york times image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1veronica sines smokes from a juul vape in her home in new york. juul is popular with teens.veronica sines smokes from a juul vape in her home in new york. juul is popular with teens. photo: caroline tompkins / new york times retailers warned on juul sales to kids1 / 1back to galleryfederal health officials have announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand after months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.the food and drug administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a monthlong operation against illegal sales of juul to children. investigators targeted 7-eleven locations, shell gas stations and cumberland farms co...





business news roundup, april 25

apple makingtax paymentsireland says it will begin collecting more than $15.9 billion of back taxes from apple, 19 months after the european commission ruled that a tax deal with the tech giant amounted to illegal state aid.the commission ordered ireland to collect back taxes for the years 2003-14. ireland disagreed, saying the ruling undermined the integrity of the country’s tax system.but finance minister paschal donohoe planned to sign an agreement tuesday setting up the escrow account that will hold the payments while apple and ireland appeal. the payments should be completed by september.now playing: apple may reportedly start to pay ireland more than 15 billion dollars in back taxes in early 2018. media: fortune donohoe says the government “fundamentally disagrees with th...





after community outcry, san francisco's costumes on haight will keep its doors open

photo: gabriella angotti-jones, the chronicle image 1of/10captioncloseimage 1 of 10buy photocustomers enter costumes on haight near pierce and haight streets on saturday, oct. 22, 2016 in san francisco, calif.customers enter costumes on haight near pierce and haight streets on saturday, oct. 22, 2016 in san francisco, calif. photo: gabriella angotti-jones, the chronicle buy this photoimage 2 of 10buy photohillary clinton and donald trump masks are seen at costumes on haight on saturday, oct. 22, 2016 in san francisco, calif.hillary clinton and donald trump masks are seen at costumes on haight on saturday, oct. 22, 2016 in san francisco, calif. photo: gabriella angotti-jones, the chronicle buy this photoimage 3 of 10buy photoanja terjesen, 9, browses the political mask section w...





retailers warned on juul sales to kids

photo: caroline tompkins / new york times image 1of/1captioncloseimage 1 of 1veronica sines smokes from a juul vape in her home in new york. juul is popular with teens.veronica sines smokes from a juul vape in her home in new york. juul is popular with teens. photo: caroline tompkins / new york times retailers warned on juul sales to kids1 / 1back to galleryfederal health officials have announced a nationwide crackdown on underage use of a popular e-cigarette brand after months of complaints from parents, politicians and school administrators.the food and drug administration issued warnings to 40 retail and online stores as part of a monthlong operation against illegal sales of juul to children. investigators targeted 7-eleven locations, shell gas stations and cumberland farms co...