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Apple is removing VPN services from China App Store: providers
Apple Inc (AAPL.O) is removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China, VPN service providers said on Saturday, accusing the US tech giant of bowing to pressure from Beijing to comply with stringent cyberspace regulations. VPN provider ExpressVPN said on Saturday that it had received a notice from Apple that its software would be removed from the China App Store because it includes content that is illegal in China.
Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship
Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt the country's system of internet filters has vanished from Apple's app store on the mainland. One company, ExpressVPN, posted a letter it had received from Apple saying that its app had been taken down because it includes content that is illegal in China. Another tweeted from its official account that its app had been removed.
Utility Helps Wean Vermonters From the Electric Grid
The idea is that customers, especially when they have solar panels, heat pumps and electric vehicles, will be better able to monitor and manage their energy use. That's a big deal these days when the rest of the industry is talking about a death spiral. Ms Powell, 56, grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and attended a public high school focused on the arts. She came to the company in 1998 after turning down the job three times.
Tesla's Musk hands over first Model 3 electric cars to early buyers
Outside Tesla's Fremont, California factory, Musk showed off the $35,000 base vehicle with a range of 220 miles on a charge that marks a departure from the company's earlier luxury electric cars. Hours before the event, Musk acknowledged it would be quite a challenge to build the car during the early days of production. Any new buyers would likely not receive their car until the end of 2018, Musk said.
Tesla Unveils $35,000 Model 3 Sedan
Sign Up You agree to receive occasional updates and special offers for The New York Times's products and services. Mr Musk said he was unsure how quickly Tesla could accelerate production to meet the backlog of orders. Tesla will later offer a long-range version of the car that has a higher top speed and a battery range of 310 miles. The Model 3 mimics the sleek styling of Tesla's considerably more expensive Model S, which is priced well above $100,000.
Ford to repair U.S. police vehicles after carbon monoxide concerns
Ford Motor Co said Friday it will pay to repair police versions of its Ford Explorer SUVs to correct possible carbon monoxide leaks that may be linked to crashes and injuries after US regulators escalated an investigation into 1.33 million vehicles. The city of Austin, Texas said Friday it was removing all 400 of the city's Ford Explorer SUVs from use.
Why Health Care Policy Is So Hard
In health care markets, decisions often affect unwitting bystanders, a phenomenon that economists call an externality. The inability of health care consumers to monitor product quality leads to regulation, such as the licensing of physicians, dentists and nurses. It also means that consumers no longer pay for most of their health care out of pocket. The best way to navigate the problems of the health care marketplace is hotly debated.
The Mind-Boggling Ascent of Amazon and Jeff Bezos
It is ranked 14th, just behind such august names as Berkshire Hathaway and Procter & Gamble and ahead of Coca-Cola and DuPont. If you had invested $1,000 in Amazon in July 2002 - and had held onto your shares - that money would be worth $83,000 today. The Death by Amazon Index has declined 18.9 percent through Monday - trailing Amazon by almost 55 percentage points.
Calls for Court Reform as Legal Guardians Abuse Older Adults
In Mrs Black's case, the guardian set a schedule for telephone calls between father and daughter. At the time of the transfers, neurological tests showed, Mr Mencarelli was too cognitively impaired to know what he was signing. The judge ordered the money moved to a guardianship account, which Ms Natko came to control substantially as the guardian. The costs, which can include the guardian's legal expenditures, can sap or erase an older person's savings.
Sprint proposes merger with Charter Communications: Wall Street Journal
US wireless carrier Sprint Corp (S.N) has proposed a merger with cable provider Charter Communications Inc (CHTR.O) in a deal that would create a new publicly traded company, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Sprint, Charter and SoftBank could not immediately be reached for comment.
Europe's Luxury Retailers May Be Returning to Form
Indeed, European power players do not just appear to be quietly on the rebound, they are back with an emphatic bang. The siblings expressed a deep admiration for Gucci's so-called Renaissance Man, its bearded and charismatic creative director, Alessandro Michele. She already had three Gucci handbags, and added that every time she went abroad she visited the local Gucci store. The results paint a markedly more positive picture than previous years for European luxury companies.
Toshiba to give Western Digital notice on closing memory sale
Toshiba Corp (6502.T) has agreed to give Western Digital Corp (WDC.O) two weeks' notice before closing any sale of a memory chip unit that would involve transferring joint venture shares that Western Digital claims give it a say in the $18 billion sale of the unit. San Francisco Superior Court Judge Harold Kahn on Friday approved an agreement between the two.
AT&T executives to run combined company after Time Warner deal
AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Friday that its executives will head its media and wireless businesses following the close of its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner Inc (TWX.N). John Donovan, currently chief strategy officer, has been named chief executive of AT&T Communications, which will include AT&T's wireless and DirecTV businesses. The deal, expected to close by the end of the year, would give AT&T control of cable TV channels HBO and CNN, film studio Warner Bros and other coveted media assets.
Senator Warren calls on Fed to remove Wells Fargo board members
US Senator Elizabeth Warren called on Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen to remove members of Wells Fargo & Co's board after revelations the company improperly charged customers for auto insurance. The New York Times reported Friday that more than 800,000 Wells Fargo customers were charged for auto insurance they did not request.
Podcast: All about the Redfin IPO, and what's next for Seattle's newest public company
Redfin went public Friday morning in the Seattle region's first IPO of the year, and on this special edition of the GeekWire Podcast, we analyze the tech-powered real estate brokerage's trading debut and talk about its prospects going forward. The company, founded in 2004, operates in 80 markets across the US, and touts its technology prowess as a way to create efficiencies in the real estate buying and selling that it then passes along to customers in the form of savings and lower transaction fees.
More Students File Federal Aid Form Under New Rules
The number of students filing a crucial financial aid form has risen, suggesting that recent changes that have made the form easier to file are working, a new analysis finds. The Fafsa, short for Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is the gateway for most financial help for college students, including federal grants and subsidized student loans. Many states and colleges also use Fafsa data to determine eligibility for aid they distribute.
Chip stocks show signs of slowing with more earnings on tap
Investors will parse earnings from 40 percent of the components in the PHLX semiconductor index. Those gains were fueled by expectations of strong earnings and revenue for the quarter. Semiconductor and semiconductor equipment stocks are expected to see the highest growth within the tech sector, with year-over-year earnings growth of more than 40 percent, according to Thomson Reuters data. Initial stock movements in the wake of those that have already reported suggest some investors are ready to lighten up.
Exxon Mobil profit disappoints Wall Street, Chevron shines
Exxon's results were overshadowed by rival Chevron Corp (CVX.N), which easily exceeded Wall Street's expectations with a double-digit percentage increase in production. Chevron for years has downplayed profits to spend heavily on megaprojects in Australia, the US Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere. That spending now is boosting Chevron's profit, whereas Exxon has fewer projects about to come online and many of its older assets require more capital to maintain.
Fed's balance sheet not boosting U.S. economy much: Kashkari
The Federal Reserve's $4.5 trillion balance sheet is not doing a lot to boost the US economy right now and trimming it gradually is the right thing to do, Minneapolis Fed President Neel Kashkari said on Friday. The US central bank should address too-low inflation through interest rates instead, Kashkari told a business group in Woodbury, Minnesota. Kashkari has dissented on the Fed's two rate hikes this year, saying he wanted to wait to see if the recent weakness in inflation is transitory.
Banks must face interest rate swap class action: U.S. judge
A US judge on Friday said investors may pursue part of their nationwide antitrust lawsuit accusing 12 of the world's biggest banks of conspiring to rig the $275 trillion market for interest rate swaps. Investors seeking damages in the proposed class action said banks did this to preserve their 70 percent market share, and boost profit by making trading more costly.

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