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record sales push tesla to 2nd straight quarterly profit

Record electric vehicle sales in the fourth quarter helped to push Tesla Inc. to its second-straight quarterly profit, giving bullish investors optimism that sustained black ink lies ahead. The Palo Alto, California, company said it made a net profit of $105 million from October through December, or 56 cents per share, but still posted an annual loss of $862 million. The fourth-quarter earnings almost certainly will continue Tesla’s meteoric stock appreciation. Shares rose more than 11% in after-hours trading Wednesday to $647.93 The company said in its quarterly investor letter that it expects to “comfortably” exceed production of 500,000 vehicles at its factories in Fremont, California, and Shanghai. Tesla said it is starting to ramp up production of the Model Y small SUV in Fremont, a key product for the company. Deliveries are to…

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facebook reports 4q profit, user growth despite challenges

Facebook had a strong fourth quarter, making more money on advertising and adding more users despite challenges around regulation, privacy and efforts to fight election interference. Its profit and revenue both handily surpassed Wall Street’s expectations. The company also said it settled a lawsuit filed in 2015 over its facial recognition practices and will pay $550 million as a result. The suit alleged Facebook violate Illinois privacy regulations with a feature that suggested to users other people to tag in their photos. Facebook replaced the tag suggestion tool with a broader facial recognition setting last year. Facebook said that about 2.89 billion people use at least one of its services — Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram or Messenger — each month. About 2.26 billion people use at least one every day. The Menlo Park, California,…

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apple, broadcom told to pay caltech $1.1b in patent lawsuit

A federal jury on Wednesday decided that Apple Inc. and Broadcom Inc. must pay $1.1 billion to the California Institute of Technology for infringing on patents. Apple was on the hook for nearly $838 million of the damages awarded in a lawsuit that said Broadcom used its patented Wi-Fi data transmission technology in computer chips that went into iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and other Apple devices. Caltech, the superstar tech school based in Pasadena, said it was pleased by the verdict of the Los Angeles jury. “As a non-profit institution of higher education, Caltech is committed to protecting its intellectual property in furtherance of its mission to expand human knowledge and benefit society through research integrated with education,” a school statement said. Emails seeking comment from Cupertino-based Apple and Broadcom weren’t immediately returned Wednesday…

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uber, lyft confirm phoenix airport business as usual for now

Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft say they won’t change their service at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport until Arizona’s highest court rules on proposed fee increases that prompted threats to stop picking up and dropping off customers at one of the nation’s largest airports. Both companies issued statements Wednesday confirming operations will continue while they wait for the Arizona Supreme Court to rule. The court on March 26 will hear arguments to a challenge of a city ordinance that raised the companies’ fees by $4 for rides to and from the airport. Uber and Lyft had threatened to stop providing airport services if the fees took effect Saturday as originally planned. The Phoenix City Council approved the fees, arguing they were much like rent and landing fees charged to restaurants and airlines at Sky…

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ban on drivers using handheld phones clears indiana house

The Indiana House endorsed a proposal Wednesday that would ban motorists from using handheld cellphones, a step that supporters say is aimed at combating distracted driving. House members voted 86-10 in favor of the bill that only permits cellphone use with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies. The bill would broaden the state’s current ban on texting while driving that officials have said is unenforceable and doesn’t include actions such as emailing, using apps such as Snapchat or viewing videos. Twenty-one other states already have similar bans. Supporters compared it to the adoption of seat belt laws and said that while a cellphone ban might be difficult to enforce it does send a message about what is acceptable. “You can see more heads looking down at their phones than you can see…

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nintendo profits up on healthy switch demand for christmas

Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. reported Thursday a 29% rise in quarterly profit, as its earnings got a lift from solid demand for the Switch console during the year-end shopping season. Kyoto-based Nintendo’s October-December profit totaled 134 billion yen ($1.2 billion), up from 104 billion yen the same period a year earlier. It raised its full year Switch sales forecast to 19.5 million machines, up from 18 million projected earlier. The Switch is a hybrid game machine that works both as a console and a tablet. More than 52 million Switch consoles have been sold since sales began about three years ago. That number includes the handheld Switch Lite, launched in September, which is a compact and lightweight version, meant for on-the-go playing. Nintendo, which makes Super Mario and Pokemon games, said Switch game…