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 Uber and its rival ride-share company Lyft have been in Pittsburgh since February 2014.

Uber reducing fares in Pittsburgh by 15 percent

Other cities along the East Coast experienced price cuts in the spring, a company spokesman said.

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 Robert Fragasso

Fiduciary standards draw ire of brokerage companies

Under the Department of Labor plan, if any salespeople failed to behave as a fiduciary should, the firm could be held liable.

about 15 hours ago


 Mike Baranovich, left, and Clint Sarver train atop a utility pole at West Penn Power's training facility in Hempfield. West Penn Power serves 720,000 customers in southwestern Pennsylvania.

FirstEnergy rate increases expected to push more customers to shop for power supply

As FirstEnergy electric customers face rate increases, regulators and retail companies see an opportunity to court consumers.

about 15 hours ago


 University of Pittsburgh math students, from left, Eric Bentley, Christian Bottenfield, Christopher Lindeman and Nanita Matharu, developed a computer program to help bring more order to Global Link’s shipping process.

Global Links shipping more efficient thanks to Pitt math students

For Global Links, a nonprofit that collects surplus medical items, it’s a recurring challenge to efficiently pack 40-foot deep containers.

about 15 hours ago


 In this 2012 photo, a crew works on a gas drilling rig at a shale well site in Zelienople, Pa.

IFO: Shale impact fee could bring in the smallest amount of revenue since 2012

Independent Fiscal Office says low natural gas prices, fewer new wells and declining production will likely shrink the total 2015 revenue

about 15 hours ago


Mr. Quinn's war: coal industry faces multiple battles

In a speech invoking Roman emperors, David Letterman, Archimedes and Voltaire, Mr. Quinn vilified Obama administration’s policies on coal

about 15 hours ago


Business Workshop: Minimum wage may cover more ground than thought

Many employers may not realize that they are federal subcontractors.

about 15 hours ago


Pittsburgh company Astrobotic hits milestone in its quest for the moon

Astrobotic has adjusted its software and has enjoyed successful simulated lunar landings over and over again.

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 Skinny Oreo cookie introduced amid N. American declines

Teva’s Mylan bid rising?; Buffett collects $24B stake; ACBA names new chairwoman

News from Teva; Mylan; Kraft Heinz; Allegheny County Bar Association; Mondelez; Dollar Tree; Family Dollar; and Starbucks.

about 18 hours ago


Politics helps commerce for Westinghouse

The European Union is worried enough about a Russian monopoly over nuclear fuel that it is helping Westinghouse develop a rival product.

about 14 hours ago


Ced Kurtz’s Techman Texts: E-book prices will remain irregular

Plus: the first class of basic computer use; and two of the majors unveiled their streaming music services recently.

about 15 hours ago


Facebook eyes potential for growth across Africa

With growth stymied elsewhere, the social network wants to open up the continent for its “next billion users.”

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 Differential pricing — the economic term for setting different prices for the same product for different customers — has long been a feature of commerce in one form or another.

Surveillance Society: Is online pricing custom-made?

With Internet searches adding to digital profiles, have consumers’ best prices online been predetermined based on shopping history?

1 day ago


 More than 65 percent of business is conducted over a meal

Workzone: Meal etiquette matters in business

According to etiquette expert Demetria Pappas, more than 65 percent of business is conducted over a meal.

2 days ago


 As part of a 2007 deal to build Consol Energy Center and keep the franchise in Pittsburgh, the Penguins acquired development rights to the site where the Mellon Arena had stood.

A new ballgame: Sports teams find real value in real estate

Professional sports franchises like the Penguins are increasingly acquiring development rights to the land near their venues.

2 days ago


 Pharmacist Amy Puntureri, senior manager of clinical programs for Giant Eagle pharmacy, fills a prescription at the new specialty pharmacy facility in Moon Twp.

Giant Eagle eyes specialty drug market

The market prescription medication and medication dispensing industry is seeing significant growth in the specialty realm.

2 days ago


 Warren Buffett

Len Boselovic's Heard Off the Street: Making sense of conflicting Buffett-isms

Just because you can use Google doesn’t mean you can invest like Warren Buffett.

2 days ago


 VisitPittsburgh favors a hotel tax hoping that it will make the creation of the sports commission possible, which would attract big events to Pittsburgh.

Hotel tax proposed to lure big events to Pittsburgh, maybe even Super Bowl

VisitPittsburgh is backing the plan designed around luring big events, such as the Super Bowl, to the city.

2 days ago


 Otteroo baby float

Featured Recall: Otteroo Inflatable Baby Float

Consumers should stop using the recalled inflatable baby floats and contact the firm to receive a free replacement.

2 days ago


 Betsy Owens

Pittsburgh people on the move: 7/5/15

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 The Satechi Smart Travel Adapter

Don Lindich's Sound Advice: Finding the right settings for TV audio

Plus: Some tips from a reader on charging devices while traveling abroad.

2 days ago


 Homestead Cemetery.

Homestead Cemetery closes, to file for bankruptcy

If people want to be buried with relatives, that’s still possible — as long as they, or a funeral home, provide a private gravedigger.

3 days ago


 Travelers pass through a corridor at Philadelphia International Airport.

U.S. airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

The government is seeking evidence that airlines illegally worked together, but will the case fly?

3 days ago


 Pennsylvania casinos generated $2.33 billion in gross slots revenue in the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

Pennsylvania slots revenue up after falling last 2 years

The state’s 12 casinos generated $2.33 billion in gross slots revenue in the 2014-15 fiscal year that ended Tuesday.

3 days ago


GOP seeks to block new NLRB rules through funding

Republicans aren’t letting a presidential veto stop them from trying to block rules that would make it faster for unions to organize.

3 days ago


 The proposed cash-and-stock deal, announced early today, would make Hartford, Conn.-based Aetna a sizeable player in the rapidly growing Medicare Advantage business, which offers privately run versions of the federally funded health care program for the elderly and some people with disabilities.

Insurer Aetna to buy Humana in $35 billion deal

Humana has nearly 3.2 million people enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans, a total that falls just sort of market leader UnitedHealth.

4 days ago


 Thomas J. Cashman, center, is joined by his two sons Thomas F. Cashman, left, and Brendon Eugene Cashman on the Chicago Board of Trade grain trading floor.

Closing of Chicago trading pits: a requiem for family ties

Many families have long histories trading in the pits.

4 days ago


 The Federal Trade Commission has approved the acquisition of the Family Dollar chain by rival Dollar Tree.

Dollar Tree purchase of Family Dollar approved

Some Pittsburgh Family Dollar locations will be affected.

4 days ago


 Solar Impulse 2 pilots Bertrand Piccard, left, and Andre Borschberg celebrate Friday after they landed at Kalaeloa Airport, Hawaii. Solar impulse 2 is attempting to be the first solar powered airplane to fly around the world without using fuel. The airplane took off from Nagoya, Japan, on its eighth leg and flew nonstop before landing on Oahu.

Solar plane lands in Hawaii after record-breaking flight

The wings were equipped with 17,000 solar cells that charged batteries. The plane ran on stored energy at night.

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 A protester dressed as “Abby the Abused Chicken” and other protesters stand Thursday in front of Gordon Food Service on Clairton Boulevard in Pleasant Hills to call attention to what they say is abuse of chickens by one of the company’s suppliers. A nonproft, Mercy for Animals, organized the event.

Activists criticize Gordon Food Service's treatment of chickens

Cross-country protesters stopped Thursday in Pleasant Hills to urge a food company to change its animal welfare policies.

4 days ago


Whole Foods works to correct pricing problem; HDH Group acquired by Hub International; Ford recalls more cars

Read more business news about factory orders and Barnes & Noble

4 days ago


 Beyond memory, introducing new ingredients into the current password stew can only increase variety and hamper hacking attempts, according to one expert.

Can emoji passwords confuse hackers?

A U.K. firm is betting emojis are the next frontier in password protection.

4 days ago


Consumer Reports: Enjoy shared streaming accounts while they last

Those who share account info with others aren’t under much scrutiny now, but that could change with time.

4 days ago


Jobless rate at lowest level since ’08

Over the past three months, hiring has averaged 221,000, a step up from 195,000 in the first three months of the year.

4 days ago


 But even though a trip from the airport to Downtown can net a fare of $35 or $40, some drivers say the new system forces them to wait too long.

Pittsburgh International Airport often not worth the wait for Uber drivers

Since new rules went into place last month, drivers say, the airport run has become a much less lucrative opportunity.

5 days ago


 New Kraft Heinz Co. logo

It's now the Kraft Heinz Co.

The deal to merge Pittsburgh’s Heinz and Illinois-based Kraft was completed Thursday after the stock market closed.

4 days ago


U.S. doctors, hospitals reap $6.5 billion from drug and device makers, report says

The report lists 11.4 million payments to 607,000 physicians and more than 1,100 teaching hospitals made by 1,444 companies.

5 days ago


 Kristen Breslin performs a state inspection on a truck at the Toyota Service Center in Langhorne, Pa.

Scott Sturgis / Driver’s Seat: Female technicians going full throttle in automotive industry

Norristown woman’s experience as a technician for Toyota shows that automotive repair is a growing career.

5 days ago


Dollar Tree to buy Family Dollar; FTC requires sale of 5 area stores

The FTC will only permit merger of the two dollar retailing chains if 330 Family Dollar stores are sold.

4 days ago


 Macy’s has dumped Donald Trump, part of the continued fallout over the GOP hopeful’s remarks about Mexican immigrants during his presidential campaign announcement.

360fly buying VSN operation; PPG completes Cuming deal; CNX Coal begins trading

News from 360fly; VSN Mobil, PPG; Cuming Microwave; CNX Coal; Alpha Natural Resources; Ace; Chubb; Donald Trump; and Macy’s.

5 days ago


 "The application is an early step in the bidding process," Steelers president Art Rooney II said in a statement.

Steelers exploring bid to host 2023 Super Bowl

President Art Rooney met with Mayor Bill Peduto Wednesday morning to talk about the team’s bid to host Super Bowl LVII.

5 days ago


Green Tree-based 360fly to acquire portion of VSN Mobil

The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed but a news release said the deal includes 24 engineers who will become part of the

6 days ago


 Money market accounts have increased by $2.3 trillion since the recession started, compared to a $1.4 trillion increase in savings accounts and $1 trillion in checking accounts.

Modern money hoarders turning to bank accounts

Americans are hoarding a record $5 trillion cash in bank money market accounts ready for instant withdrawal.

6 days ago


Allegheny Technologies, United Steelworkers continue contract talks

The contract covers about 2,450 workers at Allegheny Technologies plants in the Alle-Kiski Valley and elsewhere.

5 days ago


Developer unveils plan for Hyatt hotel on Pittsburgh Athletic Association grounds

It represents a scaled-down version of an earlier $45 million plan that called for roughly 190 rooms and 199,000 square feet of space.

6 days ago


 The merger of the H.J. Heinz Co. and Kraft Foods Group is expected to close Thursday after shareholders today approved the deal.

End of an era nears as Heinz merger OK’d by Kraft investors

The deal to create the third-largest food and beverage company in North America is expected to close today.

5 days ago


Alpha bets on shale gas

The Virginia-based coal company is buying out its joint venture partner for $126 million to develop shale gas in Greene County.

5 days ago


 The Department of Labor expects to formally publish the rule regarding overtime pay this week, opening a 60-day comment period. Congressional approval is not required, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Could new rule mean overtime for more salaried workers?

The new labor rule would require employers to pay time-and-a-half wages to salaried workers earning up to $50,440 a year.

6 days ago


U.S. court agrees Apple violated antitrust law in e-book entry

A panel ruled that a lower-court judge correctly found that Apple Inc. violated the law to upset Amazon.com Inc.’s control of the market.

6 days ago


 JetBlue Airways adds fee for checked luggage

Judge denies UPMC stay; PPG completes Germany expansion; JetBlue starts baggage charges

News from UPMC; Highmark; PPG; JetBlue; Pep Boys; ConAgra; Willis Group; Towers Watson; and more.

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