Business Briefs: Entrepreneurs institute taps new director
March 31, 2014 9:49 PM
Apple iPhone 4s, left, and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Apple is alleging Samsung’s newest devices also copied Apple technology.
From staff and wire reports
Entrepreneurs institute taps new director
The University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Entrepreneurial Excellence appointed veteran tech entrepreneur and institute employee Robert Stein as interim director. Mr. Stein, founder of technology information and news site Active Network Inc., as well as the institute’s IT Consulting Practice, will replace Ann Dugan, former executive director and founder, who is retiring.
Pennsylvania cutting workers comp rates
Pennsylvania's workers compensation rates will decline by 5.15 percent as of today, the state Department of Labor and Industry reported Monday. The decline was estimated by the state to save employers about $140 million this year and was the third rate decrease since 2012. Premiums are set based on an employer's risk classification and claims experience, so not all companies will see a decline.
Caterpillar dodges $2.4B tax in Switzerland move
Caterpillar Inc. avoided paying $2.4 billion in U.S. taxes by shifting profits from a parts business to a subsidiary in Switzerland, according to a report released Monday by a Senate investigative committee. The world’s largest maker of construction and mining equipment made a “paper change” starting in 1999 that made the profits of the subsidiary subject to a Swiss tax rate as low as 4 percent, said Sen. Carl Levin, a Michigan Democrat who will question company executives at a hearing today.
GM recalls 1.5 million cars for steering defect
General Motors is recalling 1.5 million vehicles in the U.S. because the electronic power-steering assist can suddenly stop working. Included in the recall are the Chevrolet Malibu, Malibu Maxx, Chevrolet HHR, Saturn Aura, Saturn Ion and Pontiac G6. Model years vary, but all of the vehicles are from the 2010 model year or earlier.
Jury selection begins in Apple-Samsung case
The world’s two leading smartphone makers were back in federal court Monday, accusing each other of stealing ideas and features. The trial in Silicon Valley, which got underway with jury selection, marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung. If Apple prevails in the current case, the cost to Samsung could reach $2 billion. Apple’s costs, if it loses the litigation, were expected to be about $6 million.
Consumer group joins case against Google
Europe’s leading consumer rights advocacy group has joined an antitrust complaint against Google because it considers the display of some search results biased.
The BEUC will join an existing group of companies in trying to get Google to change the way it displays its search results.
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