Business briefs: Steve Jobs apologizes

Steve Jobs, the Apple Inc. (AAPL) chief executive officer, apologized to customers who bought the iPhone, which is a cell phone with an iPod music player, before he cut the device’s price by $200 Wednesday. In an open letter on the company’s Web site, Jobs said customers who purchased the phone before the discount and got no other rebate will receive $100 in credit at Apple’s retail or online stores.

CHINESE RESEARCH

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao appealed to foreign companies Thursday to bring more research and development to his nation, promising to protect intellectual property amid worries of rampant piracy. Dozens of foreign companies have set up development centers in China to take advantage of its pool of scientific talent, but business groups say there is a reluctance to transfer technology.

businessBusiness & Real Estate

Just Posted

Salesforce Tower and several other buildings in downtown San Francisco can be seen through the fog; climate scientists report that The City’s beloved mascot may be on the decline. (Courtesy Engel Ching)
Is San Francisco losing its fog? Scientists fear the worst

This isn’t just an identity crisis for San Franciscans. It’s an ecological problem

The Bay Area is vying to be one of 16 communities,<ins> spread across the U.S., Canada and Mexico,</ins> to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup soccer championships. Games would be played at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. (Courtesy Bay Area Host Committee, World Cup 2026)
Bay Area launches bid to host World Cup games in 2026

FIFA officials pay San Francisco a visit as they tour prospective venues

San Francisco City Administrator Carmen Chu, who took office in February, is in the process of restructuring the sprawling department. (Sebastian Miño-Bucheli/Special to The Examiner)
Report knocks city administrator for inefficiency, lack of transparency

‘A culture that allows corruption to take place’

Outside Lands boasts high-quality food and drink from dozens of purveyors, and many are local.<ins> (Courtesy Outside Lands)</ins>
Outside Lands is for food lovers

85 food vendors, 40 wineries, 30 breweries make the festival nourishing to gluttonous

Most Read