Widening the probe into Solyndra's collapse, House Republicans at a hearing Wednesday released emails showing that White House aides pressured budget officials to finalize a decision on a $535 million loan guarantee to the solar panel maker because they were eager to have Vice President Joe Biden announce the news at Solyndra's 2009 groundbreaking ceremony in Fremont.

Symantec has leased a Mountain View office building with room for 1,000, joining the likes of Google and other companies that are expanding in Silicon Valley.

A subsidiary of German software company SAP was ordered Wednesday to pay $20 million after pleading guilty to criminal copyright infringement against rival Oracle, which is still seeking more than $1 billion in a related civil case.

Facebook continues to add new features that have proved popular on rival social-networking sites, introducing Wednesday a Twitter-like service that allows users to follow updates from people who are not contacts.



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