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Portland trash falls 38 percent

Changes to Portland's trash and recycling pickups led to a 38% drop in garbage picked up over the last year.

Convention Center hotel plans firm up

Proposed plans for a Hyatt hotel at the Oregon Convention Center are being released, even when its political outlook is uncertain.

Umpqua moves up fourth-quarter dividends

Umpqua Bank's parent said it would move up its fourth-quarter dividend ahead of a possible tax increase for investors.

Digimarc buys e-book piracy-fighting company

Beaverton-based Digimarc will pay $5.6 million for Attributor Corp., a company designed to authenticate e-books and fight online piracy.

Sodaville quarry expansion concerns neighbors

The Linn County Planning Commission is taking public comment on a controversial request to expand a rock quarry operation in Sodaville.

Home prices see biggest gain in 6 years

U.S. home prices rose 6.3% in October from a year ago, the largest yearly gain since July 2006.

Urban Airship buys Tello

Portland mobile software developer Urban Airship has acquired Palo Alto, Calif.-based Tello, a startup that focuses on Apple's online wallet Passbook.