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As Google Maps renames neighborhoods, residents fume
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As Google Maps renames neighborhoods, residents fume

For decades, the district south of downtown San Francisco and alongside the bay was known as Rincon Hill, South Beach or South of Market. This...

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How healthy is your office?
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How healthy is your office?

For decades, many developers and architects worked to ensure that their buildings were kind to the planet. Now, their focus is on the effect that...

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Wells Fargo to pay $2.1 billion for role in housing bubble
News 2 weeks ago
Wells Fargo to pay $2.1 billion for role in housing bubble

NEW YORK — Wells Fargo agreed Wednesday to pay a $2.1 billion fine to settle allegations it misrepresented the types of mortgages it sold to...

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A McDonald’s floods with memories, JetBlue’s stock nose-dives and Canada rises
News 3 weeks ago
A McDonald’s floods with memories, JetBlue’s stock nose-dives and Canada rises

Passing into history Despite a long delay, McDonald’s said it will take down a replica of its first restaurant in Des Plaines, Ill. The site...

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Lawmakers attack social media’s liability exemption for posts
News 4 weeks ago
Lawmakers attack social media’s liability exemption for posts

Republican lawmakers on Tuesday attacked one of the legal protections most prized by social media companies such as Google and Facebook,...

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Blockbuster down to 1, coffee that costs a ton, and Facebook’s no fun
News 1 month ago
Blockbuster down to 1, coffee that costs a ton, and Facebook’s no fun

Lackluster video Only one Blockbuster video store will remain in the U.S. soon, thanks to the closures of those in Anchorage and Fairbanks, Alaska....

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What do these restaurants serve? Drop-in workers
News 1 month ago
What do these restaurants serve? Drop-in workers

The bar at the Elite Cafe was packed, but not a drink was being poured. The Champagne stand sat empty and warm. The tap was covered in plastic wrap...

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Macy’s plans 60 more Bluemercury stores
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Macy’s plans 60 more Bluemercury stores

Macy’s, pleased so far with the performance of Bluemercury, is pushing for more. The cosmetics brand, acquired by Macy’s for $210 million in 2015,...

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Goodbye, Geoffrey: Bay Area's last Toys R Us locations to vanish Friday
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Goodbye, Geoffrey: Bay Area's last Toys R Us locations to vanish Friday

NEW YORK (AP) — Toys R Us is closing its last U.S. stores by Friday, the end of a chain known to generations of children and parents for its...

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Business News Roundup, June 27
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Business News Roundup, June 27

Real estate Home prices up 6.6% in April Home prices nationwide rose in April from a year earlier, lifted by bidding wars in many cities where...

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Secret NSA spying network alleged in San Francisco skyscraper, Seattle, other U.S. cities
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Secret NSA spying network alleged in San Francisco skyscraper, Seattle, other U.S. cities

A new report alleges the existence of eight secret National Security Agency spy 'hubs' across the U.S., including one location in San Francisco's...

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Luxury sales are rebounding in China. Just not in stores
News 2 months ago
Luxury sales are rebounding in China. Just not in stores

After several years of slumber, China’s luxury market is finally returning to growth. You would not know that, though, from peering into its —...

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After long run, Berkeley’s last video-rental store gets ready to close
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After long run, Berkeley’s last video-rental store gets ready to close

It's the end of an era as the curtain comes down on Five Star Video on Solano Avenue in Berkeley, the city's last surviving video-rental store....

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Online startups offer shoppers more ways to buy lingerie
News 2 months ago
Online startups offer shoppers more ways to buy lingerie

Shopping for bras, particularly online, can be an exercise in frustration. Changing fashions and better fit tools on sellers’ websites are making...

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Getting easy meals from Target — and vending machines
News 2 months ago
Getting easy meals from Target — and vending machines

Bay Area residents who want easy meals have two relatively new and promising sources: vending machines and Target stores. Chef’d, a company backed...

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Judge says ‘no basis’ to rule out huge fire cost claim against PG&E
News 2 months ago
Judge says ‘no basis’ to rule out huge fire cost claim against PG&E

PG&E Corp. suffered another legal setback Friday as a judge said he won’t release the company from a key legal claim over the most destructive...

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These are the jobs being priced out of the Bay Area, according to Indeed
News 3 months ago
These are the jobs being priced out of the Bay Area, according to Indeed

As a new report from job hunting site Indeed outlines, a number of workers in essential careers — like those who can build sidewalks — cannot...

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Macy’s soars; PlayStation adds ‘Walden’; ‘Suprematist Composition’ sold
News 3 months ago
Macy’s soars; PlayStation adds ‘Walden’; ‘Suprematist Composition’ sold

Number of the day 11 percent That’s how much shares of Macy’s jumped Wednesday as the retailer posted a second straight quarter of sales gains and...

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High-end restaurants turn to retail to bring in more cash
News 3 months ago
High-end restaurants turn to retail to bring in more cash

Downtown New York cafe La Mercerie upended the traditional understanding of restaurant retail this year. While logo T-shirts and beer cozies have...

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Silicon Valley faces regulatory fight with California ballot measure
News 3 months ago
Silicon Valley faces regulatory fight with California ballot measure

The staging ground for one of the biggest regulatory fights facing the technology industry is far removed from Washington or Brussels, tucked into...

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Correction, May 13
News 3 months ago
Correction, May 13

Google rapidly consuming Bay Area commercial space, Feb. 25, Business, D2 A story that began on the Business Report cover about commercial real...

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How it has become so easy to hide in the housing market
News 3 months ago
How it has become so easy to hide in the housing market

When Fox News host Sean Hannity was revealed last month to be a property owner and landlord of considerable scale, it highlighted how opaque the...

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All we want to do is watch each other play video games
News 3 months ago
All we want to do is watch each other play video games

Video games are beginning their takeover of the real world. Across North America this year, companies are turning malls, movie theaters,...

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After community outcry, San Francisco's Costumes on Haight will keep its doors open
News 3 months ago
After community outcry, San Francisco's Costumes on Haight will keep its doors open

Costumes on Haight is a gay-owned store that survived even after its original owner's passing from AIDS, Bieschke said. These spaces are...

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These San Francisco neighborhoods spend the least cash: What it says about the future
News 3 months ago
These San Francisco neighborhoods spend the least cash: What it says about the future

The white consoles appeared in San Francisco concept stores and hip coffee shops seemingly overnight. They were sleek and fast and, simply,...

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