<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Business News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/business http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:08:22 -0700 Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:08:22 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[SF Workers Protest Tax Exemptions for Tech Companies]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:04:39 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0415-seiu-protest.jpg
Hundreds of San Francisco union workers took to the streets on tax day to protest the city’s three-year old payroll tax exemptions that have lured more than a dozen tech companies, including Twitter, to...

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<![CDATA[Uber Helps Passengers Pitch to Google Ventures]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 11:50:11 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/04-09-2014-uberpitch.jpg
Uber is giving people in the Bay Area the chance to have their big ideas heard by Google Ventures.]]>
<![CDATA[Concerns Arise Over Hot Market for IPOs]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:25:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP873796859998.jpg
NBC Bay Area's Scott Budman provides exclusive access inside some companies going public.

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<![CDATA[Report: As Many As 7,500 Housing Units in SF Are Tourist Rentals]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:29:52 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/airbnb.jpg
Housing activists think that about 7,500 housing units in San Francisco are being kept off of the rental market to be used for vacation rentals.]]>
<![CDATA[Sally Beauty Releases Details on Data Breach]]> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:05:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/credit_cards_stack.jpg
Sally Beauty says that a security breach discovered on March 5 affected fewer than 25,000 credit and debit card accounts.

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<![CDATA[Bad News for Amazon Prime Members]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:52:01 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/amazon-453056767.jpg
If you've ever wanted to sign up for Amazon Prime, you have a week to do so before a big price hike takes effect. The cost of a standard "Prime" membership is set to set you back $99, up from $79.

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<![CDATA[Tesla Nixes Plans for Battery Factory in California ]]> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:15:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11-5-2013-tesla-logo-emblem.jpg
California born and bred, Tesla Motors will go elsewhere for its massive battery factory, which could employ as many as 6,500 people.

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<![CDATA[Analyst Doubles Price Target, Boosts Tesla Shares]]> Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:26:33 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/11-5-2013-tesla-logo-emblem.jpg
Shares of Tesla Motors Inc. surged 16 percent Tuesday after a Wall Street analyst told investors that Tesla could shake up the electric utility sector as well as the auto industry.

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Water Generator Hopes to Ease California Drought]]> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 19:35:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000006028951_1200x675_168886339558.jpg
NBC Bay Area's Business and Tech Reporter Scott Budman puts an atmospheric water generator to the test. The machine can crank out 300 gallons of water a day and officials hope it can help solve...]]>
<![CDATA["House of Cards" Surges Netflix Traffic]]> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 19:17:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/house+of+cards-kevin-spacey-house-of-cards-netflix-1.jpeg
The Netflix-only political drama series "House of Cards" was seen in many houses over the weekend -- 16 percent of all Netflix subscribers had seen one episode.]]>
<![CDATA[Home Depot to Hire 1.500 Employees in Bay Area]]> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 23:13:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/orland-park-home-depot.jpg
Home Depot is looking to hire 1,500 seasonal employees in the Bay Area in anticipation of spring, which is traditionally the store's busiest season.]]>
<![CDATA[Inside Netflix’s Los Gatos War Room]]> Sat, 15 Feb 2014 05:51:53 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/021414-Netflix-WarRoom.jpg
The men and women who work inside the Netflix war room are responsible for streaming out the hottest show in the world right now, “House of Cards,” to 44 million people in 41 countries.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Fights Blog's Claim Over Fake "Likes"]]> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 20:20:15 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/social_media_debate_president.jpg
NBC Bay Area's Business and Tech Reporter Scott Budman reports on Facebook firing back against a blog claiming the social media giant does not increase business for users.]]>
<![CDATA[Stocks Plummet, Dow Closes Down More Than 300]]> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 18:30:30 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wall-street-generic.jpg
U.S. stocks sank Monday, with the Dow plunging more than 300 points, after a worse-than-expected reading on manufacturing helped stoke investor fears about the global economic recovery. Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Yahoo Chief Marissa Mayer Makes Headlines For Style, Substance]]> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 21:19:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/450721515.jpg
Running one of the original Internet giants is newsworthy enough. But for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, what she wears is also in the news.

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<![CDATA[Tech Firms Accused of Doing Too Little in Exchange for Tax Breaks]]> Mon, 30 Dec 2013 16:29:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/10-30-2013-twitter-generic.jpg
The time has come for tech companies to apply for tax breaks from San Francisco -- and for the city to review the list of services companies must provide in exchange for relief.

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<![CDATA[Several Restaurants Open for Business Christmas Day]]> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 20:58:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/restaurantsopen3434.jpg
If you do not want to do any cooking this Christmas Day, several restaurants are open for business.]]>
<![CDATA[Restaurants Integrating Technology to Boost Bottom Line]]> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 01:16:50 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/iPad_thefts.jpg
Restaurants are now using technology to help improve revenue. But how much of a difference is it making?]]>
<![CDATA[Google's Most Searched Throughout the Years]]> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 13:42:06 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/072309+Whitney+Houston+HMV.jpg
Google's most searched terms from 2006 until today.

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<![CDATA[Tech Companies Fuel Silicon Valley Job Growth]]> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 19:41:35 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/178*120/school_construction_generic.jpg
San Jose, like the rest of the country, has seen a boost in hiring, and a drop in the jobless rate thanks largely to tech companies adding staff. A report released Friday said the nation's jobless rate fell to 7...

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<![CDATA[Cyber Monday Nets Record $1.74B ]]> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 05:49:54 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453267659.jpg
Shoppers bought online at the heaviest rate ever Monday, according to research firm comScore Inc., The Associated Press reported. The firm said Tuesday e-commerce spending rose 18 percent from last year's Cyber...

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<![CDATA[Sony SmartWatch 2: No Worries for Apple]]> Sun, 01 Dec 2013 23:19:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/183*120/11-6-2013-tim-cook-apple-generic.jpg
The Sony SmartWatch 2 has come out and apparently it's slow with a clunky interface, so Apple's rumored iWatch may still find an audience.

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