<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Business News]]> Copyright 2015 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/business http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:30:42 -0700 Thu, 30 Jul 2015 03:30:42 -0700 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Apple's Next Earbuds May Actually Stay in Ears]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:02:10 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple-mac-generic.jpg
Apple has patented an earbud design that experts say should help keep the product in your ears.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[SF's McSweeney's Turning Into Nonprofit Organization]]> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 15:35:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0729-2015-McSweeneys.jpg
McSweeney's is making the transition to a nonprofit organization with help from readers.]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Cars? Speculation Grows After Hiring of Chrysler Exec]]> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 12:24:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP111004191461.jpg
Apple's recent hire of a prominent automobile executive has sparked rumors that the company wants to make its own cars.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Computer System Failures Spark Concerns of Cyber Attack]]> Wed, 08 Jul 2015 23:37:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/nyse+glitch+7+8.jpg
Three high profile computer systems failed Wednesday, temporarily crippling the New York Stock Exchange, United Airlines and the Wall Street Journal. Jean Elle reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Student Loan Rates Drop, But For How Long?]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 11:29:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CN12T07072015_1200x675_479329347941.jpg
More than 1.2 trillion dollars in student loans are taken out by more than 40 million consumers, with an average balance of about 29 thousand dollars. Last week, the interest rate on those federal loans dropped...]]>
<![CDATA[PETA Goes After Gap For Selling Fur]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 15:34:19 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/getty+images+gap+store+sign.jpg
PETA is putting Gap under fire for selling fur through its Intermix brand.]]>
<![CDATA[Vet24seven App Gives Pet Owners Anytime Access to Veterinarians]]> Fri, 03 Jul 2015 18:48:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0703-2015-vetapp.jpg
Pet owners now have anytime access to veterinarians thanks to a new mobile app.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[What's Going on in Greece? And How It Affects You]]> Tue, 30 Jun 2015 05:59:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/NC_lv50tweb_1500x845.jpg
Monday's stock slide has investors nervously awaiting Tuesday's opening bell amid the Greek Crisis and an emerging crisis in Puerto Rico.]]>
<![CDATA[Uber's Tracking Policy Draws Complaint from Watchdog Group]]> Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:36:55 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uber-file.jpg
The Electronic Privacy Information Center has filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission over Uber's plan to track user data.]]>
<![CDATA[Starbucks Will Close La Boulange]]> Wed, 17 Jun 2015 12:00:46 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/La+Boulange+exterior+Starbucks.PNG
Twenty-three La Boulange shops in the Bay Area will soon close, a decision made by parent company Starbucks.]]>
<![CDATA[Kirkland's Monogrammed Mugs Recalled]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 09:30:14 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/N5A+MONOGRAM+MUG+RECALL+VO+-+00002009.jpg
Kirkland's monogrammed coffee mugs are under recall because they can spark if used in a microwave.

Photo Credit: Kirkland's]]>
<![CDATA[Tesla Rents Former Solyndra Factory in Fremont: Report]]> Fri, 12 Jun 2015 13:48:03 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/188*120/AP100524019427.jpg
Tesla has rented the 500,000-square-foot factory in Fremont that was the former home of Solyndra, according to the Mercury news.

Photo Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS]]>
<![CDATA[Starbucks Mobile Order Service Expands to Bay Area]]> Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:03:48 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/starbucks11.jpg
Want to order Starbucks with the touch of a smartphone? There’s an app feature for that.

Photo Credit: EFE
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[Padmasree Warriors Leaving Cisco]]> Thu, 04 Jun 2015 18:38:21 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/cisco1.jpg
A Silicon Valley shakeup. ONe of the most powerful people in the tech industry is stepping away from one of the largest companies in the world. Scott Budman reports.

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[Bay Area Company Sees Spike in Rescue Insurance]]> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 00:09:41 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0601-2015-CraigLondon.jpg
It sounds like something out of the movies, but it could be the next big thing: ripcord insurance. It's a promise to have former Navy Seals evacuate you after a disaster or crisis.

Photo Credit: London family courtesy]]>
<![CDATA[Emeryville Minimum Wage Increasing to $12.25 an Hour]]> Sun, 31 May 2015 21:16:16 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/minimum-wage-cash.jpg
The Emeryville City Council has unanimously voted to raise the minimum wage to $12.25

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Cork Makes Comeback at Bay Area Wineries]]> Mon, 01 Jun 2015 12:21:08 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*120/wine+cork+bottle.jpg
After using synthetic bottle closures for decades, many Bay Area winemakers are returning to natural cork.

Photo Credit: Kate Bernot]]>
<![CDATA[Apple Chief Tim Cook Gives $6.5M to Charity]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 16:00:20 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/162*120/TimCookiPad.jpg
Apple chief Tim Cook made a reported $6.56 donation to charity and continues to make his political views public.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[TV Improved by "Cinematic" Cable, Streaming Programming]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 14:36:43 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/2015-05-30_14-35-24.jpg
More digital offerings will mean better quality television, at least according to Moviepilot's Tobias Bauckhage.

Photo Credit: Press Here]]>
<![CDATA[Hampton Creek: Tech Food Startup]]> Sat, 30 May 2015 14:12:59 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/hampton-creek-press-here.jpg
Hampton Creek, a food technology company, has launched an egg-free mayonnaise and a cookie dough that are better for the environment.

Photo Credit: Press Here]]>
<![CDATA[Nuzzel Ranks Friends' News Above Mainstream Media]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:33:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/facebookpornography.jpg
A new app called Nuzzel places news from friends above traditional media and news outlets.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Declara Using Algorithms to Change Learning]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 21:06:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/math_generic.jpg
Ramona Pierson, founder and chief of startup Declara, creates new ways of learning with math.

Photo Credit: NBC]]>
<![CDATA[Caterina Fake's New Geotagging App Findery]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 20:59:02 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-102086119.jpg
Flickr and Hunch founder, Caterina Fake, has a new geo-tagging app called Findery that helps users find "a sense of place."

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Silicon Valley Workers Say Paychecks Stolen, Benefits Denied]]> Fri, 29 May 2015 19:31:56 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/wage_theft_crime_scene.jpg
Bay Area workers have a big complaint--they said their paychecks have been stolen and their benefits denied. It's all happening in the heart of the wealthy Silicon Valley. These cheated employees are trying...

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Ben & Jerry's Unveils "Save Our Swirled" Flavor at Tesla]]> Wed, 27 May 2015 18:51:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0527-2015-Swirled.jpg
Ben & Jerry's unveiled its latest ice cream flavor at the Tesla factory in Fremont Wednesday.

Photo Credit: NBC Bay Area]]>
<![CDATA[Wag, On-Demand Dog Walking App, Launches in SF]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 23:47:49 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0522-2015-WagApp.jpg
It seems like there's an on-demand app for everything these days.

Photo Credit: Wag]]>
<![CDATA[Oregon to Test Pay-Per-Mile Alternative to Gas Tax]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 06:49:45 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gas-tax-shutterstock_122420251.jpg
Starting in July, as many as 5,000 volunteers can sign up to drive with devices in their cars that monitors how many miles they drive and where.

Photo Credit: Shutterstock]]>
<![CDATA[Warriors' Barbosa Dishes Out Directions in Waze App]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 17:53:13 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0521-2015-LeandroBarbosa.jpg
Waze may be the next go-to app for members of the Dub Nation heading to Warriors Ground.

Photo Credit: Waze
This story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.]]>
<![CDATA[SF Startup Uses 3D Printers to Create Prosthetic Legs]]> Thu, 14 May 2015 12:44:29 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/179*120/LEG2.JPG
Is it the next Industrial Revolution? 3D printing may one day revolutionize businesses, but it’s already having another effect: changing countless lives.]]>
<![CDATA[Facebook Raises Contractor Minimum Wage]]> Wed, 13 May 2015 17:43:25 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/facebook27.JPG
Facebook has announced that it will pay contractors on its new Menlo Park campus at least $15 per hour and offer $4,000 for paid parental leave.

Photo Credit: Mark Zuckerberg Via Facebook]]>
<![CDATA[Hackers Targeting Starbucks Mobile App]]> Tue, 12 May 2015 19:17:47 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/tlmd_brightcove_2067658930001_4180567187001_sb.jpg
Starbucks' popular mobile app is now a target for hackers.]]>
<![CDATA[Uber Could Be Worth $50 Billion]]> Mon, 11 May 2015 12:37:24 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/UberEATS-menu-Godmother-1024x683.jpg
If Uber is successful in raising $1.5 to $2 billion in additional funding, the company could be worth $50 billion.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Uber]]>
<![CDATA[Tesla's Powerwall Battery a Hit, Says CEO]]> Fri, 08 May 2015 21:15:12 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/elonmuskmarch.jpg
Social media is speculating on what Tesla Motors' next invention might be; CEO Elon Musk says it's not a car.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Critics Accuse Oil Companies of Purposely Spiking Gas Prices]]> Tue, 05 May 2015 19:12:32 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gas+pump3.jpg
The Consumer Watchdog group and Tom Steyer, a billionaire environmental activist, are accusing oil companies of purposely spiking gas prices to pad their bottom line.

Photo Credit: Consumer Bob]]>
<![CDATA[Flickr Founder Wants to Challenge Work Email]]> Mon, 04 May 2015 11:18:28 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/computer+generic1.jpg
Stewart Butterfield, a founder of photo-sharing site Flickr, is the creator and chief executive of Slack, a startup that offers a new platform for team communication.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Some Starbucks Offer Free Drinks During Glitch]]> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 23:46:51 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/tlmd_brightcove_2067658930001_4180567187001_sb.jpg
A nationwide outage of Starbucks' point-of-sale system got some customers a free jolt of espresso. Cheryl Hurd reports.]]>
<![CDATA[San Francisco is Worst Market for Renters: Report]]> Sun, 19 Apr 2015 20:54:22 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/sf15.jpg
San Francisco is the worst market for renters, according to Forbes' latest list.

Photo Credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Sabra Recalls Hummus for Possible Listeria Contamination]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 21:56:00 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*123/PKTMP0002.jpg
Sabra Dipping Company is voluntarily recalling its "Classic Hummus" because of possible Listeria contamination.]]>
<![CDATA[Facebook Expands Gehry-Designed Campus]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 18:51:26 -0700 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/168*120/facebook27.JPG
Facebook's new Menlo Park office, which was designed by Frank Gehry, already has ambitious expansion plans.

Photo Credit: Mark Zuckerberg Via Facebook]]>