<![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, 29 Jan 2015 22:26:13 -0800 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 22:26:13 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Backlash Forces Go Daddy to Pull Super Bowl Ad]]> Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:03:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/KNTV_000000010020987_1200x675_390569539543.jpg
A local tech company is at the center of controversy and backlash as the Super Bowl approaches. Scott Budman reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Oculus Flees SoCal to Be Closer to Facebook]]> Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:39:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/edt-AP483301451849_1.jpg
Oculus VR has fled sunny Southern California for the friendlier confines of Silicon Valley -- and closer to parent company Facebook.

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<![CDATA[Reports Say Google Fiber Coming to Raleigh-Durham]]> Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:19:12 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/tlmd_googleempleos.jpg
Reports say that Google is bringing its high-speed Internet service to North Carolina's Research Triangle.

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<![CDATA[China Buys More iPhones Than United States]]> Sun, 25 Jan 2015 22:57:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/100286633-apple-store-logo-outside-morning-gettyp.240x160.jpg
Reports say that Apple has sold more iPhones in China than the United States for the first time this year.

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<![CDATA[U.S. Gas Prices Falling Below $2]]> Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:36:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gas-prices-461831632.jpg
Now is the perfect time to start planning a road trip, because by the end the weekend, the national average for gas prices is predicted to fall below $2 a gallon. But fill up your tanks, because these record low...

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<![CDATA[Lyft to Abandon Pink Mustaches]]> Tue, 20 Jan 2015 20:39:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/450502210.jpg
Lyft is rebranding slightly: the ride-providing taxi alternative is doing away with its once-ubiquitous pink mustache attached to the front of its cars in favor of something a bit more subtle.

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<![CDATA[How McDonald's Fries Are Made]]> Wed, 21 Jan 2015 10:27:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/McDonalds-fries.jpg
If you were wondering how McDonald’s fries are made, or what they’re made of, you’re not alone.

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<![CDATA[Ellison Funds Wildlife Refuge: Report]]> Mon, 19 Jan 2015 20:02:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/larry-ellison.jpg
A sprawling new animal refuge under construction in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Saratoga is being paid for by the Oracle founder and tech billionaire Larry Ellison, according to reports.]]>
<![CDATA[Target to Shut Down Stores in Canada]]> Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:02:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453903966.jpg
Target says it will shut down 133-store Canadian operation after failed expansion

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<![CDATA[Chinese Firm Buys Palm From Hewlett Packard]]> Wed, 07 Jan 2015 15:47:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/palm-pre.jpg
Before the iPhone, there was the Palm Treo. Get ready for a Palm neo, as the "once-dominant" brand has been purchased from HP by Chinese company TCL.

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<![CDATA["Flat White" Added to Starbucks Menu]]> Tue, 06 Jan 2015 13:08:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0105-2015-FlatWhite.jpg
The "flat white" is going mainstream. Starbucks introduced Tuesday its own version of the flat white, a specialty coffee drink popular in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K, but until now relatively unknown in...

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<![CDATA[Uber Drivers: New Year's Eve Surge Pricing Backfired]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:29:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP817194534345.jpg
Uber and Lyft drivers agree: New Year's Eve was a bad night to be a rideshare driver.

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<![CDATA[Spinlister, The "Airbnb" For Bikes, Has 2,000 Bicycles For Rent]]> Mon, 05 Jan 2015 20:25:07 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Bicycle+Generic1.jpg
Spinlister is being touted as the "Airbnb" for bicycles.

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<![CDATA[Lawsuit Claims Uber Bombarded People With Texts]]> Sat, 03 Jan 2015 17:36:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uber-safety.jpg
A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday claims ride-sharing company Uber has bombarded people with unwanted texts, which urge them to sign up as drivers.

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<![CDATA[Piano Stores Close as Fewer Kids Take Up Instruments]]> Sat, 03 Jan 2015 07:57:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/0102-20015-piano.jpg
Inside the Colton Piano Gallery off of Stevens Creek Boulevard, you may just find owner Dave Gatt playing “Piano Man.” It’s a song, sure, but it also sums up Gatt himself.

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<![CDATA[New CA Gas Fee May Increase Prices at the Pump]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 23:22:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_gas_pump_generic.jpg
Experts say gas prices will rise and the money collected from a new California fee will go to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. Cheryl Hurd reports.

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<![CDATA[New Year's Eve a Showdown for Ride-Share Companies ]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:35:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1216-taxi-generic.jpg
Starting at about 12:05 a.m. New Year's Day, the biggest question for many people will be how to get home.

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<![CDATA[East Bay Bookstore Hosts "Earth's Biggest Calendar Sale"]]> Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:44:28 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_s_twenty_fourteen_year_in_stitches_calendar_kit_010714_780.jpg
Pegasus Books sells 30,000 calendars on New Year's Day, and people line up outside the bookstore chain's three locations in Oakland and Berkeley before 10 a.m. to be one of the buyers.

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<![CDATA[Pinterest to Start Offering Ads]]> Mon, 29 Dec 2014 20:05:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/169*120/pinterest2.JPG
Pinterest will soon start offering ads.]]>
<![CDATA[Gas Prices Reach Lowest Level in More Than 4 Years]]> Sun, 28 Dec 2014 11:10:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fuel-city-gas-199-02.jpg
Gas prices nationwide are at their lowest level in more than four years, with the average price of gas at just $2.31 a gallon.

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<![CDATA[Four Of USA's Five Spendiest Cities Are In Silicon Valley]]> Thu, 01 Jan 2015 11:06:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/160*160/107251591482731698667186739596561n.jpg
Manhattan can't hold a candle to South Bay cities, four of which are on the list of the country's five cities with the most spending.

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<![CDATA[Popular Silicon Valley Chinese Restaurant to Close]]> Sat, 27 Dec 2014 10:33:55 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1226-2014-Mings.jpg
A restaurant that grew up with Silicon Valley is closing. After nearly 60 years of business, Ming’s Restaurant in Palo Alto will close on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Post-Christmas Shopping in Full Swing]]> Fri, 26 Dec 2014 18:23:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/121711+shopping+mall+generic.jpg
Christmas may be in the rear view mirror, but the shopping season is still on. A huge day for sales and returns brought shoppers back to the mall in droves. Scott Budman reports.

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<![CDATA[Survey: U.S. Gas Prices Fall 25 Cents Per Gallon]]> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 07:57:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/gas+pump+generic1.jpg
The average price of regular gasoline nationwide has dropped another 25 cents a gallon in the past two weeks, to $2.47.]]>
<![CDATA[Wall Street Wants Twitter CEO Costolo Gone]]> Tue, 23 Dec 2014 10:01:44 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/186*120/129504577.jpg
Twitter shares jumped after reports that the chief executive Dick Costolo might be leaving the company.

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<![CDATA[Shoppers Flock to Stores on "Super Saturday"]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 09:25:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/union_square_shopping_super_saturday.jpg
"Super Saturday" is considered one of the busiest days of the holiday season, with stores opening early, closing late and offering door-buster deals for shoppers.

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<![CDATA[Sidecar to Let Customers Choose Gender of Drivers]]> Sun, 21 Dec 2014 22:51:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/226*120/cab2.jpg
A Bay Area ride-sharing service plans to step up to help female passengers feel safe.

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<![CDATA[Bay Area Shoppers Spend Local in 'Small Business Saturday']]> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 18:59:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/205*120/willlow_glen_shop_small_saturday.jpg
Thousands of people in the Bay Area turned away from big box stores to head to locally-owned stores on Small Business Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Lights For Hire]]> Sat, 29 Nov 2014 10:32:58 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1128-2014-holidaylights.jpg
Many of us will start putting up our holiday lights this weekend. But some people will get the job done -- without lifting a finger. Ian Cull reports.

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<![CDATA[Online Shopping Blamed for Smaller Black Friday Crowds]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 17:39:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/walmart-black-friday.jpg
Black Friday may be losing its meaning -- shoppers are reporting smaller crowds on the day after Thanksgiving this year. Nannette Miranda reports.

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<![CDATA['Plaid Friday' Drums Up Business for Small Retailers]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:11:42 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/libby_schaaf_plaid_friday.jpg
There is an alternative to Black Friday--Plaid friday.

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<![CDATA[Report: Uber Now Valued At $40 Billion]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:04:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4532534881.jpg
Uber is seeking funds at a valuation that's risen to as high as $40 billion, according to the unnamed sources.

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<![CDATA[Start-Up Pledges to Keep Packages Safe]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:42:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1125-2014-Doorman.jpg
A San Francisco start-up wants to make sure you never miss a package again, or have one stolen off your doorstep. Doorman delivers boxes and envelopes to your door, when you are home.

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<![CDATA[Drivers Say They Will Drive Less for Uber: Report]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:36:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453253488.jpg
Following the revelations that Uber spied on journalists critical of the company, almost half of Uber drivers said they'd drive for the company less.

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<![CDATA[Shuttle Shortage at SFO Causes Hassle for Travelers]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:58:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/super_shuttle_car_car.jpg
A shuttle shortage at San Francisco International Airport is an unexpected hassle for Bay Area travelers that has many scrambling to find another ride.

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<![CDATA[AT&T Customers Can Opt-Out of Tracking System]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:06:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/71515165.jpg
Customers with AT&T smartphones now have the option to opt-out of a controversial tracking system.

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<![CDATA[Trouble Continues for SeaWorld as Earnings Plummet]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 10:27:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/020414+seaworld+generic.jpg
SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. said Wednesday that its third-quarter earnings fell 28 percent from a year ago as attendance to its theme parks fell.

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<![CDATA[Hold the Mayo: SF Startup Sued Over Product Name]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:38:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mayo1.jpg
A spread without eggs is no mayonnaise. That's the crux of the lawsuit filed against Hampton Creek Foods, the company backed by Bill Gates that's marketing vegan "mayo."

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<![CDATA[Gas Prices Continue to Fall Across US]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:55:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/low+gas+prices1.jpg
Gas prices continue to fall across the nation, according to the Lundberg Survey.

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<![CDATA[Holiday Hiring Could Reach Highest Level Since 90s]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 23:21:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_walmart17.jpg
Holiday hiring could reach its highest level since the 1990s, according to a report.

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