Intel introduces 'best ever' chips amid PC slump

Thinner laptops with longer battery life predicted with new Intel "Skylake" processor unveiled Tuesday.  
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Federal judge finds that case against Uber over employee status of drivers can proceed as a class action, raising stakes in legal battle that threatens ride-sharing business model.  
 
 
REVIEWS & TIPS
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Wolverton: Sorry son, you're not getting a smartphone

After hearing colleague Michelle Qunn's story, talking to child development experts and observing his own behavior, tech columnist Troy Wolverton has decided not to get his son a cell phone, much less a smartphone, anytime soon.
 
EAST BAY
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Q&A: Jim Ellis, on East Bay's office-space boom

These days, Jim Ellis and the realty firm he heads, Ellis Partners, seem to be everywhere, key players in the most robust development markets of the Bay Area. 
SPOTLIGHT
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Locals hope to score with Super Bowl rentals

With many hotel rooms already booked for Super Bowl 50 next February in Santa Clara, thousands of Bay Area residents are hoping to rent out their houses, apartments, cottages and even spare bedrooms to cash in on the hordes of visitors expected in the region. 
Restaurants, gas stations, hotels and other tourism businesses should have a profitable Labor Day weekend, as U.S. travelers are expected to spend an estimated $13.5 billion during the end-of-summer holiday, a 2 percent increase over the previous Labor Day weekend.
 
 
A Bay Area company is among the 10 small businesses chosen as finalists in the contest sponsored by software maker Intuit that will give the winner a 30-second spot during Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.  
 
 
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    'Star Wars: The Force Awakens': Toy unboxing a swing and a miss

    Too few toys and too much repetition turn the much-hyped 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens Global Toy Unboxing Live Stream Event' into an early snooze fest.