• Another record stock high for Apple - 08/20/2014 11:27 AM PDT
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    Nationwide rankings for first-time homebuyers give poor marks to Richmond, Oakland

    A personal finance website released a list Monday ranking the best markets for first-time homebuyers, and some Bay Area cities, including Richmond, Oakland, Vallejo and Berkeley, found themselves at or near the bottom of the list.  
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    Tech giant Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday reported third-quarter sales that exceeded what Wall Street had forecast, but its profit slumped.
     
     
     
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    Wolverton: LG's new flagship G3 phone lacks pizazz

    With its new flagship G3 smartphone, LG focuses on only a handful of new features, most of which are subtle improvements rather than flashy advances. And while it’s very good, it’s not at all exciting.

     
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    Bay Area home prices plateau on slowing sales

    Single family home sales dropped last month and prices hit a plateau in much of the Bay Area after a sizzling run-up in the first part of the year, according to a report released Thursday, with the nine-county region seeing the lowest annual price gain in almost two years.
     
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    Apple, Google, VCs invest in health technology

    Health technology is hot in Silicon Valley, where some of the biggest tech companies and a swarm of startups are working on everything from doctor-recommendation apps and video diagnostic services to data-crunching analytics and cutting-edge DNA sequencing.
     
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    PG&E believes it can withstand expected fines of up to $3.6 billion resulting from the fatal 2010 gas pipeline explosion in San Bruno without having to file for bankruptcy, and also was surprised by an obstruction of justice charge in a criminal case linked to the blast, the company's top executive said Wednesday in a wide-ranging interview this this newspaper.  
     
    Macy's has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle allegations of racial profiling at its flagship store in Manhattan's Herald Square.
     
     
     
     
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    Bonny Doon's Randall Grahm scales back, forges ahead

    He's the beloved, maverick winemaker who led the way for screw caps, ingredient labeling and little-known varietals. Today, eight years after the sale of his big brands, the envelope-pusher is forging ahead as he tries to reseize Bonny Doon Vineyard and breed new wine grapes. 
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    Nicki Minaj to open VMAs -- but not alone

    Ariana Grande and Jessie J will join Minaj in performing 'Bang Bang' at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. Kim Kardashian named a presenter.