Santa Cruz mom gets Christmas surprise from employer

Christmas came early for Bredette Dyer.  
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FlightCar offers owners free parking and ride to airport in exchange for right to rent their cars  
Staples says nearly 1.2 million customer payment cards may have been exposed during a security breach earlier this year; no Bay Area stores affected.
Patients with chronic hepatitis C have a new option for treating the liver-damaging virus, with the approval of a combination treatment developed by AbbVie.  
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With AAA projecting record-breaking numbers of holiday travelers, many have already begun hitting the road and skies in the Bay Area.  
It's a typical holiday scene in the U.S.: a decked-out Christmas tree, twinkling lights and a line of shoppers waiting for Santa Claus. Except for one thing ... it's Shanghai.  
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Today: Tesla Motors announces that its battery-swap offering will begin a pilot program next week in California. Also: Facebook is losing teens, but Instagram's value is shooting higher.  
Like brushing their teeth, some people need to check their mutual fund account balances on a daily basis.  
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Apple Health doesn't have a way for women to track their menstrual cycles or fertility. Does that mean its excluding women?  
It seems every household appliance is getting some smarts these days, meaning some connection to a phone app and the broader Internet. But then what? To give you a feel for what that connectivity brings, here's a closer look at a few 'smart' products for the home.