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Facebook to offer free, limited mobile Internet access in Zambia

Facebook's new Internet.org mobile app will provide Airtel subscribers in Zambia with free access to the social network and online services that focus on women's rights, health information and employment 
Bank of America, once again, is picking up the bill for the damages caused -- the latest buffeting since the bank's disastrous acquisition of the Calabasas high-risk lender six years ago. A New York judge ordered Bank of America to pay nearly $1.3 billion in penalties in a civil fraud case involving a mortgage program that Countrywide had nicknamed 'the hustle.'  
 
Today:Yelp scores its first quarterly profits in another busy day for Silicon Valley earnings reports, and Twitter shoots higher after its World Cup score.  
 
Would you buy a bargain-priced airline ticket, but the catch was you had to stand for the entire flight? A new university study says the idea of standing-only sections on planes is no joke.  
 
BitTorrent, the San Francisco company behind the most popular technology for sharing files online, is branching out into a new arena: snoop-proof calling and texting.  
 
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The market isn't taking the U.S. Federal Reserve's rumination on stock prices too seriously. Twitter and Amgen extended rallies in social media and biotechnology stocks since the U.S. central bank said two weeks ago that industry valuations are stretched.  
 
Work crews shortly around 6 a.m. Wednesday began picking pinot noir grapes along Napa Valley's Silverado Trail, starting the harvest season for the North Coast wine industry.  
 
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Take that, Facebook. A year after rebuffing a $3 billion takeover proposal from Mark Zuckerberg, Snapchat is in talks to raise money from Alibaba Group, people with knowledge of the matter said.  
 
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YouTube stars are borrowing an idea from Hollywood's Golden Age: product placement. Think how General Motors sponsored comedian Bob Hope's variety show, Revlon backed the 1950s game show "The $64,000 Question," and Milton Berle hosted the "Texaco Star Theater.  
 
Eric Risberg
The long-awaited surge in hiring at small businesses appears to be underway.
 
 
This barren, desert prison is where O.J. Simpson lives

Some here call it the 'O.J. House,' the only gated community in a vast stretch of desert rich in gold and silver, pioneer trails and proud, isolated towns north of Reno. 
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Aperitif hour

Move over, Fernet. Refreshing, house-made seasonal aperitifs are finding their way into low-alcohol cocktail programs from San Mateo to Berkeley and San Francisco. With the launch of Sonoma Aperitifs in Penngrove and the rerelease of a classic 1997 book about these fortified libations, we'd say the trend is about to overflow from its tiny cordial glass.