Talk Back: Obama's speech
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Larry Ellison steps aside as Oracle CEO

Larry Ellison's stunning announcement Thursday that he is stepping aside as CEO of Oracle, the corporate colossus he has overseen for 37 years, signals a historic shift in the Bay Area's technology landscape, though the impact on his company remains unclear because Ellison is vowing to stay intimately involved.
 
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Oakland A's drop third game in a row to lowly Texas Rangers

A's fall into the second wild-card spot after their latest defeat, as Sonny Gray gives up four first-inning runs 
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Oktoberfest guide: Bay Area festivals start Friday

You can say one thing about the burgeoning microbrew movement: It sure has given Oktoberfest a kick in the lederhosen. The Bay Area will be celebrating straight through to Halloween. 
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Larry Ellison, one of Silicon Valley's seminal CEOs, gives up his job after nearly four decades

Larry Ellison, who for 37 years steered Oracle to become one of the world's biggest and well known technology companies, is giving up his position as CEO to become the company's executive chairman and chief technology officer.

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