• Apple app purchases exploding - 07/24/2014 03:10 PM PDT

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    Tri-Valley could become hub for medical technology, forum panelists say

    Lawrence Livermore and Sandia/California lab officials, medical professionals, investors and entrepreneurs met in Pleasanton at the Sixth Annual Innovation Tri-Valley Forum to discuss partnering on health care startups. 
    Share prices of online real estate websites Zillow and Trulia soared Thursday on a report that Zillow was making a $2 billion bid to buy its competitor, Trulia. Neither company would comment.  
    (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo)
    Wolverton: Pay-as-you-go plans harder to find in smartphone era

    In the feature phone era, pay-as-you-go wireless service was popular with seniors and low-income consumers; but with smartphones becoming more popular, such plans are harder to find, pushing such customers into more costly monthly plans. 
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    Bay Area home prices largely recover pre-crash peaks

    Prices are up, but sales are still lagging across much of the Bay Area  
    (Lionel Cironneau)
    Searchable database: 2013 compensation of Bay Area's top CEOs

    Searchable database of what the Bay Area's highest-paid CEOs made in compensation in 2013. 
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    07/25/2014 11:01 AM PDT - I don't know what future PC and tablet sales will be but I do see a role for both -- and apparently so does Apple, which last quarter took in almost as much revenue for its Macs than it did for its iPads.
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    07/25/2014 10:50 AM PDT - San Francisco-based on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft planned to start limited service in New York City on Friday night after reaching agreement with officials to resolve regulatory issues that prompted a lawsuit by the state.
    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. 
    Flora Grubb: What makes a landscape award-worthy

    Flora Grubb of the chic San Francisco nursery Flora Grubb Gardens was tapped to help choose the five Best Professional Landscape finalists in this year's national online Considered Design Awards competition, presented by Remodelista.com (for interiors) and by Gardenista.com (for outdoor designs). Here Grubb shares ideas on winning landscapes, and we meet this category's three Bay Area competition finalists.  
    (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
    Surprise! Justin Bieber in news for his music

    The troubled singer releases clips of 11 new tracks on Instagram, hinting at prospect of new album.