( Laura A. Oda )
FedEx, UPS confront busiest holiday season ever

The next week is a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service, the last connections between shoppers and their much-anticipated gifts -- and there is no room for mistakes. 
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Technology giant Oracle reported second-quarter fiscal earnings Wednesday that slightly beat Wall Street's expectations but said its profit slumped from the same period a year ago.  
 
 
REVIEWS & TIPS
(ARIC CRABB/Staff)
Magid: How to keep your gadgets running during a power outage

When you combine massive rain and heavy winds, however, you start to run the serious risk of power failures, which can have a major impact on our ability to use our tech gadgets. Fortunately, there are things we can do to keep at least some of our essential tech gear running during a power emergency. 
EAST BAY
(Laura A. Oda/Staff)
Rapid change and congestion roils cozy Alameda

Pressured by the region’s rapid job growth, Alameda struggles with growth on an island with only four bridges, a tube and ferry to get 75,000 residents onto the mainland.  
SPOTLIGHT
( Kristopher Skinner )
Hidden devices keep an eye on employees

Employers are rushing to embrace the Internet of Things, with its array of smart gadgets, to keep watch on their workers. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Laura A. Oda
12/17/2014 06:05 PM PST - The next week is a 24/7, backbreaking, sleep-deprived haul for couriers such as FedEx, the United Parcel Service and the U.S. Postal Service, the last connections between shoppers and their much-anticipated gifts -- and there is no room for mistakes.  
 
Karl Mondon/Staff file photo
12/17/2014 04:01 PM PST - Uber, recently sued for allegedly making false claims about the safety of its ride-hailing service, Wednesday announced it had started a 'global review' of its safety measures in November and says it plans to roll out new safety programs in 2015. But it's unclear what those programs will be.