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Million-dollar-plus home sales hit record in Bay Area
Fueled by the booming tech economy and seemingly insatiable demand for housing, the Bay Area set records in the second quarter of this year in the number of homes sold for $1 million or more as well as those costing at least $2 million, according to a real estate information service.
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Wolverton: Amazon's Fire phone good for a first effort
Amazon’s new smartphone offers the basics, plus unique feature, but needs some polish — and more apps.
Blackhawk Network's Talbott Roche helped push gift cards into the mainstream
A relentless focus, a strong work ethic and a drive to innovate have bolstered Roche as she helped transform Blackhawk into a worldwide network for prepaid cards with $1.24 billion in yearly revenue.
Use of illicit drugs becomes part of Silicon Valley's work culture
With a tech boom lubricated by VC cash, a startup culture cranked up by fiercely competitive VPs and adrenaline-driven coders, and a corporate model that encourages stressed-out managers to look the other way, illicit drugs and black-market painkillers have become part of the landscape here in the world's fountain of tech.
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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Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf
Long scoffed at as the bad toupee of the landscaping world, today's high-end fake grass is realistic-looking, kid-friendly, nonflammable, nontoxic, recyclable and low-maintenance. Better yet, hosing it off once a week, which is recommended if you have pets, consumes way less water than a live lawn.
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MTV wants Beyonce without Jay Z for VMA performance
Singer nominated eight times; Eminem and Iggy Azalea nominated for seven awards each.