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Pushing gift cards into the mainstream

A relentless focus, a strong work ethic and a drive to innovate have bolstered Talbott Roche as she helped transform Blackhawk Network into a worldwide network for prepaid cards with $1.24 billion in yearly revenue. 
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More than 35 percent of Americans have debts and unpaid bills that have been reported to collection agencies, according to a study released Tuesday by the Urban Institute.  
 
 
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Review: Tech goodies to bring along on trips

DENVER — Your swimsuit and your sunscreen are in the luggage, and your boarding passes are all printed out. 
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Shareholders approve Safeway's $9.2 billion sale to Albertsons

About 96 percent of the outstanding shares of Safeway were voted in favor of the merger at a meeting at Safeway's headquarters in Pleasanton.
 
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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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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07/29/2014 03:08 PM PDT - Under fire from investors over how much it pays its top brass, technology giant Oracle appears to have slashed by more than half the annual stock-options it awards CEO Larry Ellison and some of its other executives.
 
 
07/29/2014 02:17 PM PDT - OKCupid on Monday became the latest company to admit that it has manipulated customer data to see how users of its dating service would react to one another.  
 
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    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.