• Quinn: Mark Hurd is back at top - 09/18/2014 06:29 PM PDT
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    ( Andrew Burton )
    Analysts: Alibaba could begin trading near $90

    09/19/2014 09:01 AM PDT
    Chinese Internet juggernaut Alibaba is set to make history today when the globe-trotting company goes public in the largest IPO on a U.S. stock exchange, solidifying China's place as a world leader in e-commerce and introducing fierce competition to Silicon Valley tech giants. 
    Cole Bennetts
    The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were met with delirious excitement by fans, many of whom had woken up at the crack of dawn '“ or even camped out '“ to be among the first to buy the new gadgets.  
     
    David M. Barreda, Mercury News
    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.
     
     
    Maria J. Avila Lopez/Staff file photo
    Oracle's announcement Thursday that Mark Hurd would be co-CEO is validation of Hurd's grit and laser-focus at the company after leaving HP under a cloud in 2010  
     
     
     
    Beachy getaways: Three great Santa Cruz hotels

    Santa Cruz is close enough for day tripping, but the city and beach offer so many things to do, it's tempting to make a weekend of it. And these three hotels -- the Paradox, Beach Street Inn and Pacific Blue -- make it even more irresistible.