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Exclusive: San Francisco tech company doubles revenue helping large businesses track and develop their talent

In a crowded market for human resources and talent software, San Francisco company Ascendify counts GE, Cisco, Disney, Deloitte and Panasonic among its customers — and it’s done it all on some $11 million in funding. [Read entire story]

San Francisco company launches its streaming TV service with Facebook co-founder at the helm

San Francisco-based Philo is making its streaming TV service available to the public Tuesday with backing from five major programming groups. The company is hoping cord-cutting audiences have an appetite for an [Read entire story]

How helping advertisers hit the right notes with TV audiences is fueling Samba TV’s growth

As audiences increasingly split their screen time between a mix of televisions, laptops and mobile devices, San Francisco-based Samba TV is growing by helping advertisers tune in to what people are watching and where [Read entire story]

Salesforce aims to ease fears about artificial intelligence at this year’s Dreamforce

Will artificial intelligence and new technologies help or harm the world? It’s one of many questions Salesforce is aiming to address at its Dreamforce gathering of more than 170,000 registered attendees. [Read entire story]

The Kapors hand over reins at groups that push for diversity in tech

Freada Kapor Klein and Mitch Kapor are ready to pass the leadership torch and have more control over their schedules, they told the Business Times in a joint interview at the Kapor Center building this week. [Read entire story]

Brazilian security company moves headquarters to S.F. with plans to grow rapidly

PSafe moved its headquarters from Brazil to San Francisco in August after its mobile security product gained traction in the U.S. market, and now it's looking to grow its team rapidly. [Read entire story]

GM’s self-driving car unit Cruise drops off Lyft on the way to pick up Uber

San Francisco-based Cruise is looking to make its self-driving vehicles available to Uber customers in the city by 2018, according to a new report. It’s one more entanglement in an increasingly complex network of [Read entire story]

As fires roar on, North Bay staffing firm transforms into ‘call center’ to ensure safety of local workers

With fires spreading around the North Bay, some businesses with temporary workers suddenly had a dilemma: They didn’t have a way to reach those employees and tell them not to risk coming on site. The team at [Read entire story]

Box CEO on working with competitors like Microsoft: Tech industry moves away from "cutthroat competition"

Cloud file storage company Box Inc. rolled out a series of new tools powered by machine learning at its annual BoxWorks conference in San Francisco on Wednesday, but one of the most notable details from the unveiling was [Read entire story]

Exclusive: This cybersecurity company was looking for a new No. 2, but asked the top candidate to be CEO instead

Rami Essaid, co-founder of cybersecurity company Distil Networks, was looking for a chief operating officer to help him in his role as CEO. But as soon as he started talking to Tiffany Olson Jones about the job, Essaid [Read entire story]

Exclusive: New Optimizely CEO talks about strategy for taking on Adobe and the customer experience software market

Jay Larson is a salesman at heart. He started as the new CEO of website testing company Optimizely in July. Less than three months into the job, he talks excitedly about the time he’s spent in the field meeting [Read entire story]

Tale of two cities: Concord embraces sidewalk robots while S.F. considers banning them

The Concord City Council unanimously approved a pilot program Tuesday allowing robotics startup Marble to use its sidewalk robots in the city, the second company to receive such approval there. Concord’s move comes as [Read entire story]

Uber’s board is set to move forward with investment from SoftBank

Uber Technologies Inc.'s board voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with an investment from Japanese telecom giant SoftBank. That board vote also includes "governance changes that would strengthen its independence [Read entire story]

Bay Area tech sector’s leadership pipeline lacks meaningful progress for minority groups over last decade, study finds

Even with ongoing efforts and hundreds of millions of dollars spent by various tech companies to improve their diversity and inclusion, representation of most women and minority groups in tech sector leadership roles has [Read entire story]

Is Oakland’s tech sector growing at a slower pace due to the housing crunch?

A new report suggests the tech boom in Oakland might be limited by the lack of available housing. [Read entire story]

Emeryville finds a friend in Pixar

Two scrappy souls found each other in the 1990s and now they're taking each other to infinity and beyond. [Read entire story]

Uber closing its auto-leasing division, putting 500 jobs potentially up for cuts

San Francisco-based Uber Technologies Inc. is shutting down its auto-leasing business and could lay off up to 500 people as a result, the company confirmed Wednesday. Uber’s Xchange Leasing was losing 18 times more [Read entire story]

Freelancers can make more than full-time tech workers in S.F., new report finds

Freelance tech workers could actually rake in more money than full-time workers in the Bay Area as more people across the country turn to flexible work. Contract workers make $103 per hour, or some $80,000 more per [Read entire story]

Here’s how S.F. salaries rank compared to other tech hubs after cost of living is factored in

Can the Bay Area's high tech salaries offset the high cost of living? The answer might be yes, according to new data from job search site Indeed. [Read entire story]

Thumbtack bets on instant matching to take its site for local professional services to the next level

Eight years after its start, the site for helping customers find local professional services is overhauling its approach — again. Can this change help speed up connections on its site and generate more revenue? [Read entire story]