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Fintech Robinhood leaving Palo Alto for new HQ in former Sunset Magazine site

The fintech's new home will feature indoor and outdoor kitchens, conference rooms with beautiful views of the grounds, a wine cellar, fitness center, interior courtyards, covered walkways and abundant outdoor [Read entire story]

Bitcoin pushes fintech Robinhood over new milestone

Robinhood, the Bay Area-based fintech that started out with commission-free stock trades and then moved into competitively priced margin lending, started offering commission-free trading in bitcoin and ethereum Thursday [Read entire story]

BlackRock creates Palo Alto lab focused on artificial intelligence

An arms race is underway as Wall Street's money managers look to artificial intelligence, machine learning and big data to find an advantage when investing trillions of dollars. [Read entire story]

Accounting giant PwC shops new space for S.F. office

Hipper digs might be more appealing to those working in PwC’s San Francisco office, where the average age of the workers is just 27. [Read entire story]

San Francisco mortgage fintech Lenda expects growth spurt in 2018

San Francisco mortgage fintech Lenda, which offers mortgages faster and at lower cost than traditional rivals, expects growth to accelerate this year as it expands into a dozen states and puts to work the $5.25 million [Read entire story]

San Francisco mortgage fintech Lenda expects growth spurt in 2018

San Francisco mortgage fintech Lenda, which offers mortgages faster and at lower cost than traditional rivals, expects growth to accelerate this year as it expands into a dozen states and puts to work the $5.25 million [Read entire story]

Fed orders removal of four Wells Fargo board members, restricts bank’s growth

The Federal Reserve took decisive action against San Francisco-based Wells Fargo late Friday, ordering the bank not to grow its assets and to replace four directors — one-fourth of the bank's 16-member board. Wells [Read entire story]

Beleaguered fintech SoFi slashes mortgage lending staff

SoFi cut 5 percent of the workers in its mortgage operations this week, primarily affecting the fintech’s offices in Healdsburg and Utah. The cuts mean that 65 workers will be let go from SoFi’s total workforce of [Read entire story]

Visa CEO wants to move away from credit cards, at least in name

Visa CEO Al Kelly says he prefers the term "payment credentials" as more people pay with their smartphones, wearables and other devices. [Read entire story]

Sparks fly over Trump, taxes at Commonwealth Club’s economic forecast

The Commonwealth Club of California ensured that it offered one of the Bay Area's more lively economic forecasts by featuring a panel of two men with very different viewpoints on President Trump's agenda on taxes, trade [Read entire story]

Fintechs Robinhood, Uphold aim to make buying bitcoin easier

San Francisco Bay Area fintechs are boosting the accessibility of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies with new services, seeking to bring the digital currencies to a broader market. [Read entire story]

JPMorgan Chase boosts hourly pay for Bay Area employees, embarks on national expansion

JPMorgan Chase said Tuesday that it will boost wages for more than 500 of its 3,400 Bay Area employees and significantly boost small business financing, home lending and corporate philanthropy. The New York-based bank, [Read entire story]

After turbulent year, United Airlines quietly ramps up customer service initiatives

United Airlines has implemented customer service training that places a priority on “caring” and kicked off tests this week on providing passengers with more information when their flights are delayed. [Read entire story]

Clorox, General Mills execs discuss Amazon’s disruption in the grocery aisle

Clorox provided a rare glimpse into the growing pains manufacturers are experiencing in working with Amazon and other online retailers. [Read entire story]

Will another suitor step forward as Blackhawk Network goes private?

Gift card seller Blackhawk Network's decision to go private may prompt another buyer to step forward, especially given how hot the payments business is these days. [Read entire story]

Heritage Bank of Commerce swallowing two Bay Area community banks

Two more community banks in the Bay Area decide it's best to join forces with a larger financial institution amid rising regulatory, technological and labor costs. [Read entire story]

Alaska Airlines hits key milestone in Virgin America purchase, fate of on-demand food still up in the air

It's one of the most popular amenities among Virgin America fans because it gives them so much control over when and what they’ll eat and drink. [Read entire story]

S.F. nonprofit Out & Equal taps new CEO

Out & Equal, the San Francisco-based nonprofit focused on workplace equality for the LGBTQ community, selected a new CEO as businesses find themselves increasingly on the front lines of the LGBTQ civil rights movement. [Read entire story]

2018 Banking and Finance preview: Expect even more turnabouts, turmoil and tug of wars

Here are the trends and players to watch in 2018, as well as a review of the biggest banking and finance events in 2017. [Read entire story]

Nestle layoffs hit Oakland as it moves hundreds of jobs out of costly California

Nestle’s decision to move hundreds of jobs out of California promises to fuel reflection among Bay Area business and civic leaders on the challenges of operating in California, with its high-priced housing and traffic [Read entire story]