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Exclusive: Warby Parker CEO’s vision on retail trends, company strategy

The eyewear retailer launched exclusively as an ecommerce business, but has since ramped up its brick-and-mortar growth — especially in the Bay Area, one of its strongest markets. [Read entire story]

Fidelity, no Kalanick loyalist, was 1 of 5 investors to force Uber CEO out

The other four investors were Silicon Valley venture capital firms. [Read entire story]

Drug shows promise against vision-robbing disease in seniors

An experimental drug from Genentech is showing promise against an untreatable eye disease that blinds older adults — and, intriguingly, it seems to work in patients who carry a particular gene flaw that fuels the [Read entire story]

San Jose officials start land negotiations with Google

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved the start of exclusive negotiations to sell 22 largely undeveloped acres to Google, with the goal of bringing large-scale development and thousands of jobs to the area around [Read entire story]

California makes it easier for businesses to get started

California entrepreneurs can now file to create or update information online about limited liability companies — a cumbersome process that was before just done through mail. Secretary of State Alex Padilla announced [Read entire story]

Virgin Mobile says it will be iPhone-only carrier

The carrier, which is owned by Sprint, said U.S. customers who purchase certain iPhone models through July 31 can receive 12 months of voice, data and text-message service for $1. [...] for a carrier to only sell a [Read entire story]

Spotify tested promotion of ‘Sponsored Songs’ within users’ playlists

Spotify, a music streaming app, is "experimenting" with the idea of allowing music labels to promote and inject songs into the playlists of non-premium subscribers, as the BBC reports. [Read entire story]

89-year-old Ukiah man builds hyperloop competitor in backyard

An 89-year-old man is attempting to reinvent the train in his backyard in Ukiah. [Read entire story]

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ViewPoint: Fixing a toxic culture like Uber’s requires more than just a new CEO

In times of organizational crisis, some companies are able to right the ship, while others sink under the pressure. Recently, Uber has been under fire for a bad corporate culture, which promoted, among other things, [Read entire story]

Take a peek at LinkedIn’s newly renovated Bay Area campus

LinkedIn’s three renovated office buildings at the company’s planned Mountain View headquarters site are finally complete after more than two years in the works and an ownership change. Our sister paper, the Silicon [Read entire story]

Check out this Bay Area estate that just sold for nearly $30 million, a third of its original price

A storied family estate in the posh South Bay enclave of Hillsborough has finally sold after four years on the market — but it had to slash its initial listing price of $100 million down to $29.85 million to get the [Read entire story]

Garbage rates in San Francisco set to spike 14%

Garbage collection rates in San Francisco will rise 14 percent starting next month, after city officials approved a rate hike for the city, local TV station KPIX reports. San Francisco’s Public Works Department said [Read entire story]

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigns amid investor pressure

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has resigned amid investor calls for new leadership at the embattled ride-hailing company. His departure "came under pressure after hours of drama involving Uber’s investors," the New York [Read entire story]

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Steps Down

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick resigned from his position at the ride-hailing app company he co-founded, Kalanick said in a statement Tuesday.Kalanick's exit came under pressure from investors, but he will remain on the San [Read entire story]

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick Resigns

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — Uber founder Travis Kalanick announced he’s resigning as CEO, after five major investors demanded that he go, according to The New York Times. Kalanick turned his startup into a [Read entire story]

Google Tech Campus Gets Green Light From San Jose City Council

SAN JOSE (AP) — The San Jose City Council has agreed to enter into exclusive negotiations with Google for the sale of city property in the heart of the city to be used for the technology company’s proposed [Read entire story]

Enterprising Gun Makers Create Workarounds To California’s New Assault Weapon Ban

SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — California’s new assault weapons ban will require tens of thousands of gun owners in the state to register their ARs as assault weapons by the end of the year. But enterprising gun [Read entire story]

Bay Area CEOs among employees’ favorites in the U.S.

This week, Glassdoor released its annual Employees' Choice Awards, which honor the top CEOs across the U.S., and Bay Area firms fared extremely well, placing three executives in the top 10 and many more in the top 100. [Read entire story]

Exclusive: San Francisco mortgage fintech Sindeo closes its doors

From the start, Sindeo was taking on a huge challenge in seeking to transform the home-loan business. In closing down, Sindeo CEO Nick Stamos said, “Startups are hard and simplifying the highly regulated, complex [Read entire story]