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Sam Harnett

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Silicon Valley comes to Oakland

Jun 25, 2014
The tech start-up scene in Oakland is distinguishing itself with diversity.

Do Quora, Jelly and Ask.com answer things correctly?

May 13, 2014
Social networks, search engines and new apps try to answer our questions.

Waitlisted for college? Here's why

Apr 24, 2014
Colleges are growing their wait lists and using them in some surprising ways.

New trade talks spark beef over tariffs

Apr 18, 2014
U.S. is pressuring Japan to remove import tariffs on pork and beef

Frowny faces help conserve water

Mar 18, 2014
Peer pressure works in getting people to use less water

Can fracking preserve North Dakota's environment?

Oct 18, 2013
The fracking boom is bringing in a surge of development -- and tax revenue -- to North Dakota. Now conservationists have a plan use some of that growth to protect the environment.

Can dog food help Louisiana's wetlands?

Sep 20, 2013
Large rodents called nutria damage thousands of acres of coastal wetlands in Louisiana each year. But trappers are becoming a dying breed.

'Genies' head to Salt Lake City to grow family tree

Jul 17, 2013
Salt Lake City has become the genealogical capital of the world, and it's all because of Mormonism.

Zynga eyes online gambling

Jan 7, 2013
Social gaming company Zynga looks to stage a comeback with real-money gambling, first in Europe and then the U.S.

Informal lending can boost your credit score

Oct 19, 2012
A group in San Francisco has found a way to report informal lending circles popular among some immigrant groups to credit bureaus -- as a way to boost the credit scores of participants.