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Pollution Tax On Downtown San Francisco Commercial Properties Proposed That Could Ease Housing Crunch

San Francisco is floating the idea of a pollution tax that would target downtown high-rise commercial properties in the hope of solving the city’s housing crunch.

04/08/2015

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California Imposes Tough New Rules For Efficient Toilets, Faucets

State officials took emergency action on the drought Wednesday, imposing tough new standards for toilets, urinals and faucets sold in California starting January 1st.

04/08/2015

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YouTube’s New Kids Mobile App Criticized Over Ads Featuring Children’s Products

The new YouTube Kids mobile app targets young children with unfair and deceptive advertising and should be investigated, a group of consumer advocates told the Federal Trade Commission in a letter Tuesday.

04/08/2015

YouTube Launches Broad Entertainment Venture

YouTube To Give Viewers Optional Ad-Free Subscription Service

On Wednesday, the online video service sent a letter to its most-popular content creators asking them to sign off on new contract terms to allow for the change.

04/08/2015

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New Federal Water Heater Regulations Present Tough Choices For Consumers

New federal regulations for water heaters will go into effect in a few weeks. They are designed to make them more efficient but many people are running out to buy the older remaining water heaters.

04/02/2015

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How Much Water Are You Really Consuming?

California is in a serious drought. It’s time to save water if only a gallon at a time. But did you know by giving up one steak dinner, you could take dozens of 10 minute hot showers? Here’s why.

04/02/2015

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Confusion Among Berkeley Retailers On Who Is Supposed To Pay New Tax On Sodas

They knew it was coming, but that doesn’t make Berkeley’s new soda tax any easier to swallow. Among retailers and restaurants, there is confusion about who is supposed to pay new 1 cent per ounce tax on sugary beverages.

04/01/2015

SEATTLE, WA - JUNE 18: Amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos presents the company's first smartphone, the Fire Phone, on June 18, 2014 in Seattle, Washington. The much-anticipated device is available for pre-order today and is available exclusively with AT&T service.

Amazon Jumping Into Services With Music Lessons, TV Installation And More

About 85 million Amazon shopper buy products like TV’s and home audio systems that require installation that can’t be sent in the mail. Now the internet giants want to provide it.

04/01/2015

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Cheap Gas Likely To Last Next 20 Years As Global Oil Prices Continue Plummeting

California continues to have the highest prices among all 50 states with $3.20 per gallon — $ .80 above the national average — but it’s starting to come back down thanks to a drop in the price of crude oil globally.

03/30/2015

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Woman Suing Planet Fitness After Complaints Over Transgender Person In Locker Room Gets Her Membership Revoked

A Michigan woman is suing Planet Fitness over claims that the gym was too respectful of transgender members.

03/26/2015