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ConsumerWatch: Many Parents Opting To Borrow, Rent Toys

New sites are popping up that allow parents to rent toys for their children, instead of buying them.


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San Jose Used Car Buyer Finds $500K Cocaine Stash

A San Jose man was stunned to see what a previous owner of his minivan apparently left behind: $500,000 worth of cocaine jammed in the door panels.


A sign advertising an apartment for rent is displayed in a window in San Francisco. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Silicon Valley Rents On The Rise

A new report shows Bay Area rents – especially in the South Bay And Peninsula – are climbing quickly.


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ConsumerWatch: Oakland Firm Turns Distressed Properties Into Occupied Homes

An Oakland company that touts itself as part of the solution to the mortgage crisis is buying up distressed homes, fixing them up, and renting them out at market rates. Renters who complete a year or more of successfully renting a home may have a chance to buy it.

CBS San Francisco–08/29/2011


SF Law Prohibits Short-Term Rentals Popularized By Airbnb

A woman whose home was recently vandalized by a short-term renter she found through was probably violating city laws that prohibit a residence from being used as a hotel, city officials said.


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ConsumerWatch: Renters Getting Burned By New Online Apartment Rental Scam will now post advisories on all its rental ads warning about scamming tactics. It will also require more identifying information from individuals posting apartment rentals.

KPIX 5–07/27/2011

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Warner Bros. To Offer Movie Rentals On Facebook

Movie rentals are coming to Facebook. Warner Bros. said it is testing a service that will offer select movies for purchase or rental through the public pages of these movies on the world’s largest online social network.

CBS San Francisco–03/08/2011


Amazon Offers Free Online Movie Streaming To Prime Members

People who subscribe to’s premium membership will now be able to watch movies over the Internet, just as they can through Netflix.

CBS San Francisco–02/22/2011

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San Jose Looks To Stimulate Housing Development

Officials in San Jose are hoping changes that they have made will stimulate housing development citywide.


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Netflix Suffers Big Outage As Stock Hits New Peak

It was a great day to be a Netflix shareholder, but not a good one to be a Netflix subscriber hoping to watch a movie through the company’s service.

CBS San Francisco–10/21/2010