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Whitman Not Joining Gates, Buffet

Whitman Not Joining Gates, Buffet

Meg Whitman has announced that neither she nor her husband has any plans to sign the Giving Pledge, an initiative by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet to encourage billionaires to bequeath half of their fortunes to charity.

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Firefighters Give Back to Trace

Firefighters Give Back to Trace

At a ceremony at Fire Station 7 on Wednesday, firefighters presented parents and teachers at Trace Elementary an American flag that they found as they dug through the smoldering ruins after a fire last month. It was accompanied by a $5,000 check to help rebuild the school.

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Fire Chief Proposes New Plan

Fire Chief Proposes New Plan

San Jose’s new fire chief, William McDonald, only started work this Monday, but he is already facing his first crisis. The city has laid off 49 firefighters, and if negotiations between the city and the union don’t go as planned today, he could have a much smaller department.

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Bing Finally Beats Google

Bing Finally Beats Google

Poor Bing. Even with the backing of all-powerful Microsoft, it has yet to make a serious dent in the ubiquitous Googleverse. Not for lack of trying, mind you, and its latest efforts may be gathering some steam. With the new King of Bing contest,  Microsoft is looking for Bing map features that even Google doesn’t have.

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Marijuana Tax to Appear on Ballot

Marijuana Tax to Appear on Ballot

At its weekly meeting Tuesday evening, the City Council voted to put a proposed marijuana business tax on the ballot this November. The tax, which would reach up to 10 percent, would encompass business that sell marijuana both legally and illegally in the city.

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End of an Aviation Era

End of an Aviation Era

Mineta Airport’s Terminal C is officially a thing of the past, and a little bit of the city’s history is being turned over to the wrecking ball. In its place, more than 1,400 new parking spaces should be ready by the Thanksgiving rush.

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The Changing Face of the Internet

The Changing Face of the Internet

It wasn’t that long ago that the internet served two main functions: email and porn. The times they are a’changing, however, and Web surfers today tend to spend more time on Facebook and game sites than email.

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New Google-China Feud?

New Google-China Feud?

Following the blogs yesterday, it looked like the détente between Google and China had fallen apart almost as quickly as it was hobbled together. At first it seemed as if Chinese users were prevented from searching the site altogether unless they accessed it through Hong Kong. Early on Thursday Google claimed that its search, ads, and mobile services were completely blocked, while other services such as Google News and Google Images were only partially blocked.

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City Takes on Fire Department

City Takes on Fire Department

Mayor Chuck Reed announced that the Firefighters Union has come up $6 million short in its effort to meet the 10 percent cut on salaries and benefits. As a result, 51 firefighters will lose their jobs, one station will be closed, and other stations will have to contend with reduced staffing and equipment. It is the first time in the city’s history that firefighters have been laid off.

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The Country’s First Green Zoo

The Country’s First Green Zoo

After a $72 million renovation effort, San Jose’s Happy Hollow Zoo became the first combination zoo/amusement park in the country to receive the coveted Gold LEED certification. This means that the zoo meets the highest environmental standards set by the federal government.

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