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Oakland-based Yozio helps apps become the next big thing

Who actually has money to pay for big advertisements nowadays? A better question: do you even look at advertisements when they pop up as you browse, or do you ignore them? Yozio, an "organic growth service"...
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Inequality, violence and grief: The battlefield at home (Community Voices)

Ain’t nobody got time to cry in a war zone; where I live — “*even the birds sing bass” –WordSlanger, (*Reginald Lockett)   Anthony Lake, the head of UNICEF, observed during an Al...
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A passionate volunteer offers free hiking tours through Oakland’s redwoods

For those who live in the Oakland flatlands, there's little respite from the constant grind of city life. Many residents, especially those who rely on public transit, lack the resources to escape urbanity and...
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From Athletics Nation to Vox: Talking with Tyler Bleszinski

Oakland has connections to a lot of digital media companies. Oakland native Jonah Peretti co-founded the Huffington Post and created Buzzfeed, and Oakland A's superfan Tyler Bleszinski co-founded Athletics...
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Fairyland and Frank Zappa (Community Voices)

The pioneering rock musician Frank Zappa, who died in 1993, and Children’s Fairyland may not seem to have anything in common. But they do, and his name was John Gilkerson. Not surprisingly, puppets were...
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Oakland’s business landscape is evolving faster than we think

If you haven’t heard yet, Oakland is gradually moving into the spotlight as a notable hub for tech companies. The state of Oakland’s business landscape is constantly in flux, and has been for the past...
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6 music treats for your ears and eyes

It's that time of year. The time of year when the singles drop with ferocity in preperation for the release of albums that you'll be blasting from your stereos and headphones all through summer. Then some of...
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Nonprofits help seniors stay housed in Oakland

“We need to build more housing at all income levels, including affordable housing,” Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf said in a recent telephone interview. Oakland city staff are currently working on a Housing...
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Seniors age in place in Oakland’s Chinatown

Above the storefronts, seniors gather during the day to play mahjong, socialize, even practice Chinese opera. “There’s a life here that you would never know,” said Tamiko Wong, executive director of...
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The Oakland Neighborhood Project

Oakland Neighborhood Project A photo project that gives people in Oakland's 146 neighborhoods a chance to tell the world about where they live. Golden Gate Neighborhood Atiim grew up in East Oakland...