Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 29, has bought four homes adjacent to his own five-bedroom crash pad in Palo Alto, Calif. He paid top dollar - more than $30 million in total - for four residential properties next door and behind his home and reportedly is leasing the existing homes back to the families who live there. He acted after he learned of a developer's plan to buy one of the properties next door. "The developer was going to build a huge house and market the property as being next door to Mark Zuckerberg," said a person with knowledge of the deal, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
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Google wants your permission to use your name, photo and product reviews in ads it sells to businesses. The Internet search giant is changing its terms of service starting Nov. 11. Users' reviews of restaurants, shops and products, as well as songs and other content bought on the Google Play store, could show up in ads that are displayed to your friends and connections when they search on Google. If users don't think it sounds like a great idea, they can opt out of sharing.
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Del Monte Foods is selling off its fruit and vegetable business to focus instead on tasty vittles for pets. The San Francisco company said Friday that it is selling its consumer products business, which includes canned Del Monte pineapple and Contadina tomatoes, to Del Monte Pacific Ltd. in Asia for $1.68 billion. It will then begin concentrating solely on its pets business, which includes brands such as Pup-Peroni, Meow Mix and Milk-Bones.
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France's highest court on Friday upheld a government ban on a controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, in a defeat for a method that has revolutionized the oil and natural gas industry in the United States. The method, known informally as fracking, pumps water, sand and chemicals under high pressure into shale formations deep underground to free trapped oil and natural gas deposits. Environmental concerns, particularly worries about danger to water supplies, have slowed adoption of the practice in Europe.
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Number of passenger vehicles sold in China in September, up 21.1 percent from September 2012 and the industry's fastest growth rate in China in eight months