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The thinking behind Zillow's $3.5B buyout of Trulia


  • Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model), The

Zillow's $3.5 billion acquisition of Trulia is aimed at consolidating marketing and advertising. Antitrust is not expected to be an issue because the companies combined account for 4% to 5% of real es… Read More

Renovated Houston office building brings profit for KBS


  • Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model)

KBS Real Estate Investment Trust II has sold a building in the Houston area that it bought in 2011 and expanded and renovated. The 455,476-square-foot building, called Two WestLake Park and located i… Read More

Startups roll out steady stream of smart home products


  • SiliconAngle

Entrepreneurs are putting technology to work to deliver smart home products that involve new approaches to activities as varied as cooking, watching movies and adjusting the lights. Read More

Calif. stops providing motorcycle safety tips for "lane-splitting"



Guidance for motorcyclists traveling between lanes to navigate a traffic jam has been removed by the California Highway Patrol and other state agencies. "People liked the guidelines and appreciated th… Read More

Peer-to-peer lenders securitize student debt


  • CNNMoney

Crowdfunding company Social Finance recently packaged student debt into bonds and sold them to investors. The company refinances student loans for graduates of prestigious colleges who have jobs lined… Read More