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  • In suburban communities like Los Gatos, the increase in tech shuttles has created a little tension between riders and residents.

  • Google's scary robots factory Boston Dynamics has a buyer: report @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 9:01 PM EDT

    Newly formed and lavishly funded Toyota Research Institute is poised to buy Google's scary robots factory, a report has claimed.

  • EBay founder Pierre Omidyar to give Gawker legal help in Hogan appeal @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 6:27 PM EDT

    Pierre Omidyar, the EBay founder, is planning to help Gawker in its legal case as it appeals a $140 million jury award involving former wrestler Hulk Hogan, the New York The post EBay founder Pierre ...

  • Biz Break: Omidyar, Thiel, Lending Club and Palo Alto Networks @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 6:22 PM EDT

    Top Of The Order: And Now In This Corner…: Well, if the latest reports about the Peter Thiel vs. Gawker war are true, then Gawker has just gotten a powerful, and The post Biz Break: Omidyar, Thiel, ...

  • Facebook broadens reach of ads to nonusers @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 6:13 PM EDT

    Facebook's multibillion-dollar advertising business is expanding beyond the 1.6 billion people who use the social network.

  • Wolverton: A lesson in backups @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 5:02 PM EDT

    Even in this age of smartphones and the cloud, it's still important to back up our humble PCs.

  • Google-backed Magic Leap alleges workers stole its secrets @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 4:07 PM EDT

    Artificial reality startup Magic Leap is accusing two Silicon Valley employees of stealing the closely guarded secrets that make its technological tricks work

  • New study revives old cell phone and cancer risk debate @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 2:54 PM EDT

    A new U.S. government study found a link between cell phones and malignant cancer in male rats, the Wall Street Journal reported. As IEEE Spectrum put the findings, they are “weak The post New study ...

  • Wolverton: Uber’s cool new way to handle surge pricing complaints @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 1:58 PM EDT

    Don’t worry, Uber fans. The new-age taxi company has heard your complaints. It knows you don’t like surge pricing, so it’s experimenting with getting rid of it. Hooray, right? Well, The post Wolverton: ...

  • Facebook expands ads to non-users @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 1:58 PM EDT

    Facebook’s multi-billion dollar advertising business is expanding beyond the 1.6 billion people who use the social network. In 2014, the company introduced an advertising tool called “Facebook Audience ...

  • Twilio files for IPO, sets up to thaw tech freeze @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 1:48 PM EDT

    San Francisco-based Twilio filed for an initial public offering on Thursday, breathing a bit of life into the all-but-dead Silicon Valley IPO market. In a filing with the SEC, the cloud communications startup ...

  • Apple must shut down iMessage, FaceTime: lawsuit demand @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 1:37 PM EDT

    Technology giant Apple, already hit with a $625 million patent-infringement award, will have to shut down iMessage and FaceTime if the company that won the award succeeds in an additional court action. ...

  • Google gets its day in court – at least for now @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 1:34 PM EDT

    What a week! And I don’t necessarily mean for me just because I’ve been on the edge of my seat the past ten days covering the huge Oracle case against The post Google gets its day in court – at least ...

  • On Topic: Tech news to know now @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 1:04 PM EDT

    Here’s what’s on the menu for Friday… More from Lending Club…The troubled San Francisco online loan marketplace is said to be getting help from Citigroup. The two are talking about Citigroup The post ...

  • How Alibaba won -- and lost -- a friend in Washington @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 11:45 AM EDT

    Alibaba won -- and ultimately lost-- a friend in Washington using legal methods long deployed by corporate America: money and influence. A month after it became the first e-commerce company to join the ...

  • Off Topic: Pink Floyd, Spelling Bee, Snickers and a detergent ad uproar @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 9:02 AM EDT

    The phrase “Wish You Were Here” takes on a new meaning as the U.K.’s Royal Mail issues stamps to mark Pink Floyd’s 50th anniversary….San Jose’s own Rutvik Gandhasri was one The post Off Topic: Pink ...

  • ABC's 'Shark Tank' comes to San Francisco @ San Jose Mercury News - Fri, May 27, 2016 6:52 AM EDT

    Bay Area entrepreneurs compete to appear on ABC reality show 'Shark Tank.'

  • Two Twitter executives leaving company @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 7:28 PM EDT

    Add two more executives to the string of Twitter departures. Jana Messerschmidt, who heads business development and Nathan Hubbard, who leads media and commerce at Twitter are both leaving the The ...

  • Billionaire Khosla backs billionaire Thiel in testy Twitter thread @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 7:01 PM EDT

    Billionaire venture capitalist and beach-miser Vinod Khosla has thrown his backing – in spirit at least – behind billionaire PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s effort to shut down gossip website Gawker. But ...

  • Biz Break: Google scores a win over Oracle in Java trial @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 5:26 PM EDT

    Top Of The Order:   Google: 1, Oracle: 0: The legal brawl between Oracle and Google over Google’s use of Java in Android smartphones came to an end, for now at The post Biz Break: Google scores a win ...

  • Magid: Many Americans lack basic home Internet service @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 4:58 PM EDT

    Some of that is due to affordability -- an issue that both the government and some Internet service providers are starting to address.

  • Facebook and Microsoft to build massive underwater cable across the Atlantic @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 4:55 PM EDT

    Facebook and Microsoft are building a massive underwater cable across the Atlantic Ocean to deliver faster cloud and online services as data consumption rises, the tech firms said Thursday. The cable, ...

  • Google scores a win in its battle with Oracle over Java @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 4:13 PM EDT

    Google won a major legal victory against fellow tech giant Oracle on Thursday when a federal jury ruled that the search giant was within its rights to use Java programming The post Google scores a ...

  • Google, Amazon and Apple assistants may break federal child-protection law: report @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 3:43 PM EDT

    Google’s new “Home” virtual assistant device, Amazon’s “Echo” device and Apple’s “Siri” may break federal child-protection law and expose the companies to millions of dollars in potential fines. That’s ...

  • Google opens an outpost in Detroit for self-driving vehicles @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 3:35 PM EDT

    Google has established an outpost in Motor City to help it tap the Detroit’s brainpower in a quest to develop futuristic vehicles. Self-driving cars are among the tech company’s ventures that The post ...

  • Gawker hires banker to explore sale after Hulk Hogan suit @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 3:30 PM EDT

    Gawker Media Inc. has hired a banker to explore strategic options, including a possible sale, as the digital media company fights a potentially crippling $140 million damages award in a defamation suit ...

  • Study: 62% of U.S. adults get news on social media @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 2:48 PM EDT

    A growing number of U.S. adults are getting their news on social media and Facebook continues to lead the pack, a study released Thursday by the Pew Research Center shows. The post Study: 62% of U.S. ...

  • Overnight, the Airbnb for procrastinators, comes to Bay Area @ San Jose Mercury News - Thu, May 26, 2016 2:00 PM EDT

    What do you do when on-demand just isn’t fast enough? Airbnb lets users book a stay in someone else’s home with a few clicks, or a few taps on a The post Overnight, the Airbnb for procrastinators, ...

  • It might not be the same as the Thrilla in Manila, but a Trump vs. Sanders debate (no signs of Hillary, yet) is a step closer to reality….A new labor bill The post Off Topic: Trump vs. Sanders, illegal ...

  • Theranos sued over faulty blood tests @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 8:00 PM EDT

    Things keep getting worse for Theranos. A new lawsuit accuses Thernos of misleading customers about the accuracy of its blood tests, a week after the embattled Palo Alto company reportedly admitted to ...

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise gets a boost on IT services spinoff plan @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 6:38 PM EDT

    Investors get behind tech giant's plan to merge IT services division with Computer Sciences in $8.5 billion deal

  • Google commitment to Fiber in San Jose expected soon @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 5:22 PM EDT

    Google has been jumping through the required hoops to bring its ultra-fast Internet service Google Fiber to San Jose, but hasn’t yet committed to providing it. However, San Jose officials expect that ...

  • Biz Break: Hewlett Packard Enterprise surges following latest spinoff plan @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 5:19 PM EDT

    Top Of The Order:  It Ain’t What It Used To Be: Hewlett Packard hasn’t been the crown jewel of Silicon Valley for some time. That’s not to say it isn’t still The post Biz Break: Hewlett Packard Enterprise ...

  • Chewbacca Mom pays visit to Facebook @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 2:06 PM EDT

    Candace Payne -- the 'Chewbacca Mom' whose Facebook Live video has been seen by millions -- romped around Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park on Tuesday.

  • Hulk Hogan and Peter Thiel: Ganging up to fight Gawker, a common enemy @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 1:58 PM EDT

    What does money buy?Apparently a campaign to destroy your enemies.That appears to be the story in the case of who has been backing the legal fights against Gawker Media.

  • Report: Apple working on rival to Amazon Echo @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 1:05 PM EDT

    Amazon has enjoyed rave reviews for its Echo, an in-home device that serves as one’s personal assistant, ever since it first unveiled the fancy speaker last November. Then Google jumped The post Report: ...

  • Who’s richest in California, Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Ellison? @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 12:53 PM EDT

    Move over, Larry Ellison. The richest person in California is now Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO elbowed aside Oracle’s chairman, who was the richest person from the Golden State when Forbes The ...

  • Intel breaks into reality TV with 'America's Greatest Makers' @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 9:57 AM EDT

    CEO Bryan Krzanich stars on judge's panel for $1 million prize on TBS' America's Greatest Makers, awarded Tuesday

  • Consistently happy Iceland is helping with researching the key to happiness. A school district in North Carolina is proposing a ban on skinny jeans and leggings. From sex-changing mosquitoes to micro ...

  • Hewlett Packard Enterprise rises after shedding services unit @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 9:37 AM EDT

    Hewlett Packard Enterprise shares climbed more than 13 percent jumped Wednesday after the company said it will spin off and merge its business-services division with Computer Sciences in a deal valued ...

  • Netflix, Amazon face minimum quota for European films @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 9:31 AM EDT

    Video-on-demand providers such as Netflix, Amazon.comand Apple's iTunes would be forced to dedicate at least a fifth of their catalogs to European content, under proposals published Wednesday.

  • New smart pill bottle automatically orders your refills @ San Jose Mercury News - Wed, May 25, 2016 8:00 AM EDT

    In a world where everything from your TV to your thermostat has become “smart,” why not give the little things an IQ — like your pill bottle? San Francisco startup Circadian The post New smart pill ...

  • Wolverton: VR's father worries about the technology's future @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, May 24, 2016 6:17 PM EDT

    Jaron Lanier is concerned that virtual reality could give powerful tech companies greater power to influence and manipulate users.

  • Biz Break: GoPro gets some wings thanks to Red Bull @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, May 24, 2016 5:48 PM EDT

    Top Of The Order:  Strap Those Wings On: It’s no secret that GoPro has had a, well, rough go of it lately. In case you haven’t heard, the sports-action camera maker The post Biz Break: GoPro gets some ...

  • Google to seed Google Maps with ads @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, May 24, 2016 5:27 PM EDT

    Google will put its customer data to use in serving up ads on Google Maps, in the form of 'promoted pins.'

  • Oracle-Google jury deliberations hit a pothole @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, May 24, 2016 5:12 PM EDT

    For a multibillion-dollar legal battle over software code, it was beautifully ironic: The jurors on Tuesday were unable to access computer files that had been given them as evidence. Why? Well, The ...

  • Snapchat eyeing $20 billion valuation @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, May 24, 2016 4:10 PM EDT

    You won’t see Snapchat on the growing list of “downrounds” any time soon. As more and more tech startups are forced to slash their valuations in order to raise funds, Snapchat reportedly The post Snapchat ...

  • Just what can you buy with $6 billion? Well, we’re getting more of a look at where Netflix is putting the $6 billion it plans to spend this year on The post Netflix betting on big names for summer ...

  • Yahoo security spending for CEO Marissa Mayer rose as she faced threats @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, May 24, 2016 1:42 PM EDT

    Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer faced “credible” threats in 2015 that caused the company to drastically boost its spending on security for her and her family. The Sunnyvale company spent $544,061 for The post ...

  • Google to seed Google Maps with advertising pins @ San Jose Mercury News - Tue, May 24, 2016 12:01 PM EDT

    Like it or not, your Google Maps are going to have advertising pins stuck all over them. Google announced Tuesday that it will start seeding maps with “promoted pins” marking the locations The post ...

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