Arrogance Is Good: In Defense of Silicon Valley
2014-08-12 01:15:56 UTC
Sam Altman sits behind his desk with his knees pulled up to his chest, eating dried apricots. He’s 29, but even the most laissez-faire bartender would card him. His hand is forever grabbing his hair while he thinks, making it stick up in Einsteini...
Google faces data watchdogs over 'right to be forgotten'
2014-07-24 20:49:44 UTC
Google has met data regulators from across the European Union to discuss the implications of the recent "right to be forgotten" ruling.
An EU court ruled in May that links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should be erased from searches on requ...
Silicon Valley's High-Paid High School Interns
2014-07-11 19:04:32 UTC
After Facebook (FB) recruited Michael Sayman last November, it didn’t mess around—it flew him out from Miami to meet Mark Zuckerberg. The chief executive talked to Sayman about 4 Snaps, the mobile game he built using Facebook’s development tools t...
Sexism in Silicon Valley
2014-07-03 07:57:00 UTC
Managers in Silicon Valley call it the “Dave rule”: to assure proper gender balance you must have at least as many women on your team as guys named Dave.
It is an insider joke delivered, depending on who says it, with a smile or wince, because ...
Google is building 180 satellites to bring Internet worldwide
2014-06-02 16:32:05 UTC
Google's plans for satellite-based internet access just got a little more concrete. The Wall Street Journal hears that the search firm is preparing to build 180 "small, high capacity" satellites (not pictured here) that will go into low orbit and ...
Google builds self-driving cars without standard controls
2014-05-28 12:55:38 UTC
Google is to start building its own self-driving cars, rather than modifying vehicles built by other manufacturers.
The car will have a stop-go button but no controls, steering wheel or pedals.
Pictures of the Google vehicle show it looks li...
German Economy Minister: Google breakup may be an option
2014-05-16 20:49:53 UTC
German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has warned that US Internet giant Google could eventually achieve such a strong market position that breaking up the company may become an option. Google was not amused.
While failing to explain how exactl...
"Right to be forgotten": EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people
2014-05-13 22:06:05 UTC
</h3>A top EU court has ruled Google must amend some search results at the request of ordinary people in a test of the so-called "right to be forgotten".</h3>The European Union Court of Justice said links to "irrelevant" and outdated data should b...
Facebook profits triple as revenues surge on mobile platform success
2014-04-24 17:59:33 UTC
Facebook profits tripled to $642m as revenues soared 72% in the first quarter of 2014, with the company continuing to shift its customers – and advertisers – to its mobile platform.
Comfortably beating analysts’ expectation the company said Wed...
Facebook boss wants women to act to create 'equal world'
2014-04-23 08:10:53 UTC
Facebook's highest-ranked woman has said women need to take action to create a more equal world.
Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of the social network site, said women should hold half of the important positions in business.
Yahoo unveils encryption measures to protect users' data
2014-04-03 17:52:10 UTC
Yahoo has announced major steps to encrypt its users' data in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of government surveillance of private citizens.
Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s recently appointed chief information secu...
Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park
2014-03-12 06:52:37 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. — Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Northern California to investigate after a threat against the company was called in to authorities, Menlo Park police said, but the threat was quickly cleared.
The threat was origi...
Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown.
During a meeting at the Computer History Muse...
Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B
2014-02-20 08:32:47 UTC
San Francisco — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done.
The world's biggest social netw...
New gender options for Facebook users
2014-02-14 07:17:43 UTC
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Femal...
French president meets tech execs in San Francisco
2014-02-12 19:28:11 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is meeting with city officials and tech kingpins in San Francisco, and offering his government's support to French entrepreneurs seeking to gain a foothold in Silicon ...
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013
2014-02-10 08:30:48 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in Decemb...
San Francisco: Google must move 'mystery' barge
2014-02-04 03:19:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must move a mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday.
The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conse...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wife give $5 million to expand East Palo Alto clinic
2014-01-23 17:20:42 UTC
EAST PALO ALTO -- A $5 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife will help pay for a new health clinic serving families in several low-income Peninsula communities, including the East Menlo Park neighborhood where Facebook is...
Woman to testify against Google Glass citation
2014-01-16 08:12:24 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law.
The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could h...
Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes
2014-01-15 11:13:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation.
This imagined future is still a few years away, but Google is already preparing ...
Google's top searches peer into society's mindset
2013-12-18 07:46:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.
Obama meets with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns
2013-12-17 17:43:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday huddled with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.
The White House says the meeting was focused on efforts to repair the Obama administration's Hea...
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
2013-12-09 20:09:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates
2013-11-30 08:11:15 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of v...