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Panasonic says the first installment of its investment in Tesla Gigafactory will be tens of billions of yen.

AT&T data breach: 1,600 customers affected when a now-fired employee inappropriately accessed their information.

EBay trying again: It opens fine-art live-auction sites.

Two new studies say talking to your car (using Siri and other voice-based tech) can be dangerous.

ICYMI, Yahoo confirms its servers were hacked, but says no user data is at risk. And that it wasn’t Bash/Shellshock.

Google has done it. So have Facebook and others. Now advocacy groups are urging eBay to cut ties with the conservative group American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). But eBay reportedly says it’s still affiliated with the group.

European regulators target another American company on taxes, begin investigation into Amazon’s tax deals with Luxembourg.

After California enacts law protecting students’ information, Microsoft and other companies vow to protect students’ data nationwide.

Amazon Kindle Fires will reportedly come with the Washington Post pre-installed.

San Francisco board of supervisors will today hear arguments about formally legalizing Airbnb and other short-term rental sites.



Photo of Siri icon by Gary Reyes/Mercury News archives



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