On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s going on in tech.

Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and others form Breakthrough Energy Coalition to invest in clean energy. (Joe Rodriguez’s story in the Mercury News.) Other tech bigwigs involved include Jeff Bezos, Meg Whitman, Reid Hoffman, Marc Benioff, Vinod Khosla.

Educational toy maker VTech hacked. Personal information of 5 million customers, including kids, affected.

In 2015, Apple spent 3.5 percent of its revenue on R&D, compared with Google’s 15 percent and Facebook’s 21 percent.

BlackBerry shutting down its Pakistan operations after country wanted to monitor all business enterprise server and email messages.

Swatch and Visa team up on payments by smartwatch.

A couple of ICYMI items:

  • Facebook expanded parental leave benefits (to four months paid time off) after CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that he’d be taking two months off after his baby is born. (Company announcement)
  • Judge throws out lawsuit against Yelp. The suit claimed the company misled users about the authenticity of its reviews, and that Yelp reviews favored advertisers.

 

Photo: Bill Gates, philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, attends a conference at the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Le Bourget, outside Paris, Monday, Nov. 30, 2015. (Christophe Ena/Associated Press)

 
 

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