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Brandon Bailey covers Google, Facebook and Yahoo for the San Jose Mercury News, reporting on the business and culture of the Internet.


Get ready for more self-driving cars in California

Get ready to see more self-driving cars on California roadways: The state Department of Motor Vehicles said this week that it’s issued autonomous-vehicle testing permits to three companies. And more may be in the wings. The first permits went to Mercedes-Benz Read More →

Big e-sports event coming to Silicon Valley

You had to know that "e-sports" were big when Amazon and Google were both vying to buy video-game streaming service Twitch.tv for $1 billion each. But if you want further evidence, consider the latest event announced Tuesday for the SAP Read More →

Google’s new phone release aims for the “next 5 billion”

Google has taken the wraps off a new line of smart phones designed for the developing world. And while they didn’t attract as much attention in Silicon Valley as Apple’s latest iPhone release, Google is hoping its new Android One Read More →

Facebook wants more ad feedback from you

Don’t like the ads you see on Facebook? Now you can tell Facebook exactly why. The social network, which says it shows millions of ads every day, from more than 1.5 million advertisers, has long offered users the option to block Read More →

Google buys Lift Labs, maker of devices for Parkinson’s tremors

Google is adding another health-tech venture to the stable over at Google [x] – where they’re already working on things like glucose-monitoring contact lenses. The new addition is Lift Labs, a small startup that’s working on gadgets to help Read More →

Twitter says it’s investigating threats that may be linked to extremist group

Twitter says it’s working with law enforcement to investigate a series of threats against its own employees, which surfaced over the weekend on a Twitter account linked to the extremist group known as ISIS or the Islamic State. It can be Read More →

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