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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.


Alibaba said to be mulling a stake in Snapchat, at $10 billion valuation

This week's bubble-icious rumor:  Alibaba, the Chinese Internet giant, is reportedly talking with Snapchat about making an investment that would value the Southern California mobile messaging start-up at $10 billion. Remember when we were all amazed at reports last Read More →

Facebook ending Gifts program, still dabbling in e-commerce

Facebook is shutting down its digital Gifts business … even as the social network is continuing to experiment with other forms of e-commerce. The company has dipped its toe in the retail waters several times: Two years ago, Facebook Read More →

Google seals deal to buy Twitch, report says

Has Google’s YouTube division sealed a deal to buy Twitch, the live video-game streaming service? VentureBeat’s Dean Takahashi is reporting that he’s confirmed it with his sources, who say the deal is worth $1 billion. Takahashi is a veteran Silicon Valley Read More →

Facebook stock soars on strong earnings

Facebook stock is on a tear this morning, surging by more than 6 percent and climbing above $76 at one point, after the company issued another blockbuster earnings report on Wednesday. That $76 level is a milestone, and not Read More →

Captain Kirk has some photon torpedos for Facebook’s newest app

William Shatner is not impressed by Facebook’s new Mentions app for celebrities. The celebrated “Star Trek” (and “Boston Legal” … and don’t forget “T.J. Hooker!”) actor and occasional recording artist has reviewed the new app on his Tumblr account, Read More →

Facebook low in customer satisfaction, while Pinterest ranks high, survey says.

Pinterest users have a high rate of customer satisfaction, according to a new survey by an independent research group. Facebook and LinkedIn users? Not so much. Ads and privacy are big concerns cited by Internet users who ranked Facebook and LinkedIn Read More →
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