Michelle Quinn Michelle Quinn (146 Posts)

Michelle Quinn is a Business Columnist at the San Jose Mercury News. Prior to her current role, she was the Silicon Valley correspondent at Politico covering tech policy and politics. She has also covered the tech industry at the Los Angeles Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. She was a blogger for the New York Times.

U.S. government, Silicon Valley head for a showdown over encryption

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's comments this week about the data encryption indicate the government is not going to let this issue go. Holder said Tuesday that "it┬áis fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while Read More →

Icahn gets his way

It was exactly what Carl Icahn envisioned should happen: EBay and PayPal will go their separate ways with two different CEOs, as our Heather Somerville reported. This will happen in the second half of 2015, according to Read More →

Tech locals new to Forbes’ annual wealthiest Americans list

Jan Koum, who sold WhatsApp to Facebook. Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of ride sharing firm Uber. And Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of Theranos, which aims to revolutionize consumers' access to medical tests and information. They are among the 27 new billionaires on Read More →

What’s behind tech’s ALEC exodus?

Are tech companies fleeing the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a conservative political organization, because of the group's environmental position or something else? Last night, Yahoo joined Google, Yelp and Facebook when it announced it would not renew its membership. I Read More →

Alibaba, and the monopoly effect

Alibaba's blockbuster IPO last week is a reminder that Chinese tech firms have a distinct advantage as they become more global. Called the eBay and Amazon of China, Alibaba is poised to move into global markets, as are the two other Read More →

What’s next for after departure of its president?

The resignation last week of Joe Green as the head of, the pro-immigration reform group, did not come as a surprise, and it calls into question the future of the organization started by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As Read More →

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