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Patrick May Patrick May (295 Posts)

With more than 30 years on the front line of daily American journalism, I'm currently a staff writer with the San Jose Mercury News, covering Apple and writing people-centric business stories from Silicon Valley.


Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Amazon bringing you that pair of underwear you ordered!

In one small step for man, (› Play Audio) and one slightly bigger step for Amazon, the Seattle-based online retailer giant is putting its money where its mouth is, teaming up with other drone makers to lobby lawmakers on the company's Read More →

Check out the cray new words in the ol’ Oxford

Time for the quarterly update of OxfordDictionaries.com. And at the rate these linguistic overlords are scooping up brand new words from every nook and cranny of modern culture, it's a wonder the good book doesn't end up a big hot mess. Hot Read More →

Are you ready to be annoyed, Internet user?

Consider yourself warned, dear Internet user. Due to some highly esoteric computer-engineering-related reasons, which I can't and won't try to explain because I myself don't understand it, Internet users may be in for a rough spell with possible outages next week. Why, Read More →

It’s a shootout at the ride-sharing corral! (Lyft vs. Uber)

To paraphrase Rodney King, why can't we all get along out there on the mean streets of crowd-sourcing America? In the latest troubling chapter in the ongoing dispute between ride-sharing startups Lyft and Uber, the former is accusing the latter of Read More →

Go east, young Uber driver!

Well, it might not be the gazillion-dollar income that many of the swells who flock to the Hamptons each summer can claim. But there's still good money to be had by the little people in this Shangri-La of the well-heeled Read More →

Small-town Valley Girl hits the (sort of) big screen

It's a classic Silicon Valley pull-yourself-up-by-the bootstraps-with-the-help-of-dad's-celebrity-name story. At 28, self-styled Valley Girl Jesse Draper is about to get her own TV show. After hosting her online tech-talk show the past six years, having started out in the garage of her dad Read More →
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