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Can police take your fingerprint to unlock your cellphone?

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this year that police must secure a warrant to search an arrestee's cellphone, as I wrote in a column. But is a criminal defendant's cellphone pass code protected? In an intriguing Virginia case, a Read More →

Russians behind White House hack, report says

If you can't go over the White House wall or through its front door, how about breaking into its computer networks? That appears to be what happened in recent weeks. Hackers believed to be working for the Russian government were behind an Read More →

Study: Majority of $1 billion tech companies in past decade outside of Silicon Valley

Maybe the world is finally flat, with innovation and growth flourishing anywhere. In this vision, Silicon Valley doesn't have any special sauce that brews companies that reach a $1 billion valuation.

Hmm.

According to a new Read More →

Quoted: Aaron Levie on libertarianism in Silicon Valley

"There’s sort of a libertarian bent in the valley that occasionally goes too far." — Aaron Levie, CEO of Box, talks politics and Silicon Valley, where government regulations leave a bad taste in many people's mouths. "I would characterize Read More →

Quoted: on drones and sky-high gridlock

"The most challenging thing would be to combine a large fleet of Amazon Prime drones carrying packages and the Piper Clubs that just want to punch a hole in the sky on the weekend." — Ella Atkins, associate professor Read More →

Report: Silicon Valley firms missing qualified Hispanics and blacks in hiring

Silicon Valley firms recruit from the same stable of elite universities, a practice that contributes to the companies missing out on qualified ethnic and racial minorities, USA Today reports. Hispanics make up 6.5 percent and blacks 4.5 percent of Read More →
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