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Bidding farewell to venture capital expert Tracy Lefteroff, dead at 59

Four times a year, my e-mail alerts me that the MoneyTree report is about to land. The roundup, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, tracks venture capital investment trends and forms the basis for the Mercury News' Read More →

Kim Taylor of “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley” fame launches new startup – but not in Silicon Valley.

For a brief moment last fall, Kim Taylor was one of the tech industry's most high-profile entrepreneurs -- and one of its most pilloried. As a cast member of the Bravo reality show "Read More →

Adobe Systems’ sales and profit drop

San Jose-based Adobe Systems said its second-quarter sales and profit declined compared with the same period a year ago, but its earnings were in line with Wall Street's forecast. The software company said it made a $76.5 million profit on sales Read More →

HP shuffle: Todd Bradley moved from printer, PC group

Hewlett-Packard has made a huge move: Todd Bradley, head of the Palo Alto tech giant's Printing and Personal Systems group, is being reassigned to a strategic role that includes "enhancing" HP's business in China and keeping an eye Read More →

Elon Musk: Live demo of battery pack swap Thursday

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk dropped another news nugget via Twitter Tuesday: the company's Thursday event is a "live pack swap demo" at the design studio in Hawthorne. The battery pack for the Model S is so enormous that it Read More →

Tweet? What’s a Tweet?

Never one to jump too early out of the starting gate, the esteemed and scholarly Oxford English Dictionary (known to the cognoscenti as good-ol' OED) has decided to throw fate to the winds and include the word "tweet''  in its stable Read More →

NSA spying update: Yahoo disclosure, Obama interview, NSA chief testimony

Another day, another U.S. government surveillance roundup: • Yahoo became the latest tech company to disclose the number of law-enforcement requests it has received in the past several months. Its magic numbers: 12,000 to 13,000 between December and May. Read More →

“Pandora’s Promise” in the wake of SONGS’ demise

Talk about timing! "Pandora's Promise," a pro-nuclear documentary by director Robert Stone, opened in select theaters June 14. The film, which basically advocates for nuclear energy as a low-carbon solution to the globe's growing energy needs, has been largely Read More →

Quoted: ‘world’s youngest VC’ on youthful entrepreneurs

"I really only want to meet with entrepreneurs under 25. I mean, if you're 30, what are you doing at South by [Southwest]?" — Alex Banayan, 20, the subject of a profile in the July issue of Fortune that Read More →

Off topic: Top consumers of vodka, rum and more; luxury fruits; language and geography; smartsandwich?

A chart of high spirits: Russia tops vodka consumption; India, rum: France, whiskey; Philippines, gin; and United States, tequila. $21 apples, $212 square watermelons and other expensive fruit in Japan, where they're considered luxury gifts. Are Read More →
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