Here’s another controversial case involving kids and mobile apps: A New York woman has filed a lawsuit against Google that claims her child was lured into spending more than $65 on virtual “Crystals” without her knowledge, after she agreed to download a mobile game that costs just 99 cents.
The case echoes similar complaints against A ...
The Bitcoin Foundation, one of the world’s leading advocacy groups for the cybercurrency, has bolstered its ranks with two high-profile hires with experience pushing agendas on Capitol Hill.
With the hire of Jim Harper, an official at the libertarian policy organization the Cato Institute and former counsel to U.S. Senate and Ho ...
Yahoo’s making some news this week, and some of it’s not good.
First the bad news: A new report from the eMarketer research firm projects that Yahoo’s display advertising business (historically its biggest revenue segment) will grow only 2% in the United States this year – far behind the nearly 24% growth that’s expected for th ...
Tesla Motors has two gallery stores in New Jersey: at the Garden State Plaza in Paramus and at the Short Hills mall. The Palo Alto maker of the all-electric Model S sedan has been selling cars in New Jersey for roughly a year and a half, and the state has emerged as a key market in terms of U.S. sales.
But Tesla is fighting the New J ...
iPhone and iPad users, the long-awaited update to the software underlying the handheld devices is finally here.
Apple on Monday released iOS 7.1, the first significant revision to its handheld operating system since Apple overhauled the software last fall. The update includes bug fixes, interface changes and the company’s new Ca ...
On Friday, San Francisco entrepreneur Kent Frankovich made a 10-minute prime time TV appearance, and went home with $300,000.
Frankovich, co-founder and CEO of startup Revolights, made a pitch for his LED bicycle light invention on the ABC reality TV show Shark Tank, a program notorious for its cutthroat competition. Frankovich not on ...
"They have a distinct value, poorly reflected in economic science or official statistics."
— from a report commissioned by French President François Hollande, referring to the mounds of personal user data collected by big American companies such Read More →
I called Silicon Valley's once-and-future futurist Paul Saffo to talk about the role of robots in our lives and an interesting discussion broke out about the utility of Google's self-driving cars.
(You'll find my Mercury News column about robots here, Read More →
After buying 97 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai last year, billionaire Larry Ellison is now finalizing a deal to buy a small Hawaii commuter airline that makes daily trips to Lanai, according to a report in the Honolulu Read More →
FabKids, a subscription clothing site that personalizes outfits for girls, has been bought by the grown-up version of the same service, JustFab. The two fashion sites will now share one platform for, dare we say, double Read More →
Join the Mercury News 's Apple beat reporter, Pat May, and his colleague business columnist Mike Cassidy for their inaugural and decidedly beta-version conversational podcast. So click here and settle in for a few minutes while Pat and Mike Read More →
One big concern for Wall Street analysts following Intel's earnings announcement Thursday was the company's plan to spend $13 billion (plus or minus $500 million) on its chip manufacturing operations this year.
Many analysts think the company is being overly Read More →
We're talking numbers today:
• Facebook shares are down about 2 percent to $29.50 as of this post, a few days after it unveiled a new way to search the massive social network. Graph Search has received mixed reviews Read More →
A year ago today, Google's search page logo was blacked out, Wikipedia had gone dark and many other sites staged protests against SOPA and PIPA, anti-piracy legislation that could have led to government overreach and Internet censorship. (50,000 Read More →