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Google, Facebook and others are being way too timid on NSA’s business-killing PRISM program

The timid response of Google and other Silicon Valley Internet giants to news of the National Security Agency's PRISM surveillance scheme has turned the land of go-big-or-go-home into the land of too-little-too-late. It's admirable that Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Microsoft Read More →

Have you noticed more ads on your smartphone?

Does it seem like you’re seeing more ads on your smartphone these days? You’re not alone. The mobile advertising business is booming, according to a new report by the research firm eMarketer, which says advertisers aren’t just buying more Read More →

Quoted: Regrets, Jon Rubinstein has a few (like selling Palm to HP)

"Well, I'm not sure I would have sold the company to HP. That's for sure. Talk about a waste." Jon Rubinstein, former CEO of Palm, in hindsight. He tells Fierce Wireless that the company Read More →

Off topic: Cost of napping, Florida news, birth and conception, suicide prevention, musical beer

There's a time and place for napping. During bank hours on a bank keyboard? Not the time nor the place. "Florida Man Used Cat Food to Steal Laptops from Wal-mart" and other headlines from Florida Man, a Read More →

IBM’s Watson takes star turn at the Computer History Museum

Silicon Valley's Computer History Museum got a dash of star power Tuesday when it welcomed the "Jeopardy" champion of champions, IBM's Watson. Somewhere you've got to figure Ken Jennings is getting sweaty palms. In a move that says computing can Read More →

’1984′ sales boom: Call to ‘flood Washington’ with Orwell classic could be a reason

Amid recent revelations of the extent of U.S. government surveillance, copies of George Orwell's "1984," the classic novel that warns of Big Brother, are selling like hotcakes. Sales of two different editions of the book are in the top 20 on Read More →

Wiretap: Anne Wojcicki taps a No. 2

Things are hella busy at 23andMe, the Mountain View startup that aims to help people learn more about their genes. Fresh off a $50 million funding round, the company in December slashed the price of Read More →

Tasty leftover scraps at Apple’s WWDC table

With such a plethora of fancy new features from the iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks operating systems that Apple unleashed upon the world at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco, it was inevitable that a Read More →

Rambus says it’s settled legal spat with Hynix

Sunnyvale tech company Rambus said Monday it will receive about $240 million over five years in a settlement over its lengthy patent  dispute with South Korean chipmaker Hynix. As part of a patient-license deal, Rambus said Hynix will pay it $12 Read More →

iTunes Radio doesn’t spell doom for Spotify, Rdio

Just hours after Apple unveiled its streaming music service Monday, the debate was already raging about whether iTunes Radio spelled bad news for Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio and the other services that made online music popular. But there's danger in Read More →
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