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GTM Research and SEIA: Rooftop solar has record quarter in California

The great folks at GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association release quarterly and year-end reports about the U.S. solar market. It's always worth diving into for its state-by-state analysis. The latest report, which covers the first Read More →

Palantir: PRISM program’s got nothing to do with us

Ever since news broke last week that the National Security Agency and FBI are tapping into the servers of U.S. Internet companies, Silicon Valley stalwarts have insisted they're not helping the Read More →

In tech companies or government we trust?

Juxtapose reports that Google is nearing a $1 billion-plus deal for Waze with all that's going on with the NSA surveillance saga, and we get a contrast in the public's attitude toward tracking tied to tech conveniences vs. tracking by Read More →

New cab-hailing app NexTaxi challenges Bay Area ride services

The world of taxi-hailing technology welcomed another new app on Monday, a reminder to rogue hire-a-car services such as Uber that the old yellow taxi cab is still alive and well. NexTaxi, an app from from Arizona-based dispatch company Read More →

Looks like Google’s buying Waze for $1.3 billion

After earlier flirtations with Facebook and reportedly even Apple, it looks like the crowd-sourced mapping startup Waze is about to be acquired by Google, in a deal valued at a whopping “more than” $1 billion. That’s the word over Read More →

Off topic: Seeing faces, libraries and museums, Lacoste shirts, mailing poo

Picture seeing faces in all kinds of places and spaces. Mapping 17,000 public libraries and 35,000 museums in the United States. Alligators, crocodiles and the history of the Lacoste shirt. And the dog poop Read More →

Sandra Kurtzig’s Kenandy cloud startup scores $33 million from Lightspeed

When Silicon Valley pioneer Sandra Kurtzig shattered the startup glass ceiling by launching ASK Computer Systems in 1972, she did it with $2,000 in savings. She's found a better way. Kurtzig tells me her two-plus-year-old startup, cloud enterprise play Kenandy, will Read More →

Quoted: NSA spying whistleblower speaks

"I can't in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, Internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they're secretly building." — Edward Snowden, a former CIA technician, has come Read More →

Zuckerberg denies giving feds access to Facebook’s servers

Echoing comments earlier in the day by Google CEO Larry Page, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Friday vehemently denied published claims that the FBI and National Security Agency were given access to his company's servers. "I want to respond personally to Read More →

Google: U.S. does not have direct or ‘back door’ access to Google data

MOUNTAIN VIEW – The U.S. government does not have either direct or “back door” access to the information Google collects on its users, Google CEO Larry Page wrote on the company’s blog Friday. Page and Google’s chief legal officer, David Read More →
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