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Cracks in the “Fueling California” coalition: Walmart no longer involved

Remember Fueling California, the Chevron-funded group that is lobbying against California's Low Carbon Fuel Standard? There appear to be some cracks in the organization's armor. Fueling California's board of directors once included representatives from United Airlines, Walmart, UPS, Chevron Read More →

Quoted: We’ve seen ‘The Circle,’ and it is us

"It’s more of a stark look in the mirror. . . . It’s less about Silicon Valley and it’s more about looking at ourselves." -- Perry Hewitt, tech veteran and chief digital officer at Harvard, telling the New York Read More →

Off topic: Awesome houses, ‘Super Clyde,’ death watch and the Dread Pirate Roberts’ lame home

Feeling bored? Try these crazy design ideas to make your house awesome. (Spiral slide? I can get behind that. A see-through bathroom floor? Oh hell no.) Nerd TV alert: Check out the ill-fated pilot "Super Clyde," Read More →

Abengoa’s Solana solar plant begins commercial operations, with storage!

Abengoa, the Spanish multinational, announced Wednesday that its 280-megawatt Solana solar power plant in Arizona has begun commercial operations. The Solana plant is believed to be the world's largest paraboloic trough plant, where parabolic-shaped mirrors track the sun and concentrate Read More →

PayPal survey suggests swapping cell phone passwords for biometrics

Most Americans are concerned about the security of their financial information on cell phones — but not concerned enough to stop using mobile devices for online purchases. A survey released today by PayPal and the National Cyber Security Alliance shows that nearly Read More →

Transparency, oversight efforts on NSA spying? Hold, please

Has the government shutdown affected NSA spying? There are conflicting reports about how many intelligence employees are on furlough. But the spying saga is being affected in other ways: Transparency and oversight efforts are on hold. • Tech companies Read More →

Twitter’s power struggles, and some surprising suitors, detailed in new book

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was eager to buy Twitter back in 2008.  Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer made a pitch the following year.  And so did former U.S. vice president and aspiring media mogul Al Gore. Those are among the revelations in a Read More →

Twitter engineer indicted with others in alleged Operation Payback cyber attacks

A 27-year-old Twitter site reliability engineer is among 13 suspects indicted last week in Virginia for allegedly helping the hacktivist collective known as Anonymous with its 2010 Operation Payback denial-of-service attacks against Bank of America, MasterCard and others. Ryan Gubele, a Read More →

Mi scusi, but Apple’s new “unapologetically plastic” iPhone 5C is coming to Italy

Word comes this morning from Apple that both its colorful, new and plastic iPhone 5C and its not-so-colorful, new and not--at-all-plastic iPhone 5S are going on sale this Friday in Italy, Russia, Spain and two dozen other countries. Sorry, but judging Read More →

Quoted: The real Carrot Top weighs in on Twitter tiff over tech and gender

"I should get some free shares out of this, don't you think? I mean, I didn't do anything!" — Carrot Top, comedian, on Twitter's upcoming IPO. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo recently disparaged Vivek Wadhwa by comparing him to Carrot Read More →
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