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Apple App Store’s fifth birthday? Yup, there’s an app for that.

Yes, today marks the fifth anniversary of one of the most blessed events in the annals of Silicon Valley tech history - the Apple App Store turns FIVE! Celebrations are breaking out all over. Well, at least at Apple HQ where Read More →

Quoted: Judge rules against Apple in e-books price-fixing ‘scheme’

"While many of the trial’s fact witnesses who are employed by Apple and the Publisher Defendants were less than forthcoming, the contemporaneous documentary record was replete with admissions about their scheme. " — U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Read More →

Move over plastics: Scientists demonstrate 3D printing with liquid metal

3D printers may soon have a new material with which to print that's stronger than the plastics they typically use, able to conduct electricity and, well, cool: liquid metal. A team of scientists at North Carolina State University have Read More →

Off topic: Big tipper, bribery map, watching worms, Prince’s fridge, a fact of life

Man leaves $500 tips for waiters and waitresses around the United States to fulfill his brother's last wish. (via Gawker) Where bribery thrives around the world, mapped. Watch worms, play a little game, help scientists. Read More →

Samsung joins Silicon Valley campus building boom

Samsung is joining the list of tech giants that have embarked on major Silicon Valley construction projects, with a ground-breaking set for Wednesday on a 10-story office tower in North San Jose. The new Samsung project gets its futuristic Read More →

Facebook threat equals jail redux: British man sentenced to 2 years-plus

Authorities are taking a hard line against social-media threats in the United States and elsewhere. Last week, we wrote about a Texas teen jailed over a Facebook comment that included a supposedly sarcastic comment about killing kindergartners. This Read More →

Jay-Z hits privacy snags in new high-tech music industry

Using social media and apps, music artists are finding a direct line to fans, overthrowing the industry norms of highly publicized album releases and keeping Billboard-ranking artists inaccessible to their fans. Rapper Jay-Z shocked the industry and excited fans when he Read More →

Apple I computer sold on auction for (relative) peanuts

So much for the blogosphere's ability to predict the auction-sales price of a rare Apple I computer. Remember that  AP story published on SiliconValley.com a few days ago about the computer, one of only 200 made by co-founders Steve Jobs and Read More →

Applied Materials counting on mobile sales

Santa Clara chip-equipment maker Applied Materials is counting on the growing consumer demand for mobile devices to shore up its bottom line. At a meeting Monday with investors and Wall Street analysts, the company said its chip-making technology is well suited Read More →

Quoted: Whistleblower (who now works at an Apple store) speaks about NSA spying

"Encrypt the crap out of your life. Why make it easy for the government? Make it as hard as possible." — Thomas Drake, former NSA official and whistleblower — who says he's now a full-time worker at an Apple store Read More →
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