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eBay’s search gets an upgrade

Next time you go on eBay, you may notice a subtle change: better search results; earlier this month, the company rolled out to its U.S. users its third-generation search engine. Read More →

TiVo, Flextronics, IBM might all be surprised to find themselves in Silicon Valley’s ghost town

If we were a little less sophisticated; a little more, well, bumpkin, here at SiliconBeat, we might be offended by Bloomberg Businessweek's characterization of quaint Alviso as "the Ghost Town of Silicon Valley." Really? Yes, as Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance points Read More →

Picture the possibility of Snapchats saved without your knowledge — courtesy of iOS 7?

Snapchat's reported valuation after a $60 million round of funding announced Monday: $800 million. Investors have long-lasting hopes for the mobile app that offers users the ability to exchange non-lasting photos and videos. Institutional Venture Partners' Dennis Phelps compared Snapchat Read More →

Marissa Mayer hosts her first Yahoo shareholders’ meeting

Good products will draw more users, which in turn will draw more advertisers, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer promised shareholders Tuesday at the company’s annual meeting - her first since she took over the top job in July last year. Mayer and Read More →

Quoted: Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for ‘tricking artists’ over royalties

"Who wouldn't want to be 'part of a conversation'? Who doesn't support Internet radio? What scrooge would refuse to sign such a positive, pro-music statement? ... The petition doesn't mention that Pandora is pushing the growth of its business directly Read More →

Off topic: No Adele at karaoke? Plus ‘innovation,’ malleable memories, public fruit, segregation

"We could have had it all," but Adele and other artists say no to karaoke licensing. It wasn't always a good thing: the evolution of the word "innovation." If we want to Read More →

House for sale in San Jose; comes with a Tesla Model S

Mohan Mahal is selling his house in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. The four bedroom, three bathroom, 2,350 square foot house is listed for  $1.325 million. But forget about the granite counter tops. The house comes with a brand Read More →

Zynga’s stock tanks again

It's another bad day for Zynga: The company's stock price tumbled Monday after it announced that the head of its Chinese operations is leaving Zynga at the end of the month. Read More →

Snapchat: It’s not just for sexting any more

Since two Stanford undergrads unveiled Snapchat in late 2011, there's been much hand-wringing about teens using the mobile app - which features self-destructing photographs - to send naughty pictures to one another. Well, Snapchat appears to have Read More →

Privacy bits: Facebook data breach, Google vs. DuckDuckGo, tracking pill

Cant't get your fill of privacy-related news? We're at your service. • In case you missed it, Facebook disclosed Friday that a yearlong data breach had exposed 6 million users' emails and phone numbers. The social network said it Read More →
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