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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 →

New on Netflix streaming: Earnings calls

Netflix is changing the way it does earnings calls: After it reports quarterly results later this month, it will hold a video talk show with CEO Reed Hastings and Chief Financial Officer David Wells. The discussion will be moderated by Read More →

Off topic: ‘The’ symbol? Plus health food, diverse cities, numbers dictionary, ‘beer’ in Europe

Is it time and is there a need to shorten the word "the"? Health foods and dieting around the world in an infographic. There are quite a few California cities on the list of Read More →

Exclusive: Scality lands $22 million from Menlo Ventures and French VC firm

Scality's headquartered in San Francisco, but it was founded in France and still has most of its workforce there. That trans-Atlantic heritage is reflected in a $22 million funding haul the storage software maker announced Monday Read More →

Gov. Jerry Brown at Intersolar: There’s plenty of sun and it’s going to take storage

California Gov. Jerry Brown gave a rousing  keynote address Monday at Intersolar, the solar industry conference that has drawn roughly 20,000 attendees to San Francisco this week. Brown, a champion of solar since the 1970s, is increasingly vocal about Read More →

NSA spying, FISA court and… the Supreme Court?

The U.S. government's massive surveillance program called Prism is overseen by what has become known as the secretive FISA court, whose power and influence most of us are only beginning to learn about. The court was created under the Foreign Intelligence Read More →
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