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Will Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg break out the wine and cheese for the GOP after immigration rebuff?

Now that the immigration bill that Silicon Valley was banking on looks like it's gone from a sure thing to toast, it's time to start pointing fingers at those who screwed it up. House Republicans. That was easy. And now Hilicon Read More →

NSA spying: Microsoft’s reported role in Prism, Yahoo’s fight, Snowden speaks and more

There has been a steady stream of reports about Prism, the NSA's mass surveillance program, this week. Some developments of note: • Microsoft worked with the U.S. government to provide access to its users' communications, the Guardian has reported, Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Tracy Isacke, Telefónica Venture Capital

Happy Friday morning -- time once more for Elevator Pitch, the Q&A that puts Silicon Valley investors under the microscope. This week, we feature Tracy Isacke, who weighs in on the burgeoning trend of corporate venture capital. Q: How’d Read More →

Quoted: Teen jailed over Facebook comment free after anonymous donor posts bail

"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said and how permanent my writing is. ... I just want to make it clear that people should be very, very careful of what they say and it’s being Read More →

Off topic: Trash to treasure — times two; public-servant mermaids; Amazon reviews; cameras everywhere

In Florida, there are mermaids on the state payroll. Wretched Refuse, a blog whose motto is "saving the world by fiddling with garbage." (via Metafilter) On a similar note, here's a photo essay about a children's orchestra Read More →

Elon Musk to Bloomberg: Model S production exceeds 400 cars per week.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has told Alan Ohnsman, the great Tesla beat reporter for Bloomberg, that Model S production exceeds 400 cars per week. Telsa's production rate is a source of endless fascination for analysts and a Read More →

E-books report: Will prices come down? And what about Barnes & Noble’s Nook?

It's been quite a week in e-books news. A judge threw the book at Apple in a ruling that some say could have broad implications. And Barnes & Noble dumped its CEO as the nation's largest chain Read More →

PG&E has 90,000 solar installations

On Wednesday, the California Public Utilities Commission released its annual report about the California Solar Initiative, the program designed to grow rooftop solar in the state. In the report, which covers the first quarter of 2013, PG&E has 77,782 solar Read More →

Webvan’s Peter Relan takes wraps off new startup incubator, 9+

A couple years back, Peter Relan -- the less-famous (or infamous?) co-founder of dot-com morality tale Webvan -- launched a startup incubator called YouWeb. His thesis: Successful startups could be hatched for far less than the $800 million the online Read More →

Yahoo’s FISA battle is leading the charge for open democracy

Of all the moves Yahoo has made under Marissa Mayer to revive its brand -- buying Tumblr, buying Summly (and any other start-up that appears to be missing a vowel) -- the company's aggressive stance on the National Read More →
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