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New from PPIC: 58 percent of Californians have a smart phone

It's no secret in Silicon Valley that mobile devices are driving the current tech boom. A new report by the PPIC finds that 92 percent of Californians surveyed have a cell phone, and of that 58 percent have a smartphone—up Read More →

Net neutrality fight set for September

It's a date: Verizon and the FCC square off Sept. 9. That's when a federal appeals court in Washington will hear oral arguments in a case that could have a broad effect on Internet traffic. Verizon is challenging the Read More →

Wanna trade your Tesla for my Apple 1?

Bloomberg TV is reporting  that the Sacramento fanboy selling a rare Apple 1 computer next week at an Christie's auction may be using the proceeds, which could be as high as $500,000, to buy an electric vehicle from Tesla. That sure Read More →

Apple, prygayet v Rossii s odnoy nogoy!!!!

Well, the word is in from Siberia and environs: Apple is coming (digitally) to town!

As Fortune's inveterate Apple-watcher Philip Elmer-DeWitt put it, "after 15 years of selling its devices to Russians through third-party vendors, Apple on Tuesday opened Read More →

Microsoft touts Windows upgrade, new Bing platform

At Microsoft's Build developer conference in San Francisco, company officials unveiled a new version of its flagship Windows software, announced that its opening up technologies from its Bing search engine for programmers to use in their apps and touted new Read More →

Singing a different tune: Pandora responds to Pink Floyd

Pandora today responded to Pink Floyd's scathing editorial in USA Today over the weekend, among other things disputing the rock group's claims that the Internet radio provider supports what amounts to an 85 percent pay cut for musicians. "That is simply Read More →

Troll Alert: Tech trade group sees momentum toward patent reform

Momentum is building toward passage of significant patent reforms in Congress by next year, according to Matt Levy, patent policy counsel for the Computer & Communications Industry Association, whose members include tech giants Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo - although Read More →

California Valley Solar Ranch nears completion

Sometimes it's hard to imagine the scale of the solar power plants being built in California. Rooftop solar is increasingly common on homes and businesses here in the Bay Area, but you have to go out into remote or desert Read More →

Quoted: on immigration reform and hiring (or not hiring) American tech workers

"If you want to put yourself in that manager's shoes, it's an uncomfortable situation for them. They will [have a] kind of a sour facial expression, and they'll go from one question to the next. They are finding some reason Read More →

Amazon adds PBS Kids show to streaming service

Parents still fretting about Netflix losing SpongeBob should check out's Prime Instant Video Service, because on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant announced that it has signed a deal with PBS to bring kids shows including "Dinosaur Train," "Wild Kratts" and Read More →
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