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Apple’s Maps app gives new meaning to “prepare for take-off”

Poor Apple Maps. After suffering the slings and arrows of critics who were sent on wild goose chases when the new mapping tool replaced Google Maps last year as the default app, we now hear of another embarrassing turn of events Read More →

Adrian Fenty, ex-DC mayor turned Andreessen advisor, moving to Silicon Valley

A year ago this week, venture capital rising star Andreessen Horowitz added former Washington, D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty as a part-time special advisor. Fenty was more or less a tech newbie, Read More →

Quoted: Online comments, Popular Science and YouTube

"Everything, from evolution to the origins of climate change, is mistakenly up for grabs again. ... And because comments sections tend to be a grotesque reflection of the media culture surrounding them, the cynical work of undermining bedrock scientific doctrine Read More →

Public launch of Google Shopping Express a challenge to Amazon, eBay

Taking a detour from search and software, Google today publicly launched a service that delivers within hours online purchases from local retailers to Bay Area residents. The public debut of Google Shopping Express – one of the largest same-day Read More →

Yahoo’s recycled email program has had a few problems . . .

Remember when Yahoo announced a plan last summer to recycle its inactive email accounts - and give some lucky customers their pick of previously unavailable user names?  It's had some problems, according to a report this week that said some Read More →

Off topic: Resizing planets, Chipotle ad, ‘Breaking Bad’ everything, Beard & Mustache championships

Planet Resizer puts planets and moons in perspective. The viral Chipotle ad's message is to "cultivate a better world." Does the giant food chain really do that? There are (Breaking) Bad elements everywhere; now there's a Read More →

Wiretap’s Tuesday roundup: Funding news from Silicon Valley

It's a busy day for funding news in Silicon Valley, so let's hop right to it, shall we? • Practice Fusion, a San Francisco company that gives doctors and patients more control over medical records, Read More →

Jerry Brown tries to revive PACE

California Gov. Jerry Brown is eager to revive PACE, or Property Assessed Clean Energy programs.

In a letter Monday, Brown asked Edward DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Financing Authority, to allow California to make it possible for Read More →

BlackBerry deal bad for investors, won’t help company, say critics

BlackBerry's planned deal to go private may have saved the company from its downward spiral, but it hasn't appeased all of the company's critics. Read More →

NSA gets spanked at the UN — and on South Park

This week, the National Security Agency is getting taken to the woodshed both at the United Nations -- and by the irreverently satirical cartoon "South Park." Read More →
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