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Cost of lunch with Marissa Mayer: more than a meeting with Elon Musk, less than coffee with Tim Cook

What's the going price for lunch with one of Silicon Valley's most powerful women on the campus of an Internet company trying to sputter back to life? In the neighborhood of $90,000. Turns out, lunch with Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer at Yahoo Read More →

Winner of Boomer Business Plan Competition aims to help patients with tremors

The Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit on Wednesday brought together big names in venture capital and health care for an event that captured more innovative ideas, cutting-edge technology and overall excitement than any event with the name "boomer" Read More →

Tesla faithful exceed signatures needed on White House petition to allow direct sales

Tesla Motors has been fighting various states over its ability to sell the all-electric Model S sedan directly to consumers. Now the Tesla faithful are asking supporters of the company to sign a White House petition to Read More →

SCOTUS rulings on DOMA, Civil Rights show that Twitter moves politics only so far

OK, so some might say my rosy take on Twitter's power to accelerate social change went a little too far. Some, like Sherry Turkle, for instance. She's the author of "Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less Read More →

New info on NSA email surveillance, plus other spying and privacy news

The U.S. government's collection of online communications data under the recently revealed Prism program was supposedly focused on foreign terrorism suspects. But the Guardian has a new report about a different program. Under Stellar Wind, the NSA began collecting Read More →

Aereo’s expanding, just not yet to the Bay Area

Aereo -- the online service that records and streams local broadcast TV signals -- will soon be available in a host of new areas; just don't expect it to come to the Bay Area anytime soon. Read More →

Quoted: Pandora tries to set the record straight, shift focus to RIAA

"The RIAA has attempted to create a firestorm about an email from me asking artists if they would show their support for Internet radio by signing a letter. ... The intent was simply to communicate directly with artists about the Read More →

Off topic: Raising revolutionaries, word origins, ‘Star Trek’ recipes, processed carbs, unstoppable love

Like father, like... Che Guevara urged his kids to "grow up as good revolutionaries." Time to revisit the Mysteries of the Vernacular: 13 words and their origins, and counting. "Boldly go to dinner," thanks Read More →

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 →
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