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Want to shield text, photos from government? Wickr says it has an app for that

The U.S. government has acknowledged — with President Obama saying this morning in San Jose that it's all in the name of security — that its agencies are spying on Americans' phone calls and Internet communications in some Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Navin Chaddha of Mayfield Fund

Welcome back to Elevator Pitch, a weekly Q&A that puts top Silicon Valley tech investors under the spotlight and gets them chatting about what kinds of deals they’re looking for — and the common pitfalls that can trap entrepreneurs. This week, Read More →

Quoted: on NSA spying and the journalist who first reported story

"I approach my journalism as a litigator. People say things, you assume they are lying, and dig for documents to prove it." — Glenn Greenwald, who wrote this week's Guardian piece about the National Security Agency Read More →

TiVo settles patent tiff with Cisco, Google, Time Warner

San Jose-based TiVo said Friday it has settled its patent beef with Cisco Systems, Google's Motorola Mobility unit and Time Warner Cable. Under the deal, TiVo said Google of Mountain View and San Jose-based Cisco will pay it a Read More →

Apple iRadio bags Sony, world domination to follow

Apple is taking another step in its march to world domination by bagging Sony Music and wrapping up a deal with the last key hold-out in its music-streaming scheme, according to tech blog AllThingsD.
"The deal means that Apple now has Read More →

eBay to unveil “shoppable windows” in NYC this weekend

eBay has pledged to blur the line between online and in-store shopping, and a new experiment in New York City offers shoppers a glimpse at what happens when those two worlds collide. Starting on Saturday, shoppers will be able to select Read More →

Off topic: Facing your BMI, Finnish babies in boxes, craving what’s off-limits, interracial families

It's written all over your face: software that can predict BMI based on a person's mug. Finland thinks inside the box for all its babies. New study reaffirms it: Humans crave what they can't Read More →

Wiretap: Thursday’s funding roundup

Lots of activity today in Silicon Valley: • NationBuilder announced an $8M investment from Omidyar Network and Andreessen Horowitz. Aside from the fact that Pierre Omidyar and Marc Andreessen were two of the seminal figures in Web 1.0, there are some Read More →

Apple iTax smack down by Mark Thomas in London

You've got to hand it to British comedian Mark Thomas. When he heard about Apple's outrageous slight-of-hand tax-avoidance routine, he didn't just get mad. He attempted to start an international incident. Thomas and four dozen others stormed (OK, walked) into the Read More →

Report: Silicon Valley companies allowing government to spy on customers

Silicon Valley companies including Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Apple are allowing federal government intelligence agencies to tap into their servers to glean reams of customer data, the Washington Post reported today. Read More →
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