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Tech Files First Take: Apple’s iOS 7

Apple's iOS 7 offers not only a refreshing new look for the company's handheld devices, it also provides some cool -- and in some cases, long-awaited -- new features. Read More →

Elon Musk: Autonomous driving team will report directly to me

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, is a futurist who regularly speaks off the cuff. Covering Musk is similar to covering a presidential campaign: everything that Musk says is scrutinized, he doesn't always stay on message, and the guy Read More →

Wiretap’s Wednesday wrap-up: Funding deals in Silicon Valley

Sometimes, when I get a pitch from Blue Jeans Networks, I think of the David Bowie song. But the Mountain View video collaboration service on Wednesday was hearing a different sound: "Ka-ching!" The company Read More →

Google alum’s lifeline for young entrepreneurs lands new partner: Eric Schmidt

Dave Girouard was head of Google's enterprise division before bailing last year to launch an audacious enterprise of his own. Upstart is one of many players in the increasingly crowded "crowdfunding" market, but Read More →

Apple releases iOS 7

The wait is over: Apple has released iOS 7. The radical remake of the operating system that underlies the iPhone and iPad went live on Apple's servers around 10 a.m. Pacific Time. Before then, Apple iPhone and Read More →

NSA spying: FISA court upholds surveillance; LinkedIn files petition; Verizon exec blasts tech firms

Your umpteenth NSA spying roundup: • A declassified opinion released Tuesday by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, which as we have noted has criticized the NSA for flouting the law in some of its data collection, upholds Read More →

Ride-sharing in an age of privacy breaches

Part of the ease and pleasure of taking an Uber car around the Bay Area is the frictionless payment at the end of your trip. You get to your destination, tired, maybe after a few drinks, and grateful that you Read More →

Cell phone unlocking gets Obama’s formal backing

On Tuesday, the Obama administration formally asked the Federal Communications Commission to require wireless carriers to unlock devices when requested by customers. Read More →

Quoted: Pirate Party crashes spy drone in front of German chancellor

"The objective of the mission was to convey to Chancellor (Angela Merkel) and Minister of Defence Thomas de Maizière what it’s like to be suddenly observed from a drone." — Markus Barenhoff, vice chairman of the German Pirate Party, Read More →
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