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Report: Oracle’s Ellison to buy Hawaii commuter airline following purchase of island of Lanai

After buying 97 percent of the Hawaiian island of Lanai last year, billionaire Larry Ellison is now finalizing a deal to buy a small Hawaii commuter airline that makes daily trips to Lanai, according to a report in the Honolulu Read More →

Fashion site JustFab buys Christina Applegate company FabKids

FabKids, a subscription clothing site that personalizes outfits for girls, has been bought by the grown-up version of the same service, JustFab. The two fashion sites will now share one platform for, dare we say, double Read More →

Pat and Mike’s first fireside chat, minus the fire

Join the Mercury News 's Apple beat reporter, Pat May, and his colleague business columnist Mike Cassidy for their inaugural and decidedly beta-version conversational podcast. So click here and settle in for a few minutes while Pat and Mike Read More →

Intel’s expansion plans worry some analysts

One big concern for Wall Street analysts following Intel's earnings announcement Thursday was the company's plan to spend $13 billion (plus or minus $500 million) on its chip manufacturing operations this year. Many analysts think the company is being overly Read More →

Tech by the numbers: Facebook shares and California’s budget; Instagram says user numbers up; Intel post-earnings

We're talking numbers today: • Facebook shares are down about 2 percent to $29.50 as of this post, a few days after it unveiled a new way to search the massive social network. Graph Search has received mixed reviews Read More →

A year later, a look at the legacy of SOPA protests

A year ago today, Google's search page logo was blacked out, Wikipedia had gone dark and many other sites staged protests against SOPA and PIPA, anti-piracy legislation that could have led to government overreach and Internet censorship. (50,000 Read More →

Quoted: Larry Page on Google vs. Apple, on more than one front

"How well is that working?" — Larry Page, Google CEO, on the late Steve Jobs' vow to wage "thermonuclear war" on Android because he thought it copied the iPhone. (See 'Destroying' Android, and other Apple vs. Read More →

Off topic: Scrabble tile values, cooking and eating tools, Poitier’s plea to president, Dear Abby advice, only in Palo Alto

Would there be "catastrophic outrage" if Scrabble tile values were to change? R-E-L-A-X, Mattel says it's not going to happen. Utensils led to overbites, and other tidbits about the evolution of cooking and eating tools. Sidney Read More →

Apple seeks someone to help Siri get more, well, real

Apple has posted a JOB LISTING for someone to help the virtual personal assistant Siri find her groove. Not that Siri is shallow or boring, although she sometimes tends to get lazy and even grouchy with some of her replies to Read More →

Inside HP’s new executive briefing center

Hewlett-Packard's new, 37,762-square-foot "executive briefing center" offers plenty of natural light, glass, displays and meeting areas around a historic 100- to 125-year-old California Heritage Oak tree. Here, a display showing a representation of HP's networking and server capabilities emits a Read More →
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