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Tech gets funny: Yahoo nabs ‘SNL’; YouTube and Twitter putting on comedy events

Did you hear the one about how valley tech companies now think they're funny? Here you go: • "Saturday Night Live" is moving — at least online. "Live from Yahoo! It's Saturday Night!" reads the headline of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's Read More →

Apple Tim Cook’s Coffee Auction: The Real Story, Kind of

There is a whole story behind the  coffee with Tim Cook auction on CharityBuzz, which coincidentally is creating a buzz (here, here and here) not seen since America discovered Nutella. The thing is, we'll never know it Read More →

Who says the blush is off Apple’s rose?

Apple may be taking it in the shorts of late - falling stock price, embarrassing customer-service snafu in China, quarterly profits slipping this week for the first time in a decade. But fanboys and fangirls are still full of love Read More →

Facebook says it passed first privacy audit, still has work to do

Facebook says it passed the first in a series of independent privacy audits that were required under a previous legal  settlement with the FTC.  But in a statement Thursday, the company said the audit also “helped us identify areas to Read More →

McAfee, Congress targeting online piracy

Intel's McAfee division has patented technology designed to alert computer users when they stumble onto copyrighted videos, music, games and other  web-based content that's being illegally distributed. "By informing a user of illegal sources and possible alternatives, a user can obtain Read More →

Zillow earnings call going social with Twitter, Facebook

Zillow said it's going to take questions during its Q1 earnings call May 7 via Twitter and  Facebook, and it says it will be the first company to do so. The online real estate web site is taking advantage of a Read More →

Quoted: on updating the ECPA to require warrants for access to email and more

"Changing the law has become more of an imperative because of the growth of cloud computing, because everyone including members of Congress are storing sensitive info with third-party providers and they want it to be protected." — Greg Nojeim, Read More →

The Digital Divide Persists: 1 in 5 Americans not online

The Pew Research Center's new report on "Civic Engagement in the Digital Age" is chock full of fascinating information, which I wrote about in this story. But while 60 percent of American adults use social networking sites such as Read More →

Off topic: China’s one-child policy, Americans and driving, $250K for a song and fountain show, cameras, movies times two

"It was no secret that [my aunt] had been sold for two bushels of rice" — an essay about China's one-child policy, which the government may be thinking of dropping. Exploring why younger Americans are cutting back on Read More →

Yet another Java vulnerability detected

Responding to revelations that its widely used Java software is vulnerable to hackers, Redwood City-based Oracle has issued a number of presumed fixes in recent months -- including patching 46 holes on April 17. But each time the company has done Read More →
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