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Google settles privacy suit over search queries

Google has tentatively agreed to pay $8.5 million to settle a three-year-old class action lawsuit that claimed the Internet search company violated users’ privacy by leaking their search queries – which may include names or other identifying information – to Read More →

(In)security: Apple developers site hacked; SIM card flaw discovered

In this, the umpteenth episode of Security Scares: Apple was hacked. And a flaw in SIM cards could reportedly affect up to 750 million cell phones. • Apple admitted Sunday that its developers site was hacked last week, providing an explanation about Read More →

The market for electric bikes: $10.8 billion in 2020

A new report from Navigant Research finds that the e-bicycle market will grow from $8.4 billion in 2013 to $10.8 billion in 2020. E-bikes include electric bikes, scooters, and other forms of two-wheeled transport as commuting vehicles. Though a small Read More →

Trouble reading on that tiny iPhone? Apple experiments with XL screens for tablet, smartphone

Apple may be supersizing its iPad and iPhone,  exploring a larger variety of screen sizes to diversify the mobile device market. The Cupertino company said its Asian suppliers are testing a 13-inch iPad and smartphones measuring larger than four inches, Read More →

Facebook board game lets you make friends while sitting in the same room

A cynic would say that Great Britain-based designer Pat C. Klein is telling the world's population that they should stop wasting time on Facebook and start wasting time playing the Facebook board game he's trying to produce. I'm no cynic. Read More →

Facebook says 100 million use network on not-so-smart phones

Facebook works on not-so-smartphones, too. And apparently it’s working pretty well. The social networking giant announced Sunday that more than 100 million people are now using “Facebook For Every Phone,” the app that lets people connect with Facebook on Read More →

Quoted: Third Point says Yahoo, thanks and goodbye (for the most part)

"Daniel Loeb had the vision to see Yahoo for its immense potential — the potential to return to greatness as a company and the potential to deliver significant shareholder value." — Marissa Mayer, Yahoo CEO, in a press release this morning Read More →

Off topic: Books and life, starving experiment, piano players, space suits, dying hyphens

Book thief says he was searching for the meaning of life. (Aren't we all?) Research: 1940s Canadian government experiment withheld food and vitamins from aboriginals. The serious and lucrative world of piano competitions. How astronauts Read More →

Pat & Mike talk Tesla, Apple and the meaning of life, sort of

Join Pat and Mike for a quick spin through Silicon Valley business news. This week Bay Area News Group business columnist Mike Cassidy and Apple beat reporter Pat May look at Tesla's new test track; explore the difference Read More →

Intuitive Surgical’s shares plunge after earnings miss, FDA warning

The slide of Intuitive Surgical, maker of the da Vinci robotic systems, continues. Its shares are tanking today after the Sunnyvale company on Thursday reported second-quarter results that failed to meet expectations, and cut its revenue outlook for Read More →
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