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Tesla issues partial recall of Model S due to back seat bracket

Tesla Motors has issued a partial, voluntary recall of some Model S vehicles made between May 10th and June 8 of this year. Roughly 250 to 260 vehicles are thought to be affected. In a blog post, CEO Elon Musk said Read More →

Quoted: on Latin ‘nerds’ and the pope’s Twitter feed

"The surprise is that [Latin] nerds are in all walks of life — cab drivers from South Africa, homemakers, journalists." — Monsignor Daniel Gallagher, one of six language experts in the Vatican's Latin Office, on the unexpected popularity of Read More →

Off topic: Magic rocks? Plus feathers, ends of the road, last telegram, geek vs. nerd

Can rocks move themselves? On Death Valley's "sailing stones." A short video lesson on the evolution of feathers. An In Focus look at ends of the road from all over the place. Speaking of Read More →

Bidding farewell to venture capital expert Tracy Lefteroff, dead at 59

Four times a year, my e-mail alerts me that the MoneyTree report is about to land. The roundup, compiled by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the National Venture Capital Association, tracks venture capital investment trends and forms the basis for the Mercury News' Read More →

Kim Taylor of “Start-Ups: Silicon Valley” fame launches new startup – but not in Silicon Valley.

For a brief moment last fall, Kim Taylor was one of the tech industry's most high-profile entrepreneurs -- and one of its most pilloried. As a cast member of the Bravo reality show "Read More →

Adobe Systems’ sales and profit drop

San Jose-based Adobe Systems said its second-quarter sales and profit declined compared with the same period a year ago, but its earnings were in line with Wall Street's forecast. The software company said it made a $76.5 million profit on sales Read More →

HP shuffle: Todd Bradley moved from printer, PC group

Hewlett-Packard has made a huge move: Todd Bradley, head of the Palo Alto tech giant's Printing and Personal Systems group, is being reassigned to a strategic role that includes "enhancing" HP's business in China and keeping an eye Read More →

Elon Musk: Live demo of battery pack swap Thursday

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk dropped another news nugget via Twitter Tuesday: the company's Thursday event is a "live pack swap demo" at the design studio in Hawthorne. The battery pack for the Model S is so enormous that it Read More →

Tweet? What’s a Tweet?

Never one to jump too early out of the starting gate, the esteemed and scholarly Oxford English Dictionary (known to the cognoscenti as good-ol' OED) has decided to throw fate to the winds and include the word "tweet''  in its stable Read More →

NSA spying update: Yahoo disclosure, Obama interview, NSA chief testimony

Another day, another U.S. government surveillance roundup: • Yahoo became the latest tech company to disclose the number of law-enforcement requests it has received in the past several months. Its magic numbers: 12,000 to 13,000 between December and May. Read More →
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