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Troll Alert: Tech trade group sees momentum toward patent reform

Momentum is building toward passage of significant patent reforms in Congress by next year, according to Matt Levy, patent policy counsel for the Computer & Communications Industry Association, whose members include tech giants Google, Microsoft, Facebook and Yahoo - although Read More →

California Valley Solar Ranch nears completion

Sometimes it's hard to imagine the scale of the solar power plants being built in California. Rooftop solar is increasingly common on homes and businesses here in the Bay Area, but you have to go out into remote or desert Read More →

Quoted: on immigration reform and hiring (or not hiring) American tech workers

"If you want to put yourself in that manager's shoes, it's an uncomfortable situation for them. They will [have a] kind of a sour facial expression, and they'll go from one question to the next. They are finding some reason Read More →

Amazon adds PBS Kids show to streaming service

Parents still fretting about Netflix losing SpongeBob should check out's Prime Instant Video Service, because on Wednesday, the e-commerce giant announced that it has signed a deal with PBS to bring kids shows including "Dinosaur Train," "Wild Kratts" and Read More →

Brit Morin’s Brit+Co. lands $6.3 million from Oak Investment Partners, Marissa Mayer

The current iteration of Silicon Valley features a number of high-profile entrepreneurial couples. You've got Kevin and Julia Hartz at Eventbrite. Zynga CEO Mark Pincus' wife, Ali, co-founded furniture e-tailer One King's Read More →

Off topic: Is math real? The Philippines and ivory; Supermoon photos; life is like a box of… jellybeans

Philosophizing about math: Is it all based on faith? (video, via @brainpicker) The Philippines pulverizes 5 tons of confiscated ivory to discourage smuggling. (Off Topic link from last year: ivory worship.) An Read More →

Wiretap’s Tuesday funding roundup

It's been a busy day here in Silicon Valley: • BabyList, an online baby registry that lets users add items from any store, raised a $620,000 seed round from 500 Startups and others. The company Read More →

SolarCity’s big Energy Efficiency plans

San Mateo-based SolarCity has made a name for itself as a national financier and installer of rooftop solar systems. But that's not all that they do: energy efficiency is a growing part of the business. In May 2010, SolarCity Read More →

Silicon Valley still a boys-only club, according to the data

In a speech earlier this month, Catherine Bracy, who heads Code for America's international program, provided some pretty damning statistics to prove the point that Silicon Valley is still basically a boys-only club. Read More →

Keep your eye on that iPhone!

With word earlier this month from Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference that its iOS7 will include a new anti-theft feature that will prevent a thief from using the iPhone he just stole from you, I wanted to share a Read More →
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