We’ve got cars without drivers out there. Companies are testing drone delivery. Specialized robots are being used inside and outside factories. Ethical, societal and legal concerns surrounding automation and robotics abound. So a new Brookings Institute report says it’s time for a federal commission for robotics.
“It’s a horribly mismanaged company — probably a lot of pot-smoking going on there. But it’s such a solid franchise it may even work with all that.”
— Peter Thiel, after being asked whether he’s bullish on Twitter. (But he basically said there’s not much CEO Dick Costolo can do about it, so h ...
Serial corporate acquirer Cisco Systems said Wednesday it plans to buy privately held Metacloud of Pasadena, which helps set up Internet-based or “cloud” services for other companies.
San Jose-based Cisco — which is known for its computer networking and communications equipment — didn’t disclose a ...
iPhone and iPad owners, get ready for some new goodies — and maybe a few bugs.
Apple on Wednesday is releasing iOS 8, the latest version of its operating system for handheld devices. The new software looks much the same as last year’s version, the radically revamped iOS 7, but offers a wealth of new features ...
Tesla Motors has pushed out its latest software update to Model S owners, according to excited chatter on the Tesla Motors Forum. Among the features in version 6.0: you now have the option to further personalize your Model S by giving your vehicle its own name. The name can be set on the “About Your Tesla” screen an ...
When it comes to whether and how the government should ensure net neutrality on the Internet, record numbers of people wanted to put in their 2 cents.
More than 3 million comments were submitted to the Federal Communications Commission on its so-called Open Internet proposal by the time the comment period ended at midnight East ...
Google has taken the wraps off a new line of smart phones designed for the developing world. And while they didn’t attract as much attention in Silicon Valley as Apple’s latest iPhone release, Google is hoping its new Android One Read More →
Netflix has arrived in France . . . and France is not amused.
Worried that the American video-streaming giant will try to avoid paying French taxes, even as it launches a bloody frontal assault on the country's Gaelic sensibilities and proud Read More →
Facebook employees at the firm's Menlo Park headquarters may look out their windows Tuesday and see people in drag protesting.
The issue: Facebook's apparent crackdown enforcing its policy requiring people to use their real names.
Unlike Twitter and services like Snapchat, Facebook requires Read More →
San Francisco payments company Square has raised $100 million from investors, and may be on track to double that.
The company, founded and led by CEO Jack Dorsey, who also helped create Twitter, issued 6.4 million new Series E shares at Read More →
In a double-barreled blast of breaking news from the world of online snooping, word comes from New Zealand that its government's sleuth agency was setting up a massive surveillance dragnet even while officials were denying that such a thing was Read More →
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In the first part of Charlie Rose's Tim Cook interview, the Apple CEO says the company has "taken steps with Apple TV"; identifies Google as the company's top competitor; Read More →
Redwood City tech giant Oracle plans to buy Front Porch Digital of Lafayette, Colorado, which helps other companies store and manage digital media, such as high-definition films and TV shows, medical images and data from security monitors.
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Apple received more than four million preorders for its new iPhones during the first 24 hours that they were available, the company announced Monday.
The company shed some light on advanced sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which began Read More →
"You just slowly forget, and half of the entrepreneurs today, or maybe more — 60 percent or 70 percent — weren't around in '99, so they have no muscle memory whatsoever."
— Bill Gurley, partner at Benchmark Read More →