With a campaign called “Don’t Fund Evil,” a coalition of environmental and public-advocacy organizations has urged Google to sever ties with a think tank that among other things is working against the government’s clean-energy regulations.
The Sierra Club, Forecast the Facts, the Center for Media and Democracy ...
Anne Wojcicki, CEO of the Google-backed gene testing company 23andme, has temporarily thrown in the towel to the Food and Drug Administration.
A letter posted on her Mountain View company’s website said it has stopped its health-related genetic tests for consumers to comply with the federal agency’s order to stop marketing ...
“Lying to Congress is a federal offense, and (James) Clapper ought to be fired and prosecuted for it.”
— Rep. James Sensenbrenner Jr., who wrote the Patriot Act, talks to Hillicon Valley about Clapper, director of National Intelligence. As we’ve written, Clapper has admitted to providing “erroneous” infor ...
Google’s plans to use an ocean-going barge as a floating technology exhibition center appear to be on hold while the company sorts out some regulatory questions.
An official at a regional conservation agency said Thursday that Google has told him construction on the odd-looking vessel has been suspended while the company considers des ...
Facebook is expanding its efforts to help teens (and adults) deal with annoying or bullying behavior on the world’s biggest social network, by extending its online reporting tools and promoting its new “Bullying Resource Hub” for kids, parents and educators.
And in coming months, Facebook’s Arturo Bejar says he hopes to adapt those to ...
Sixteen public schools in Oakland are about to get solar panels from San Jose-based SunPower. School districts across California are increasingly turning to solar as a way to cut operational costs, maintain funding for academic program and introduce students to solar science and technology.
Once completed in 2014, the Oakland Unified ...
Join Pat and Mike from Silicon Valley as they contemplate how in no time holiday gifts will be coming by land, by sea and by air. Mercury News' business columnist Mike Cassidy and Apple beat reporter Pat May also talk Read More →
Whew. The marathon holiday weekend is over.
Cyber Monday wrapped up a five-day mad dash of bargain hunting, web surfing, lining up for doorbusters and maxing out credit cards. There's still three weeks to go until Christmas, though, and don't expect Read More →
How comfortable are you with the widespread use of facial-recognition and reading technology with little in the way of privacy guidelines?
A tad squeamish, I'm sure.
Well, the Obama administration, through the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, announced Tuesday that it Read More →
From a selfie of Darth Vader to the "Unselfie" day that is Giving Tuesday, we've got your social-media news:
• If your wallet isn't empty after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, today's Giving Tuesday. It's a movement started by Read More →
Global shipments of personal computers are expected to fall by 10.1 percent this year, worse than the previous projection of 9.7 percent, and "by far the most severe yearly contraction on record," according to International Data Corporation.
The research firm said Read More →
From its early days as an Internet upstart, Google wasn’t known as a company that rushed to patent its own inventions. Its flagship mobile software, Android, was based on an open-source model. But a new report shows that, after some Read More →
As I wrote in a recent column, big whoop, the FCC and the wireless industry are expected to announce that carriers voluntarily agree to unlock cellphones after the service contract expires.
They are dusting off and addressing a problem Read More →