August 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's ambitious plan to provide Internet access to billions of people around the globe will face challenges that extend far beyond solving technical and financial issues. In announcing a partnership dubbed Internet.org, Zuckerberg outlined several technology-based strategies for reducing costs in order to extend affordable Internet service to 5 billion people around the globe who are not currently online. But nonprofit groups that have been focused on bridging the global digital divide have reported that such efforts inevitably run into problems including economics, culture, education and corruption.
August 19, 2013 |
Apple's stock price skyrocketed again on Monday, leaving investors rejoicing and wondering just how long this latest bull run can last. In mid-day trading, Apple's stock was up $9.80 or 1.95% to $ 512.13. Last week, after investor Carl Icahn announced he'd taken a big position in Apple, the company' stock also went on a tear. PHOTOS: Top smartphones of 2013 Last Monday, Apple's stock closed at $ 467.36. Icahn revealed his investment mid-day on Tuesday.
August 19, 2013 |
Facebook Inc. fixed a programming error last week that allowed users to post on any other user's timeline regardless of privacy settings, a flaw that a hacker was able to exploit to post on Mark Zuckerberg's profile even though the two weren't friends. Coding errors are common in the tech world, but this one's been getting attention because of the lengths the hacker went to get Facebook to acknowledge that the flaw existed. Khalil Shreateh said on his blog that he reported the problem to Facebook through its bug bounty program , which allows hackers to collect a monetary reward for discovering and properly reporting flaws.
August 16, 2013 |
This weekend, audiences will get the chance to watch Steve Jobs, a man they've spent decades seeing in the news or their mind's eye, on the big screen, looking a little like a famous actor. “Jobs,” Joshua Michael Stern's take on the late icon, hits theaters after earlier premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, as Ashton Kutcher puts his best bare foot forward as the Apple founder. So it goes for actors these days. Older actors want to play monarchs and presidents. Younger performers once wanted to play rock stars.
August 16, 2013 |
With 20 minutes to go before making their high-stakes start-up pitches, the wannabe entrepreneurs were understandably nervous. In one corner of the room, Marc Pakravan and Robert Davis, who came up with the idea for an online shopping site for men's ties, were struggling to put on their own neckties. A few feet away, Jessica Chan-Ugalde looked exasperated as she chastised her partner for not knowing what a hashtag was. Meanwhile Neil Serebryany, whose start-up idea Transformo offers language translation through a headset device, was utterly unfazed as he surveyed the last-minute frenzy.
July 31, 2013 |
Colleagues at our downtown neighbor, the legal newspaper the Daily Journal, were just put on notice to spiff if up. A memo more detailed than a “Project Runway” challenge laid out an employee dress code in dos and don'ts -- mostly don'ts, by far, and most of them directed at women's styles. I can't imagine that any journalist at the Daily Journal ever pranced into the office in a bare midriff, so the reasons for such specifics elude me. The memo was as detailed as a FIDM class on the differences between capris, which are not acceptable, and crop or ankle pants, which are. Spaghetti-strap tops can be worn only with a sweater or jacket.
July 24, 2013 |
Facebook Inc.'s shares are surging after the social network reported a 53% increase in revenue and strong advertising growth in the second quarter. The social network reported profit of $333 million, or 13 cents a share, on revenue of $1.81 billion. For the second quarter of 2012, Facebook reported a $157-million loss on revenue of $1.18 billion. After adjusted for one-time events, Facebook earned 19 cents a share. QUIZ: How much do you know about Facebook? That's better than Wall Street expected.
July 17, 2013 |
The term "opting in" suggests a matter of choice. But as the thoughtful and spirited documentary "Terms and Conditions May Apply" makes chillingly clear, choices are few for netizens. It's nearly impossible to function online without signing away privacy rights and basic protections. Sounding an alarm about those ubiquitous "I Agree" check boxes and the legalese that nobody has time to read, the film examines the many ways that typical Digital Age contracts are anything but free for the user.
July 1, 2013 |
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and more than 700 of his employees walked in San Francisco's gay pride parade Sunday. Zuckerberg's participation in the parade came after he posted a Facebook status last week lauding the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act, which allowed states to refuse to recognize same-sex marriages, was unconstitutional. "I'm proud that our country is moving in the right direction, and I'm happy for so many of my friends and their families.
June 27, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Executives all over Silicon Valley are celebrating the Senate's passage of the most significant revamping of the nation's immigration laws in decades. No one more so than Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg who, with his political advocacy group Fwd.us, waged a sophisticated lobbying campaign that helped push forward the legislation that would allow for undocumented workers to become U.S. citizens and increase the flow of highly skilled foreign workers in science and technology.