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April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Good news for Mike Judge fans. The writer-director's new HBO series "Silicon Valley" has been renewed for a second season. HBO announced the renewal on Monday, along with the fourth-season renewal of its Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy "Veep. "  Both comedies, which air after HBO's massive hit "Game of Thrones," have done well by critics this season. "Silicon Valley" is Judge's return to series TV after his hit "King of the Hill" ended in 2010 and "The Goode Family" was canceled after 13 episodes on ABC in 2009.
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April 21, 2014 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Good news for Mike Judge fans. The writer-director's new HBO series "Silicon Valley" has been renewed for a second season. HBO announced the renewal on Monday, along with the fourth-season renewal of its Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy "Veep. "  Both comedies, which air after HBO's massive hit "Game of Thrones," have done well by critics this season. "Silicon Valley" is Judge's return to series TV after his hit "King of the Hill" ended in 2010 and "The Goode Family" was canceled after 13 episodes on ABC in 2009.
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BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Yahoo's Marissa Mayer just landed some plum talent from Silicon Valley's design guru: Apple. "I'm happy to join Yahoo! today as Principal Designer. Marissa Ann Louie + Marissa Ann Mayer = Yahoo! - at Yahoo! HQ,” former Apple designer Marissa Louie wrote in a Facebook post. Louie has an impressive track record as a designer at Apple, Ness and elsewhere. Her jump to Yahoo signals the dramatic rise of the designer in Silicon Valley. (Think Jony Ive .) Inspired by Apple, designers -- not engineers -- are the ones with the all-important job of making technology smart, simple to use and elegant.
BUSINESS
April 18, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Across Silicon Valley, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs are busy chanting: "Not a bubble. Not a bubble. Not a bubble. " But with venture capital numbers reaching levels not seen since the dot-com bubble days, the question of whether things in Silicon Valley are a bit too frothy is getting harder to dismiss.  PHOTOS: Top 5 tech acquisitions of 2014 so far According to the latest MoneyTree report released Friday, venture...
BUSINESS
February 22, 2012 | Michael Hiltzik
The secret to Silicon Valley's success, we've been told, is its ecosystem: Where else in the world can you find such a large, symbiotic collection of expert visionaries, engineers, marketers, financiers? How about influence peddlers? Technology news bloggers' curious habit of accepting investments from the very people they're presumed to be covering objectively blew up last week over what might be termed the Path Affair. Path, a San Francisco social networking company, got caught downloading users' address books from their iPhones without their permission.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
MENLO PARK, Calif. -- Samsung disclosed more details Monday of the company's planned Silicon Valley innovation center, including plans for increased venture capital investment in the U.S. The South Korean tech giant is making a big push to expand its Silicon Valley footprint on several fronts. One effort previously announced was a Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center, or SSIC, located on the valley's famed Sand Hill Road, the epicenter of the region's venture capital industry. However, few details were previously available.  10 tech companies to watch in 2013 Young Sohn, Samsung's president and chief strategy officer, said the center has actually been open at least since August and would be a place where Samsung's nine product divisions can tap into Silicon Valley's innovation economy to help it continue to navigate the tremendous disruption occurring as the world moves into the post-PC era. "That's an opportunity for Samsung," Sohn said.
BUSINESS
October 24, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Speaking before a gathering of women in technology, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg recalled an uncomfortable exchange with two men on a different stage discussing the scarcity of women in the industry. One commented that he would like to hire more young women but not all are as competent as Sandberg. The other said he, too, would hire more young women but his wife fears he would sleep with them and, he confessed, he probably would. Sandberg's husband, Silicon Valley entrepreneur Dave Goldberg, told her later that night that the men did her a favor with their honesty.
BUSINESS
February 26, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- A new nonprofit is launching a campaign to encourage American kids to code. Code.org has tapped some of the technology industry's leading luminaries - - Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter and Square's Jack Dorsey and Microsoft's Bill Gates - - to lead the charge in a new video promoting the cool of coding. Code.org is working to make computer science classes available in more schools and create "the wizards of tomorrow. " It was started by Hadi and Ali Partovi, technology entrepreneurs and startup investor and advisors.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley turned out in force on Capitol Hill to push its high-tech immigration reform agenda. In a rare show of unity, Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg and Yahoo Chief Executive Marissa Mayer were among a coalition of high-profile executives and venture capitalists to send a letter on Thursday to President Obama and congressional leaders pressing for a fix to restrictive immigration laws by year's end. ...
BUSINESS
September 30, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
As if Silicon Valley's relationship to the whole National Security Agency spying-on-the-Internet thing wasn't awkward enough.  Now someone has placed a slogan on a billboard over Highway 101 near South San Francisco that reads: "Your data should belong to the NSA. " Review: iPhone 5s is a great phone, but is it right for you? [Video]   Guessing the identity of the organization or person behind the sign has become one of Silicon Valley's favorite parlor games in recent days.  Of course, it's possible that despite creepy, Big Brother-ish overtones, that it's the NSA itself just trying to get some good marketing.  Others have wondered, could it be the work of Michael Arrington, erstwhile blogger-turned-venture-capitalist-turned conscience of Silicon Valley?
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April 16, 2014 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Judging by your emails, many readers agree with me that a proposed ballot measure to split California into six states is crazy. "Ridiculous. " "Laughable. " Also, you concur that this bird will never fly. Not only would the plan need to be approved by California voters, Congress and the president would have to sign off, too. "Do you really think Democrats would ever allow anything to disrupt the 55-electoral-vote advantage they get every four years?" from California, reader Kurt wrote.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Joe Flint and Meg James
Comcast Corp., already the nation's largest cable and Internet provider, says it needs to get bigger to compete against the formidable giants of Silicon Valley. The Philadelphia-based cable behemoth said in a government filing Tuesday that its proposed $40-billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable Inc. will benefit consumers without limiting competition. Both companies contend that they need muscle to compete against emerging competition from Google Inc., Apple Inc., Netflix Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. Comcast said in a 175-page document filed with the Federal Communications Commission that the deal would mean better Internet and cable TV service for millions of consumers.
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April 8, 2014 | By Jason Wells
The hunt is on in San Francisco for vandals who have now tipped over four Smart cars over the past 48 hours. Three of the pint-sized cars were discovered upended late Monday or early Sunday. A fourth was found on its side later Monday morning. The vandals -- described by a witness to one car-tipping incident as a group of eight people wearing hooded sweatshirts -- remain at large, with little more for police investigators to go on. PHOTOS: Smart car tipping spree "All we have right now are multiple suspects wearing black hooded sweatshirts," San Francisco police Officer Gordon Shyy told KGO-TV.
BUSINESS
April 7, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It didn't take long for the M3D Micro, a 3-D printer, to reach its crowdfunding goal of $50,000 when it launched Monday on Kickstarter. It only took 11 minutes, to be exact. The new Kickstarter project has only been on the website for a few hours but already it seems well on its way to raising much more than M3D was hoping for. The Micro has already raised more than $400,000, and it will continue to collect pledges on Kickstarter until May 7. The Micro is a 3-D printer designed with the general consumer in mind.
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April 4, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Community" (NBC, Thursdays). Ratings have been reported historically low, but that this show, which now bears almost no relation to anything we have heretofore recognized as a sitcom, is surviving at all on a broadcast network seems miraculous to me. (And not a miracle I expect to be infinitely extensible, but one for which I am grateful.) With temporarily ousted creator Dan Harmon back in charge, "Community," which is set at a highly metaphorical, relentlessly postmodern community college, is now often being directed and shot as if it were a drama.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn and Chris O'Brien
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Silicon Valley, with its influence and economic clout soaring to all-time highs, is having its pop culture moment. But the stream of movies, books, even a reality TV show spotlighting nerdy start-up culture have all been widely panned locally as cheap caricatures. With Sunday's kickoff of Mike Judge's "Silicon Valley" comedy series on HBO, the geeks here say Hollywood finally gets them - even as it mocks them. "It was like watching a bizarro version of your own reality," said Tesla Motors Chief Executive Elon Musk, after the Silicon Valley premiere Wednesday night at this city's historic Fox Theatre, where stars of the show walked the red carpet and the tech glitterati came out in force.
BUSINESS
August 19, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
A tax reform fact-finding tour being conducted by two prominent politicians arrives in Silicon Valley on Monday to hear from technology leaders.  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) will visit Square in San Francisco on Monday and Intel in Santa Clara on Tuesday.  At the second event, Intel Chief Financial Officer Stacy Smith will host the pair for a question and answer session with employees.  PHOTOS: The 10 biggest tech gadget fails   The Silicon Valley stop is the third in a kind of listening tour the two chairs of Congress' tax-writing committees are conducting as they seek to build consensus of the nation's tax codes. So far, they have barnstormed Minnesota's twin cities, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 2, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
Chris Dodd, Hollywood's chief lobbyist, extended an olive branch to Silicon Valley. Eager to put to rest a bruising battle with Google and other tech companies over ill-fated anti-piracy bills this year, Dodd stressed common ground between California's two signature  industries in a speech Tuesday at the Commonwealth Club of California in San Francisco. "What I don't want to do is relive the SOPA debate -- and I hope you don't either," Dodd said, alluding to the Stop Online Piracy Act that sparked an unprecedented online protest led by Google, Wikipedia and other tech giants.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien and Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - It's becoming a familiar scene in everybody's favorite city - luxury shuttles with Wi-Fi and plush seats barreling past sluggish, dilapidated city buses crammed with local residents standing elbow to elbow. The nerd convoy, ferrying workers to technology companies in Silicon Valley, has raised the ire of civic activists who see it as a symbol of a divide between the haves and have nots as the region's tech boom has sent housing costs and evictions soaring. But as heated as that backlash has become at times, it has obscured a much broader story that these buses have to tell about changes sweeping across not just San Francisco but also the entire Bay Area.
BUSINESS
March 30, 2014 | By Anky van Deursen
Question: I have lived in Silicon Valley my whole life. I am 70 years old and retired. I recently applied for housing at an apartment complex and asked the leasing agent what my chances were of getting an apartment. He told me they had received a lot of applications. When I asked if it was worth it to apply at all, he shrugged and said I was "up against some Google people. " I was outraged. Am I being discriminated against, since he implied that I did not stand a chance of being chosen over a person who works for Google?
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