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BUSINESS
March 20, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
Now that the Google Barge has left the San Francisco Bay and set sail for less choppy waters, Silicon Valley needs another good mystery. And thanks to the city of San Jose, we've got one!  On Wednesday, the city of San Jose gave swift approval to a gargantuan 10-building complex to be built in the northern part of the city along U.S. Highway 101, reports the  San Jose Mercury News. It's 2 million square feet of office-cubicle goodness, just a short drive from the city's airport.  STORY: Silicon Valley is having an architectural breakthrough And because it will be able to fit up to 10,000 workers, whoever is going to occupy this baby will become the city's second largest employer, behind Cisco Systems, says the Mercury News.
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NEWS
March 18, 2014 | By François Bar and John Seely Brown, guest bloggers
A remarkable transformation is taking place in the heart of Los Angeles. Over the last 10 years, downtown L.A. became vibrant as it built ties to the south, reaching USC and Exposition Park. From the Walt Disney Concert Hall to the California Science Center, a dynamic innovation corridor is taking shape around Figueroa Street. But the most dramatic change will only come once Figueroa is reinvented to facilitate the flow of people and break down fences. Innovation thrives on clusters: interconnected businesses, creativity across sectors and fluid jobs.
BUSINESS
March 17, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Silicon Valley is wrestling with yet more damaging allegations of harassment and sexism as a prominent engineer accuses her company of creating a hostile work environment that led to her resignation. Julie Ann Horvath, who was a developer with GitHub, made the allegations public on Twitter and in an interview with technology blog TechCrunch over the weekend. GitHub, which has raised $100 million in funding, said Sunday night that it would conduct an investigation into Horvath's claims.
BUSINESS
March 14, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Teenagers throughout the nation are having a tougher time finding work opportunities, but few are finding it more difficult than those living in the Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana region. The details come from a gloomy report released Friday by the Brookings Institution titled "The Plummeting Labor Market Fortunes of Teens and Young Adults. " Among teens aged 16 to 19, Los Angeles, Long Beach and Santa Ana were dubbed the lowest with fewer than 2 out of every 10 teenagers able to land a job (a 16.9% employment rate)
BUSINESS
March 13, 2014 | By Chris O'Brien
In Silicon Valley, companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google are building big, sprawling campuses. Despite being in what feels like an overbuilt region, the companies continue to find open spaces to extend their footprint.  But in Shenzhen, China, Internet goliath Tencent finds itself in even tighter quarters. So when it decided to build a new headquarters, it needed to go up, rather than out. The company hired architectural firm NBBJ, which is also designing Amazon's distinct biodome campus in downtown Seattle.
BUSINESS
March 10, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Aaron Levie, the 29-year-old chief executive of Box Inc., walked the red carpet at the Oscars this year in a dark suit and tie, pressed white shirt and his trademark neon blue sneakers. "I asked about the sneaker dress code," said Levie, who like many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs doesn't like anything slowing him down, least of all a pair of dress shoes. "Apparently it was not a problem. " It was the movie industry's biggest night and Levie didn't waste any time talking up cloud computing to Hollywood stars including Harrison Ford.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2014 | Michael Hiltzik
There are two broad categories of government reformer. One is the type who tries addressing government inequities where and as they occur - a housing crisis here, a water crisis there, racial discrimination here, there and everywhere. Then there's the type who advocates throwing out the old system wholesale and starting from scratch. Timothy C. Draper, 55, a successful venture capital investor with a lengthy record of public involvement to his name, plainly has thrown in his lot with the latter group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 28, 2014 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO -- A Silicon Valley investor's bid to split California into six states is considered a long shot at best, but that hasn't stopped him from pumping $750,000 of his own money into the effort to place the proposal on the ballot. The investor, Republican Tim Draper, needs to collect more than 800,000 signatures by July 18 to qualify the initiative. If passed by voters, it would also need to be approved by Congress. The initiative would create two new states in Northern California, another centered on Silicon Valley and San Francisco, a fourth in the Central Valley, and two more in the south.
BUSINESS
February 27, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Has class warfare come to the exclusive Silicon Valley enclave of Atherton? In the Lindenwood neighborhood, where average home prices exceed $7 million, vandals last week spray-painted black graffiti targeting the “1%” on walls, garage doors, a gate, a car, even white picket fences. "Most people think this is a one-time thing, but I wouldn't be surprised if security-camera companies are doing a lot of business right now," Vice Mayor Rick DeGolia told the San Francisco Chronicle . "I think everyone's hoping this doesn't happen again.
NATIONAL
February 21, 2014 | By Evan Halper
With the shooters who attacked a Silicon Valley power station last April still at large and Congress increasing pressure on utilities to do more to protect such facilities, electricity companies are looking at a new security technology popular among urban police forces. Sensors that can immediately track, within 10 meters, the location of gunfire will soon be tested at two power stations. An executive at the Bay Area firm that manufactures that technology, ShotSpotter, said public safety concerns preclude him from disclosing exactly where.
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