December 27, 2013 |
SAN QUENTIN - North of Silicon Valley on a rocky promontory overlooking San Francisco Bay stands California's oldest prison. Inmates here are cut off from the innovation the nearby high-tech industry produces. They are not permitted on the Internet, and most have never touched a smartphone or a tablet. But two technology veterans - Chris Redlitz and Beverly Parenti - are bringing the promise of Silicon Valley to San Quentin State Prison by creating a high-tech incubator here called the Last Mile.
December 24, 2013 |
Most Silicon Valley start-ups that you hear about seem to have one of three fates. In the best cases, they have an IPO. Next best case, they are acquired by some big-tech sugar daddy. Then there are those that simply die. They run out of money, the business shuts down, everyone is pink-slipped and all the office furniture is thrown on a bonfire. PHOTOS: Top smartphone apps to find last-minute deals on gifts But what you don't hear much about are the other ones.
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December 23, 2013 |
Since California's inception, its residents have been trying to break it apart. Wikipedia notes 220 such proposals since statehood in 1850. More recently, supervisors in a handful of Northern California counties have passed secession resolutions. The band Pavement, citing cultural differences and fears of espionage, called for a breakup on the seminal 1992 album "Slanted and Enchanted. " The latest whimsical plot for California meiosis comes from Silicon Valley investor Tim Draper, whose previous forays into initiative politics include a failed plan to allow for public school vouchers in 2000.
December 23, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Veteran technology investor Tim Draper wants to reboot California. He held a news conference on Monday to talk up his proposal to split California into six states, including one called Silicon Valley. "Something is not working in our state, and I'm convinced it's with our existing system. It's untenable and ungovernable," Draper said. The idea of redrawing the map of California has been met with plenty of scorn and skepticism. No one other than Draper has come out in favor of it. And Draper is 1 million signatures away from getting it on the ballot.
December 21, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology investor Tim Draper is trying to drum up support to split California into six states, one of them being Silicon Valley. His argument for redrawing the California map: The state is underrepresented in Washington. He's looking to get an initiative on the California ballot. He told TechCrunch: “It is about time California was properly represented with senators in Washington. Now our number of senators per person will be about average.” California has a long history of secessionist fervor.
December 15, 2013 |
Will you go Prime? That's a question of increasing importance for Amazon Studios as its second original television series, "Betas," gets underway. The show, which premiered last month and continues to roll out new episodes on Fridays, is about a group of young Silicon Valley strivers working to create the next big tech sensation. The first three episodes of the half-hour comedy were free. FOR THE RECORD: Amazon Studios: An article about Amazon Studios in the Dec. 15 Calendar section misidentified Joe Lewis as Amazon's programming chief.
December 10, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Snapchat has all but disappeared from the conversation here just weeks after turning down a $3-billion takeover offer from Facebook. The talk of Silicon Valley is now all about image-sharing service Imgur, which is said to be in talks with Yahoo . Alan Schaaf started the company in 2009 when he was an Ohio University undergrad because he was frustrated with how hard it was to share photos on Reddit. Now Imgur (pronounced "IM-uh-jur") draws more traffic than Reddit, having topped 100 million users in September thanks to the space dog , the rocket frog and countless other images that are hard to resist.
December 3, 2013 |
Former Democratic Party leader Howard Dean and the progressive group he founded endorsed Rep. Michael M. Honda's reelection bid Tuesday, their first foray into a 2014 congressional contest. Honda is a seven-term incumbent who represents the Silicon Valley but is facing a well-funded challenge from fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, a former member of President Obama's administration. In an email to supporters, Dean wrote that he and his organization, Democracy for America, were endorsing Honda because of Honda's track record on issues such as gay rights, abortion and Social Security.
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December 3, 2013 |
Rescue teams resumed their search for a Silicon Valley executive and his family in central Idaho after their plane was reported missing Sunday. The single-engine plane is registered to Dale Smith, a 51-year-old pilot and president of the data storage firm SerialTek, who was believed to have been traveling with his two adult children and their significant others, according to the San Jose Mercury News. The plane was reported missing after suffering engine failure near the town of Yellow Pine, according to KTVB . Rescue efforts, meanwhile, have been hindered by heavy snow and low visibility, the Mercury News reported.
December 2, 2013 |
Texas has threatened to secede so often that a lot of blue America is thinking, yeah, sure, why not? But it's Silicon Valley where there is a “let my people go” discussion going on, ever since a businessman and Stanford lecturer named Balaji S. Srinivasan gave a speech saying that when tech companies start to get creaky and outdated, you bail and start your own. Same, perhaps, with something like a country. Silicon Valley has a distinct character, certainly, a libertarian bent that seems to coexist quite comfortably with publicly supported institutions such as UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory.