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Seeking to resolve a tortuous and costly legal battle, Dow Corning Corp. reached a tentative agreement with negotiators for women with silicone breast implants Wednesday to pay $3.2 billion to settle claims by more than 170,000 women that the implants harmed their health. The settlement would compensate women based on the seriousness of injury they claim, providing up to $300,000 for those who have a severely debilitating illness.
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.
January 7, 1992 | Associated Press
Women who want to enlarge their breasts or reconstruct them after surgery have two basic alternatives to silicone gel breast implants: * Saline-filled implants. These consist of a silicone envelope that is implanted under the skin of the breast. They can be filled with saline solution before or after implantation. * Breast reconstruction. This involves using a patient's own tissue, usually from the lower abdomen, thighs or buttocks.
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?
December 8, 2012 | By David Colker
At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show going on this weekend at the Long Beach Convention Center, there's an odd sight at a few booths: people with large plastic syringes in their ears, getting shot with globs of colorful silicone. It's not a new body-modification fad, but instead the making of custom earplugs.  Wearing ear protection while riding is important -- researchers have found that motorcyclists who don't wear some sort of earplugs while riding can suffer hearing loss.
June 23, 2011 | By Marissa Cevallos, HealthKey / For the Booster Shots blog
The Food and Drug Administration is essentially telling U.S. consumers worried about silicone breast implants: “Told you so.” But in releasing new research backing up its 2006 decision to allow the implants back onto the market, the agency also reminds women, in a way, that they have only two choices — silicone or saline. So let’s take a look at those options. Until 2006, silicone implants had been under a 14-year ban by the FDA because of concerns that leaks or ruptures could increase the risk of certain diseases, including breast cancer and connective tissue diseases.
June 23, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc, Washington Bureau
Five years after allowing silicone breast implants back on the market, the Food and Drug Administration said further studies showed the decision was sound. The FDA was criticized by consumer groups in 2006 for approving the implants after a 14-year hiatus because of widespread fear that they caused a range of illnesses. During that period, women seeking implants for cosmetic reasons had been limited to the less-natural-feeling saline implants, which stayed on the market. But research by the two manufacturers of the implants, released in a report Wednesday, indicates that they have a "reasonable assurance of safety and effectiveness" when used properly, the FDA said.
January 16, 1992 | From Associated Press
Plastic surgeons asked the Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday to convene a new panel of scientific experts to review the latest safety information on silicone gel breast implants. Officials of the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, based in Chicago, said their offices have received a significant increase in calls from anxious women who have breast implants.
A federal judge said Monday that he was leaning toward barring a Newport Beach dermatologist from injecting liquid silicone into his patients' faces. But the judge agreed to give the physician more time to support his contention that the treatment for acne scarring and wrinkles is exempt from governmental regulation. U.S. District Judge William J. Rea gave Dr. James E. Fulton Jr. until May 11 to file additional arguments and the U.S.
Federal authorities filed suit Friday to stop a Newport Beach dermatologist from injecting patients with industrial-grade liquid silicone to correct skin conditions such as wrinkles and acne scars. The complaint was filed against Dr. James E. Fulton, a co-developer of Retin-A, the Vitamin A derivative that has been touted as an effective anti-wrinkle, anti-aging hope.
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.
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.
March 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tylt Lab, a new Santa Monica venture capital firm, has raised $20 million for early-stage start-ups in Silicon Beach. The fund will support local entrepreneurs through seed to series A investments, Tylt said, estimating that this year it will be making 12 to 15 investments ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. The company said it focuses on "businesses disruptive to their industries," which include lifestyle products, mobile platforms and services, home automation, software-oriented transactions, consumer goods, clean tech, e- healthcare and entertainment.
March 9, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Ask anyone about L.A. tech these days and they'll almost certainly point to Santa Monica and Venice, where hundreds of start-ups have emerged in the last few years. So-called Silicon Beach is home to Snapchat, sizable Google and Microsoft offices, and a growing number of venture capital firms and co-working spaces. Almost every night, tech entrepreneurs flock to networking happy hours and parties. Potential investors flock to demo days that showcase the latest start-ups. When BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt came to town last week, it was for a glitzy tech confab in Santa Monica.
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.
February 8, 2014 | By Steve Chawkins
Though he lived in a region known worldwide for hyper-enthusiastic, round-the-clock innovating, Walter Cottle Lester wasn't a big fan of change. As Silicon Valley's subdivisions and office buildings surged around the farm his family had started more than a century before, he refused to sell. Reclusive and soft-spoken, he turned down potential earnings as high as $500 million. Instead, he arranged to donate his spread, the last big farm in the city of San Jose and one of the last in the sprawling Silicon Valley, for public use as a historic park.
November 8, 1994 | From Associated Press
A silicone oil product has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of detached retina, an eye condition that can cause blindness. The FDA announced Monday that the product, marketed as Adatomed Silicone Oil, successfully treated 60% to 75% of patients participating in clinical trials in the United States and Europe. Detached retina is a disorder in which the transmission of light signals to the brain is interrupted.
Challenging the conventional wisdom about silicone breast implants, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital said Tuesday that preliminary laboratory tests in a handful of women suggest that implants may actually help combat breast cancer when the silicone seeps into the body.
February 5, 2014 | Chris O'Brien
Since it became apparent last week that Satya Nadella was in line to become only the third chief executive of Microsoft, the Indian community in Silicon Valley has been bubbling over with pride. That his ascension would generate such excitement might seem surprising at first. Indians have become a force in Silicon Valley, where about 15% of tech start-ups have Indian founders and a handful of notable companies, such has Adobe Systems, have Indian chief executives. Yet Nadella's appointment is being hailed by Indians as something more.
February 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Google is testing a new way for its workers in the East Bay to commute across the bay to the company's Mountain View headquarters: by ferry. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry said Google would provide a trial private ferry service for five days between the Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda and the Port of Redwood City. Last month, Google launched a similar pilot program from San Francisco to quiet growing tensions over buses that transport workers from the city to Silicon Valley.
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