October 21, 2013 |
Silicon Valley's technology elite haven't done too well at masquerading as salt-of-the-earth types lately, what with allegedly despoiling redwood groves with multimillion-dollar weddings and such. But it takes just a hint of physical inconvenience to bring out the nastier features of the class war developing between tech industry types and the people they prefer to think of as the grateful beneficiaries of their brilliant smartphone apps. The inconvenience of a transit strike, for instance.
October 14, 2013 |
The nation's biggest online seller of health insurance has joined forces with the federal government to enroll people across the country in Obamacare, but EHealth Inc. won't be signing up any Californians. The state's new insurance exchange, Covered California, is handling online enrollment on its own and, for now, it has spurned help from Silicon Valley's EHealth and other online brokers. In contrast, the federal exchange for 36 other states has embraced EHealth's website - EHealthInsurance.com - and other popular shopping sites to help reach millions of uninsured Americans.
October 4, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law legislation that was heavily lobbied by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and aimed at boosting sales of high-tech goods and services. Four measures, part of a package of 18 business-friendly bills approved Friday, seek to ease the regulatory burden on developers of smartphone-based payment systems; reverse a retroactive tax hike on investors in small start-up companies, and create a "Made in California" program to help market innovative, locally manufactured consumer products.
September 30, 2013 |
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?
September 27, 2013 |
Tech soothsayers have long predicted the demise of computers as we know them today, as their shrinking sizes approach the limits of silicon's ability to take the heat. Now, researchers at Stanford University - in the heart of Silicon Valley - have tossed the essential element aside and built a basic computer out of carbon nanotubes. The engineering feat, described this week in the journal Nature, could herald the birth of a whole new generation of carbon-based computing devices, experts said.
September 27, 2013 |
CUPERTINO, Calif. - Welcome to Appletown, USA. Apple's phenomenal success and expansion into buildings across this city over the last decade have already made it hard to know where Cupertino ends and the company begins. But just wait. By the time Apple plops a campus the size of the Pentagon into this city of 60,000 people, Cupertino, Calif., will be more economically dependent on one company than any other Silicon Valley town. Two years after the project was announced, as the details have come into sharper focus, it's almost impossible to overestimate the effect Apple Campus 2 will have on Cupertino.