February 3, 2014 |
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.
January 17, 2014 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- Technology companies including Google, Facebook and Yahoo said the reforms to the National Security Agency surveillance that President Obama proposed in his speech Friday “represent positive progress” but did not go far enough to curb the vast program. "The commitments outlined by President Obama represent positive progress on key issues including transparency from the government and in what companies will be allowed to disclose, extending privacy protections to non-US citizens, and FISA court reform,” the coalition of tech companies said in a statement.
January 11, 2014 |
More than a month after a plane carrying a Silicon Valley executive and his family in central Idaho went missing, police officials said it has been found with no survivors. The single-engine plane was registered to Dale Smith, a 51-year-old pilot and software executive from San Jose. Smith was traveling with his son, Daniel, and Daniel's wife, Sheree Smith; and daughter Amber Smith with her fiance, Jonathan Norton, according to the Associated Press. Lt. Dan Smith, operations supervisor at the Valley County Sheriff's Office, said in a press release that further recovery efforts may be delayed "due to weather conditions and a severe storm moving in. " Officials had suspended the search for the aircraft in mid-December, but family and friends located the damaged aircraft on Friday after going on a search.
January 9, 2014 |
Mike Judge, the creator of the animated "Beavis and Butt-head" and "King of the Hill," is also known for taking a sharply satirical look at workplace politics in his 1999 hit comedy, "Office Space. " He returns to that white-collar canvas in a totally different setting in his new HBO comedy, "Silicon Valley," which is scheduled to premiere April 6. The show "takes a comic look at the modern-day epicenter of the high-tech gold rush, where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success," according to production notes.
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.
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.