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May 1, 2010 |
James Robert Hornbarger's high school counselor hated to break the news to him, but when she saw the misspelled word tattooed across his back, she felt he needed to know. "Angle," she said. The hand-sized tattoo was meant to refer to Hornbarger's nickname, Angel — unlikely though that sometimes seemed for the free-spirited young man from the small town of Elko, Nev. "He was so excited to show me his new tattoo," Maribeth Cassinelli recalled, laughing. "When I told him ... oh, he was devastated."
May 17, 2012 |
Tim Sae Koo had an idea for a tech start-up, but the first-time entrepreneur had no idea what to do next. In January, at the advice of a friend he joined the inaugural class of tech accelerator StartEngine, hoping to turn his vision for Hypemarks - a website at which users create collections of their favorite links - into a bona fide business. Within three months Koo launched the website, and is now talking to a local investor about a substantial investment in the company.
July 7, 1988 |
Rockwell International Corp. of El Segundo said it completed the previously reported acquisition of Communication Machinery Corp. of Santa Barbara. The purchase price, about half of which will be paid in Rockwell common stock, was $40 million. Rockwell said Communication Machinery is a supplier of software and hardware products for local-area networks and will join Rockwell's electronics operations.
June 30, 1986
Transitron Electronic, founded in the 1950s, was one of the first companies on Route 128, now a rival of California's Silicon Valley area for concentration of electronics firms. At its peak it employed 1,600, but failed ventures in semiconductors and transistors weakened the firm. It expects to wind up business in 10 days with the sale of its Gilbert Engineering unit in a leveraged buyout.
June 11, 1986
The two largest U.S. electronics trade associations will merge their Tokyo offices July 1 into a new U.S. Electronics Industry Japan Office. Creation of a single office for the Electronic Industries Assn. and the American Electronics Assn. will give the U.S. electronics manufacturing community a more effective voice in Japan, the associations said.
March 15, 1987
Talk about high-tech: A $9.7-million office/engineering building under construction for Aerojet ElectroSystems in Azusa will have a "lightrium," "white sound," and an "ice harvester machine." The "lightrium" is a long skylight section in the center of the three-story, 110,000-square-foot structure that incorporates light sensors to turn ceiling lights on or off as required. "White sound" uses multiple frequencies to mask the sounds of machines and conversation in open-plan office buildings.
April 26, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Dropbox can now tick off one of the major benefits of being a booming tech firm - fabulous new digs, complete with cafe, gym and music lounge. Founder and Chief Executive Drew Houston gave the city's tech-friendly mayor a tour of the company's sleek new headquarters that sports major-league views of the San Francisco Giants' ballpark and the San Francisco Bay. The tour came just a day after Google introduced its own competing cloud storage service that lets users load photos, documents, and videos and access them from Web-connected devices.
January 5, 2013 |
SAN FRANCISCO - Had things gone differently, Meg Whitman might today be governor of California, fighting to turn around one of the country's most financially troubled state governments. Instead, having lost her bid for that office in November 2010, she finds herself head of Hewlett-Packard Co., struggling to fix one of the high-tech industry's most troubled giants. Save HP or California. It's hard to say which is the tougher job. It sometimes seems as if just about everything that could go wrong at HP has gone wrong in recent years.
March 4, 2014 |
If you're talking tech with Americans, you may want to avoid using any jargon. A recent study found that many Americans are lost when it comes to tech-related terms, with 11% in a survey saying that they thought HTML - a language that is used to create websites - was a sexually transmitted disease. The study was conducted by Vouchercloud.net , a coupons website, as a way to determine how knowledgeable users are when it comes to tech terms. VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor "Technology is a huge interest for our user base, and month after month we see thousands of people visiting our site to look for coupons and deals to use when purchasing their favorite tech products," a company spokeswoman said in a statement.
March 23, 2012 |
Robert DeNiro co-owns restaurants and Jennifer Lopez sells perfume and clothes, but the most coveted job for multihyphenate celebs these days is something a bit less glitzy and a lot more geeky - tech entrepreneur. Thanks in large part to the success of Ashton Kutcher, a prolific angel investor who has funded dozens of start-ups and plugs them to his nearly 10 million Twitter followers, stars are looking beyond Hollywood for business opportunities. Now A-listers are leveraging their considerable celebrity clout and finances to form their own start-ups, launch mobile applications, fund companies or serve as creative directors to major tech brands.