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Silicon Valley Economy Back At Dot-Com Era Highs

February 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The region added nearly 47,000 jobs in 2013, up 3 percent over the previous year, and the total number of jobs has surpassed pre-recession levels. Many are high wage jobs — 45 percent of households now earn more than $100,000, and per capita income is above $70,000 a year, much higher than the state average of about $44,000.

Cisco, Google In Patent Cross-Licensing Deal

February 4, 2014 12:41 pm | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have struck a long-term patent cross-licensing deal that will help lower the risk of expensive legal disputes over intellectual property and likely foster a greater collaboration between the two companies.     

Nadella To Head Microsoft; Gates Leaves Chair Role

February 4, 2014 10:39 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft has named the head of its cloud computing business as the company's next CEO, tapping a longtime insider to lead efforts to catch rivals in mobile devices and offer more software and services over the Internet. Satya Nadella replaces Steve Ballmer immediately to become only the third chief executive in Microsoft's 38-year history.

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How Outsourcing Went Horribly Wrong

February 3, 2014 3:16 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy, the affect it has had on “American” brand quality, and the affect it is having on the U.S. economy and its ability to pull out of the current recession.        

Google Tries Ferry Service For Workers In East Bay

February 3, 2014 2:17 pm | News | Comments

Google workers who live in the East Bay can now make the commute to the company's Silicon Valley campus by sea. For a week, anyway. Starting Monday, the agency that operates San Francisco Bay Ferry says Google will provide a private ferry service between Harbor Bay terminal in Alameda to the Port of Redwood City.

Feds Want Cars To Be Able To Talk To Each Other

February 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Joan Lowy, Associated Press | News | Comments

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Monday the technology holds the potential to significantly reduce crashes, injuries and deaths on the nation's streets and highways. A radio transponder would continually transmit a vehicle's position, heading, speed and other information.

IBM's CEO, Other Top Execs Give Up 2013 Bonuses

February 3, 2014 8:06 am | News | Comments

IBM CEO Virginia Rometty and the rest of her senior management team are relinquishing their 2013 bonuses as penance for the technology company's lackluster performance last year. The decision will result in a substantial pay cut for the affected executives, whose annual bonuses often exceed their salaries.

Twitter Buys 900 IBM Patents

January 31, 2014 10:46 am | News | Comments

Twitter says it has bought 900 patents from IBM and that the companies have entered into a cross-license agreement. Ben Lee, the short messaging service's legal director, says the deal provides Twitter with greater intellectual property protection and freedom to innovate.

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Google's Motorola Misstep Could Be Lenovo's Boon

January 30, 2014 7:59 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The deal will rid Google Inc. of a financial headache that has plagued the Internet company since buying Motorola Mobility for $12.4 billion in 2012. Motorola has lost nearly $2 billion since Google took over, while trimming its workforce from 20,000 to 3,800.

Israel Seeks To Export Cyber Tech, Despite Risk

January 29, 2014 2:40 pm | by Daniel Estrin, Associated Press | News | Comments

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a bold initiative this week calling on tech giants and Western powers to band together to protect the world from cyber-attacks, vowing to relax export restrictions normally placed on security-related technologies so Israeli cyber-defense companies can sell their expertise around the globe.

Sony To Buy Semiconductor Plant From Renesas

January 29, 2014 11:26 am | News | Comments

Sony Semiconductor Corp., a Sony unit, will take over some 80 percent of the about 680 workers as of last Oct. 1 at the Tsuruoka semiconductor plant in Yamagata Prefecture to produce image sensors for smartphones and cameras.    

Microsoft Sues Iowa Firm Over Software

January 29, 2014 8:50 am | News | Comments

A lawsuit by Microsoft Corp. says an Iowa computer and information technology company sold computers with counterfeit Microsoft software. The lawsuit says Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft had told Dymin in July that it must stop selling the computers, but the company persisted.

Pressure Mounts For Apple To Expand Its Horizons

January 29, 2014 7:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

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Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Sharpen Glass

January 28, 2014 11:55 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.

Apple's 1Q Disappoints Investors, Stock Stumbles

January 28, 2014 8:37 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's holiday season proved to be a letdown, even though the company sold a record number of iPhones and iPads during its latest quarter. The results released Monday further crystalized the challenges facing Apple as the world's most valuable company struggles to lift its stock back to where it stood at its peak of more than $700 in September 2012.

Google Buys Artificial Intelligence Startup In UK

January 27, 2014 11:24 am | News | Comments

The American tech giant's London office confirmed a deal had been made but refused to offer a purchase price, which is reportedly $500 million. The company was founded by researcher Demis Hassabis together with Shane Legg and Mustafa Suleyman.

Samsung, Google Sign Patent Agreement

January 27, 2014 7:58 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has signed an agreement with Google Inc. to cross-license their patents, reducing the risk of costly legal disputes over intellectual property and likely fostering greater collaborate between the two tech giants.   

Do You Believe In Safety Factors?

January 24, 2014 3:16 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

The science of mapping performance distributions told us exactly where we could set our process controls in order to ensure virtually 100% defect-free results. It is a better method than assuming or guessing at an appropriate safety factor.   

Smart Spending: Electronics A Good Buy In Winter

January 24, 2014 2:26 pm | by Mae Anderson, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The winter doldrums strike in January and February, but there is one silver lining: it's a great time to buy electronics. As stores clear out older merchandise and new models get introduced, good deals abound. Here's a look at what to buy and what to hold off on in January and February.

Apple's Mac Still Influences, 30 Years After Debut

January 24, 2014 8:06 am | by Anick Jesdaun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Mac introduced real-world metaphors such as using a trash can to delete files. It brought us fonts and other tools once limited to professional printers. Most importantly, it made computing and publishing easy enough for everyday people to learn and use.

Qualcomm Buys Palm Patents From Hewlett-Packard

January 24, 2014 7:47 am | News | Comments

Qualcomm Inc. said Thursday it has acquired patents once owned by smartphone maker Palm Inc. from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed amount. Qualcomm says the purchase covers 1,400 U.S. patents and about 1,000 more foreign patients for the company's mobile computing technology.

Some Pioneers Of Digital Spying Have Misgivings

January 23, 2014 12:07 pm | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Friedberg, an Internet intelligence pioneer who describes himself as "extremely pro-law enforcement," is among a growing number of former national security and law enforcement officials who are questioning the current scope of the National Security Agency's data-gathering programs.

Icahn Raises Apple Stake, Now Owns $3B In Stock

January 23, 2014 9:18 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn has raised his stake in Apple as he escalates his campaign to pressure the company into buying back more of its stock while the shares remain stuck far below their peak price.         

3D Printing: 2013’s Biggest Market Disruptor

January 23, 2014 8:47 am | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

Being a technology that has been around for some 25 to 30 years, additive manufacturing (3D printing) was bound to make some intriguing changes and advances, as is expected every year. So why on Earth is 3D printing the biggest market disruptor of 2013?

Lenovo Buys Part Of IBM Server Business For $2.3B

January 23, 2014 8:11 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday it expects to offer jobs to 7,500 IBM employees as part of its acquisition of the x86 server business. The acquisition will accelerate Lenovo's moves to expand beyond its traditional PC business, said Peter Hortensius, a senior vice president.

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