French president meets tech execs in San Francisco
2014-02-12 19:28:11 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — French President Francois Hollande (frahn-SWAH' oh-LAWND') is meeting with city officials and tech kingpins in San Francisco, and offering his government's support to French entrepreneurs seeking to gain a foothold in Silicon Valley.
Hollande was greeted at San Francisco's...
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg biggest giver in 2013
2014-02-10 08:30:48 UTC
SEATTLE (AP) — Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, were the most generous American philanthropists in 2013, with a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock, valued at more than $970 million, to a Silicon Valley nonprofit in December.
The Chronicle of Philanthropy reported Mond...
San Francisco: Google must move 'mystery' barge
2014-02-04 03:19:23 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google must move a mystery barge from a construction site on an island in the middle of San Francisco Bay because the permits are not in order, a state official said Monday.
The notice came after the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission investigated nu...
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, wife give $5 million to expand East Palo Alto clinic
2014-01-23 17:20:42 UTC
EAST PALO ALTO -- A $5 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife will help pay for a new health clinic serving families in several low-income Peninsula communities, including the East Menlo Park neighborhood where Facebook is headquartered.
"This funding is very important...
Woman to testify against Google Glass citation
2014-01-16 08:12:24 UTC
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A California woman believed to be the first cited for wearing Google's computer-in-an-eyeglass while driving says she was within her rights and violated no law.
The case to be tried Thursday in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it...
Google builds a 'Nest' for future of smart homes
2014-01-15 11:13:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When our Internet-connected gadgets and home appliances all learn to talk to each other, Google wants to be at the center of the conversation.
This imagined future is still a few years away, but Google is already preparing with its $3.2 billion acquisition of high-tech the...
Google's top searches peer into society's mindset
2013-12-18 07:46:06 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death, devices and celebrity drove the quest for more information on Google's search engine this year.
Three of the world's four fastest-rising search requests on Google were triggered by the deaths of famous men.
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died ...
Obama meets with tech CEOs amid NSA concerns
2013-12-17 17:43:45 UTC
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Tuesday huddled with executives from leading technology companies, including Google, Twitter and Apple.
The White House says the meeting was focused on efforts to repair the Obama administration's HealthCare.gov website and reform government informat...
Tech giants call for controls on gov't snooping
2013-12-09 20:09:03 UTC
LONDON (AP) — Major technology companies, stung by revelations that the U.S. government collects people's personal data on their networks, on Monday issued an open letter to President Barack Obama asking for tighter controls on surveillance.
As part of a global campaign to reform data collecti...
Techies vs. NSA: Encryption arms race escalates
2013-11-30 08:11:15 UTC
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Encrypted email, secure instant messaging and other privacy services are booming in the wake of the National Security Agency's recently revealed surveillance programs. But the flood of new computer security services is of variable quality, and much of it, experts say, can ...
Watchdog: Google breaching Dutch privacy law
2013-11-30 08:07:53 UTC
Jacob Kohnstamm, chairman of the College for the Protection of Personal Data, said that Google's combining of ...
Facebook CEO Says Government "Blew It" with NSA Spying
2014-06-07 07:17:27 UTC
Palo Alto — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) needs to find a balance between protecting the country and staying transparent -- but he didn't say it in that nice of a way.
According to ABC News, Zuckerberg had a lot to say about current political affair...
Retailers take on Silicon Valley
2013-11-15 09:26:46 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Software engineers wearing jeans and flip flops test the latest smartphone apps. Walls and windows double as whiteboards where ideas are jotted down. And a mini basketball net is in the center of it all.
At first glance, this workplace resembles any Silicon Valley startup....
French court: Google must drop 9 Mosley sex images
2013-11-06 20:15:29 UTC
PARIS (AP) — A French court ruled Wednesday that Google must rid its search results of nine images of an orgy involving former Formula One chief Max Mosley.
Google's associate general counsel, Daphne Keller, said the ruling amounted to asking the search giant to build a "censorship machine" an...
Twitter is powerful, but where are the profits?
2013-11-06 11:21:28 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — It can help overthrow dictators. But can it make money?
Protesters famously used Twitter to organize during the Arab Spring three years ago. President Barack Obama announced his 2012 re-election victory using the short messaging service. Lady Gaga tweets. So does the pope.
What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?
2013-11-05 09:20:00 UTC
San Francisco's mayor says he doesn't know what it is. Police say it's not their jurisdiction. And government inspectors are sworn to secrecy.
Google is erecting a four-story structure in the heart of the San Francisco Bay but is managing to conceal its purpose by constructing it on docked bar...
Google: NSA spying on our data centres 'outrageous'
2013-11-05 11:16:44 UTC
Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, has attacked the US government for apparently breaking into the connections that link the company's data centres around the world as "outrageous" and described other surveillance practices as "possibly illegal".
Speaking at an event in Hong Kong,...
AP-CNBC poll: Twitter faces skeptical investors
2013-11-04 06:15:41 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter faces skepticism from potential investors and the broader public ahead of its initial public offering, according to an Associated Press-CNBC poll released Monday.
Some 36 percent of Americans say buying stock in the 7-year-old short messaging service would be a good inv...
NSA secretly taps Yahoo, Google
2013-10-31 03:22:38 UTC
In this slide from a National Security Agency presentation on “Google Cloud Exploitation,” a sketch shows where the “Public Internet” meets the internal “Google Cloud” where user data resides. Two engineers with close ties to Google exploded in profanity when they saw the drawing.
Twitter sets $17 to $20 per share range for IPO
2013-10-25 07:47:59 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter has set a price range of $17 to $20 per share for its initial public offering and says it could raise as much as $1.6 billion in the process. The pricing is relatively conservative considering that Twitter is poised to pull off the year's hottest IPO.
Twitter Inc. said ...
Syria's civil war plays out on social media
2013-10-19 23:34:41 UTC
BEIRUT (AP) — Amid all the bloodshed, confusion and deadlock of Syria's civil war, one fact is emerging after 2½ years — no conflict ever has been covered this way.
Amateur videographers — anyone with a smartphone, Internet access and an eagerness to get a message out to the world — have drive...
Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO
2013-10-07 05:27:55 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — People don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales —and advertisers and networks are taking note.
Examples of Twitter's influence abound. The recent finale of "Breakin...
European regulator close to settlement with Google
2013-10-02 06:33:10 UTC
AMSTERDAM (AP) — European regulators appeared to be nearing a settlement with Google in their probe over whether the Internet search-and-advertising giant is unfairly stifling competition.
Joaquin Almunia, the top antitrust official at the European Commission, the EU's executive arm, said ther...
Microsoft board boosts dividend by 22 pct
2013-09-17 20:23:02 UTC
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — Microsoft said Tuesday that its board approved a 22 percent increase in the company's quarterly dividend to 28 cents along with a new $40 billion stock buyback program.
The new dividend represents an increase of 5 cents over the world's largest software company's previous...
Apple introduces 2 new iPhone models
2013-09-10 20:43:18 UTC
CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — For the first time since introducing the device that changed cellphones forever, Apple will offer two distinct versions of the latest iPhones — a cheaper one made of plastic and another that aims to be "the gold standard of smartphones" and reads your fingerprint.