Silicon Valley

  • Facebook profits triple as revenues surge on mobile platform success
    Facebook_wants_to_be_a_%22hostile_environment_for_terrorists%22 2014-04-24 17:59:33 UTC
    Facebook profits tripled to $642m as revenues soared 72% in the first quarter of 2014, with the company continuing to shift its customers – and advertisers – to its mobile platform. Comfortably beating analysts’ expectation the company said Wednesday that it had revenue of $2.5bn (£1.5bn) in t...

  • Facebook boss wants women to act to create 'equal world'
    Sherly_sandberg_diaalnews.com 2014-04-23 08:10:53 UTC
    Facebook's highest-ranked woman has said women need to take action to create a more equal world. Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer of the social network site, said women should hold half of the important positions in business. "If you're thinking about doing something, ask yourself w...

  • Yahoo unveils encryption measures to protect users' data
    3f2d8ef76600ee03270f6a70670084b4 2014-04-03 17:52:10 UTC
    Yahoo has announced major steps to encrypt its users' data in the wake of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations about the extent of government surveillance of private citizens. Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s recently appointed chief information security officer, said on Wednesday his ultimate aim w...

  • Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park
    Facebook_tracks_people_whether_they_have_accounts_or_not 2014-03-12 06:52:37 UTC
    MENLO PARK, Calif. — Police flooded Facebook's headquarters in Northern California to investigate after a threat against the company was called in to authorities, Menlo Park police said, but the threat was quickly cleared. The threat was originally called into the San Francisco Police Departm...

  • Netanyahu and Gov. Brown sign pro-business pact
    California_governor_jerry_brown_signed_several_gun_control_bills_into_law 2014-03-05 20:40:30 UTC
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a swing through the Silicon Valley to meet with high-tech leaders and sign a pro-business agreement with Gov. Jerry Brown. During a meeting at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, the two emphasized their join...

  • Facebook buying messaging app WhatsApp for $19B
    User's_data-_facebook_must_comply_with_an_order_by_germany%e2%80%99s_antitrust_watchdog 2014-02-20 08:32:47 UTC
    San Francisco — Facebook is buying mobile messaging service WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock, by far the company's largest acquisition and bigger than any that Google, Microsoft or Apple have ever done. The world's biggest social networking company said Wednesday that it is paying $1...

  • New gender options for Facebook users
    Facebook_will_start_labeling_newsworthy_content_that_violates_its_policies_ 2014-02-14 07:17:43 UTC
    MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — With a click of a cursor, Jay Brown in Cheverly, Md., went from Male to Trans Male. A few states away, Debon Garrigues of Asheville, N.C., switched from Male to Neutral. In San Francisco, Marilyn Roxie, formerly Female, chose three: Androgynous, Transgender and Gende...

  • French president meets tech execs in San Francisco
    Francois-hollande-barack-obama-1_4741537 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
    Zuckerberg_and_his_wife_chan-news 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
    Germany__australia__brazil-_google_to_pay_media_groups_for_content 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
    Facebook-_we_made_mistakes_allow_cambridge_analytica_to_take_users'_data____50_million_users'_data__to_take_data_from_users 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
    Google_glass_ticket_1 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
    Google-diaalnews.com 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
    Canada's_court_forces_google_to_remove_results_worldwide 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
    50a74e0b610f302a460f6a7067008dc5 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
    05198523692d6d29450f6a7067001d7d 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
    2013-08-12-image-5 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
    Google_netherland 2013-11-30 08:07:53 UTC
    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A privacy watchdog said Thursday that Google has been breaching Dutch law on personal data protection since it introduced a new privacy policy last year. 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
    Facebook_targets_europe_for_hiring_drive 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
    19aa685582362626430f6a70670070a1 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
    Max_mosly-diaalnews.com 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?
    7485aef750014325420f6a70670011ca 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. B...

  • What is Google building out in San Francisco Bay?
    2013-10-30t021031z_01_sfo6_rtridsp_3_google-mystery 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'
    Google-eric-schmidt-diaalnews.com 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
    Twitter_shares_fall_as_growth_of_monthly_users_slows 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...