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California aspires to mediocrity -- It's almost there

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The Atlantic recently published a quintessential “puff piece” about Governor Jerry Brown that talks in depth about the man and offers a primer about the state itself. Because it is a long article, I will summarize it here: First, the state of California is unwieldy due to several deeply-ingrained political peculiarities,...
California aspires to mediocrity -- It's almost there

Why it makes sense for Amazon to open its own stores

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Amazon is reportedly preparing to dip its toes into the brick-and-mortar retail market with its first boutique store in the Seattle area. A report in Good E-Reader, based on sources close to Amazon, says that the online retailer will have the new test store open in the next few months....
Why it makes sense for Amazon to open its own stores

Zynga responds to The Ville copyright lawsuit, accuses EA of violating anti-trust laws

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Zynga today has officially responded to last month’s lawsuit from Electronic Arts over The Ville. Until now, Zynga’s been relatively quiet about the lawsuit, while EA’s been making several public comments. Aside from countering the claims of copyright infringement, Zynga accuses EA of violating anti-trust laws in the state of California....
Zynga responds to The Ville copyright lawsuit, accuses EA of violating anti-trust laws

State approves Facebook's plan to issue stock for Instagram purchase

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The state of California today approved Facebook’s plan to acquire Instagram for $300 million in cash and 23 million shares of its stock. This brings the deal, which was announced in April, closer to closing. Instagram shareholders still have to vote to formally approve the sale. This morning lawyers and employees from...
State approves Facebook's plan to issue stock for Instagram purchase

Global opportunity? Sure. But Udacity is starting with education dysfunction close to home

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This embed is invalid For all of the amazingly progressive and innovative things that come out of California — most of which are fueled by highly-educated people — it’s shocking how dysfunctional the state’s college and university system is. On average it takes six years to finish school, in part...
Global opportunity? Sure. But Udacity is starting with education dysfunction close to home

PeopleBrowsr Vs. Twitter Legal Battle Returns to California Court

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PeopleBrowsr won a small victory in its ongoing litigation with Twitter on Wednesday, winning a decision to keep the case inside the state of California at the San Francisco Superior Court. It’s a long, complicated history between the two technology companies, but here’s the gist: PeopleBrowsr relies on access to...
PeopleBrowsr Vs. Twitter Legal Battle Returns to California Court

Ford C-Max Energi pricing: $29,995 after a federal tax credit, available this fall

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Ford already spilled the beans on its $25,995 C-Max Hybrid (shown in the vid just after the break), but those anxiously awaiting more surrounding the C-Max Energi can finally start saving a precise amount of pennies. The automaker's first production plug-in hybrid will go on sale this autumn for...
Ford C-Max Energi pricing: $29,995 after a federal tax credit, available this fall

Really, Yahoo. What Is Taking So Long?

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When Yahoo hired Scott Thompson as CEO back in January, many at the company were surely hoping that they’d finally found the game-changing leader they’d so sorely needed for years. Now just four months later, Thompson is only serving to highlight the exact deep-rooted corporate sluggishness that he was meant...
Really, Yahoo. What Is Taking So Long?

HP wins judgement in Itanium suit against Oracle

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Hewlett-Packard has scored a victory in court that could give its Itanium-based servers an extended lease on life. A California judge has ruled that Oracle's decision to drop support for the Itanium processor in future versions of its database products was a breach of contract, and that Oracle is required to...
HP wins judgement in Itanium suit against Oracle

Here Is the Complaint Ellen Pao Filed in California Before She Sued Kleiner Perkins for Sexism

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Ms. Pao. In her gender discrimination lawsuit against managers at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield & Byers, junior partner Ellen Pao didn’t seem to be holding back. But a complaint she filed first with the state of California includes some accusations that never made it into the lawsuit. Betabeat obtained a copy...
Here Is the Complaint Ellen Pao Filed in California Before She Sued Kleiner Perkins for Sexism
Facebook's Instagram purchase finally complete, over 5 billion photos shared to date

Could Silicon Valley see a ‘Facebook effect’?

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Things could be looking very green in Silicon Valley, thanks to an influx of cash that could come from Facebook’s initial public offering. Even the state of California is expecting a windfall from the filing — saying that hundreds of millions of dollars could help the cash-strapped state in the...
Could Silicon Valley see a ‘Facebook effect’?

Original iPhone to go the way of the dodo on June 11, 2013

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Oh original iPhone, we'll miss you. Roughly six years after its public launch, the original iPhone is about to become obsolete—at least in Apple's eyes. Apple reportedly sent out internal documentation to its support partners, which was then passed on to 9to5Mac, detailing which of its products would no...
Original iPhone to go the way of the dodo on June 11, 2013
Physicist disproves $400 traffic ticket with mathematical proofs
App developers, here are 23 pages of suggestions from CA's new privacy cops

CALIFORNIA SCREWS SILICON VALLEY: Entrepreneurs And Angels Socked With Absurd Retroactive Tax

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As a way of encouraging entrepreneurs and investors to start companies in California, the state has long offered a tax deduction for those who start, invest in, and eventually sell companies. This tax deduction allowed entrepreneurs and angels to exclude 50% of any gain on the sale of "Qualified Small...
CALIFORNIA SCREWS SILICON VALLEY: Entrepreneurs And Angels Socked With Absurd Retroactive Tax

Proview Takes a Shot at Apple in California Court

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Looks like Proview doesn’t need to find a law firm to sue Apple in the Untited States, as it said last week. Not only does it already have one, but according to The Wall Street Journal it’s already filed suit on February 17– the very day Li Su, chairman of...
Proview Takes a Shot at Apple in California Court
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In a Twist, Udacity Will Offer Cheap, Remedial Public School Algebra Courses

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Over the past year, Udacity has established itself as a provider of free classes, mostly in computer science, offered online to large audiences across the world. Now it’s going to do something quite different. In partnership with the state of California, Udacity will teach remedial and introductory courses on algebra...
In a Twist, Udacity Will Offer Cheap, Remedial Public School Algebra Courses

Time Warner Cable: We Can Record You, But You Can't Record Us

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So we just had a post about a spoof on customer service from Time Warner Cable by the gripe site TWCCustomerService.com, and I see that they've been busy with their next video as well, in which they call Time Warner Cable's customer service center and tell the representative who answers...
Time Warner Cable: We Can Record You, But You Can't Record Us

FTC Investigating Kids Apps Over Privacy Concerns

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The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has released a report examining apps aimed at children on the App Store and the Google Play marketplace. The report, entitled Mobile Apps for Kids: Disclosures Still Not Making the Grade, is a followup from a survey of kids' apps performed in 2011 that also...
FTC Investigating Kids Apps Over Privacy Concerns

Proview brings the ‘iPad’ name battle to the US

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Sick of Proview yet? The bankrupt Chinese company which sold Apple the ‘IPAD’ name only to claim it was deceived by Apple’s secret  IP Application Development subsidiary is now suing Apple in its own back yard according to the WSJ. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Superior Court of the State of...
Proview brings the ‘iPad’ name battle to the US

CTIA has 'serious concerns' about California law requiring warrants for location information

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The state of California has proposed a law that would force law enforcement officials to obtain a warrant in order to access the "location information of an electronic device" — but the wireless carriers who would be able to provide that information are against it. In a letter to...
CTIA has 'serious concerns' about California law requiring warrants for location information

Pendrell stock falls 45% after court overturns $603M verdict in Boeing case

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Pendrell Corp., the Kirkland patent holding firm led by former executives of Clearwire, said it was disappointed after the Court of Appeal of the State of California overturned a 2008 verdict involving its ICO Global Communications unit and The Boeing Co. In 2008, ICO was awarded $603 million after a jury...
Pendrell stock falls 45% after court overturns $603M verdict in Boeing case

HP Wins Key Ruling In Itanium Lawsuit With Oracle

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The judge hearing the lawsuit between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle has ruled that the software giant is bound by its commitment to continue making software that is compatible with Intel’s Itanium server chip. The ruling in a Santa Clara County Superior Court found that Oracle breached a contract it agreed to...
HP Wins Key Ruling In Itanium Lawsuit With Oracle
Nevada approves regulations for self-driving cars

How to get rid of massive waitlists for college courses and turn professors into rock stars

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No educational technology or teaching method has been embraced faster or more widely than so-called Massively Open, Online Courses (or MOOCs for short). For the uninitiated, these are online-only college courses where accredited professors teach audiences that in some cases number in the hundreds of thousands. This used to be...
How to get rid of massive waitlists for college courses and turn professors into rock stars

Guest Post: 2013 Social Media Predictions for Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and more

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This is a guest post by Peter Heffring, president and CEO ofsocial software company Expion. 2012 was the biggest year for social media to date. Brands were all-in, campaigns were bigger and better, and more social platforms divided the pie, including Instagram, Pinterest and Google+. However, if we take into account...
Guest Post: 2013 Social Media Predictions for Facebook, Google+, Pinterest and more
Facebook's stock transfer to Instagram cleared by the state of California

Facebook IPO May Be Worth $2.45 Billion to the State of California

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You know who is happy about Facebook's IPO, aside from its investors and fanboys? The state of California. The Golden State has been plagued by bad news about its budget, but a new estimate from the state of California's Legislative Analyst's Office suggests that the Palo Alto company's move to...
Facebook IPO May Be Worth $2.45 Billion to the State of California
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