Feinstein

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein will be at Stanford University on May 28 to discuss the impact of the National Security Agency’s mass surveillance efforts on America’s national security and individual privacy. The senator will be the final speaker in the university’s yearlong Security Conundrum lecture series. Joining her in the conversation will be Philip Taubmanof…

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texting

Everyone knows that texting and driving is a bad combination, but a new survey by AT&T suggests drivers have taken that bad habit to entirely new levels. The research indicates that 40 percent of smartphone users tap into social media while driving, and three in 10 surf the net, and one is on video chat.…

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Just when you about to consider “borrowing” someone else’s Over-The-Top movie subscription service – like one out of every 10 people in America already do – TiVO jumps in to save the day for cable TV companies.   In its latest move, Alviso-based TiVO announced that it will support the Plex app beginning June 8.…

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Facebook Instant articles

Facebook has announced a new feature called Instant Articles, and it’s going to be a game-changer for the publishing industry. Just hours after Verizon Wireless announced it is buying AOL, and by extension its contracts with 40,000 digital publishers worldwide – for $4.4 billion dollars, Facebook revealed agreements with nine leading publishers – including BBC…

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New York-based Verizon today announced it is buying New York-based AOL for $4.4 billion dollars. Sounds like an expensive marriage of has-beens, right? Not so fast. Verizon has a well-known strategy of positioning to profit from emerging digital technologies, particularly streaming of video content. Verizon has been a vociferous opponent of Net Neutrality, even going…

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Elon Musk

Tesla’s new PowerWall home energy battery may end up creating more profit for the company than Tesla automobiles, if early orders of the device hold. The news smashes early critics who said demand for the device may be low. First week reservations of the battery topped 38,000 units, or about $800 million in potential sales,…

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Outside-Lands

Those headed to this week’s Outside Lands festival will likely experience elation and dread. Accompanying amazing shows: long lines, cashed-out ATMs, the drag of dragging around various layers of clothing and seeing a phone die the moment friends disappear. Sure, the first experience at Outside Lands may seem like an adventure, but the inconveniences become…

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After announcing initial plans in April, Yahoo recently launched its partnership with concert promoter Live Nation to stream one live concert everyday for the next year.

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Image courtesy of Flickr user Jeff Turner.

When Twitter announced recently that it now supports animated GIFs, the company didn’t mention that the looped images are actually converted into a different type of file.

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Germany celebrates victory in simulation of 2014 World Cup.

Redwood City-based video game company Electronic Arts predicts that the United States soccer team will fall in the first round of the World Cup, based on a video game simulation with the company’s 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil game.

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