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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Google's headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., image courtesy of Jason McCormick

Of the 36 most-senior employees classified by Google according to ethnicity, race and gender in a recent report to the federal government, none falls under the “Native Hawaiian” category. But 34 are Caucasians and Asians.

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A San Francisco-based startup that sells and delivers crafting supplies to consumers for popular do-it-yourself projects has launched a new section of its website in the wake of its announcement on new funding.

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FCC

The Federal Communications Commission’s ruling last week allowing Internet “Fast Lanes” is a death knell for net neutrality, according to industry observers. In a 3-2 ruling on Friday, the FCC decided that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can create and maintain Internet “Fast Lanes,” ostensibly per negotiated agreements with major content providers such as  Facebook, Google…

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SuperLiked, a new San Jose-based review site that beta-launched in April, aims to provide users with contacts for the best local services with a system that only focuses on top-rated professionals.

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David Brin

Cyber surveillance has gone Main Street. No, not cybersecurity – not the software that protects your PC or the office server or your debit card. We’re talking about cyber sleuthing, or working against cyber security, antivirus software, and long-established public policy. The black hat has become as important as the white one, leading to odd…

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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced privacy changes for the social media platform during a keynote address at the f8 developers conference that would allow users to anonymously log into other sites and apps through their profiles without having to share personal data. The change arrives after complaints from users who unknowingly published information on their…

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Vic Gundrota

In a surprise announcement, Google+ creator and Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra announced his departure from Google on Thursday, and it wasn’t long before industry observers figured out why. Executives at the search engine giant have been short on patience for the nascent social platform, which initially found favor among thousands of techies but couldn’t…

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Twitter profile

Twitter today unveiled a new upgraded Twitter profile view for users. Similar in style and construction to a Facebook profile page, the new feature expands the basic toolset available to Twitter users, allowing them to add larger profile pictures and custom headers. Additionally, users can pin a favorite Tweet that exemplifies who they are, and…

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Is “Silicon Valley” funny? Three episodes into Mike Judge’s dissection of Silicon Valley, the eponymous locale of his new HBO show, and still we have yet to find one truly likeable character. That is unless you’re into shy clucks of insecurity or the sophisticated slacker vibe reserved for college engineering dropouts who look down on…

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