High price for WhatsApp ups ante among big spenders in tech industry – Online Athens

Online AthensSAN FRANCISCO | The $19 billion that Facebook Inc. is paying for a smartphone application, one of the biggest tech deals of all time, made jaws drop even in…

WhatsApp Free Texting Seen Siphoning $33 Billion From Carriers – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco Chronicle(See EXT6 for more on the acquisition.) Feb. 21 (Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.’s $19 billion purchase of mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp Inc. is a stark reminder of how much…

In Asia, WhatsApp posts mixed message for Facebook – Reuters

ReutersSingapore Feb 21 (Reuters) – WhatsApp may be hugely popular but its forays into Asia, the world’s biggest mobile market, have had mixed success, raising questions about whether it can…

Why the makers of Candy Crush Saga spurned their London home to list in New … – Quartz

QuartzThat’s another blow for London, which has been touting itself as the new Silicon Valley. Indeed, even King’s IPO is claimed as a success, with a representative of Tech City,…

Google May House Startups in San Francisco’s Historic Latino Community – ColorLines magazine

ColorLines magazineThe move highlights the growing trend of Internet firms in Silicon Valley where a fierce competition for tech talent has led them to expand in San Francisco so they…

Some day Silicon Valley will move north. Here’s why it should settle in Oakland – GigaOM

Some day Silicon Valley will move north. Here’s why it should settle in OaklandGigaOMThe main commercial district of Oakland — which for the sake of this discussion we’ll consider the…

Atmosphere tense at a Google bus stop in San Francisco – CNBC.com

CNBC.comAt seven in the morning, on the corner of Dolores Avenue and 18th Street in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, tech workers are quietly boarding private buses to get to…

Dot Complicated: Randi Zuckerberg’s Angry, Insightful Digital Media Memoir A Must Read

I kept calling Dot Complicated, Randi Zuckerberg’s memoir on how digital media has changed our lives, and how to maintain your sanity during the cultural flux, “Dot Confidential” to myself,…

Geeks the stars as Apple ‘Mac’ turns 30 – AsiaOne

AsiaOneCUPERTINO, United States – Geeks who brought the Macintosh computer to life became Silicon Valley rock stars on Saturday, with people asking for autographs or photos while celebrating the Apple…

Tech industry in San Francisco addresses backlash – Los Angeles Times

Tech industry in San Francisco addresses backlashLos Angeles TimesJanuary 24, 2014, 5:00 a.m.. SAN FRANCISCO — It’s the kind of backlash that Marc Benioff could never have imagined when he…

Apple denies any knowledge of NSA hacking its iPhones – San Jose Mercury News

San Jose Mercury NewsIn the latest instance of a Silicon Valley tech company being drawn into the shadowy activities of the National Security Agency, Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday denied any…

2014: Apple’s crunch year to prove innovation chops – USA TODAY

USA TODAYSAN FRANCISCO — Apple CEO Tim Cook spent 2013 fighting creeping concerns that the company has lost its innovation edge and hinting about new products that will take the…

High-tech coalition seeks to ease tensions in S.F. – San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleThere are moves afoot to address the civic backlash against San Francisco’s tech community. The night before Friday’s incidents involving private shuttles ferrying tech workers to Silicon Valley,…

A culture clash when Silicon Valley invades San Francisco – USA TODAY

A culture clash when Silicon Valley invades San FranciscoUSA TODAYSHARECONNECTTWEETCOMMENTEMAILMORE. SAN FRANCISCO — The culture clash between Silicon Valley and the City by the Bay spilled over from the streets…

Polo For Lyme: Bay Area Lyme Foundation Benefit Sunday, October 13th

Polo For Lyme is this weekend at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, California. I hope you can join us, and here’s the full information share for you: ATHERTON, Calif.–(BUSINESS…

Vitoto Video App Shuts Down; Failure Is A Badge Of Honor

On January 23rd 2013 this blogger was contacted by Vinay Patankar, the Founder and CEO of a new microvlog app called Vitoto regarding trying out the app, and providing feed…

Marissa Mayer: Yahoo CEO Part Of Michael Arrington’s Plan For World Domination

Marissa Mayer’s the new Yahoo! CEO, and frankly I’m tickled pink, and no that’s not a double-entendre. I’m am so, because for someone who lives in Oakland, and has covered…

TechCrunch Disrupt: Michael Arrington Forgets AngelGate At Bin 38

Is TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington losing his memory? Earlier today, this blogger noted the drop in buzz for TechCrunch Disrupt New York, and pointed as the reason, in part, the…

LutzSec Head A Black Hacker? Call Michael Arrington!

Tech observers will recall how TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington got on CNN and said that he didn’t know any black entrepreneurs and then essentially said that Silicon Valley was mostly…

Rick Bolander’s Kajeet Changes Offerings To Add Smartphones

Last year, this blogger blogged about Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist and Oakland Restaurant lover Rick Bolander, and his company called Kajeet. Now, since few still have heard of the firm…

Oakland Should Sue MLB, San Jose, And The Oakland A’s Right Now

The reports are all over that Major League Baseball’s long-delayed report on the Oakland A’s in Oakland, and if they should be given permission to leave Oakland for San Jose,…

CNN’s Solidad O’Brien Calls Out Michael Arrington On Black Entrepreneurs

At first this blogger was just going to leave the whole issue of TechCrunch Founder Michael Arrington’s statement that he “Didn’t know any black entrepreneurs” alone at one blog post.…

Anti-Michael Arrington TechCrunch Posts Show Insecurity

The news is all over that TechCrunch Founder and Editor Michael Arrington may step down from running the blog not just to operate a new venture capital fund, but because…

Kajeet: Rick Bolander Funds Cell Phone Service For Kids To Battle Sexting

If you’re a parent who’s wondered how to virtually corral the chance that your kids will use their cell phone for something called “sexting,” you’ve probably pounded your head in…

Bellflower’s Entourage At Comic Con As Fun As Bellflower The Movie

On YouTube, Metacafe, Blip Tv. As of now, there’s one “Entourage” that’s known as a group of hip, East Coast-transplanted Hollywood types, who live their lives around the actions of…