Posts Tagged ‘Google’

Judge green lights Silicon Valley class action suit

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Antitrust movie poster

It's official: Many of California's biggest tech firms are going to trial. Faced with a class action brought by over 64,000 combined employees, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to grant a summary judgment effectively throwing out the law...

Andreessen: Does company HQ in CA violate fiduciary duty?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

You might remember Marc Andreessen. He co-authored Mosaic, the first decent Web browser, which I remember using when I got on the Net back in 1994. It became Netscape, which became Firefox. He's still a big tech investor. He just tweeted: "Heard on the street: Hedge funds considering suing Calif...

Will CA GOP emerge as defenders of embattled techies, tech firms?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Is the present anti-Google, anti-techie agitation in the Bay Area a reflection of anger over how affluent tech workers have driven up rent and reinflated the housing bubble? Or is it a harbinger of broader anger over how California technology firms are disrupting industry after industry? An essay in...

Anti-Google ‘terrorism’ endorsed by editor for S.F.-based Salon

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

The increasingly militant targeting of tech workers in the Bay Area now has a champion: an assistant news editor for the San Francisco-based online magazine Salon. Here's a sample of Natasha Lennard's astonishingly glib endorsement of "terrorism" targeting Google workers and presumably any other tec...

Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

You would think San Francisco's government would applaud Google for the company's private buses, which whisk employees around the city. The buses reduce congestion and pollution in the City on the Bay, two big goals of the city government. When you go to S.F., you notice that all the cabs are req...

2013 saw emergence of potential giant CA defense contractor

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Most of the reports last month that Mountain View-based Google bought Boston Dynamics -- its eighth recent purchase of a robotics firm -- focused on how this fit in with so many "moon shot" Google initiatives. Some stories looked forward to the arrival of Google personal assistant robots that pair u...

Why CA’s going to thrive: nanotech, biotech and, in particular, Google

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

I will always remember 2013 as the year that I became a downright-giddy optimist about California's future. Regardless of the massive incompetence and (mostly legal) corruption of its government leaders, the Golden State is going to be saved by its extraordinary tech entrepreneurs and scientific gen...

Greenhouse gas research nets Google jet fuel deal

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013
Global cooling, time magazine

California-based Google is a company famously flush with cash. Last year, the internet giant earned $50 billion in annual revenue for the first time. From that revenue, the company took home nearly $11 billion in earnings. These earnings, and Google’s expert deployment of its cash, have made th...

NSA scandal could take huge toll on CA capital-gains revenue

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Will the ever-burgeoning NSA spying scandal come back to haunt Jerry Brown and other state leaders when they craft the next budget? Given how much they are counting on capital-gains revenue from executives who cash in their stock holdings in California's currently thriving high-tech industries,...

Google’s first U.S.-built smart phone coming to TX, not CA

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

June 4, 2013 By John Seiler As I reported yesterday, Apple is building its new GPU unit in Florida, not California. Now this: "Google-owned Motorola is working on a new smartphone that is made up of the things you’d expect: It’s lighter, thinner and faster than its predecessors, with cool new...