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CA’s automated cars ready to roll

With remarkable speed, California’s top technologists have reached a breakthrough point in their development of automated cars. Automated vehicles from seven companies have hit Golden State freeways, with more to come. Dramatizing the developments, one firm’s team of engineers and scientists

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CA tech geniuses: Global warming strategy a flop

The smartest climate scientists at Google’s Silicon Valley research labs have now joined one of the most brilliant Microsoft techies in concluding that the conventional wisdom about how to fight global warming can’t succeed. John Seiler and George Will, among

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Uber nabs Apple exec

On July 4 on our site, James Poulos wrote about Uber and other ride-sharing companies’ battles with some existing taxi companies over insurance. Steven Greenhut also wrote about it in the U-T San Diego. However that turns out, Uber almost certainly is

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CA innovators lead on tech surveillance

Some of California’s lesser-known players in tech have seized the initiative in shaping the nation’s surveillance culture. Many Americans are familiar with the Taser, a nonlethal device used by law enforcement to shock and immobilize. Fewer are aware that the Taser

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Light-rail love affair: CA pols, media stuck in 1980s

Californians with a green streak are in love with mass transit — at least when it involves rail. Buses are far better at helping people, especially poor people, to and from work. But there’s something about rail and how it

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Judge green lights Silicon Valley class action suit

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

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Andreessen: Does company HQ in CA violate fiduciary duty?

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

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Will CA GOP emerge as defenders of embattled techies, tech firms? 0

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

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Anti-Google ‘terrorism’ endorsed by editor for S.F.-based Salon 3

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

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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

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