Silicon Valley– why it’s still best for entrepreneurs

December 8, 2011

Let Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ruminate all he wants about how if he were starting Facebook today, he’d do it in Boston. There’s still no substitute for Silicon Valley, according to a panel of venture capitalists at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School offices in San Francisco.

Apple details “spaceship” headquarters design

December 8, 2011

Apple’s hometown now has more details on the consumer device giant’s new spaceship-like campus, a pet project of recently deceased co-founder Steve Jobs.

Verizon, Netflix and those darn bloggers aka Reuters

December 7, 2011

Lowell McAdam, Verizon CEO

Bear with us a minute while we toot our horn (again) and point to our story on Verizon’s plans to launch an online Netflix competitor next year. Needless to say, we were pleased to get it out there first, but it’s probably unsurprising that Verizon was not ready with a press release as it hammer out deals with programmers.

Tech wrap: Another PR debacle for RIM

December 7, 2011

Research In Motion has unceremoniously dumped the “BBX” brand name it had chosen two months ago for its new BlackBerry operating system after a U.S. court embarrassed the beleaguered smartphone maker by slapping a temporary ban on its use.

SuVolta takes wraps off battery-friendly chip technology

December 7, 2011

Silicon Valley start-up SuVolta is giving the electronics industry a peek under the hood at its new technology that it claims will drastically boost the energy efficiency of microchips.

Tech wrap: Verizon to take on Netflix

December 6, 2011

Verizon Communications plans to launch a standalone service allowing customers to stream movies and television shows over the Web, in a fresh challenge to Netflix and the traditional cable TV business, according to several people briefed on the plan.

A more controlled stumbling with StumbleUpon channels

December 6, 2011

It’s been two-and-half years since online social media service StumbleUpon hit the eject button from eBay, its one-time corporate parent.

Viacom chief Dauman plays down Nickelodeon ratings dip, sees more ads

December 5, 2011

Viacom CEO Phillipe Dauman

Viacom Chief Executive Phillipe Dauman tried to play down the Nickelodeon surprise double-digit ratings drop in September as a Nielsen glitch which is being worked on and would not impact the upcoming quarter.

Tech wrap: Facebook grabs Gowalla team

December 5, 2011

Facebook has hired the co-founders of Gowalla, one of the pioneering companies that developed the concept of “checking in” at real-world locations with mobile phones. “While Facebook isn’t acquiring the Gowalla service or technology, we’re sure that the inspiration behind Gowalla will make its way into Facebook over time,” Facebook says.

‘Twilight’ movie wins slow box office weekend

December 4, 2011

The newest “Twilight” vampire movie ruled the domestic box office for a third time with $16.9 million in ticket sales over one of the slowest movie-going weekends of the year, studio estimates released on Sunday showed.