New “Twilight” film takes $283.5 mln global bite

November 20, 2011

The new “Twilight” vampire movie opened with a massive $283.5 million in worldwide ticket sales over the weekend as passionate fans filled theaters for the beginning of a two-part finale for the hugely popular supernatural love story.

Google’s Brin, wife donate $500,000 to keep Wikipedia going

November 18, 2011

Very few have missed Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales’ picture looming on all of the pages of the user-generated information website.

Tech wrap: Is Ray Lane HP’s agent of change?

November 18, 2011

When Ray Lane took over as chairman of Hewlett-Packard Co a year ago, little did he know that he would soon be presiding over another ugly CEO transition and drawing withering criticism for what investors and analysts viewed as incompetence on the part of the HP board. Now, as executive chairman, the respected Silicon Valley veteran and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capitalist has his reputation on the line as he tries to get the iconic computer maker back on track.

Orascape: How Marc Andreessen narrowly escaped working for Larry Ellison

November 18, 2011

By Sarah McBride and Poornima Gupta

In 1996, software giant Oracle Corp. came close to buying browser company Netscape Communications, but negotiations fell apart after Oracle’s board decided paying for Netscape would require too much dilution of Oracle’s stock.

Newest “Twilight” film flies into theaters

November 18, 2011

Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner pose ahead of German premiere in Berlin

Twihards are breathing new life into movie theaters this weekend.

Congress plans Facebook “hackathon” to boost engagement with public

November 17, 2011

Top legislators on both sides of the aisle in the U.S. House of Representatives said on Thursday they will work with Facebook engineers and independent developers to make it easier for the public to engage with lawmakers and follow the legislative process.

Tech wrap: Angie’s List shares surge on market debut

November 17, 2011

Shares of consumer review website Angie’s List surged as much as 44 percent on their market debut Thursday as investors continued to lap up internet offerings, but concerns about the company’s profitability could loom on the stock, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal provides some backstory on how the Angie’s market listing marks the end of a journey started 16 years ago.

Windows L8?

November 17, 2011

Microsoft’s next operating system — provisionally known as Windows 8 — may not hit the shelves until early 2013, one respected company-watcher thinks, giving Apple, Google and Amazon more time to fine-tune their tablet offerings.

Murdoch backs progressive U.S. immigration policy

November 17, 2011

News Corp Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch on Thursday said the United States should work harder at making itself a more attractive country for people to emigrate to, as an important route back to enabling economic growth.
Murdoch, 80, who was born in Melbourne, Australia, became a naturalized a U.S. citizen in 1985.

Cash, credit or a big smile?

November 17, 2011

We do everything with our smartphones now: reading, writing, photography, music. And, to paraphrase that old American Express commercial, we never leave home without it. But the one smartphone function that hasn’t exactly exploded yet — and really should have already — is paying for things.