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Oct 28, 2010

Special report: Tech money flows to Whitman, bypasses Fiorina

SAN JOSE/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Valentine’s Ball thrown by venture capitalist Alan Salzman and his wife Jillian Manus every year is one of Silicon Valley’s hottest tickets. People are still talking about the Bailey’s Irish Cream flowing from the nipples of ice sculptures at the soiree last year.

This year a “barrel full of monkeys” — actually, live performers in monkey suits — greeted guests to the couple’s themed grounds in the swanky Northern California town of Atherton. The black tie and costume benefit for cancer draws CEOs, friends — and up to $750,000 in donations.

Oct 27, 2010

India’s IT sector aims to soften image as Obama visits

MUMBAI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to India puts the spotlight on its $60 billion IT sector, which argues it is a creator of jobs in the United States and should not be blamed for high unemployment.

An increase in U.S. visa fees, a ban on offshoring by the state of Ohio and the industry’s portrayal in campaign ads as a drain of U.S. jobs has set a frosty tone ahead of Obama’s visit to India in early November.

Oct 27, 2010

India’s IT aims to soften image as Obama visits

MUMBAI/SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 27 (Reuters) – U.S. President
Barack Obama’s visit to India puts the spotlight on its $60
billion IT sector, which argues it is a creator of jobs in the
United States and should not be blamed for high unemployment.

An increase in U.S. visa fees, a ban on offshoring by the
state of Ohio and the industry’s portrayal in campaign ads as a
drain of U.S. jobs has set a frosty tone ahead of Obama’s visit
to India in early November.

Oct 21, 2010

Money, polls rebuff California green law challenge

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Californians lean against ballot Proposition 23 to suspend the state’s landmark climate change law, a new poll showed on Thursday, after a week when donations by founders of Microsoft Corp and Google Inc and other technology executives poured in against the measure.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Intel Corp co-founder Gordon Moore, “Avatar” filmmaker James Cameron, and the National Wildlife Federation in the last week donated millions to defeat California Proposition 23, state campaign finance records show.

Oct 21, 2010

U.S. appeals court stays ruling on gays in military

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the Pentagon may temporarily reinstate a ban on openly gay men and women in uniform while a lengthier stay in favour of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is considered.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco added to the disarray surrounding a landmark legal battle that already has forced the U.S. military to welcome openly gay recruits for the first time.

Oct 21, 2010

Appeals court stays ruling on gays in military

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that the Pentagon may temporarily reinstate a ban on openly gay men and women in uniform while a lengthier stay in favor of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy is considered.

The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco added to the disarray surrounding a landmark legal battle that already has forced the U.S. military to welcome openly gay recruits for the first time.

Oct 20, 2010

Fight over gays in military moves to appeals court

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – The Obama administration asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to let the Pentagon reinstate its ban on openly gay men and women serving in the military while it appeals a lower-court ruling that struck down the policy.

The request for an emergency stay was filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco even as some gay veterans expelled under the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy have sought to reenlist in a test of the lower-court ruling.

Oct 14, 2010

California greenhouse gas trade to start “gently”

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – California’s climate change chief expects a gentle start to a scheme to trade greenhouse gases, as the recession has done much of the work of cutting pollution by idling businesses and people.

The state late this month will unveil details of a plan to cap the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and let big power plants and factories trade rights to emit carbon dioxide.

Oct 13, 2010

California governor debate turns into verbal brawl

SAN RAFAEL, California (Reuters) – A debate between California gubernatorial candidates turned heated and personal on Tuesday as Republican Internet billionaire Meg Whitman and veteran Democratic politician Jerry Brown belittled each other’s proposals and abilities.

Brown has a small lead in opinion polls ahead of the November 2 election in the race to run the troubled U.S. state, but the debate showed the former eBay Inc CEO’s competitive streak.

Oct 12, 2010

Google green energy czar: It’s a bit bleak

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Google Inc’s (GOOG.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) search for cheap renewable energy has not found many great breakthrough ideas, and the company’s focus has shifted toward funding big projects from financing risky technologies, the company’s green energy czar said on Tuesday.

Google in 2007 launched a project to develop renewable energy cheaper than coal, the world’s biggest power plant fuel, and for a year it launched a flurry of investments in small alternative energy companies with promising technologies.

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