How much will you pay to say you've seen the Rolling Stones? In 30 years, when Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are either dead and buried, or are liquid-preserved human heads running a cybernetic body, how badly will you want to tell your (grand-) kids that yes, you saw the real Rolling Stones live? ... More >>
Last month, Hewlett-Packard announced that it had gotten played by one of its acquisitions. Autonomy, a British software maker it purchased for $11.7 billion in August 2011, was not worth as much as HP thought. "[S]ome former members of Autonomy's management team used accounting improprieties, mis ... More >>
More than 20,000 Bay Citizen readers didn't receive their daily newsletters this morning. An irate reader's e-mail complaint that the online newspaper was sending him unwanted pleas for his money led its internet service provider to shut the Bay Citizen down as a suspected spammer.That irate read ... More >>
Fast Company has published what might be the best, clearest look at the how the contours of the tech landscape are shaping themselves, and how that landscape has come to be dominated by four companies. I was alerted to the article via a tweet by Chronicle tech reporter Casey Newton who characte ... More >>
He may be 77, but he's still up for a little legal one-on-one. William "Bill" Russell, the former USF basketball star and Celtics player from the late '50s and '60s, is suing the NCAA and Electronic Arts for using his likeness for a popular video game without paying him. Russell claims the compan ... More >>
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs has died. Media outlets are reporting that Apple announced the 56-year-old tech guru died peacefully today surrounded by his family. Jobs died a day after Apple released the iPhone 4s and nearly two months after he resigned as CEO of the company.Apple's Board of ... More >>
Now gays are really going to be bad for businessIt wasn't enough that Apple pulled its iTunes store from the Christian Values Network, which is decidedly antigay. A San Francisco blogger is now asking people everywhere to boycott those retailers that are still enrolled in the Christian shopping w ... More >>
You'll have to wait two more months to Watch the Throne.Last week, Jay-Z and Kanye West announced their Watch the Throne Tour. It was scheduled to stop at San Jose's HP Pavilion on October 16, but apparently all royal marriages take time, and now there will be a two-month delay.
Cisco Systems is planning to cut up to 10,000 jobs, Bloomberg News reported late Monday. That's obviously a huge number, but it seems even huger if you think of it this way: It represents more than half the number of jobs the entire U.S. economy created in June.The numbers will be large en ... More >>
Remember the good ol' days, when companies that did terrible things tried to hide their behavior? Those days are gone. Just witness the American technology companies shamelessly scrambling to get in on a government project in China that is almost certainly designed to help the repressive regime s ... More >>
Bait and switchGroupon is being accused of defrauding consumers by purchasing advertisements on Google for services the company did not offer, according to a federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco. A Google search for "San Francisco Tours" on Feb. 24, for example, purportedly returned the followi ... More >>
If anonymous hearsay says it, it must be true.Is Google today's incarnation of Alan Freed, the 1950s R&B disc jockey accused of taking payments to play certain songs? TechCrunch cites anonymous sources suggesting something like that.A major agency "is pushing a ton of advertising dollars thro ... More >>
Christopher VictorioPing will let Lady Gaga reach out to her fans in new ways.Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced today that his company is hopping on the social network bandwagon with a service, called Ping, that will connect music fans, musicians, and their friends and followers. Jobs describes Ping ... More >>
techfreep.comGoogle headquarters in Mountain ViewToday at noon, roughly 100 people assembled at the entrance of Google's headquarters in Mountain View. According to Yolanda Hippensteele, who was involved in coordinating the rally on behalf of the Save the Internet coalition, protesters hailed fro ... More >>
Now that Apple CEO Steve Jobs has announced he'll take an illness-related leave of absence, the global faithful are asking themselves: Wait a minute; which is it? Is he the all-knowing, all-being master of lightness and dark, as we've been led to believe? Or is he a mere flesh-and-blood mortal? As i ... More >>
Silicon Valley stalwart Hewlett-Packard is reeling, under investigation for invading the privacy of journalists and its own board members. Do you see a way out for the computing giant?
Over the Hedge wants you to feel bad about what it's selling, which is everything
Making a case for libraries
As a simple Internet search engine has grown into a billion-dollar tech behemoth, the question becomes: Is Google good? Take quiz, find out.
Why Tom Ammiano's plans to create a city-owned broadband network are a boondoggle-in-the-making
Sportsclub/LA San Francisco
If fighting terrorism requires a stimulated economy, no move could be more welcome than the dismantling of Pac Bell
How the boys at OSC -- the hippest high-tech start-up ever -- created the magical software that lets any garage band in America record studio-quality CDs. And then lost the magic almost overnight.
The Internet's version of the Hatfields and the McCoys just escalated
Police call Bernard Temple the meanest hit man ever to roam the gang-infested streets of Bayview-Hunters Point. Temple calls himself a soul-jacker -- someone who kills to steal the spiritual power of his victims.