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University of California Not Producing Enough Engineers, Cal Dean Charges

July 19, 2013 | 5:30 am

University of California Not Producing Enough Engineers, Cal Dean Charges

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As the University of California prepares for its new president, Janet Napolitano, the dean of its top engineering college is charging the public university with failing to meet the national and global demand for high-tech talent. In the U.S. about 4 percent of all bachelor’s degrees are in engineering, compared with 19 percent in Asia […]

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Historic Napa Winery Domaine Chandon Turns 40 on Bastille Day (Sunday)

July 12, 2013 | 5:00 pm

Historic Napa Winery Domaine Chandon Turns 40 on Bastille Day (Sunday)

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This Sunday is Bastille Day. As France celebrates the birth of its republic, the first French winery in Napa Valley is celebrating its 40th birthday. Domaine Chandon was an epic business experiment. Its French parent company Moet & Chandon invested $22 million – a lot of money at the time – to test if they could make […]

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State’s Tech and Agriculture Industries Target House GOP In Immigration Reform Battle

July 11, 2013 | 8:14 am

State’s Tech and Agriculture Industries Target House GOP In Immigration Reform Battle

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Two of California’s biggest industries — tech and agriculture — are gearing up for an immigration reform battle in the U.S. House of Representatives. They are targeting those lawmakers who can help get a bill passed by going around the Republican majority. The U.S. Senate passed an immigration bill before the July recess that, by […]

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Silicon Valley Start-Up Offers Online Divorce Help

June 4, 2013 | 5:30 am

Silicon Valley Start-Up Offers Online Divorce Help

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So you met your spouse through online dating, and things aren’t going so well? No matter: Now there’s online divorce assistance too. The Silicon Valley start-up Wevorce aims to change the legal process from one driven by lawyers to one powered by software. Wevorce just launched a national service that uses surveys, video tutorials and […]

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SF’s Gascon Pushes For Data-Driven Approach in Tracking Offenders … and Prosecutors

May 1, 2013 | 6:30 am

SF’s Gascon Pushes For Data-Driven Approach in Tracking Offenders … and Prosecutors

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The San Francisco district attorney’s office is just around the corner from some of the world’s most cutting-edge data collectors and data miners. Yet, according to DA George Gascon, his office is stuck in the 1970s. To leap forward a few decades, Gascon has hired his first chief information officer. Now he’s got to warm […]

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How a Phony Tweet Moved the Markets: 71 Characters That Briefly Shook the Financial World

April 24, 2013 | 9:33 am

How a Phony Tweet Moved the Markets: 71 Characters That Briefly Shook the Financial World

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Early yesterday afternoon East Coast time, someone managed to get access to the Associated Press Twitter account and sent out the following message: “Breaking: Two explosions in the White House and Barack Obama is injured.” That tweet, sent out at 1:07 p.m. EDT, triggered an almost unbelievably swift response in the nation’s financial markets. The […]

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On Immigration, High Tech and Ag Don’t Meet, Literally

April 5, 2013 | 10:13 am

On Immigration, High Tech and Ag Don’t Meet, Literally

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As Congress takes up comprehensive immigration reform, people from different walks of life will have to come together for the effort to succeed. In California, no two places illustrate the bridges that must be built better than Silicon Valley and the Central Valley. Yet it’s proving difficult for high tech and agriculture to span the […]

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Why Silicon Valley Is Losing Foreign-Born Talent

March 21, 2013 | 5:50 am

Why Silicon Valley Is Losing Foreign-Born Talent

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As immigration laws make it harder for foreigners to stay and work in the U.S., Silicon Valley is losing some of its most promising talent — and its unrivaled reputation as ground zero for tech innovation. Those who came here for education or to take a stab at fame and fortune are no longer waiting […]

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Go to Jail for Violating Terms of Service? Reddit Hopes Not

March 18, 2013 | 1:03 pm

Go to Jail for Violating Terms of Service? Reddit Hopes Not

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You know those terms of service you didn’t read but signed anyway? The thousands of words of legalese you blithely ignored when you clicked “accept” at the bottom of the page? They could come back to haunt you. It turns out that some prosecutors consider violations of such contracts a criminal offense. Now Reddit, the […]

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Should NPR Start an Online Dating Site?

February 14, 2013 | 8:55 am

Should NPR Start an Online Dating Site?

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Public radio listeners: make babies together! That was the slogan from Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ during a recent pledge drive. When I posted this plea to my Facebook page, multiple friends responded with this: Tell NPR to start an online dating site! Hmm, okay. I decided to play business consultant and find out if […]

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