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Lobbyists behind SOPA now wooing Silicon Valley companies

Chamber Of Commerce, Main Lobbyists Behind SOPA, Suddenly Wooing Silicon Valley (via Techdirt) The US Chamber of Commerce doesn’t have a particularly good reputation among innovators for a very good reason. It’s the epitome of protecting legacy players from innovation, using backroom lobbying and dealmaking, and representing the interests of……

How the tech industry’s youth culture is driving workers over 30 to plastic surgery

You don’t have to be young to work in Silicon Valley – but it certainly helps. Which is why the over-30s are now taking extreme measures. According to a chilling – well, chilling for anyone over the age of 30 with ambitions to work, and keep working, in what looks…

Tech titans gather in Silicon Valley to make winners of ‘Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences’ into instant millionaires

Silicon Valley hosts lavish ceremony for Breakthrough prize that aims to give scientists celebrity status and inspire interest in life’s ‘big questions’ Silicon Valley has a tendency to tackle social ills with big ideas, its feisty startups revolutionising everything from healthcare to education. Now a handful of billionaire engineers have…

44 members of Congress to court tech startup communities in September

The worlds of Silicon Valley and Capitol Hill are still separated by more than just thousands of miles. The two cultures – one predicated on agility and risk, the other on process and consultation – occupy opposite…  …

Senate Democrats hold fast to anti-piracy bill

By all accounts, the Internet’s first politically motivated mass work-stoppage on Wednesday was a rousing success, and so far 13 19 U.S. Senators have flipped their stance on pending anti-piracy legislation that critics say would severely harm the freedom of speech online. But the real story is, all but two…

Facebook ‘likes’ New York high-tech scene

NEW YORK — New York City is already the US capital of advertising, fashion, finance and media. Now it wants to be its high-tech center too. The Big Apple’s ambition to rival Silicon Valley with its own Silicon Alley received a big boost when Facebook announced Friday that it will…

eBay profit rises as shoppers turn to smartphones

SAN FRANCISCO — Online auction and financial transactions powerhouse eBay said Wednesday that profit in the recently ended quarter climbed as commerce shifts to smartphones and tablet computers. The Silicon Valley company reported that its net income in the quarter ending September 30 rose to $490.5 million as revenue leapt…

Facebook to allow users to follow posts by strangers

Facebook is letting members follow strangers Twitter-style in the latest of a barrage of data maelstrom-taming moves since rival social network Google+ launched in June. “Google+ was a major wake-up call for Facebook,” said analyst Rob Enderle of Enderle Group in Silicon Valley. “They were awakened to the fact that…

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