<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Tech News]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/tech http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:50:17 -0800 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 18:50:17 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Canada Trying to Lure Silicon Valley Based-Expats Home]]> Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:29:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/456032710.jpg

There are as many as 350,000 Canadians living and working in Silicon Valley.

And Canadian tech firms would like to change that.

Technology startups located in Canada are offering top jobs, big pay, and the "chance to stamp their mark on a nascent industry" to Canadian nationals willing to take their tech talent home to Canadian startups, according to Reuters.

There's a blossoming tech hub near the cities of Waterloo and Kitchener in Ontario, where some former BlackBerry workers are at startups, the wire service reproted.

While the pay is lower in Canada, so is the asking price for an apartment -- and the commute is easier, too.

So far, Hootsuite, Wattpad and Shopify are the most-successful Canadian tech startups, according to Reuters.

But in addition to the easier living conditions, the Canadian government is also offering grants and tax credits.

Could tech start flowing north?

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<![CDATA[Bus Drivers Say Tech Company Shuttles Create Safety Hazards]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 19:01:22 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1126-2014-VTABus.jpg

Public bus drivers in the South Bay are issuing a warning to corporate employee shuttles for high tech companies, saying they are creating a safety hazard by parking in the public bus stops -- and they are demanding change.

VTA drivers said the corporate shuttles pull up at the stops, creating a public safety hazard for riders and other commuters. It is happening in Mountain View, Milpitas, and San Jose.

Riders said those buses are being delayed because somewhere along the route, some private vehicles park in a public bus stop.

"It makes other people late for their appointments," VTA rider Gabriel Zuniga said. "They have to start being more respectful."

“It makes everybody have to wait longer," another VTA rider Ramona Zuniga said. "And they shouldn’t be parked there in the first place.”

Just months ago this same issue created controversy in San Francisco when big groups began surrounding the private buses in protest.

Under a pilot program, shuttles in San Francisco now pay a nominal fee to stop at some Muni locations. The VTA is now working on a similar strategy in the South Bay.

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<![CDATA[Report: Uber Now Valued At $40 Billion]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 15:04:34 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/4532534881.jpg

Bloomberg is reporting that T. Rowe Price and Fidelity Investments, two firms that handle many Americans' retirement accounts, are thinking about buying into Uber during the app-hailed taxi alternative's latest round of fundraising.

And Uber is seeking funds at a valuation that's risen to as high as $40 billion, according to the unnamed sources.

This would suggest that there has yet to be much long-standing fallout over Uber's spying scandal, in which an executive suggested digging into a journalist's personal data.

T. Rowe Price had earlier declined to fund Uber, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

Rumors about an additional fundraising round for Uber have been circulating for the last month, with other valuations pegged at $25 billion.

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<![CDATA[Apple Security Guards Want Better Pay, Conditions]]> Thu, 27 Nov 2014 16:58:43 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/455724848.jpg

Apple's security guards are attempting to unionize and want better working conditions which seems to mean a higher rate of pay and full-time hours, according to a report.

United Service Works West, along with the civil rights activist Rev. Jess Jackson, have called on Apple to create a better workplace for the security guards who average about $19.77 an hour, according to the San Jose Mercury News. 

Tech companies' use of contract workers to do janitorial, food service, security and drive buses, have arguably created a two-tier employee system. Tech workers get great pay, perks and benefits, while the service workers are paid considerably less and do not have any employee perks such as free onsite lunches, yoga or child care. Google recently put security guards on its payroll, where they will receive all the benefits of a Google employee.

The divide is an economic one, but also a racial one, too. The majority of service workers are black and Latino, according to reports.

Jackson wrote a letter to Apple chief Tim Cook to look at how its security guards are being treated by their contractor Security Industry Specialists and "urged him to take a stand," the Mercury News reported. "Part of the narrative of their firm is equitable and first-class leadership," Jackson told the newspaper. "As they grow at such a rapid pace, they should have world-class working conditions for their workers from the bottom up."

While SIS has argued their pay is higher than average across the Valley, a union spokesman pointed out that many of its listings are for part-time employment rather than full-time -- an impossible amount of money to live on in the Bay Area.

The question is whether tech companies with dragon's hoards of cash will put these men and women on their payroll or continue to treat them as contract workers. Putting them on the payroll would mean minimal problems or transition, but for some, perhaps saving that extra bit of cash is worth the negative publicity.


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<![CDATA[Start-Up Pledges to Keep Packages Safe]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 00:42:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1125-2014-Doorman.jpg

A San Francisco start-up wants to make sure you never miss a package again, or have one stolen off your doorstep. Doorman delivers boxes and envelopes to your door, when you are home.

“Shopping behavior online is changing dramatically,” said Co-Founder of Doorman Kapil Israni. “People are getting their toilet paper online. The problem is they're never home to get their package."

Doorman gives its customers an address to use when purchasing online. That package goes to the company’s warehouse, and customers are alerted when it arrives. The user can then respond with what time they’ll be home that night. One of the part-time contracted drivers then takes the package to your front door and texts you when they’re outside. Deliveries are made between 6 p.m. and midnight, seven days a week.

"This is our attempt to modernize the last broken piece of e-commerce,” said Co-Founder Zander Adell.

Packages arrive the same day they would if you ordered directly from a retailer. The cost is $4 per package, or $20 dollars a month. The hope, is you'll never miss a package again.

“There's nothing worse than getting a door tag. I'd rather get a parking ticket,” said customer Michele Mandell.

“If I'm not home, (other delivery companies) just return it. Then I have to take my car to the center and lose 3-4 hours,” said customer Loic Le Meur.

For now, Doorman is only available in San Francisco, but there are other options in the Bay Area.

Amazon has lockers you can ship packages to, and pick them up when you’re available.

If you ship through the Postal Service, you're urged to insure your package and make sure the box or envelope has to be signed for when it arrives. You can also track its progress online.

"One thing people do is have a trusted neighbor keep an eye out for their packages and say, 'hey, I'm expecting something, can you keep an eye out for it, and I'll do the same,” said USPS Spokesperson Augustine Ruiz.

The Postal Service announced its employees will begin delivering seven days a week through the holidays. USPS expects to deliver 12 percent more packages this holiday season than the same time last year. That equals more than 450 million packages.

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<![CDATA[Drivers Say They Will Drive Less for Uber: Report]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 20:36:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/453253488.jpg

In the wake of Uber's privacy scandal, 45 percent of Uber drivers said they would drive less for the service -- including 13 percent who said they'd stop driving for Travis Kalanick's ride-sharing company altogether, according to Forbes.

Forbes reports that an analytics platform surveyed 184 drivers who provide rides via the app and found that 55 percent wouldn't change their habits. The other 45 percent surveyed said they would either drive less or not at all.

The driver fallout follows a wave of Uber users who said they would uninstall the app after BuzzFeed revealed an Uber exec's mention of the ability to find out where certain tech journalists had been.

Forbes also reported drivers were also asked to rate their love of the app from 1 to 5, with 1 having "disdain" for the app -- 1 received the most votes.

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<![CDATA[Security Breaches Spark Call for New Credit Card Technology]]> Tue, 25 Nov 2014 18:47:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/credit+cards+generic.jpg San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon is urging business owners to adopt a new credit card technology that inclues a microchip and pin number for each card. Michelle Roberts reports.

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<![CDATA[3-D Printing Gives Chance to Little Girl Born With Heart Defect ]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 06:31:49 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/195*120/11-24-14_Heart-Defect-Surgery-Hensel.JPG

Esther Perez was born with heart defects that could have taken her young life, but thanks to a series of breakthrough procedures at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the now-14-month-old little girl is thriving.

Using a series of conventional MRIs, 3-D MRIs and an incredible printer that reconstructed a model of the girl’s heart, doctors were able to plan her surgery, practice it and reduce her risks and increase her chances of survival.

That was the first miracle for her mother, Martha Perez, who found about her daughter's medical problem while she was still in the womb.

"I stop the pregnancy, or continue. Maybe the baby will be born for just five, 10 minutes, and then the baby maybe will be dying," she recalled, near tears.

Perez credits her faith with helping her to make it through the pregnancy, but when Esther was born, things looked bleak.

Her cardiologist said the baby just wasn’t getting enough oxygen to her body.

An early surgery provided a temporary fix, but as time went on it became clear a second, much more serious operation was needed.

Doctors decided the innovations could help, including creating a life-size model of Esther’s heart.

The paper-and-plastic model was an exact replica of Esther’s heart, so doctors could explore and strategize before the actual surgery.

"As soon as we opened the heart, it was exactly as I had seen before, so making the patch and doing the connections were quite straightforward," said Dr. Richard Kim, the cardiothoracic surgeon who operated on Esther.

Similar heart surgeries were done long before the 3-D technology was available, but doctors said it has helped increase the effectiveness and safety of similar operations.

Dr. Kim said Esther now stands a very good chance of having a healthy, normal life.

Perez said she’s grateful for the chance her daughter has been given.

"It’s a miracle," she said.

<![CDATA[7 Tech Trends for 2015]]> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 10:34:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP836878317132.jpg

Will 2015 be the year of wearable tech?

The long-awaited Apple Watch will be making its debut in early 2015 and consumers will be able to get their hands on newly available 3D printers to make food and collectibles. Smart home devices are also among the hot tech trends in the new year, experts say.

“It’s a world of synced devices that will become mainstream in 2015," said Stacy Glasgow, a Chicago-based consumer trends consultant for market research firm Mintel. "It’s no longer about startups or early adopters. We’re seeing a lot of big retailers giving consumers smart products and devices.”

Glasgow said that in Mintel’s research, the company found that 59 percent of U.S. consumers were interested in using an app or device to control their home. About 22 percent already owned a wearable device already. “We definitely see that number in a position to grow,” she said.

Eric Openshaw, vice chairman and U.S. technology, media and telecom leader for Deloitte based in San Francisco, said that the wearable technology market is exploding but is probably going to be more important for businesses rather than consumers.

“I think there are huge benefits for the industrial user,” he said.

Coye Cheshire, an associate professor for the School of Information at the University of California at Berkeley, said most of the trends we’re seeing have to do with playing with user data.

“It’s called instrumenting the experience,” he said. “It’s all these apps, such as fitness apps or other metrics, capturing user data and returning it back to the consumer.” The hype is exciting, but he said society is not quite sure what it really wants to know. “The assumption is that if there’s more of this data and you turn it back to the people it will equal better experience, but it remains highly unknown if that’s the case.”

Here's a list of seven tech trends for 2015:


The TellSpec is a small spectroscope that uses a beam of infrared light to figure out the composition of food and help users determine exactly how many calories and grams of fat, protein or carbohydrates they are consuming just with a wave of the device. The TellSpec shoots the information to a smartphone (Android or iOS) where users can see not only the vital stats of the food, but also if it contains allergens like eggs or gluten. The company has been busy scanning foods so the spectroscope has a full database and can identify traces of ingredients, according to Fast Company.

Cheshire seemed interested but not optimistic about the scanner. “Will some people carry them around? There are a small amount of people who are responsible for almost all the uptick of all devices,” he said of the new adopters. But will it be popular with the mainstream – that’s another story.

Wearable Technology

The Apple Watch will likely be a must-have for those who want both a status symbol and a stylish timepiece (they come in different colors, from sensible stainless steel to elegant 18K rose gold). Other wearable tech, such as Google Glass, have already made their debut and caused the public to crave more gadgets like it. Samsung is launching a new platform, Samsung Architecture for Multimodal Interactions (also dubbed SAMI), to capitalize on wearables. Expect to see more offerings from Microsoft, Motorola, Jawbone and others, including the Polo Tech Shirt which also offers biometric readings with a designer label.

Gartner Inc. predicts more wearable tech will come on the market because our society is becoming increasingly mobile and wants it available in more environments, including work. Cheshire said that cheaper sensors are making it possible. “This is the early stage of wearable technology and different companies are trying to throw things at the wall and see what sticks,” he said. "If were playing futurist, I wouldn’t bet on many of these things being around in a few years."

Smart Appliances and Smart Homes

“Virtually every large appliance is looking at the ‘Internet of Things,’ from sensor technology to smartphones to home networks,” Openshaw said of today's smart appliances and machines. Both Nest and Apple have devised ways to tell your house to turn on lights, adjust the thermostat or record TV programs via your smartphone, and you can expect to see more in 2015.

According to GigaOm, small startups are also joining the smart home movement by adding Bluetooth so users can control light bulbs, outlets or even receive pictures with their smartphone of who is knocking at your door. Expect all these apps to work with voice integration, so you will literally be talking to your smartphone to start your dryer or start preheating the oven.

Digitized Dining

We’re all familiar with making reservations online with apps such as OpenTable or finding food online via GrubHub, but now more restaurants are letting you order your food online. Already Pizza Hut offers that capability (and receives half of its online orders from mobile devices) as does Panda Express. Some Chili’s and Applebee’s provide tablets for customers to order, while McDonald’s and White Castle are also working on a touch-screen customizing kiosk, which may do away with a cashier altogether.

“I think the trend is rooted to an unprecedented expectation for on-demand convenience,” Glasgow said. “It’s this new immediacy in shopping and food service.” She said to expect more “blurring” between online and brick-and-mortar stores.

Paying With Your Phone

The idea of “click and pay” with a smartphone has been around for the last few years, but perhaps it needed Apple’s new iPhone 6 to bring the mobile payment system to the mainstream. Security professionals say it's a "significant improvement over using a credit card" and Apple said it "doesn't collect your purchase history, so we don't know what you bought, where you bought it or how much you paid for it."

But there are still some issues. According to Consumer Reports, a reporter used his wife’s credit card after scanning it into his iPhone without impunity or questions and in October, Bank of America apologized for charging customers twice for purchases they made using the system.

Cheshire said that digital payment isn't enough to the transaction more seamless. “Paying by your phone alone doesn’t make it efficient,” he said, “but if you also make an order and pay for it with the same phone it can be.”


It may sound a bit creepy, and your teenagers will hate it, but keeping tabs on your entire family at all times is now a reality with this free Life360 app.

“If I had an application for (my kids aged) 11 to 12 so I could know what they’re doing, I would be thrilled,” Openshaw said.

Parents will likely love the “Places” part of the app that is literally a map that shows everyone in the circle coming or going from certain spots and alerts users when members have left or have entered a specific area.

“I think the social implication is that we’re raising our kids to know they can’t be trusted or trust people in general,” Cheshire said. Glasgow disagreed, saying that it may calm parental anxieties. “If I have an application for (my kids aged) 11 to 12 to know what they’re doing, I would be thrilled,” Openshaw said.

3D Printers

How would you like to have a printer that can create a gun or a pizza? Apparently many people are interested. The shipments of 3D printers will double in 2015 and double again in 2016, according to Gartner Inc. Previously the domain of scientific labs or universities, 3D printers have captured the interest of the masses perhaps because it can reduce costs and create facsimiles almost instantly.

“We see another trend that consumers are finding they enjoy making things on their own and I think 3D printing facilitates that,” Glasgow said, mentioning the beauty of 3D printer Mink which can create custom-colored eye shadow or lipstick.

Consumers may also be interested in exploring cuisine with the Foodini, a 3D printer that creates your favorite foods from “sweet to savory” according to CNN. Lynette Kucsma, co-founder of Natural Machines which creates the Foodini, says a consumer version of its product will be out soon and retail for around $1,000.

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<![CDATA[Company Unveils Electronically-Powered Skates]]> Mon, 24 Nov 2014 06:18:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1121-2014-RocketSkates.jpg

Forget walking or rollerblading — how about rocket skating?

California-based company Acton has developed electronically-powered skates that can propel the wearer up to 12 miles per hour — no pushing required.

Founders said the idea was inspired by "Iron Man," "Inspector Gadget" and "The Jetsons."

"The idea of just being able to slide around the urban environment is very exciting," said Peter Treadway, co-founder of Acton. "It's kind of like a magic carpet for your feet."

The skates were released this week and sell for $500 a pair.

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<![CDATA[Silicon Valley CEOs Say More Immigrant Visas Needed to Keep Tech Industry Strong]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 19:11:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_barack_obama_accion_ejecutiva_inmigrantes.jpg NBC Bay Area's Business and Tech reporter shows how the immigration debate also impacts visas for highly-educated tech workers.]]> <![CDATA[Apple Plans to Include Beats Music Service in iOS]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:06:05 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/173223604.jpg

Apple plans to incorporate its Beats music service, which it paid $3 billion for a few months ago, into its iOS mobile platform used on its iPads and iPhones.

The news comes from an unnamed source, the New York Times reported, and Apple will also lower the monthly subscription rates to "as low as $5 a month," a 50 percent drop. Apple declined to comment on the story.

Music plans seem to be hitting a $10 a month wall -- the price where most "casual listeners" drop out of the subscription service. The average payment is $50 to $55 a year from listeners. Although Apple's iOS 8 doesn't have a Beats Music app yet, Apple is expected to include the app by next March.

Apple bought Beats for its brand and its "cool" factor, but was it worth $3 billion? So far Apple hasn't made money on the acquisition.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Shuttle Drivers Give "Thumbs Up" to Unionize]]> Fri, 21 Nov 2014 04:11:56 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fb16.jpg

Shuttle bus drivers who take Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley overwhelmingly gave the "thumbs up" to forming a union on Wednesday, after they had complained publicly for months about their low pay, split shifts and health insurance benefits.

Rome Aloise, secretary for the Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro, said the vote was 43 in favor of unionizing and 28 opposed. A total of 16 of the 87 drivers who work for Loop Transportation - the shuttle company contracted to drive Facebook employees, did not vote.

"This will now give these drivers at Facebook, and most probably the drivers for all of the companies that use this type of service a chance at a piece of the pie," Aloise said. "This makes it possible for those that make Facebook successful to get to work comfortably, safely and in a timely fashion.  Hopefully the tech companies will step up and pay the "freight" so to speak"

The National Labor Board still needs to certify the election, and then bargaining can begin with Loop for a first-time contract.

In a statement, Loop CEO Jeff Leonoudakis said that the company didn't feel "our drivers' interests are best served by union representation."

But, he added: "Our drivers have spoken and we will now begin the negotiation process."

Leonoudakis reiterated that the company's drivers earn between $17 and $25 an hour and get full medical benefits valued at up to $714 per month per employee. One of the drivers' complaints is over their split shifts. They pick up Facebook employees about 6 a.m. and have to take them home sometimes 14 or 15 hours later - and are only getting paid for an eight-hour shift.

Leonoudakis said that the drivers can sleep at the Loop Transportation yard, or eat for free at Facebook's campus.

Facebook officials has not formally commented on the labor strife, indicating that the fight is not with their tech company, but with a third party contractor.

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<![CDATA[Crowdfunding Website Focused on Raising Money For Lawsuits]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:56:13 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1119-2014-LexShares.jpg

A new crowdfunding website aims to help raise money for legal cases.

Lex Shares, launching in New York, wants to bring investors together to help small businesses raise money to file lawsuits.

"So this gives the investors the opportunity to buy equity in the lawsuit," said Jay Greenberg, Lex Shares CEO. "And should the plaintiff prevail, by settlement or court judgement, the investors receive a return for investing in the case."

But, as legal analyst Steven Clark points out, what works in the tech sector doesn't necessarily work in the legal sector.

"Under California law, a lawyer is not allowed to split fees with a non-lawyer," Clark said. "So crowdfunding itself is frought with problems under California state bar rules."

But could access to money lead to more frivolous lawsuits?

Greenberg said that would not be the case because such lawsuits would not only fail to pass the company's vetting process, but typically don't make much money -- so they wouldn't be as attractive to investors.

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<![CDATA[Facebook Drivers Vote to Unionize, Demand More Pay]]> Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:58:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/fb16.jpg

Shuttle bus drivers who schlep Facebook employees to and from Silicon Valley began voting on Wednesday on whether to form a union, arguing they have an archaic relationship with the tech giant, comparing their situation to nobles and servants.

A total of 87 drivers for Facebook's shuttle bus contractor, Loop Transportation in San Francisco, began voting in shifts throughout the day, deciding whether to become part of the Teamsters.

The drivers are hoping for higher pay and better health care insurance. But they'd also like a solution to the "horrendous" split shifts of driving Facebook employees to the Menlo Park campus beginning at 6 a.m. and returning home 14 hours later, only to be paid for eight of those hours, according to Rome A. Aloise, secretary for the Teamsters Local 853 in San Leandro.

The union began circulating a petition a few weeks ago. By Wednesday, it had about 5,000 signatures.

Aloise said the shuttle drivers came to his group about six or seven months ago. Even though the driver work for Loop, because of who they take to work  - Facebook -  the labor fight has made it to the pages of USA Today, Business Insider and the New York Times.

"Zuckerberg needs to step up," Aloise said Wednesday morning by phone, adding that the Teamsters have tried to set up a meeting with him and even friended him on Facebook - to no avail. "These drivers are helping him and all his employees make a lot of money. And they just want a fair life."

Even though Facebook doesn't directly employ the drivers, Aloise said CEO Mark Zuckerberg should call up Loop and offer to close the gap on what the drivers are asking for because the company is so profitable and has such a high-profile image.

Facebook spokeswoman Genevieve Grdina declined to comment on Wednesday morning, even as drivers and their supporters rallied the evening before in front of the company's Menlo Park headquarters.

Protesters - many of whom were older men with gray beards - pumped their fists to beeping horns in front of the Facebook "thumbs up" sign in Menlo Park. Some held signs that read "Dear Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook drivers need you." Facebook has indicated in the past that the issue isn't with Facebook, it's with the company the drivers work for.

Loop Transportation President and CEO Jeff Leonoudakis responded Wednesday with a four-paragraph email lauding his "talented drivers." He said Loop has "long provided its dedicated professionals with one of the best wage and benefit packages in the Bay Area and comfortable accommodations between shifts."

Leonoudakis added that the drivers take home "$17-25" and get full medical benefits, up to $714 a month per employee paid by Loop, paid vacations, holidays and sick days. He added that during split shifts, drivers can hang out at either Loop and use the company's lounge with bunk beds to take a nap or watch TV, or eat for free at the Facebook campus.

Aloise said the Teamsters represent five other Loop driver groups, including those who work at San Francisco and Oakland international airports. Those drivers earn between $17 and $24 an hour, he said, but have much better health care packages, get a pension and don't have to work the split shifts. Aloise added that the Facebook shuttle drivers were earning about $17 or $18 an  hour until they began complaining and started receiving raises shortly after.

Drivers for public transportation services such as SF Muni, AC Transit and SamTrans, can make as much as $25 or even $30 an hour.

The union drew comparisons to a generic era of nobles and servants, likening Facebook techies to privileged players of a hierarchical social class.

"While your employees earn extraordinary wages and are able to live and enjoy life in some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the Bay Area, these drivers can't afford to support a family, send their children to school, or least of all, afford to even dream of buying a house anywhere near where they work," Aloise wrote in an Oct. 2 letter to Zuckerberg.

"This is reminiscent of a time when noblemen were driven around in their coaches by their servants," the letter continued. "Frankly, little has changed; except your noblemen are your employees, and the servants are the bus drivers who carry them back and forth each day."

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<![CDATA[Google Trekkers Map Out Bay Area Trails]]> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:23:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/1118-2014-GoogleTrekker1.jpg

Google "trekkers" are helping you map out your next hiking trip and get a feel for being on the trail.

The backpack-type trekker carries 15 cameras and records the hiker's every move with the same technology used in Google Earth and Google Maps.

"The trekker takes an image as the person walks -- every two and a half seconds," said Deanna Yick, a Google Street View manager. "That enables us to get a picture of what a place is like and a feel for being there."

Hannah Lonergan recently went on a hike using a Google trekker.

"It's a lot heavier, you have an antenna, you have to watch out for low-hanging branches," Lonergan said when asked how a trekker compares to a regular camping backpack. She added that the trekker weights about 60 pounds.

The City of Monterey is working with Google to get trekkers on local trails.

"We feel like this is a great way to showcase Monterey County," said Tammy Blount, Monterey City Convention Bureau CEO.

Google officials said trekkers can handle privacy concerns on the spot. For example, if someone is hiking on the trial and doesn't want to be in the picture, the hiker can pause the camera and make sure the hiker's anonymity is preserved.

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<![CDATA[Uber Butts Heads With Journalists]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 18:40:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Uber-X-Generic.jpg

Uber's threat to snoop on tech journalist Sarah Lacy might not have been an idle one.

Uber was in damage control mode Tuesday after Buzzfeed broke the news Senior Vice President Emil Michael, also an advisor to the Pentagon, suggested the ride-providing giant ought to "dig up dirt" and "spread details" of the personal life" of journalists including Lacy, the PandoDaily editor who has criticized the company.

Reaction to Buzzfeed's report was swift.

Hundreds of people tweeted that they'll no longer use the car service, especially angry that Michael singled out Lacy, who has written critically about Uber in the past.

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick tweeted some apologies to the company's customers, shareholders, and to Lacy, who responded by pushing a #DeleteUber campaign on Twitter.

As of midday Tuesday afternoon, Michael remained at his post.

Meanwhile, journalist Ellen Cushing, who wrote a profile of Kalanick and his company for San Francisco Magazine, revealed Monday that she was warned by Uber employees that that company "higher-ups" would likely dig into her rider logs, too.

Cushing wrote she could not confirm whether or not Kalanick or his co-workers were peeking on her.

However, as a former Uber employee reportedly told her via e-mail: The current scandal "doesn't surprise me."

The whole debacle is a bit reminiscent of when Hewlett-Packard, back in 2006, investigated journalists and board members, trying to find the source of a leak.

Attempts by NBC Bay Area to reach Kalanick or Uber for comment were not successful.

Scott Budman contributed to this report.

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<![CDATA[San Quentin Inmates Learn to Code]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 15:50:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/185*120/072114-san-quentin.jpg

You never leave San Quentin State Prison the same way you came in.

For 18 inmates of one of the state's most notorious prisons, the re-entry to life on the outside comes with programming skills.

Four days a week, instructors from Hack Reactor go to San Quentin State Prison to teach inmates how to code, USA Today reports.

The program is called Code.7370, which USA Today says is a "rigorous new coding boot camp."

The program boasts participants will be able to score "entry-level Web developer" jobs within six months of stepping in front of a monitor and typing their first keystrokes.

Some of the participants had never even seen a computer or smartphone.

A total of 100 men applied for the spots in the class, many of whom began serving prison terms before or during the first dot-com boom.

<![CDATA[WATCH: Tony Hawk Rides Hoverboard]]> Tue, 18 Nov 2014 05:28:20 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Screen+Shot+2014-11-17+at+3.26.35+PM.png

The hoverboard is reality, and Tony Hawk has taken a spin on it.

The pro skateboarder tested the $10,000 prototype Hendo Hoverboard after husband and wife Greg and Jill Henderson launched a Kickstarter to fund it. 

In the video, Hawk performs a few tricks on the board, which hovers an inch off the ground and uses magnets, though he also ends up falling several times.

Hawk had caught attention for another hoverboard video earlier this year — a fake video made by Funny or Die that featured the skateboarder, musician Moby and others riding boards high into the sky, in a prank for which Hawk eventually apologized.  

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<![CDATA[AT&T Customers Can Opt-Out of Tracking System]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 12:06:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/71515165.jpg

Customers with AT&T smartphones now have the option to opt-out of a controversial tracking system.

On Friday, the company shut down the program that allowed it to secretly track its customers’ web surfing.

Users can now said no to any tracking programs in the future. Verizon has been using a similar system for two years.

The company said it is part of its “precision market insights” system.

Customers can opt-out by clicking here.

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<![CDATA[Website Exploits Passwords to Get Peek Inside Private Lives]]> Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:52:19 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/220*120/11-13-14_Surveillance-Hacking-Passwords.JPG

Home surveillance systems are supposed to make residents feel safe.

An Internet search, though, turns up a website that has turned the devices into direct portals for a peek inside people’s private lives.

Private hallways in Reseda, bedrooms in Hollywood, dining rooms in Los Angeles, kitchens in Pasadena and home offices in Burbank all turned up on the site - more than 1,000 across Southern California.

The technology behind the site exploits the likelihood that many homeowners never change their default passwords, set by the manufacturers before the devices are installed. Many people leave the pre-issued usernames like "Admin" combined with standard passwords like "12345."

That makes the home systems vulnerable to a simple hack.

But the website is so new, even LAPD detectives said they were surprised by it.

"It's scary, it's scary," said Detective Dan Fournier. "Yeah, this is incredible. Child’s bedroom here, people sleeping here."

Fournier said the tool isn’t just concerning because it could be a window for burglars to figure out the layout of homes, but also because of the voyeurism component.

"You are thinking you are doing it to monitor your child, some pedophile may be monitoring it for other reasons," he said.

He also said anyone who browses the site may be guilty of committing a crime.

"Basically you are using a camera, to view somebody's bedroom," he said. "You are a peeping Tom."

NBC News reached the operator of the website, which appears to have been registered in Moscow, and which NBC4 is not disclosing, who sent a statement.

In broken English, the statement said "I am glad to point users into a large security problem." The operator said he set up the site to highlight the issue with default passwords.

Nude screenshots of people in their homes that appear to have been taken using the website are being circulated online, though.

Some devices are vulnerable include:

  • AvTech DVRs
  • Foscam cameras
  • Hikvision DVRs
  • Panasonic cameras
  • Linksys cameras
  • IPCamera cameras

Fournier said the best thing for homeowners to do immediately is to change the default settings on their devices.

"Change your password. Right away, because as you can see most passwords when you get the system the default password is 12345," he said. "Just about everybody knows that."

<![CDATA[WATCH LIVE: The Tech Awards Gala 2014]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:45:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/187*120/2014-11-13_17-50-44.jpg

The 14th annual Tech Awards Gala presented by Applied Materials is taking place tonight, Nov. 13.

The Tech Awards is the signature program of the Tech Museum of Innovation. It honors individuals, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies who are using technology to significantly improve human conditions in the categories of environment, education, health and economic development.

This year 10 people who are using technology to benefit humanity will be recognized in front of 1,400 Silicon Valley technorati.

Among the award recipients and special guests are renowned philanthropist and media pioneer Ted Turner and 10 global innovators from India to Africa to Latin America.

WATCH LIVE: We will be streaming the Tech Awards Gala live on this page beginning at 7:40 p.m.  (Refresh this page after 7:40 to see the live stream)

When: Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center

Time: 7:40 pm - 9:40 pm

For more information on the Tech Awards, click here.

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<![CDATA[Comet Scientist's Bad Wardrobe Choice Draws Attention]]> Thu, 13 Nov 2014 18:12:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/thatshirt2.jpg

The first pictures from the comet landing were spectacular, but it's another picture that's getting attention.

Scientist Dr. Matt Taylor — who led the European Space Agency team that landed a robot probe on a comet, capping a project project decades years in the making, according to the BBC — had a bit of a wardrobe malfunction at a celebratory press conference for the success of the Rosetta mission.

His shirt covered in cartoon-like images of buxom, scantily-clad women in seductive poses caught plenty of flak on Twitter for the unwelcoming, sexist message they said it could send women in science fields.

"ESA can land their robot on a comet. A comet! It’s amazing. But they still can’t see misogyny under their noses," Alice Bell wrote in a column for The Guardian. "Pointing this out is not a distraction to the science. It’s part of it."

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<![CDATA[Google Barges Considered Firetraps, Report Says]]> Sun, 16 Nov 2014 23:52:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/googlebarge.jpg

The mysterious Google barge that appeared near San Francisco and was eventually moved to Stockton, Calif. was supposed to be a mobile tech showroom, but the project was pulled because of fire-safety concerns, according to a report.

The U.S. Coast Guard had concerns about the possibility of fires on the barges because of the large amount of fuel on board, the Wall Street Journal reported. “These vessels will have over 5,000 gallons of fuel on the main deck and a substantial amount of combustible material on board,” the Coast Guard’s acting chief of commercial vessel compliance wrote in an email to the contractor, Foss Maritime.

A Coast Guard inspector also wrote that the barges needed more safety measures -- however the Coast Guard officials all had to sign confidentiality agreements about the barges for Google so none of this was done publicly.
Neither Google nor Foss Maritime would comment on the report which was made public by the Freedom of Information Act. The Coast Guard reportedly said it "conducted its regulatory responsibilities when inspecting the Google barges” and had no further involvement.
The barges were created in 2011 to be "floating retail stores" but by early 2013, needed safety measures totaled 20 pages. Despite Google inviting officials on "field trips," the Coast Guard still wasn't won over. By September, the project's plug was pulled. In March, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission said the barge didn't have permits to stay near San Francisco and was moved to Stockton.
A similar barge in Maine was "dismantled in August, the containers sold for scrap," the WSJ reported.
The floating showroom idea was a good one, but unfortunately it looks like Google didn't research the project enough. Google's charm and money didn't seem to change the Coast Guard's mind nor ease the permitting process. Next time, Google will have to make sure all its ducks are in row before beginning a media extravaganza.

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<![CDATA[Zynga Co-Founder Now in Marijuana Business]]> Wed, 12 Nov 2014 14:42:10 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/194*120/060313-zynga-getty.jpg

From FarmVille to marijuana land.

Zynga co-founder Tom Bollich left mobile gaming to become CEO of a marijuana startup, according to reports.

CNN Money brings us word of the latest venture for Bollich, who left Zynga in 2009.

He's now CEO of Surna, a Colorado-based company that makes "equipment used in growing commercial marijuana," the website reported.

He says that running a company that deals in legal weed "remind[s him] a little bit of Zynga."

Before, he worked on a product that relied on the platform of Facebook and on the whims of its daily users. "Now, we are at the mercy of the whims of politicians and voters," he told the website.

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<![CDATA[Rand Paul Plans Silicon Valley Campaign Office]]> Tue, 11 Nov 2014 18:45:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP13030614019.jpg

Sen. Rand Paul is talking openly about his potential run for president, a campaign he plans to wage in 2016. And he's open about the role Silicon Valley will play in his plans.

POLITICO reports Paul will open an office in his home state and another in Silicon Valley, where he'll "add ties and presumably fundraising heft" among tech elites, who tend to run libertarian when engaging in politics at all.

A Paul for President bid already has endorsements from Sen. Mitch McConnell, the incoming Senate Majority Leader.

Nate Morris, an entrepreneur figure on Fortune's "40 under 40" list, has already been working as a "door opener" for Paul in California tech circles, the magazine reported.

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<![CDATA[Stanford Profs Test 'Quake Tech That Could Save Homes]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 17:24:00 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/215*120/Capture20.JPG

A Stanford engineering professor has developed a home that's survived over a dozen of the world's most destructive earthquakes.

Professor Greg Deierlein is testing his "seismic isolator" technology through simulated earthquakes at a facility in San Diego. He thinks the small discs he's developed to sit between the structure of a home and its foundation could be the key to a truly earthquake-safe home.

"When you think about large tracts of development, townhouses being built on these isolators, it could totally mitigate one of the large risks we face here in California," Deierling said.

Lots of earthquake research has gone into protecting bridges and high-rise buildings, Deierlein said, but his focus is on single-family homes and apartment buildings.

Using this system, a series of seismic isolators are placed on a steel plate below the structure, above the foundation. They're meant to let house roll over the shaking below.

Deierlein's model home survived unscathed simulated earthquakes, like the 6.8-magnitude 1994 Northridge temblor, even though the home shakes back and forth by up to 15 inches.

"It's just sliding back and forth, but it's not a very violent slide, rather a smoother, slower slide," said Eduardo Miranda, another Stanford engineering professor working on the project.

Tests say the homes can survive the worst earthquakes seen in human history, according to Miranda, a survivor of the deadly 1985 Mexico City earthquake that killed at least 10,000.

The idea of earthquake safety preparation is to save lives and make homes more resilient, according to Dr. Lucy Jones, a scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey and the city of L.A.'s earthquake czar.

"The biggest growth decade in the history of Los Angeles is the decade after the 1906 earthquake, as people abandoned San Francisco and moved south," Jones said.

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<![CDATA[Hold the Mayo: SF Startup Sued Over Product Name]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 18:38:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/mayo1.jpg

A San Francisco startup that makes food without eggs is being told to "hold the mayo."

Hampton Creek is being sued by food giant Unilever, maker of Hellman's and Best Foods Mayonnaise, over its product called "Just Mayo." The lawsuit claims Hampton's product shouldn't be called mayonnaise because it doesn't contain eggs.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is a backer of the SF-based firm, a food technology company that is trying to make food that's both vegan and market-friendly.

Just Mayo is doing well to break into the $11.3 billion global mayonnaise market. The plant-based alternative is reportedly carried by Wal-Mart and Costco. That could be part of the issue: The company is doing too well for Unilever's liking.

Unilever, which is an enormous company and by far the biggest-yet challenger to Hampton Creek, did not comment to Forbes about the lawsuit.

Executives for Hampton Creek say Unilever has not had to deal with serious competition in 60 years. The suit "speaks to how backwards these people think about food," CEO Joshua Tetrick told the news source.

"We've done a lot of work on the legal side,” Tetrick told NBC Bay Area. “We call our product mayo for a reason.”

Whatever it's called, Hampton Creek is selling a lot of its vegan products, largely by claiming that they don't taste different from the alternatives.

Other backers of Hampton Creek include Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Asia, and Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang.

Hampton Creek was founded in 2011. Since then, it's also hired some talent formerly employed by Unilever, which tried – and failed – to make its own plant-based mayo, Forbes reported.

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<![CDATA[Google Has Room For 30,000 New Hires ]]> Mon, 10 Nov 2014 15:16:02 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/177*120/71425751.jpg

Mountain View cannot contain Google.

So the company has offices in Redwood City, Sunnyvale, and is looking to add even more office space, despite having room already in the Bay Area to hire an additional 30,000 workers, according to reports.

Bay Area News Group reports that Google's recent real estate moves in Redwood City and Sunnyvale give it a stock of "dozens of buildings across a wide swath of the South Bay." 

Google first expanded beyond its Mountain View base in 2011, including a lease for 1.9 million square feet of office space in Sunnyvale that could be the biggest in California "in at least 15 years," the newspaper reported. Its Redwood City complex is at 934,000 square feet.

The company did not disclose what it paid for either, but Google did confirm that it plans to be the tenant for both, according to the newspaper.

Google has 55,000 employees worldwide. Real estate "insiders" say that with its current office space, Google plans to hire 5,000 workers a year "for at least the next five years," the newspaper reported.

There could be room for another 5,000 workers at a 1-million square foot space at NASA Ames Research Center, according to the paper.

No question: Google is growing.

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<![CDATA[Uber Wants to Raise $1 Billion to Expand Service]]> Sun, 09 Nov 2014 11:34:53 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/uber-451549230.jpg

What's a ride worth?

Uber wants to raise $1 billion to further expand its service worldwide.

The ride-sharing company has set its sights on opening up shop in Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe and Africa.

Uber is already the highest valued private company in the Silicon Valley, and officials hope its reputation will help in the fundraising and expansion.

The 5-year-old company is currently operating in 45 countries.

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<![CDATA[Fire Safety Sunk Plans For Google Barge]]> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 17:05:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/216*120/googlebarge.jpg

Fire sunk Google's plans for the high seas.

The mysterious and notorious Google barges that appeared on both coasts last year were scrapped after concerns over fire safety led the company to abandon ship, according to reports.

The Wall Street Journal reports that federal maritime officials told Foss Maritime Co., which had been developing the barges into floating "technology showrooms," that the barges' cargo — 5,000 gallons of fuel, and more "combustible material" on board — might cause unsightly scenes in the event of a fire.

The Coast Guard in 2013 worried about "people ... forced to jump overboard on the waterside," according to the newspaper.

Google declined to comment.

Two out of three original Google barges were sold for scrap. The third floats still in Stockton, where it "awaits its fate," the San Francisco Business Times reported.

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<![CDATA[San Jose Residents Complain of Peeping Drone]]> Sat, 08 Nov 2014 04:48:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drone+generic.jpg

Residents of a San Jose high rise say a peeping Tom is using a drone with a GoPro camera attached to spy on them.

San Jose Downtown Residents Association President SK Panda said one of his neighbors was in her 10th floor condo when she noticed a blinking LED light outside of her window.

"They saw a guy with a skateboard next to him -- with a device that he was looking at," Panda said. "So we think that image that was transmitting from the drone -- he was able to look at those images live."

The man and his drone have been seen outside the building multiple times by residents. When neighbors realized they might be being filmed by the drone, they, too, took out their cameras and snapped photos of the man.

"It's important for everyone to be vigilant, and so far we know that a couple of residents have gotten photos," said Sam Liccardo, San Jose city council member. "And I hope that will spark an opportunity to crowd source and catch this guy."

Liccardo adds that police can take action if someone is spotted spying with a drone.

"There are state laws on the books that prohibit snooping of this sort," he said.

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<![CDATA[Kitchit App Provides Personal Chefs on Demand]]> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 23:33:50 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/219*120/cooking-generic.jpg

How would you like a personal chef to cook your dinner tomorrow? Now, it’s possible through a new app launched this week by a Bay Area company.

Kitchit has provided personal chefs on demand before. The company says that service is mostly for special events. The new feature “Kitchit Tonight” offers friends and families to make reservations up to 1 p.m. the day of the dinner. People can host 2-12 people at $39 a plate. Hosts provide the silverware, plates, drinks, and some cookware. The chef handles the meal and cleanup.

I spoke with Kitchit Executive Chef Alicia Jenish as she prepared a meal at a condo in San Francisco. She says Kitchit Tonight offers a different kind of experience for both guests and chefs.

"It's definitely more intimate with the guests. You get to see their reaction. You get to explain the food and talk about the menu and where the ingredients were sourced,” she said.

The menus are set by the company each week. Jenish chooses each three course meal. For this dinner she made fresh shrimp and rice spring rolls, five spice chicken over steamed spinach and black rice. For dessert, banana and rice pudding.

"We have a commissary that preps things to get it to a certain level," Jenish said. "So it's really easy for the chef to execute the meal once they get in the home. That helps us give a really consistent dinner."

As Jenish cooked, host Samantha Duvall proposed a toast with seven of her friends. Duvall says reserving a chef is easier than last minute reservations at a restaurant.

“It's really intimate to get all your friends around the table, in your own home,” Duvall said.

She also enjoys throwing dinner parties without having to go back and forth from the kitchen.

"I know a lot of people get intimidated with the idea if they have to cook and get ready and they have to set the table and everything. It's kind of a big deal."

“Lunch for tomorrow,” Jenish said placing the leftovers in the fridge.

She wiped down the counters and put the two pans she used back in the cabinets as Duvall and her guests sipped champagne.

Kitchit Tonight is currently only available in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Lyft Sues Former COO for Taking Secrets to Uber]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 14:11:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/450502210.jpg

Mobile rides startup Lyft is suing its former chief operating officer, Travis VanderZanden, for downloading confidential documents before joining its arch-nemesis, Uber.

VanderZanden is said to have forsaken his "confidentiality agreement and fiduciary duty" a few weeks before joining Uber, according to TechCrunch. He is accused of downloading and taking "strategic product plans, financial information, forecasts, and growth data," according to the complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court.

VanderZanden joined Lyft 18 months ago after Lyft acquired the startup Cherry and was quickly given the COO position where he orchestrated Lyft's expansion. He reportedly left in August after "reported tensions" with Lyft's founders and was hired at Uber a few months later to help with the company's growth around the world.

Lyft claims that VanderZanden notified the company of his plans to leave on Aug. 12 and soon after "backed up a number of emails and confidential documents" to his home computer and mobile phone before giving back the computer. Forensic analysis showed that VanderZanden did copy a noticeable amount of documents before his departure.

Lyft released this statement: "We are disappointed to have to take this step, but this unusual situation has left us no choice but to take the necessary legal action to protect our confidential information."

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<![CDATA[New NSA Director Tries to Make Nice With Silicon Valley]]> Thu, 06 Nov 2014 11:24:40 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_nsa_central.png

The new director of the National Security Agency paid a visit to Silicon Valley on Monday to send a message: The government is here to help and is nothing like other governments, according to reports.

CNET reports that Admiral Michael Rogers told a collection of professors and students at Stanford University, where he's trying to woo people to join the government rather than Google, it "doesn't do us any good to villainize either side of this argument."

Rogers is saying that working for the government collecting data has rewards "neither Google nor Apple can match," according to the website, and that American data collectors don't do the things counterparts in China or Russia do.

"I don't go into foreign companies, steal intellectual data" and pass it on, he said.

It remains to be seen whether existing American companies will still cool to government surveillance masters.

Tech companies are working on encrypting mobile operating systems as well as webmail, CNET reported, exactly the kind of moves needed to mask data from the government.

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<![CDATA[Inside Look: How Facebook Protects Users' Private Data]]> Mon, 03 Nov 2014 18:39:45 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/192*120/1138884201.jpg NBC Bay Area business and tech reporter Scott Budman got an exclusive look inside Facebook's Menlo Park headquarters and the company's security team.

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