<![CDATA[NBC Bay Area - Tech News]]> Copyright 2016 http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/tech http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/nbc_bayarea_blue.png NBC Bay Area http://www.nbcbayarea.com en-us Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:52:15 -0800 Sat, 13 Feb 2016 11:52:15 -0800 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Congress Approves Permanent Internet Tax Ban]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 13:51:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/InternetTaxBan-GettyImages-509586236.jpg

The U.S. Senate passed legislation on Thursday placing a permanent ban on states’ taxing Internet access, NBC News reported.

The bill was approved with a 75-20 vote. It would toughen enforcement of U.S. duties on foreign goods and would ban some taxes on digital goods and services, according to Reuters.

"Most Americans pay $0 in taxes to connect to the Internet. And thanks to a bill that passed today, you will never have to pay taxes just to get online, or pay more taxes for goods and services just because they're bought online," Democratic Senator Ron Wyden said in a statement.

The legislation doesn’t address better enforcement of state sales tax collections on Internet purchases. Separate legislation could be considered by Congress later this year.

The measure will go to President Barack Obama for signing into law.

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<![CDATA[Layoffs, Shakeups, Timeline Changes: What's Next for Twitter?]]> Fri, 12 Feb 2016 03:16:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/107273938.jpg

Layoffs, management shakeups, Kanye West, and an all-time low for the stock price.

Nothing is coming easy for Twitter lately; even the company Periscoping its quarterly earning call, a brilliant idea, came off as kind of awkward.

After an earning report that showed minimal growth, Wall Street sold off shares of the company’s (TWTR) stock, tumbling well below its IPO price (and down nearly 50 percent since co-founder Jack Dorsey took over as CEO).

On top of that, users are nervous about the company’s plan to alter its timeline.

Once the darling of social media, Twitter is facing some tough questions: Why is its live-streaming feature Periscope growing, but its new “Moments” button being met with a collective shrug?

Why, if absolutely must be instantly tweeted, is user growth flat?

And, if some on its management team say Twitter is too complicated to use, why is the team playing around with how we use it, in ways many say seem even more complex?

It’s the kind of frustration faced by companies like Yahoo and MySpace that are no longer nearly as relevant as they once were:

Why are Facebook, and Netflix, and Snapchat, and Instagram able to grow so fast, but not Twitter?

Feel free to weigh in on (where else?) Twitter. I’m @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Zuckerberg Responds to Silicon Valley VC's Colonialism Tweets]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 18:02:08 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/191*120/facebookmark.jpg

Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg are distancing themselves from venture capitalist Marc Andreessen’s poorly-worded comments that came after Indian regulators nixed Facebook’s plan to implement “Free Basics” in India.

The “Free Basics” program — which promised free internet service to a limited number of websites, including Facebook — has been hugely controversial in India, with opponents calling it a violation of net neutrality.

On Tuesday night, after the proposal was blocked by Indian telecom regulators as part of a ruling favoring net neutrality, an upset Andreessen, who sits on Facebook, Inc.’s board, compared it to colonialism.

In a tweet quickly deleted (but captured by Gizmodo), Andreessen wrote: “Anti-colonialism has been economically catastrophic for the Indian people for decades. Why stop now?”

That comment made him a lot of enemies, with many calling it "racist." “In which a top Silicon Valley VC goes off the rails and calls for a return to colonial rule for India,” one Twitter user wrote.

Andreessen, famous for his tweetstorms, also sent out this tweet about the announcement: “Denying world's poorest free partial Internet connectivity when today they have none, for ideological reasons, strikes me as morally wrong.”

Nitin Pai, who runs a Bengaluru-based think-tank The Takshashila Foundation, told the Times of India Andreessen was "misinformed."

"The idea that the (Trai) decision prevents poor people from getting web access is just wrong. The 'anti-colonial' remark was out of place," he said.

“I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they do not represent the way Facebook or I think at all,” Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook wall Wednesday afternoon. “India has been personally important to me and Facebook. Early on in my thinking about our mission, I traveled to India and was inspired by the humanity, spirit and values of the people. It solidified my understanding that when all people have the power to share their experiences, the entire world will make progress.”

Andreessen has since apologized for his comments, tweeting: “I hereby withdraw from all future discussions of Indian economics or politics. Carry on...”

To clear things up a bit further he tweeted: “And for the record, I am opposed to colonialism.”

On Wednesday morning, Andreessen offered a longer apology.

“Facebook stands for helping to connect people and giving them voice to shape their own future,” Zuckerberg wrote in his post. “But to shape the future we need to understand the past. As our community in India has grown, I've gained a deeper appreciation for the need to understand India's history and culture. I've been inspired by how much progress India has made in building a strong nation and the largest democracy in the world, and I look forward to strengthening my connection to the country."

I want to respond to Marc Andreessen's comments about India yesterday. I found the comments deeply upsetting, and they...

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<![CDATA[Can You Find Yourself At Super Bowl 50?]]> Wed, 10 Feb 2016 16:56:03 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/superbowlpixel.jpg

If you didn’t get time to take a selfie at the Super Bowl, or nobody snapped a photo of you rooting for your favorite team at Levi’s, don’t fret.

This panorama by Blakeway Gigapixel includes everyone who watched the Super Bowl LIVE, or at least was present right before kickoff, when Lady Gaga was getting ready to sing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

Blakeway Gigapixel has been creating panoramas from big events for over twenty years, creating interactive experiences by stitching together hundreds of high-resolution images taken in mere minutes.

The Super Bowl panorama was made with 26 billion pixels.

We were able to tag two people from NBC Bay Area. Can you find yourself? Tweet us @nbcbayarea and let us know.

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<![CDATA[Protest Blocks Tech Buses as SF Supes Mull Program Extension]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 11:16:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/sf-tech-bus-protest.jpg

Activists formed a blockade Tuesday morning to protest the tech buses that shuttle thousands of workers between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

Demonstrators showed up about 8:45 a.m. at the bus stop at the intersection of Cesar Chavez and Valencia streets. They argue that the Municipal Transportation Agency program permitting tech companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook to use Muni stops is causing a spike in housing prices in areas around the stops.

Critics also believe the program should be subject to a full environmental review, though most data show the buses are cleaner than the hundreds of cars they replace.

The protest was carefully timed.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on the program’s future Tuesday morning. KQED reports a deal between three supes and tech shuttle operators would allow the tech buses to keep using the Muni stops for another year while the city studies the program’s impact. The supes will take the issue up again Feb. 23.

According to protest organizers, Tuesday’s protest marked the 26-month anniversary of the first time activists attempted to block a tech bus in order to bring attention to housing and inequality issues in San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[FAA Tracks Four Airspace Violations During SB50]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:50:36 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Levi-Stadium-SB-AP_256090637103.jpg

There were four airspace violations by private planes during Sunday's Super Bowl at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, the Federal Aviation Administration said. 

FAA spokesman Ian Gregor told NBC Bay Area on Monday that the he knew of four "temporary flight restrictions" during the game, one more than was originally reported on Sunday.

In general, FAA spokeswoman Laura Brown said, pilots could face sanctions ranging from warning letters to license suspensions or revocations.

The FAA declared the air space above the stadium a "no fly zone" during the Super Bowl game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. That meant drones and other aircraft were not allowed to fly within 32 miles of the stadium between 2 p.m. and midnight on game day.

Major Katrina Andrews, a spokeswoman for the air component of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, said the violators were not drones. Instead, she said they were pilots of  private planes, such as small Cessnas, who didn't read their notices telling aircraft to stay away from the stadium during the big game. The FAA said these four planes violated the airspace: a Cessna 150, a Cessna 172, a Vans RV 6 and a Beechcraft BE35.

She said the pilots received an alert that they were violating the air space and were escorted or diverted to the Livermore Municipal Airport or Palo Robles, where they were headed anyway.

"It appears they had not read their notice to airmen (NOTAMS), which explains the parameters of the restricted area," she said.

NORAD is the agency charged with the missions of aerospace warning and aerospace control for North America.

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<![CDATA[Top Super Bowl 50 Social Media Moments]]> Mon, 08 Feb 2016 18:09:16 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-508984228.jpg

The Denver Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10 to win Super Bowl 50 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California, delivering star quarterback Peyton Manning his second championship ring. From Beyoncé's performance of her new song "Formation" at halftime to Betty White's dab before the game, here are the top social media moments on and off the field.

12. Eli Manning's not-so-pleased expression when his brother's team scored a critical touchdown in the fourth quarter lit up social media with hilarious memes.

Peyton Manning tied his younger brother for two Super Bowl rings apiece, leading many to wonder whether sibling rivalry had anything to do with Eli's emotionless face.

11. A disappointed Cam Newton abruptly walked out of the post-Super Bowl press conference after the Panthers quarterback gave reporters short answers about his team's loss.

Former NFL linebacker Bill Romanowski took to Twitter, scolding Newton for his behavior, but he quickly had to clarify his remarks. 

"You will never last in the NFL with that attitude,” Romanowski wrote. "The world doesn’t revolve around you, boy! #CamNewton

Romanowski deleted that tweet. Later, he tried to clarify his remarks tweeting, "Calm down everyone! I meant he needs to grow up!”

He eventually tweeted an apology: "I apologize for that remark 'boy.' It was not intentional or even trying to disrespect others. Peace everyone!"

Meanwhile, some critics also slammed Newton for having failed to dive for the ball during a fumble, and called it a "business decision." 

10. NBA superstar Kevin Durant shot photos from the sidelines.

9. A stampede of adorable dachshunds dressed in hot dog buns ran toward ketchup and mustard bottles in a Heinz commercial, one of the many memorable Super Bowl ads. 

8. FLOTUS and POTUS prepped for the Super Bowl with their dogs Sunny and Bo. 

7. Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter Apple Martin and Beyonce's daughter Blue Ivy were seen holding hands in Paltrow's Instagram post before the Super Bowl. Apple's father Chris Martin and Beyonce performed together during the halftime show.

6. Jonathan Stewart leapt into the end zone for the Panthers only touchdown.

5. Astronaut Scott Kelly tweeted an aerial view of the Super Bowl from space. Kelly is spending a year in space. 

4. Beyonce slayed in her halftime performance of her new song "Formation." She announced she's embarking on a Formation World Tour during the game. The halftime festivities also boasted performances by Bruno Mars and Coldplay.

3. Betty White dabbed, sending Newton a message prior to the start of the game.

2. Denver Broncos starting quarterback Peyton Manning won his second Super Bowl. 

1. Lady Gaga sported red eyeshadow and delivered a memorable rendition of the national anthem to kick off Super Bowl 50.

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<![CDATA[Tim Cook's Blurry iPhone Photo Sets Off Twitter Memes]]> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 17:11:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP743169138684.jpg

The internet never forgives — or forgets.

Like most of the 70,000 other people watching the Super Bowl at Levi’s Stadium Sunday, Apple CEO Tim Cook also tweeted out a photo of the moment the Broncos beat the Panthers — golden confetti raining down and all.

That (very blurry) photo set off a thousand memes.

One of the first tweets came from the Twitter account Soju Boy Tell ‘Em, which appears to belong to Andy Koh, a photographer and filmmaker based out of New York.

“New iPhone campaign starring @tim_cook,” Koh tweeted, along with a picture of Cook’s blurry photo photoshopped on a “Shot on iPhone 6” billboard campaign, which claims that the camera on the iPhone 6s/6s Plus is just as good as a DSLR.

“Someone should upgrade him to the 7+ so he has some image stabilization,” tweeted @Dan_H.

One Twitter user tweeted out a blurry of Tim Cook, asking: “Hi Tim, can you replace your profile picture for this one? Thanks.”

“You take this with an iPad?” asked @dco.

“Someone get him a Samsung S6 edge plus or LG G4 #iPhoneFail,” tweeted @MenaceSlinger.

“Was this pic taken with a toaster?” Tweeted @@KKaplanis

Cook tweeted out another picture of the celebrations later.

This one, the Twittersphere agreed, was much better that the previous.

One Twiiter user joked: "Ironically, the better photo was posted via Twitter for iPad…"

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<![CDATA[Twitter Locks Down 125,000 Accounts]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 15:04:37 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/twitterGettyImages-494325030.jpg

Twitter announced Friday it will shut down more than 125,000 accounts as part of an effort to crack down on extremist content.

In a news release, the company said it was committed to weeding out content that advocates for terrorism and violence. It said there is no "magic algorithm" for targeting such content, but it will continue to "engage with authorities and other relevant organizations to find solutions to this critical issue."

Since late last year, Twitter has been using "proprietary spam fighting tools" in order to identify accounts that violate their terms of service policy. It also has assigned a dedicated team to examine the accounts. 

The moves come as the White House has been putting more pressure on social media companies to proactively identify potentially dangerous accounts and content.

The Obama administration has sent high-level personnel including F.B.I Director James Comey to California to discuss how the tech giants and government can work together more effectively. 

Twitter said the nature of its product, which it called "an open forum for expression," makes it vulnerable to becoming a communications tool for social media savvy terrorist organizations like ISIS, as NBC News reported. 

Last month, a woman whose husband was killed in Jordan in a terrorist attack sued Twitter in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit claimed Twitter was partially responsible because the ISIS attack was coordinated via the social media platform.

The suit is not expected to get far, as Twitter is protected by Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, but it does raise questions about the level of responsibility that social media companies should have regarding the content on their platforms.

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<![CDATA[App Has Last-Minute Hotel Reservations for Super Bowl ]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 17:24:48 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-508235134_594_screen.jpg

Still thinking of trying to get a hotel for this weekend's Super Bowl madness?

An app called HotelTonight is offering last-minute hotel rooms in San Francisco and in the South Bay for Friday through Sunday.

Rooms in San Francisco this weekend can be found in the high $200 range, while rooms in Palo Alto can be found in the mid-$100 range, a representative of the company told NBC Bay Area.

The company saw an influx of options once the teams playing in the Super Bowl were determined. Scores of hotel room reservations were subsequently canceled and made available.

There are also plenty of accommodations on sites like Airbnb which, according to The Chronicle, could be the result of too many people hoping to score too big on the prices.

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<![CDATA[Drone Hits Empire State Building]]> Fri, 05 Feb 2016 04:41:59 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/drone+suspect+empire+state+building.jpg

A small drone crashed into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building Thursday night and then fell to a 35th floor landing, authorities said. 

Police said a New Jersey man was flying the drone in an attempt to take pictures and apparently lost control of the aircraft.

Investigators said Sean Nivin Riddle was arrested at the scene and is expected to face criminal charges. He was being questioned by officers at the Midtown South police precinct.

Right after the crash, Riddle apparently wrote on his own Twitter feed: “filming w/ drone, now its stuck on the empire state building....w/security.”

The crash brought a significant police and FBI response to the landmark at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street as a precaution. Investigators said that they do not believe the crash was intentional.

No one was hurt.

Riddle did not immediately respond to requests from NBC 4 New York seeking comment. 

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<![CDATA[Happy 'Friends Day': Facebook Turns 12 ]]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 11:42:33 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/friends-day-facebook-video.jpg

It's been 12 years since Facebook launched its social media website and to celebrate the milestone the technology company has dubbed their anniversary "Friends Day."

The company wrote in a blog post that its research showed that every person on the site is connected to every other person by an average of three and a half other people.

Facebook's "degrees of separation" have shrunk as more people have signed on over the years.

To celebrate its anniversary, Facebook has created a Friends Day Video feature which gives the millions of Facebook users a personalized film at the top of their newsfeed. The video depicts a slideshow of Facebook photos unique to each user's account that shows him or her with friends and loved ones, all while set to a playful tune. 

While the company is encouraging Facebook users to share their Friends Day video with the hashtag #friendsday, another hashtag has gained popularity: #beforefacebooki.

Facebook users, as well as those on Twitter and Instagram, have taken to the web to reflect on what their life was like before Facebook existed, giving insight into the way the tech company has changed what it means to be connected. 

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<![CDATA[Super Bowl Fans, Levi's Stadium is a 'No Drone Zone']]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 14:43:41 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Levi-Stadium-SB-AP_256090637103.jpg

With the long-awaited Super Bowl 50 fast approaching, the Federal Aviation Administration is reminding Bay Area residents not to try to get a drone's-eye view of the big game.

The airspace above Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara — which is part of Silicon Valley, home to a large number of drone owners — has been declared a "No Drone Zone" for Sunday's Super Bowl. Drone operators are prohibited from flying their drone within 32 miles of the stadium between 2 p.m. and midnight on game day, FAA officials said.

"With so many drones being sold for recreational use, we want to do everything we can to get the word out that the game is a No Drone Zone," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said in a statement.

To that end, the FAA is posting on social media, including a public service announcement on YouTube, to make sure drone owners get the message.

“Bring your lucky jersey, your face paint and your team spirit but leave your drone at home,” the video's narrator says.

Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers starts at 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Bay City News contrbuted to this report.

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<![CDATA[Musk Cancels Tesla Order From 'Super Rude Customer']]> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 18:17:54 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/AP_744246684318.jpg

The customer is always right, unless they're rude.

At least that's what Elon Musk seems to think. The Tesla CEO personally canceled the SUV order of someone he later called a "super rude customer," a venture capitalist who had published a negative blog post about the ModelX launch.

According to Mashable, Stewart Alsop, a venture capitalist with a 20-year history in tech journalism, wrote that he demanded an apology from Musk for making attendees of the ModelX launch event, who had all pre-ordered a vehicle, wait for two hours for the event to start, and then they had to wait to test drive a model.

For his part, Musk is unimpressed with the attention his action received.

"Must be a slow news day if denying service to a super rude customer gets this much attention," he wrote in a tweet that has been liked more than 8,800 times on Twitter.

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<![CDATA[Zuckerberg Deposes Bezos of Fifth Richest Title]]> Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:24:14 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-464961022.jpg

On Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg passed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to become the fifth richest person in the world, less than a week after he claimed the position of sixth wealthiest from Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison, NBC News reported.

Zuckerberg is worth $50 billion, Forbes estimates, as of Tuesday's close. According to the same estimates, Bezos is worth approximately $48.9 billion.

This puts the 31-year-old CEO in close proximity to Carlos Slim, the Mexican business magnate who was the richest person in the world from 2010 to 2013.

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<![CDATA[GE to Stop Making Fluorescent Light Bulbs]]> Tue, 02 Feb 2016 07:51:30 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/190*120/AP_090610036569.jpg

GE announced Monday that it will stop making its coiled compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for the U.S. market and switch to LED lamps by the end of 2016.

LED light bulbs are brighter, use less energy and last longer. They do not use dangerous chemicals such as mercury to generate power like CFLs do. However, LEDs are the most expensive type of bulb.

“These LED lightbulbs are starting to replicate what the electrical filament has done for over 100 years — providing that look and warm ambience that people are used to,” GE Lighting chief operating officer John Strainic said in the announcement. “The time for LED is now.”

Compact fluorescents were the first big energy-saving option but they no longer meet government standards for energy efficiency. 

<![CDATA[SF Startup Creates $15 64-Bit Computer]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 17:14:31 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/Pine64Computer.jpg

A San Francisco startup has created a $15 computer.

Pine 64 is now taking pre-orders for its Quad core 64-Bit expandable single board supercomputer, which will ship in May. The product can be combined with a keyboard and mouse to function as a full Android 5.1 computer.

The company recently raised $1,731,465 on a Kickstarter campaign that had a goal of $31,416.

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<![CDATA[Apple Recalls AC Adapters Over Potential Shock Hazard]]> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 12:55:09 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/257*120/Screen-Shot-2016-01-29-at-2.58.02-PM.jpg

Apple issued a voluntary recall this week of certain AC wall plug adapters because they may break and cause electrical shock when touched.

In a statement posted on their site, Apple said it's recalling AC wall plug adapters designed for users in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Continental Europe, New Zealand and South Korea. The recall also affects adapters sold in the United States as part of The Apple World Travel Adapter Kit sold for $29. 

According to Apple, there were 12 incidents globally of defective adapters causing an electrical shock. 

Apple stressed the recall "does not affect any other Apple AC wall plug adapters designed for Canada, China, Hong Kong, Japan, United Kingdom, United States or any Apple USB power adapters."

The two-prong adapters affected by the recall have either four, five, or no characters on an inside slot that connects to the primary power adapter. They shipped with certain Mac and iOS devices between 2003 and 2015. A redesigned and unaffected adapter has a three-letter regional code, like EUR, KOR, AUS, ARG or BRA, instead.

Consumers who purchased the travel kit are urged to visit Apple's website to get it exchanged for a redesigned model. They can also exchange the adapter at a local Apple Store or an authorized Apple service provider.

Although not common for the Cupertino giant, recalls have occurred before. In 2008, Apple launched the Power Adapter Exchange Program for the iPhone 3G power adapter, which also could break and create potential for electrical shock to users.

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<![CDATA[Zuckerberg Surpasses Kochs on Bloomberg Billionaire List]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:18:18 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/tlmd_markzuckerbergok1.png

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has passed billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch to become the sixth richest person on the planet, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

No, the social media mogul didn't win the Powerball. The boost comes from Facebook reporting record revenue on Wednesday, pegged largely to growth in mobile phone use, according to NBC News.

That beefed up Zuckerberg's net worth by $5.5 billion, leaving him with a grand total of $47 billion — placing him ahead of the Koch brothers, who are currently worth $45.3 billion, according to Bloomberg.

But Zuckerberg still has some ground to make up to break into the five, where Bill Gates and Warren Buffett reside.

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<![CDATA[Chelsea Handler's Silicon Valley Documentary Debuts on Netflix]]> Thu, 28 Jan 2016 15:34:23 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/456962616.jpg

Chelsea Handler's new original series features an episode set in the Bay Area.

"Chelsea Does Silicon Valley" is the second of four "Chelsea Does" installments available now on Netflix.

The trailer shows her admitting that she wanted to make a tech documentary because she doesn't know anything about tech and "it makes me so frustrated, I wanna throw s*** all the time."

According to Business Insider, the 62-minute episode also includes Handler taking her top off in front of Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, a reference to her controversial photo where she posed topless atop a horse to parody a similar image of Vladimir Putin, which was banned from Instagram.

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<![CDATA[Startup's Lab Poses 'Immediate Jeopardy' to Patients: U.S.]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 14:36:35 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/07-23-2014-elizabeth-holmes.jpg

Things just got a lot worse for medical tech firm Theranos, and that’s saying something.

The Silicon Valley startup that aims to change the way we test blood has already been reeling from a series of charges, first leveled in The Wall Street Journal, that it’s nowhere near delivering results it once promised. Now, Theranos finds itself in the crosshairs of the US Government.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the lab run by Theranos in Newark poses “immediate danger to patient safety.”

Theranos' founder, Elizabeth Holmes, was called the world's youngest self-made billionaire as her much-trumpeted company gained financing and press. Its board of directors includes Henry Kissinger, George P. Schultz and several other former Cabinet and high-profile government officials.

The company has reportedly been valued as high as $9 billion.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services says the lab falls short of several non-specified standards. It isn't clear where the company is coming up short, but the government agency has given Theranos 10 days to provide “acceptable correction.”

Theranos faces fines as high as $10,000 a day, and possible decertification. If that happens, the company can no longer perform tests there.

Theranos released a statement through email, saying the charge leveled “does not reflect the current state of the lab.” It also says the company has made “policy and personnel changes” at the lab.

Scott tracks biotech on Twitter: @scottbudman

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<![CDATA[Parents Warned to Secure Baby Video Monitors: Officials]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 13:34:51 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/BabyMonitor-GettyImages-136714563.jpg

New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs is warning parents to secure Internet-connected video baby monitors, NBC News reported.

Officials say there have been many reports of devices being infiltrated and, in some cases, strangers talking to babies in the middle of the night through hacked monitors.

The department is urging parents to buy secure devices, use strong passwords, register their products and turn the devices off when not in use.

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<![CDATA[FCC Proposes New Competition to Set-Top TV Box Market]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 11:50:29 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/CableBox-AP_070531053315.jpg

The Federal Communications Commission may open up competition for cable and satellite TV companies, NBC News reported.

The FCC proposed regulation Wednesday to allow consumers to get services through devices like tablets instead of pay-TV boxes.

Americans spent almost $20 billion — an average of $231 a year — a year to lease pay-TV boxes, according to the FCC. Rental fees have jumped 185 percent since 1994, while the price of TVs, computers and cellphones has gone down by 90 percent.

The FCC said a competitive marketplace is required by a 1996 law. The regulation will be voted on Feb. 18. 

<![CDATA[San Jose Approves New Apple Campus]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 12:11:24 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/apple43.jpg San Jose approves plan to allow Apple up to 15 years to build a maximum of 4.15 million square feet of space on an 86-acre site at Orchard Way and North First Street.

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<![CDATA[Apple's Plan to Build New Campus in SJ Approved]]> Wed, 27 Jan 2016 18:22:47 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/180*120/apple16.jpg

Tech giant Apple has been given the green light to expand into San Jose.

The San Jose City Council on Tuesday approved Apple's bold plan to build its 86-acre campus in North San Jose, at 2325 Orchard Way and North First Street, near Mineta San José International Airport.

The area is a mostly vacant lot, right across the street from the NBC Bay Area studios.

Apple has a 15-year window to develop the area, which could include 4.15 million square feet of office space. The project is expected to generate more than 16,000 jobs to San Jose.

Apple's headquarters would remain in Cupertino, even though the deal gives the company more space in San Jose than it owns in Cupertino.

San Jose's assistant director of economic development Nanci Klein, who led the negotiations between Apple and the city, said "the inclusion of Apple in the fabric of San Jose is increasingly valuable."

Property tax revenue generated by the deal will go to retire debt from the city's former redevelopment agency, Klein told the Mercury News.

Apple officials said Tuesday about a quarter of its employees are San Jose residents, the newspaper reported.

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<![CDATA[SJC Unveils 'Executive Terminal' Just in Time for Super Bowl]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 19:48:32 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/218*120/SJC7.JPG Super Bowl teams and techies, they are both wealthy and now they have a new luxurious way to travel in and out of the Bay Area. Business and tech reporter Scott Budman is live with a first look inside the Super Bowl hub of Silicon Valley.]]> <![CDATA[What to Wear? Zuckerberg Posts Photo of His Closet]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:07:17 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/markzuckerbergcloset.jpg

Mark Zuckerberg keeps a closet full of the same grey t-shirts and hoodies so he doesn't have to decide what to wear to work.

The Facebook founder poked fun at himself by posting a picture of his monochromatic closet on his Facebook page: "First day back after paternity leave. What should I wear?"

According to NY Daily News, Zuckerberg's sense of style keeps free space in his brain to dedicate to his company. The publication noted that he said in a 2014 Q&A session that he really wanted to "clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how best to serve this community."

If Zuckerberg wanted to spice up his sartorial style a bit, he could perhaps try a Lone Wolf Zip Hoodie designed by artist Sam Flores for San Francisco's Upper Playground. Or, if that's too colorful, he could check out the Premium Grade Zip Hoody from Cookies, also in SF.

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<![CDATA[Clickers Beware: 'CrashSafari' Links Will Kill Your iPhone]]> Mon, 25 Jan 2016 15:14:52 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/213*120/Apple-Iphone-AP_130974735694.jpg

Pranksters on the social web are sending people to a website that causes smartphones to crash — so you might want to hold off on clicking or tapping random links today, NBC News reported.

Don't worry, it isn't some critical bug that Apple or Google needs to patch — it's just ordinary webpage components used maliciously to overload just about any browser.

The website, crashsafari.com (and crashchrome.com — needless to say, don't visit either), adds numbers to the address bar as fast as it can — crashsafari.com/0, then /01, then /012, /0123, and eventually /0123456789101112131415... and so on. Each time it adds a number, that page is saved to your history — and it adds up fast.

This history and URL overload leads mobile browsers to crash and desktop ones to hang (You should still be able to force-quit the application if it's stalling). "What were you expecting?" reads the only text on the page.

Clicking on the nefarious link could result to a major annoyance — unsaved data could be lost — but it's unlikely to cause any lasting damage to your device.

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<![CDATA[Nearly 300,000 Drones Registered in First 30 Days: FAA]]> Fri, 22 Jan 2016 11:33:46 -0800 http://media.nbcbayarea.com/images/214*120/drones-again.jpg

Nearly 300,000 people have registered their drones in the first 30 days after the Federal Aviation Administration launched its online registration system on Dec. 21, NBC News repotted.

Anyone operating their small, unmanned aircraft before the system went live must register by Feb. 19. The rule applies to small, recreational drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds. The FAA hopes to have a system in place for commercial drone operators by the spring.

The FAA says the new rules are needed to make skies safer from drones flying too close to commercial airplanes or crashing into places they’re not meant to be, like the White House.

Anyone who doesn’t register their drone could face fines and penalties that include three years in prison.  

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