Tech reporter covering Apple for the San Jose Mercury News. Past lives: legal journalist, 1st grade teacher. Not jaded just yet.

Ellen Pao trial: Kleiner Perkins wins much of landmark sex discrimination case — Posted: 03/27/2015 02:16:24 PM PDT Updated: 03/27/2015 02:48:42 PM PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Ellen Pao lost her three-year battle with one of the world's most prestigious venture capital firms on Friday when a jury found that Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers did not discriminate against her because of her gender.

Santa Clara water district approves cuts in water use rates — In a bid to give teeth to conservation efforts, the Santa Clara Valley Water District voted Tuesday to slash water use rates in the county by 30 percent and limit watering of lawns to twice a week. The aggressive conservation goals from the district are steps board members say are necessary to bolster painfully low groundwater reserves.

Apple Campus 2: Water district to consider $17.5M recycled water plan — Posted: 03/24/2015 04:06:15 PM PDT Updated: 03/24/2015 04:10:48 PM PDT The Santa Clara Valley Water District board is expected on Tuesday to approve a $17.5 million project that will deepen the use of recycled water in the parched South Bay and make Apple's futuristic new campus a little bit greener.

Apple Watch may bridge gender divide — By Julia Love Posted: 03/23/2015 09:51:29 AM PDT Updated: 03/23/2015 09:51:30 AM PDT CUPERTINO -- Forget the Mickey Mouse face, the communication tricks and the steadfast timepiece, which ticks within mere milliseconds of the global standard.

Apple Watch may bridge gender divide — Posted: 03/23/2015 09:51:24 AM PDT Updated: 03/23/2015 09:56:50 AM PDT CUPERTINO -- Forget the Mickey Mouse face, the communication tricks and the steadfast timepiece, which ticks within mere milliseconds of the global standard. Whether the new Apple Watch emerges from the smartwatch pack, analysts say, may hinge on its appeal to the 50 percent of the population who have been slower to embrace the gadgets: women.

Q&A: Cindy Cohn, EFF's new executive director — Posted: 03/19/2015 10:07:10 PM PDT Updated: 03/19/2015 10:07:12 PM PDT As it turns 25, the Electronic Frontier Foundation is turning to a new leader: veteran digital rights advocate Cindy Cohn. Cohn is taking the reins of a group that has grown more prominent as Americans' concerns about digital privacy and government surveillance mount.

Apple reportedly working on a web-based TV service — Posted: 03/17/2015 03:14:23 PM PDT Updated: 03/17/2015 03:14:24 PM PDT CUPERTINO -- Apple is reportedly preparing to release a web-based television service. The Cupertino tech giant is trying to bring various broadcasters on board to create a package of about 25 TV channels that owners of Apple gadgets could subscribe to, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

Apple's ResearchKit: A boon for medical research, or a privacy risk? — Posted: 03/13/2015 12:01:00 PM PDT CUPERTINO -- You will soon be able to participate in cutting-edge medical research -- from the comfort of your iPhone. At a hotly anticipated event focused on its new smartwatch this week, Apple surprised attendees by unveiling ResearchKit, a new software platform that taps the power of the iPhone for medical research.

Apple Watch: Enthusiasm and questions as Apple enters new market — The first brand-new product to emerge from One Infinite Loop since the iPad, the Apple Watch is CEO Tim Cook's big bet for the company's next chapter, and a decidedly futuristic one at that: a powerful computer slightly larger than a postage stamp that lets users take calls from their wrists, a la Dick Tracy.

It's Apple Watch time: Hundreds file into S.F. event — Posted: 03/09/2015 09:42:27 AM PDT Updated: 03/09/2015 09:44:52 AM PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Media and other invited guests filed into the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts expecting to hear in-depth details about the Apple Watch on Monday, exactly six months after Apple gave the world its first peak at the smartwatch.
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Mar 28, 2015

RT @jowens510: Ellen Pao's suit was always a long shot, but it should still leave a legacy in the Valley, @michellequinn writes.

Mar 28, 2015

RT @DanRaile: All male tv news crews blocking female-dominant print reporters out from questioning jurors #ellenpao #gendereddenouement

Mar 27, 2015

Judge asks: "Is there anybody who does not want to speak to the press?" Most raise their hands. But 3 will play ball. #kleinerperkins

Mar 27, 2015

One juror switched, bringing the tally to 9-3 on last claim. A complete win for #Kleiner.

Mar 27, 2015

Judge asks jurors 2 questions: whether their answers to the previous questions are the same as before & what they find on claim 4. #kleiner

Mar 27, 2015

Reading the verdict once more, with considerably less suspense this time. #kleinerperkins #ellenpao

Mar 27, 2015

"Welcome back," Judge Kahn greets our weary group of jurors. #kleinerperkins #ellenpao

Mar 27, 2015

RT @michellequinn: #Kleiner Heading back into court All the up and down reminds me of Catholic church mass.

Mar 27, 2015

Jury has a verdict for us (again). Stay tuned for more.

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