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

Protesters storm Apple campus urging better working conditions for service workers — Rallied by United Service Workers West and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, more than 100 people gathered at Apple's Cupertino headquarters to draw attention to the valley's broad use of contract workers, who carry out many tasks on corporate campuses but often make a fraction of what tech workers do.

Jackson gathers tech leaders for frank conversation about diversity — Posted: 12/10/2014 04:02:01 PM PST Updated: 12/10/2014 04:02:04 PM PST SANTA CLARA -- Delegates from some of the valley's most powerful companies gathered with the Rev. Jesse Jackson on Wednesday to tackle a problem far more nuanced than battery life, traffic growth or user engagement: the lack of diversity in their ranks.

Plaintiffs in iPod trial find a new face for case at last minute — Posted: 12/09/2014 03:52:52 PM PST Updated: 12/09/2014 03:52:52 PM PST OAKLAND - After a series of damaging slips in the courtroom, a billion-dollar class action suit over Apple's dominance of digital music may be saved by an ice dancer.

Apple iPod trial will continue despite no plaintiff in case — Posted: 12/08/2014 05:40:14 PM PST Updated: 12/08/2014 05:41:11 PM PST OAKLAND -- After a decade of legal wrangling and a week in front of a jury, lawyers accusing Apple of building a digital music monopoly still lack one key ingredient in their class action: a plaintiff. U.S.

After early successes, Apple Pay will soon confront holiday shopping bonanza — Posted: 11/30/2014 12:22:34 PM PST Updated: 11/30/2014 12:29:25 PM PST CUPERTINO -- Apple Pay hasn't made the wallet obsolete just yet. But since launching its mobile payments system late last month, Apple has deftly sidestepped problems that flummoxed other tech giants, delivering a smooth experience at the register and steadily grabbing more territory in the mall, analysts say.

Union pushes for better treatment for Apple security guards — Posted: 11/25/2014 03:17:50 PM PST Updated: 11/25/2014 03:33:17 PM PST As organized labor expands its efforts in Silicon Valley, a local union and civil rights activist the Rev. Jesse Jackson are pushing for better working conditions for the security guards who work at Apple's campus.

Apple lends support to fight against AIDS — Posted: 11/24/2014 05:52:21 AM PST Updated: 11/24/2014 05:52:27 AM PST CUPERTINO -- Apple will bolster the fight against AIDS by donating a slice of its sales from the busy holiday season. The popular charity (RED) will reap an unspecified portion of the tech giant's online and retail sales on the frenzied Black Friday, which falls on Nov.

Security breach at Mineta San Jose International Airport — Posted: 11/23/2014 01:34:50 PM PST Updated: 11/23/2014 07:04:35 PM PST Click photo to enlarge SAN JOSE -- Mineta San Jose International Airport suffered a security breach Sunday morning when an unauthorized man snuck onto the tarmac and then commandeered a maintenance vehicle in the parking lot, police said.

Apple Store looks for a boost with new leader Angela Ahrendts — Posted: 11/08/2014 03:28:40 PM PST Updated: 11/08/2014 06:38:47 PM PST CUPERTINO -- Thirteen years after the first one opened, the Apple Store has entered an awkward adolescence. While Apple's storefronts remain the envy of the retail world, sales have flattened as the stores undergo a global growth spurt.

What happened to Apple's once-great ads? — Posted: 11/06/2014 03:35:29 PM PST Updated: 11/06/2014 03:43:39 PM PST CUPERTINO -- It may be time for Apple to "think different" about its advertising. The company that won hearts and minds with an Orwellian "1984" spot introducing the Macintosh computer and the enduring "Get a Mac" campaign has failed to impress with recent ads, according to advertising professionals who discussed the company's approach.
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Dec 17, 2014

RT @grimmelm: Well, if anyone has a copy of The Interview, the fair use case for torrenting it just got a lot stronger. No market = no market harm.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @PeterNicholas3: DES MOINES - Crowd chants "Run, Warren, run" at opening of Draft Warren for President rally at Java Joe's.

Dec 17, 2014

Cold snap strikes the newsroom. For reasons that remain unclear, the thermostat was set to 55 degrees.

Dec 17, 2014

Media will not get the chance to broadcast rare footage of Steve Jobs taken for #iPod trial, judge rules.… @techmeme

Dec 17, 2014

Judge Gonzalez Rogers denies media companies' request for video of Steve Jobs deposition in the #iPod antitrust case.

Dec 17, 2014

RT @vanessablum: Good read via @kellymcb @Poynter on ethics of publishing hacked email and otherwise ill-gotten information:… #SonyHack

Dec 17, 2014

Fearful of hobbling innovation, courts set a high bar for cases like #iPod antitrust battle, experts say.…

Dec 17, 2014

#iPod plaintiffs threatened Apple with a $1B bill, but their case was an uphill battle from the start, experts say.…

Dec 17, 2014

Enjoying this piece by Apple's poet laureate, included in Xmas presents to staff: "What does it take to give a gift?"…

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