Kale grower. Oakland dweller. Longtime San Jose Mercury News reporter writing mostly about clean tech, Tesla Motors & California energy policy.

SunPower earnings: Solar is increasingly competitive

siliconbeat.com — SunPower, Silicon Valley's dominant solar panel manufacturer, reported per-share earnings of 30 cents early Wednesday on revenue of $663 million, beating analysts estimates thanks to strong demand in the United States, China and Japan. Shares were up slightly i n early trading.

Russians behind White House hack, report says

siliconbeat.com — If you can't go over the White House wall or through its front door, how about breaking into its computer networks? That appears to be what happened in recent weeks. Hackers believed to be working for the Russian government were behind an attack on the White House's unclassified computer network used by the president's executive staff, according to a report in The Washington Post.

Playstudios raises $20 M as mobile leads gaming industry

siliconbeat.com — In a nod to the booming popularity of playing casino game on a smartphone, Playstudios, a mobile and social game developer in Burlingame, has raised $20 million from investors. Playstudios makes free apps for gaming enthusiasts who want to access a Vegas casino floor on a smartphone; its line of myVegas games include blackjack for mobile, and slot machines to play on a smartphone as well as Facebook.

Twitter earnings: Tweeps, ads and what’s next

siliconbeat.com — How many new users are there in the Twittersphere? Inquiring minds want to know. Additional key things analysts and others will be watching this afternoon when Twitter reports its third-quarter results: Ad revenue. The outlook for the company's new products. Last quarter, Twitter said it had 271 million monthly active users.

Online used car purchases get a new peer-to-peer approach

contracostatimes.com — Los Altos startup Beepi -- along with Carvana in Atlanta, Tred in Seattle and more traditional sites like Carlypso and eBay Motors -- is making it increasingly easy to buy, and sell, a used car online. Each company is slightly different, but fills the space between scouring listings on Craigslist and going to a dealership.

VC’s confidence is waning, but investments continue at record pace

siliconbeat.com — The market is gyrating and IPOs are screeching to a halt - and now venture capitalists, who have been throwing buckets of money at tech startups all year, are now starting to lose confidence. That's according to a quarterly survey by the University of San Francisco, which asked VCs to estimate their confidence in the entrepreneurial environment over the next six to 18 months.

New online used-car marketplaces never make buyers, sellers meet

mercurynews.com — Los Altos startup Beepi -- along with Carvana in Atlanta, Tred in Seattle and more traditional sites like Carlypso and eBay Motors -- is making it increasingly easy to buy, and sell, a used car online. Each company is slightly different, but fills the space between scouring listings on Craigslist and going to a dealership.

This Apple has very good bones

siliconbeat.com — In a record-smashing moment in iHistory, a vintage Apple computer has sold for $905,000, blowing past the previous high price of more than $671,000 that made news last year in Germany. According to the Associated Press, the Apple-1 was one of only 50 created in Steve Jobs' garage in 1976.

Women with tech educations shun tech jobs, study finds

siliconbeat.com — Even when they have extensive tech credentials, women often shy away from taking tech jobs because the industry makes them feel like outsiders and fails to provide the flexibility they need to handle family responsibilities and other priorities.

Luxe on-demand app alleviates SF parking crisis

siliconbeat.com — Parking is a problem in San Francisco, you say? One startup is proposing a solution to the maddening shortage of parking places in the city, which results in 20, 30, 40 minutes of circling blocks to find a spot downtown and in busy neighborhoods.
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Oct 30, 2014

RT @estorage_ed: @danahull @storage_ESA There's a great future in storage, Dana. Think about it. Will you think about it?

Oct 30, 2014

RT @byJuliaLove: By coming out, Apple CEO Tim Cook is pushing corporate America toward a more open future. Our story: mercurynews.com/business/ci_26…

Oct 30, 2014

thinking there should be a remake of The Graduate with "storage" replacing "plastics" line. cc: @estorage_ed @storage_ESA

Oct 30, 2014

Rare to see such reporting on internal dramas: The Inside Story Of Matt Taibbi’s Departure From First Look Media interc.pt/10ChJT0

Oct 30, 2014

All Oakland public schools dismissed early because of natural gas odor spreading through city. Is there a confirmed leak?

Oct 30, 2014

RT @PGE4Me: We are investigating gas odor reports in #OAK. We're working w/ 1st responders to ensure the area is safe. More info as it becomes available

Oct 30, 2014

RT @RalstonReports: How scary low is NV turnout. Two days left in early voting and it's only 19% -- 60% usually vote early. We are talking historic low coming.



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