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Wolverton: Maybe we should just call the company ‘Apple Phone’

siliconbeat.com — Should Apple rename itself "Apple Phone?" I ask that with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek, of course. But if the company's name were supposed to reflect its actual business - as it once did - you could make a strong case for tacking on that "phone."

Facebook says outage was self-inflicted, denies cyberattack

siliconbeat.com — Facebook denied hackers brought down its website Monday night, saying instead an internal change sparked the outage. "This was not the result of a third-party attack but instead occurred after we introduced a change that affected our configuration systems," a company spokesperson said in a statement. The outage, which started at about 10:10 p.m.

Number of U.S. STEM graduates rise slightly in past decade

siliconbeat.com — If you listen to politicians and tech leaders, the country is in dire need of more people trained in science, technology, engineering and math. Students appear to be responding somewhat to this message, according to a new study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Wolverton: Sling TV a promising alternative to cable TV

siliconbeat.com — I really like the idea of Sling TV, but I'm not entirely sold on Dish's new low-cost pay TV service. On first blush, Sling TV, which Dish announced at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, sounds great. For only $20 a month, you can watch some of the top cable channels, including ESPN, CNN and TBS.

Apple poised for record quarter, analysts predict

siliconbeat.com — Riding a wave of red-hot iPhone sales and expanding market share, Apple is widely expected to shatter records when it reports its earnings for the first quarter of 2015 Tuesday. The consensus from analysts is that Apple will log earnings per share of $2.59 on $67.5 billion in revenue, beating the company's own forecast of $63.5 to $66.5 billion in total sales.

Can technology stop scourge of bicycle thefts?

dispatch.com — SAN JOSE, Calif. - Urban cyclists have more in common than an aptitude for pedaling through city streets. They share the constant dread of one day discovering their bicycle missing from the bike rack, or finding only the skeletal remains of its wheel-less frame.

Can technology stop scourge of bicycle thefts?

denverpost.com — By Heather Somerville San Jose Mercury News Posted: 01/25/2015 12:01:00 AM MST Urban bicyclists have more in common than an aptitude for pedaling through city streets - they share the ever-present dread of one day discovering their bicycle missing from the bike rack, or finding only the skeletal remains of its wheel-less frame.

After stellar IPO, Box has much more to prove

contracostatimes.com — By Heather Somerville hsomerville@mercurynews.com Posted: 01/23/2015 06:07:10 PM PST After a long and at-times awkward dance with investors, Box on Friday became the first marquee offering of 2015, with the company's stock soaring 66 percent in its inaugural day of trading on Wall Street.

Box tops $20 per share after IPO, gaining more than 40 percent in stellar debut

mercurynews.com — Posted: 01/23/2015 08:14:31 AM PST Updated: 01/23/2015 08:14:34 AM PST After a long and at-times awkward dance with public market regulators, Box on Friday became the first marquee offering of 2015 when the company's stock soared on Wall Street in its inaugural day of trading.

Box tops $20 per share after IPO, gaining more than 40 percent in stellar debut

contracostatimes.com — By Heather Somerville hsomerville@mercurynews.com Posted: 01/23/2015 08:14:54 AM PST Updated: 01/23/2015 08:14:54 AM PST After a long and at-times awkward dance with public market regulators, Box on Friday became the first marquee offering of 2015 when the company's stock soared on Wall Street in its inaugural day of trading.
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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

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Jan 27, 2015

RT @byJuliaLove: Apple struck a balance between supply and demand for the new iPhones in January, Cook says. Took a while for the company to catch up.

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Jan 26, 2015

@dbsanfran Hoping for your help with a tech story in the San Jose Mercury News. Please contact me hsomerville@mercurynews.com. Thanks.

Jan 23, 2015

RT @TheOnion: "The bottom line is that I’m this child’s mother, and I know what’s best. End of story." onion.com/1wst1RK pic.twitter.com/NVDWIGQK1y

Jan 23, 2015

After soaring at opening bell, $BOX closes out its first day on @NYSE at $23.23, 66% above share price set in #IPO

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