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Apple must face more claims over lost texts

siliconbeat.com — Already under siege over its iMessage system, Apple must now face claims that it violated users' privacy by blocking them from receiving some text messages after they ditched their iPhones. U.S.

Aereo files for bankruptcy

siliconbeat.com — In a move that should surprise no one, Aereo, the pioneering video company that re-transmitted local TV signals to customers over the Internet, has filed for bankruptcy. The company, which lost a crucial Supreme Court case in July and whose service was barred under a national injunction that was put in place last month, is pursuing a Chapter 11 reorganization.

Tech looks to Congress for visa and green-card reforms

siliconbeat.com — With the president's immigration action Thursday night, comprehensive reform will be harder to pass. Instead, what will likely happen is the piecemeal approach to immigration, something the tech industry has not supported the past couple years. But tech will have to do what it has become good at - wait and see.

Android users, beware!

siliconbeat.com — Remember how nasty those computer viruses could be when they'd scramble up your screen and shut down your desktop? And remember how comforting it was to start using these very safe and virus-protected smartphones without worrying that our ever-ready, hand-held tools could ever be compromised? Well, you can start worrying now.

Apple backs away from “free” apps in App Store

siliconbeat.com — Apple has stopped trumpeting free apps in the App Store. In a subtle but significant shift, Apple on Wednesday rebranded apps that were once labeled free. To select an app that is free to download, users now tap a button that reads "GET," rather than "FREE."

Sen. Al Franken wants answers from Uber

siliconbeat.com — Now, Uber is doing its privacy mop-up tour. The company has been in a public relations tailspin all week for comments made by a top executive about snooping on journalists critical of the ride sharing firm. As I wrote Wednesday, Uber also said it was investigating reports that its top executive in New York accessed a reporter's rider logs.

This new iPhone’s a pain in the neck

siliconbeat.com — A Hudson River Valley rehab specialist has now given us all one more thing to worry about when we use our ADD-fueling, socially stifling smart phones all day and all night long. What's that, you ask? Well, bending you head down for hours on end to check stock quotes, scour Facebook timelines or play Angry Birds is apparently not really healthy.

Flywheel raises $12 million to help taxis fight Uber

siliconbeat.com — Despite the quick rise of ride-hailing apps Lyft and Uber, one San Francisco startup is out to prove that the taxi industry is not down-and-out. Flywheel, a mobile app that lets riders order a traditional taxi cab from their smartphone and track its arrival, has raised $12 million from venture capital firms to fuel the company's growth as it aims to beat back gorillas Uber and Lyft.

Uber investigating executive for accessing a reporter’s Uber travel logs

siliconbeat.com — Uber, the ride sharing service, is now investigating its top New York executive over allegations he accessed the reporter's Uber travel records without her permission and in violation of the company's privacy policy, reports Buzzfeed. The news comes during a week when the company has been in crisis mode after a top executive said the company should investigate journalists.

Wolverton: Breaking down my new Triple Play costs

siliconbeat.com — When it comes to Triple Plays - as in most things - the devil is in the details. As I mentioned in my column this week, I'm in the process of cobbling together a new bundle of telecommunications services from three different vendors after my current provider, AT&T, refused to offer a competitive rate if I renewed my service.
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Nov 21, 2014

Great story by @mattoyeah about the shout from Alameda student that set the stage for Obama's #immigration exec order mercurynews.com/news/ci_269799…

Nov 21, 2014

@AmosAnon a good topic but my beat is startups do I'd need to find that focus within that theme. I'll toss it out to my colleagues too

Nov 20, 2014

In throes of @Uber controversy, taxi-hailing app Flywheel raises $12 M to boost cab industry @siliconbeat @mercnews siliconbeat.com/2014/11/20/fly…

Nov 19, 2014

RT @susie_c: What's funny about tech is that anyone expected it to be a gentler form of capitalism just because some of the rich evil guys say "sharing."

Nov 19, 2014

RT @mercnews: Here's our annual holiday giving list: Bay Area community groups seek donations to help needy during the holidays bit.ly/1uSZhRC

Nov 19, 2014

RT @danprimack: One thing @emilmichael has done is caused people to believe just about any negative story about Uber in the future, whether true or not.

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