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Q&A: Erin Teague, Yahoo director of product management — Posted: 10/24/2014 02:00:00 PM PDT SUNNYVALE -- Born in a mostly black, working-class Detroit suburb, going to public schools where most kids qualified for the free-lunch program, Erin Teague wasn't a clear choice to join the top ranks of big Silicon Valley tech companies.

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

This Apple has very good bones — 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 — 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 — 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.

Uber drivers protesting in some cities — Can't get an Uber today? Your driver may be busy protesting. On Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. PST, drivers are expected to protest outside Uber offices in Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco, Business Insider reports. At issue are some of the company's practices.

Great Scott! A Los Gatos company built a hoverboard — It's official, we're in the future - sort of. Hendo Hover, a Los-Gatos based company, has launched a Kickstarter to fund the world's first production hoverboard. A hoverboard being the holy grail of personal transportation since the device made its debut in the 1989 sci-fi classic " Back to the Future Part II," where Michael J.

Apple, GT near settlement over secrecy — Apple and newly bankrupt GT Advanced Technologies are nearing an agreement over how much of the Silicon Valley titan's confidential information will be dragged into the light. In court papers filed Tuesday, lawyers for GT, a materials manufacturer and Apple supplier, asked to push back a key deadline in its bankruptcy case, saying it is closing in on a settlement with the Cupertino-based company.

Strict law barring direct auto sales gets even stricter: Michigan Gov. signs Anti-Tesla bill — Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed the "Anti-Tesla" bill into law Tuesday, making one of the nation's most restrictive laws governing direct auto sales even stricter. Telsa has more than 100 Model S drivers in Michigan, home of the Big Three automakers. Earlier this morning, GM came out in favor of the legislation.

23andMe joins MyHertiage to trace your family tree using DNA — 23andMe, the biotech company company that sells personal DNA kits consumers can use at home, has joined forces with the Israel-based ancestry research company MyHeritage to enable people to discover their heritage based on genetics testing and documented family history.
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Oct 25, 2014

RT @MediaREDEF: Q&A: Erin Teague, Yahoo director of product management (@heathersomervil - @MercNews)

Oct 23, 2014

RT @MTomlinson30: It's Official: SF Bay Area Rents Are Absolutely Crushing New York's

Oct 22, 2014

RT @davidfolkenflik: As Bradlee said: "It must be remembered that Nixon got Nixon. The Post didn’t get Nixon" @wjosephcampbell on the myth…

Oct 21, 2014

Good Technology buys Austin startup Macheen for $8.3M, updates IPO filing… via @svbizjournal

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