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Wild market swings slow IPO momentum

contracostatimes.com — By Heather Somerville hsomerville@mercurynews.com Posted: 10/29/2014 10:57:39 AM PDT The wild swings of the stock market have sucked the momentum from Alibaba's world-record-smashing public debut earlier this fall, bringing the IPO market to a crawl and possibly ending a hot streak that was expected to continue through the end of the year.

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.

Wild market swings slow IPO momentum

mercurynews.com — Posted: 10/29/2014 10:57:29 AM PDT Updated: 10/29/2014 11:30:08 AM PDT The wild swings of the stock market have sucked the momentum from Alibaba's world-record-smashing public debut earlier this fall, bringing the IPO market to a crawl and possibly ending a hot streak that was expected to continue through the end of the year.

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.

Q&A: Erin Teague, Yahoo director of product management

mercurynews.com — 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

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.

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.
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Oct 29, 2014

@jowens510 you had better have a damn good costume to live up to that name

Oct 29, 2014

RT @jowens510: The $IPO market was heading for record-breaking year, but momentum has slowed dramatically, @heathersomervil reports. bit.ly/1nQFRLH

Oct 29, 2014

Well, that didn't last long. Wild market swings slow #IPO momentum that picked up last month mercurynews.com/business/ci_26… via @MercNews

Oct 25, 2014

RT @MediaREDEF: Q&A: Erin Teague, Yahoo director of product management (@heathersomervil - @MercNews) redef.it/e516

Oct 23, 2014

RT @MTomlinson30: It's Official: SF Bay Area Rents Are Absolutely Crushing New York's ow.ly/Dcine

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