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Mark Milian

Covering consumer technology in San Francisco. Author of Letters to Steve: Inside the E-mail Inbox of Apple's Steve Jobs.

Pandora agreed to buy a radio station in South Dakota to qualify for compulsory royalty rates.

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Pandora agreed to buy a radio station in South Dakota to qualify for compulsory royalty rates.

After Apple Unveils iTunes Radio, Pandora Buys a Radio Station in South Dakota

All ears were on Pandora Media yesterday after Apple showed its competing streaming-music service, iTunes Radio. Pandora answered with an acquisition today — of an FM radio station. In South Dakota. Pandora said it entered into a pact to acquire...

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband sponsored the bison paddock in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and her husband sponsored the bison paddock in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

No Bull: Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Is Big on Buffalo

Deep in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, which spans more than 50 city blocks, is a fenced-in area where several buffalo can be seen roaming around. Recently, a sign appeared in front that reads: “The Bison Paddock has been graciously...

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Among crowdsourced Q&A sites, the winner may be whoever can answer the business question first.

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Among crowdsourced Q&A sites, the winner may be whoever can answer the business question first.

Can a Q&A Site Be a Real Business? $14M Will Help ChaCha Find Out

ChaCha, a website where you can ask about anything and get answers from volunteers or the site’s database of 2 billion queries, doesn’t have a response yet to one big question: Is crowdsourced Q&A a standalone business? Enter that into...

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Fingerprint-authentication sensors are expected to show up in mobile phones this year.

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Fingerprint-authentication sensors are expected to show up in mobile phones this year.

Mobile Phones With Fingerprint ID Coming This Year

Mobile phones will soon know your touch. Fingerprint Cards, a Swedish biometric-security company, said a Japanese electronics maker plans to introduce mobile phones with fingerprint sensors in the third quarter of this year. The technology, which identifies a person’s unique fingerprint...

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CloudFlare, which has attracted nearly a million websites to use its services, doesn't like to boast about fundraising.

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CloudFlare, which has attracted nearly a million websites to use its services, doesn't like to boast about fundraising.

Why a Fast-Growing Startup Tries to Keep Its Venture Funding Secret

Announcing how much money you’ve raised is typically considered good startup hygiene. Chest-beating about big numbers brings attention, especially from prospective hires looking for a cash-rich company to work for. Not so, said Matthew Prince, the chief executive officer of...

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Koozoo, a San Francisco-based startups, is aiming to offer free live video feeds from people's windows all over the world.

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Koozoo, a San Francisco-based startups, is aiming to offer free live video feeds from people's windows all over the world.

Have a Spare Smartphone? Koozoo’s New Angle on Public Webcams

As the Internet began to take off in the mid-1990s, several dot-coms tried to strike gold with the same idea: Show what’s happening at locations around the world by connecting to live video feeds from webcams. The market never really...

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A startup called Hover can create detailed 3-D maps of city streets using aerial imagery and crowd-sourced photos.

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A startup called Hover can create detailed 3-D maps of city streets using aerial imagery and crowd-sourced photos.

Seen Flyover in Apple Maps? Startup Raises $3.1M for ‘Flythrough’ Tool

Of all the things Apple unveiled at its annual developers conference this summer, the Flyover feature of its Maps application, where users zip around a three-dimensional city skyline, elicited maybe the most applause. But what if you could actually fly...

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Sococo's Team Space software helps office workers collaborate virtually.

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Sococo's Team Space software helps office workers collaborate virtually.

After a Disaster, Japan Looks for Alternatives to the Office

Think your boss is stubborn about letting you work from home? Try going to Japan. Telecommuting is simply not built into the business culture there. Just 12 percent of Internet-connected Japanese office workers would conduct business from home if their...

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One of the most successful campaigns on Indiegogo aimed to raise money to buy back Nikola Tesla's old laboratory.

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One of the most successful campaigns on Indiegogo aimed to raise money to buy back Nikola Tesla's old laboratory.

Crowd-Funding Site Indiegogo Is Going International

In many parts of the Eurozone, now is not the best time for an entrepreneur to go to the bank and expect to skip away with a loan. But a growing alternative for some Europeans could be crowd-funding websites, which...

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Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu doesn't want to bring in venture capitalists who could ruin the fun of running the business, he said.

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Zoho CEO Sridhar Vembu doesn't want to bring in venture capitalists who could ruin the fun of running the business, he said.

No VC: Zoho CEO ‘Couldn’t Care Less for Wall Street’

This is the fourth in a five-part series called “No VC,” which highlights startups that have succeeded without venture capital, the lifeblood of Silicon Valley. At first, Sridhar Vembu couldn’t raise money for his enterprise software startup because he didn’t know how to...

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