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Q&a with Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto
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Q&a with Nintendo's Shigeru Miyamoto

It was a tough year for Nintendo. Revenue at the venerable game company plunged. Its stock price was cut in half. And initial sales of its new 3DS handheld game...

In Silicon Valley, Rose-Colored Glasses Sometimes Provide Best View
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In Silicon Valley, Rose-Colored Glasses Sometimes Provide Best View

When I heard the news that Google was moving into the indoor-mapping business, I called Ankit Agarwal to offer my condolences.

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A Turbulent End to the Pc Era

The personal computer recently celebrated its 30th birthday. Then last week, Silicon Valley staged the PC's funeral.

Apple's Rise to Top Means Less Than You Think
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Apple's Rise to Top Means Less Than You Think

With Apple officially becoming the world's most valuable company—at least for a day—it's tempting to engage in lofty talk about what this says about the rise...

Google's Ceo Steps Into Spotlight
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Google's Ceo Steps Into Spotlight

In his most extensive public comments since becoming Google's CEO, Larry Page on Thursday delivered a carefully crafted response to critics who say the company...

Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved
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Customers Had More Faith in Sony Than It Deserved

In the wake of the recent hacking attacks, which compromised more than 100 million account records on its PlayStation Network and Sony Online Entertainment services...

In the Tech Industry, Power Management is a Key to Going Green
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In the Tech Industry, Power Management is a Key to Going Green

Reuse, recycle, repurpose, renewables. This past Earth Day, we heard a lot about these concepts. As important as they are, I've noticed one phrase missing from...

Matt Cutts, Google Engineer
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Matt Cutts, Google Engineer

It was the usual standing-room-only crowd as Google's Matt Cutts appeared at the South By Southwest technology conference to talk about the inner workings of...

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Search Undergoing Biggest Disruption Since the Dawn of Google

Facing criticism over the quality of search results, Google recently tweaked its famously secretive algorithm to weed out spam sites and so-called "content farms...

Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail, Venture Capitalist
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Paul Buchheit, Creator of Gmail, Venture Capitalist

Soon after Paul Buchheit joined Google in 1999, he coined the phrase "Don't be evil," which along with profit and loss, remains the yardstick by which Google...

Susan Wojcicki: The Most Important Googler You've Never Heard Of
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Susan Wojcicki: The Most Important Googler You've Never Heard Of

Yes, Google started in Susan Wojcicki's rented garage. But in her mind, that might be the single least important fact about her long and deep relationship with...

What Does Jobs' Absence Mean For the Future of Apple?
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What Does Jobs' Absence Mean For the Future of Apple?

With Steve Jobs' third medical-related absence in six years, Silicon Valley must again confront one of its great mysteries: How much does Jobs matter to Apple?

New 'story of Stuff' Video Reminds ­S to Think Twice Before Buying New Gadgets
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New 'story of Stuff' Video Reminds ­S to Think Twice Before Buying New Gadgets

In the opening moments of the new Web video "The Story of Electronics," I found myself nodding in recognition as host Annie Leonard held up a tangled mess of...

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On Tech Issues, Obama Falls Short of High Expectations

Barack Obama was the embodiment of the modern, high-tech president when he took office. However, halfway through his first term, he has yet to deliver on much...

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New Business Models Emerge For the Web

I am constantly impressed by the crazy amount of energy entrepreneurs spend hatching innovative services, so I have never understood why they seem to spend so...

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Grim Numbers Point to the End of the Venture Capital Era

Silicon Valley has passed an important milestone that may mark the end of one era and the beginning of another.

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Location Services Show the Way to the Next Great Internet Bubble

When Silicon Valley misses the mark on a new technology, the problem usually is an issue of timing. It's not what is going to happen, but when it will happen...

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Why Congress Should Pass the Startup Visa Bill

 Those in Silicon Valley looking to have a bigger impact on the policymaking machinery of Washington, D.C., should take a close look at the genesis of the legislation...
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