Google CFO Gets $70 Million Pay Package

It’s good to be Google Inc.’s chief financial officer. Ruth Porat, who on Tuesday said she would leave her job as Morgan Stanley’s finance chief to take the same role at Google, was awarded more than $70 million worth of restricted stock and bonuses to make the switch. During her first seven months on the […]

Regulators Have Hands Full With Tesla’s Hands-Free Driving

ENLARGE In recent years, Tesla Motors Inc. has provided auto executives and regulators a better view into the nascent electric vehicle market. Now the Silicon Valley auto maker is in focus for another reason: autonomous vehicles. Tesla this summer will send software updates to owners that will enable hands-free driving on the interstate, and the […]

Fears Push Car Makers Deep Into Silicon Valley

ENLARGE SAN JOSE—Four decades ago, Japanese auto companies anticipated U.S. demand for fuel efficient cars and hit the market with vehicles that caught the Detroit Three by surprise, permanently altering the ranks of the biggest auto makers. Today, the disrupters are bubbling up from California’s Silicon Valley. As software giants and startups rush to make […]

FCC Nears Opening Some Airwaves for Cheaper Wireless Use

Federal regulators are one step closer to unlocking a large swath of airwaves that could be used to deliver much cheaper wireless service. Traditionally, wireless carriers have paid billions of dollars at auctions for licenses that give them exclusive rights to use airwaves for voice and mobile Internet service. Now the Federal Communications Commission is […]

Tycoon Li’s Horizons Ventures Bets on Tech Startups

ENLARGE HONG KONG—When the venture-capital fund of Li Ka-shing, Asia’s richest man, hosted a gathering of its portfolio companies in Shanghai last year, it broke the ice with a scavenger hunt. The fund divided the 100-plus technology entrepreneurs into teams that pursued clues through the city’s historic quarters and flashy business district. One trail took […]

VIDEO: Would you buy a phone made of grass?

It is a common complaint that most mobile phones look the same these days. But designer Sean Miles has created one that should stand out from the crowd. It is the first mobile phone made entirely from recycled and natural products, he says. The phone’s casing – which is integrated into the phone – is […]

VIDEO: Mars rover completes marathon

BBC Click’s Spencer Kelly looks at some of the best of the week’s technology news – including announcements from Facebook’s developer conference and a record journey on Mars. More at and @BBCClick.

VIDEO: Tech to help navigate Tokyo transport

Tokyo is investing in beacon technology to guide the three million people who use Shibuya train station every day. LJ Rich reports on the pilot program which, if successful, will be rolled out across the network. More at and @BBCClick.

Europol chief warns on encryption

Encrypted communications are the biggest problem for police, says European police chief A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism. Hidden areas of the internet and encrypted communications make it harder to monitor terror suspects, warns Europol’s Rob Wainwright. Tech firms should consider the impact […]

Best Buy closes Canada’s Future Shop

US consumer electronics chain Best Buy has announced that it is closing its Canadian subsidiary, Future Shop, and converting 65 of its 131 stores into Best Buy outlets. As a result of the move, 500 full-time jobs and 1,000 part-time jobs will go, the retailer said. Future Shop, Canada’s biggest electronics brand, had been owned […]

Check if Your Grocery Loyalty Card Gives to Charity

Pretty much every grocery store today has a loyalty card. Many loyalty cards will give money to a local charity if you register your card with the store. Since you are shopping at the grocery store using the card, this is an easy way to make money for a charity without adding anything to your […]

Canned Emails Suggests Templates for Common Email Responses

Web: Even a simple email can be annoying to write—especially if you aren’t quite sure how to put your delicate matter. Canned Emails takes common problems and makes an email template for you. These emails aren’t complex, but get the point across politely. Customer service agents use templates like this all the time to offer […]

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