| Mar 26, 2014
| 7:00 AM
Let's start with the idea of a recommendation engine. It's an informal term to describe the complex algorithms that parse masses of data to make suggestions of the "if you like that, you'll like this" variety.
Online services crave good recommendation...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 8:20 PM
SACRAMENTO — Two years ago, California's two giant telecom companies and their Silicon Valley allies won passage of a law freeing phone-over-the-Internet calls from government regulation.
The 2012 law was essential to the creation of high-tech...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 1:53 PM
On March 15, while much of Austin, Texas, was drowning in music and marketing and thousands of tiny bands were running the streets trying to make a dent, history was being made on a little stage at B.D. Riley's.
Chances are you didn't hear about Side...
| Mar 14, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Good news: British American food writer and cooking teacher Anne Willan has just published her classic cookbook “La Varenne Pratique” as an e-book.
I’m definitely in. For years I’ve been mourning the loss of my copy of the...
| Mar 13, 2014
| 11:50 AM
"Mozart in the Jungle" -- a satirical look at the classical-music world that stars Gael Garcia Bernal as a thinly veiled parody of conductor Gustavo Dudamel -- has been picked up by Amazon, the online retailer announced this week.
The pilot episode of...
| Mar 12, 2014
| 5:59 PM
WASHINGTON — Seeking to end the long-running battle over the collection of sales taxes for online purchases, the House Judiciary Committee debated possible compromises that included two ideas to tax Internet sales based on the retailer's home state,...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 10:09 PM
Last year, a couple walking the usual route around their California Gold Country property happened upon a can sticking out of the ground. They pulled it out and uncovered seven others, all filled with hundreds of U.S. gold coins.
Experts announced the...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 4:35 PM
Apple Inc. has begun pressuring the major record companies to offer new releases exclusively through its iTunes store — a move that would initially block availability on streaming services such as Spotify or Beats Music, according to several...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 2:22 PM
Aprille Magille spends about eight hours a day watching videos on the Internet.
But the 56-year-old retiree isn't bored or in need of a hobby. She's actually earning rewards for every video she watches that she has used to buy a Kindle, a tablet, pots...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 5:30 AM
The landmark deal between Comcast Corp. and Netflix Inc. resolves a simmering dispute over who will support America's growing Internet video habit.
Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast for a direct connection to the cable operator's broadband networks to...
| Feb 21, 2014
| 12:25 PM
Barnes & Noble Inc., the last-standing major chain in the national bookstore market, received a conditional proposal from a private investment management firm to take over 51% of the company for $22 a share.
The offer came through Thursday night,...