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Silicon Valley started here, in a garage, 71 years ago

A garage anywhere else usually means car restoration projects, power tools or piles of old boxes and long-forgotten knick-nacks covered in dust and moth balls. But here in Silicon Valley, it often means start-ups. There are many garage stories. Most recently Google famously used garage space in Palo Alto to tinker...

Twitter and revolution, natural partners in Iranian up-rising

It's hard not to be amazed what is happening in Iran, on multiple counts. One is the up-rising of the youth that has quickly spread and now has the country on the brink of revolution. The spectre of another dictatorship, suppressing the people, ignoring the will of the voters and,...

Join the Stark Insider fan page on Facebook

Have you heard about this incredible new web site called Facebook that lets you stay in touch with your friends?   It may be small and anonymous now, but I think it's going places. And so do we at Stark Insider. Announcing the Stark Insider fan page on Facebook. Check it out,...

BlackBerry Tour, aptly named, to be available on Sprint and Verizon

To say the SmartPhone market is white-hot would be an understatement. Profit margins may be a different matter, however, as the number of models increase, and prices decrease. For tech lovers, this is the golden age of mobility. RIM, with its new BlackBerry Tour, is the latest to make some...

Twitter growth slows, Facebook juggernaut steams ahead

In 2008, Twitter grew 780%. This year doesn't look as promising. A report today from compete.com, one of the new Web measurement services ...

Palm Pre reviews mixed, Apple preempts party with $99 iPhone

If the odds were against Palm already, they're now even worse. You would have a better chance of hitting '00' on a roulette table, twice in a row, then Palm surviving this much-hyped third (or fourth?) comeback. It's starting to rival Elvis... "looks good", "sounds good", "hardware's a little flaky",...

With Bing, Microsoft bangs its head on the (Google) wall once again

As Yogi Berra once said, it's déjà vu all over again. With Bing, Microsoft's latest salvo against industry giant Google, we have yet again another tired, lesser quality impersonator. Why bother? I wouldn't be surprised if Bing is Microsoft's shining example of innovation. Really? Really?! Really. Hundreds of thousands of engineers. Three...

The next generation of netbooks: faster, cheaper, and more… uh, notebook-like

I've been following the latest announcements on the Netbook front over the past few months. The perfect storm — bad economy, demand for portability, emergence of cloud computing — has resulted in an explosive market segment. Consumers are devouring these things like mad. The days of the $1,000+ laptop are...

Credit Karma: Second impressions warrant a thumbs up

A while back, I had written about CreditKarma.com, a company that gives approximations on your credit scores based on the major credit reporting companies (Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion) with what they claim is a +/-50 possible differential. I consider this latter caveat negligible if you factor in the convenience of...

SunPower now offers iPhone app to monitor your home’s energy information

Loni forwarded an email to me the other day about this new app available for the iPhone. It connects in to your solar system and enables you to track energy production on the fly, and on the go. I like it! Too bad I don't have an iPhone. I'm...