Silicon Valley

Apps and dating sites for an older audience

​Silicon Valley’s start-ups are always on the lookout for new markets – and now they’re targeting an old one. From Techboomers to Stitch, Salvador Rodriguez discovers the apps, dating sites and other ways they’re targeting the grey pound

Cathedrals to an internet age: Google’s new Kings Cross HQ is among

Not so much vaulted ceilings and soaring towers, the British headquarters that Google means to build just north of Kings Cross Station will be more of a soil-hugging affair. To be made of steel, glass and laminated timber with designs meant to echo the industrial heritage of the area, the building will rise only to 11 storeys at its highest but will stretch 330 metres from end to end. That’s longer that the Shard is tall.

Google challenges US surveillance gagging order

Google has asked the US Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court to allow it to publish details of the number of data requests made by a secretive body, invoking the first amendment in a legal challenge that is aimed at easing concern among users following recent revelations regarding the activities of the National Security Agency.

Apple's stock price: It can go down, too?

By now the trajectory of any story about stock in tech giant Apple should be familiar. It goes up; soars; jumps. You buy an iPhone and Steve Jobs' replacement periodically presents a smaller, svelter iSomething that makes you want another one - and the stock rockets again. At least, this was the case, but now the rhythm might be changing. Apple's stock price took another hit on Monday - and Matt Zeitlin over at the Daily Beast has fascinating insight on the company's "continuing decline". 

Facebook v Google: The tech tug of war

Rivalry between Facebook and Google has led to a ferocious bidding war for the best brains in Silicon Valley. Simon Usborne reports on the geeks who are cashing in

What's on Dave's dashboard?

David Cameron now has a special app to run the country. But what else is on his iPad? John Rentoul sneaks an iPeek

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Facebook film is work of fiction, says its ex-boss

One of the biggest films of last year, The Social Network, is hotly tipped to pick up several Academy Award nominations when they are announced today. But an unwilling star of the movie charting the birth of Facebook wants everyone to know it is a "work of fiction".

Tony Blair gets another new job – in Silicon Valley

Tony Blair's crusading belief in science as a way of solving global warming has landed him another lucrative business appointment. The former Prime Minister has been hired as a senior adviser by a Silicon Valley firm which is planning to invest hundreds of millions of pounds in green technology.

How Craig conquered the world

Never mind the collapse of the US economy, sex scandals and even murder, Craigslist – the ultimate internet car boot sale – is booming. Stephen Foley reports on the geek with the golden touch