LinkedIn Co-Founder Gives Tips From New Book; Google Under Fire for User Tracking

A look at how Mountain View tech companies have made the news this week.

Every week, Mountain View makes news with technology developments, discoveries and sometimes controversies.

In the weekly “Bits and Bytes” column we’ll relay the past week’s news highlights from our backyard giants, start-ups and small businesses alike.

In his new book, “The Start-Up of You”, LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman urges all people to be entrepreneurs -- not through starting a company, but by being flexible and resourceful in their job search. He thinks people should talk to others who are in positions to which they aspire, learning what works for them and what doesn’t.

Google has been under fire after a Stanford University grad discovered Apple’s Safari is tracking user activities of Apple’s Safari web browser. While Google says the allegations are mischaracterized, Congress has asked the company to appear before them to explain their tracking activities.

There has been some speculation that Lytra will begin producing video. Yet the company, famed for its function of removing blurriness from photos after they are taken, denies that their “light ray” technology will go to videos -- for now, that is. Producing that much data may not currently be possible, said CEO Ren Ng, and there is a much bigger market for still photography.

Tavent Technologies has partnered with Kaazing to deliver real-time web communications platforms. It will produce Web-streaming and richer multimedia content, according to a MarketWatch press release.

Gridstore, a leader in scale-out storage solutions, made the Red Herring Americas Top 100 list for its scale-out NAS solution. Their grid-processing platform delivers a single pool of storage, while “increasing performance, scalability and reliability,” said the company.


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