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Photos: Watermark showcases prominent women in business, culture

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem and tennis great Serena Williams were among the big names taking part in the Watermark Conference for Women event held in San Jose on Friday. The conference, which attra…
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Downtown Sunnyvale site slated for housing, restaurant trades hands, clearing way for redevelopment

The planned project at 311 S. Mathilda Ave. is slated to break ground in the coming months following the land sale this week for a property next door to where a massive overhaul of the city's downtow…
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Report: Apple set to close 2 North Texas stores to avoid patent trolls

Apple Inc. is planning to shutter two stores in North Texas, a new report says, as it looks to escape patent trolls. The Cupertino-based company plans to close its locations at Apple Willow Bend …
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Elon Musk takes out gigantic mortgages on 5 California mansions

Elon Musk, one of the country's wealthiest individuals, has taken out $61 million in mortgages on five luxurious mansions in California. Bloomberg reported that the loans, financed through Morgan St…
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The Funded: Another SoftBank megafunding and 2 possible IPOs at week's end

Another megaround led by SoftBank Vision Fund and two more companies moving towards IPOs top Bay Area venture news at the end of the week. Read more here: • Flexport Inc., San Francisco, $1 bill…
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Fitness company Peloton shows no signs of slowing down

Inside the wild, seven-year ride from being an unloved startup to an exercise company powerhouse with a million rabid followers, a $4 billion valuation and big plans for the future.
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Move over unicorns — here are the Bay Area's 21 'minotaurs' who have raised more than $1B in funding

Unicorns have been the talk of Silicon Valley since 2013, when venture investor Aileen Lee coined the term for venture-backed companies that were valued at $1 billion or more. Now there is a relativ…
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FAA moves to reduce weather-related flight delays at U.S. airports

United Airlines and arch-rival American Airlines should be thrilled the FAA is seriously addressing a major problem for airline passengers.
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Southwest Airlines grounds flights nationwide due to tech glitch

Southwest Airlines Co. grounded its flights Friday morning, affecting flights nationwide. The issue was due to a technical issue with the Dallas-based company's computer systems. Shortly after 6:…
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Consumer Reports yanks recommendation of Tesla Model 3, citing glitchy screens and cracked windows

Independent testing magazine Consumer Reports on Thursday pulled its recommendation of Tesla Inc.'s Model 3 sedan, after vehicle owners said they experienced glitchy touchscreens, cracked windows, an…
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San Francisco-based Pinterest preps to go public with confidential filing

Pinterest Inc. has joined the growing club of Bay Area tech companies looking to go public in the coming months. The San Francisco-based visual idea board site confidentially filed paperwork for it…
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Softbank adds to its expansive Bay Area portfolio with $1 billion funding of S.F. freight logistics company

Freight logistics company Flexport said Thursday it has secured a $1 billion funding round, SoftBank Vision Fund's latest massive injection into the Bay Area tech arena. "Our vision is to unite the …
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As Theranos trial, documentary and movie near, Elizabeth Holmes hopes for a comeback

While government officials comb through millions of pages of documents to prepare for Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes' expected fraud trial and the last physical remnants of her failed blood-testin…
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Dear Gov. Newsom: Please keep your train promise

Rod Diridon Sr. — the namesake of San Jose's train station — offers his take on Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to delay high-speed rail's path to Silicon Valley.
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Southwest Airlines COO addresses worsening operational emergency

The rift between Southwest management and mechanics grew uglier Feb. 19 in the wake of an internal memo from COO Mike Van de Ven.
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