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Wolverton: Samsung misses with Galaxy S5

Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 is a decent device with a few neat features, but its design is pedestrian, many of its new features don’t work well and its interface is cluttered and confusing. 
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Apple and Samsung returned to federal court in San Jose on Friday in round two of their epic patent battle, with Samsung's attorneys continuing their defense. Mercury News reporter Howard Mintz covered all the action from court.  
 
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When it comes to shaping modern communications, Ericsson may be one of the most important companies you've never heard of.
 
 
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Today: LinkedIn announces membership has reached 300 million ahead of important earnings reports for Facebook, Zynga, Twitter and more.  
 
Investors pumped more than $4.7 billion into Silicon Valley technology companies during the first quarter this year, with the lion’s share going to the software industry, which captured about $2.3 billion — the largest quarterly investment into any industry since 2000.  
 
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The stats aren't good for women staying in their tech careers over the long term. But some do stay and thrive. At key moments, these women face a choice -- stick with what they are doing, or step out of their comfort zone?  
 
 
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Free tours of water-wise California-native gardens

As more Californians than ever explore drought-tolerant landscape alternatives, two upcoming garden tours shine a spotlight on low-water native plants. On April 26 and 27, some 60 gardens on the Peninsula and in the Santa Clara Valley will be open to visitors. And on May 4, some 40 East Bay gardens, from Fremont to Martinez, will be open too. 
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Ryan Seacrest leaving 'American Idol?'

Report says the “Idol” host stepping down after current season.