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    Square has confidentially filed for IPO, report says

    Square, the San Francisco mobile-payments company founded and led by Jack Dorsey, has reportedly filed confidentially for an initial public offering. 
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    Palantir Technologies, the secretive data-analytics company that has been used in counter-terrorism efforts and intelligence gathering, is close to completing a $500 million funding round, a cash boost that could elevate it to the fourth-most-valuable venture-backed company in the world.  
     
    Karl Mondon
    Technology made by Silicon Valley startups is giving the banking industry a run for its money.  
     
    Train co-founder Hotchkiss back on track with new band

    The Grammy singer-songwriter Rob Hotchkiss won as a founding member of the multiplatinum band Train sits inconspicuously on a shelf in the hillside house in Fairfax that he and his wife, Pam, recently moved into,returning to the Bay Area after years of semi-retirement on Vashon Island in Washington's Puget Sound.