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Mercury News' New Web Site

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Mercury News' New Web Site

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SiliconValley.com to expand paper's technology coverage

Seeking to parlay its unique geographic location covering California's Silicon Valley, the San Jose Mercury News officially debuted SiliconValley.com Feb. 16, leading off with a comprehensive look at high-tech venture capital funding. The site builds off of the newspaper's technology reporting that has been popular among high-tech workers and the online news industry.

The kickoff story highlights how the SiliconValley raked in $4.55 billion in venture capital funding, a billion dollars more than in 1997 -- an increase of almost 29%, according to a Money Tree Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, a business and financial advisory company. Venture capitalists increased their investments nationally by 24% over 1997, with Internet-related investments soaring 66%.

And for the first time, the full database of the survey will be available in a completely searchable format online. The venture capital survey is a quarterly study of equity investments made by the venture capital community in private companies in the United States.

Other features of the new Web site include: continuously updated news, from wire services, Mercury News editors, and SiliconValley.Com staffers; regularly scheduled news reports on tech topics to provide the latest "need to know" information; major features packages on key technology events, such as the Department of Justice investigation into Microsoft; thought-provoking columns from the most respected writers in Silicon Valley; and a searchable database of the key 150 Silicon Valley companies. …

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