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  • Geographically, Silicon Valley refers mainly to the Santa Clara Valley on the San Francisco Peninsula in Northern California. Metaphorically, the name, in its broadest interpretation, refers to the entire computer industry of the San Francisco Peninsula. The name Silicon Valley first appeared in print in 1971 as a title for a series, written by journalist Don Hoefler, in the trade newspaper Electronic News. As a geographic place describing the center of the semiconductor industry, which uses silicon in abundance, Silicon Valley includes many former farming communities, each of which had a unique history and identity prior to the advent of the computer age. These smaller cities include Cupertino, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, ...

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