The Mercury News is Silicon Valley's (and its high-tech industry’s) local newspaper both in print and online. Its been published daily since 1851 and is today, the 5th largest circulation of all newspapers nationwide. Formerly called San Jose Mercury News, it has now been shortened to The Mercury News or The Merc. “Mercury” refers to California’s past booming local mercury industry during its famous Gold Rush. The paper has covered many significant events in computing history thanks to its location at the heart of the technology industry.