On topic: Tech news to know now

Here’s what’s on the Wednesday tech menu.

Steve Ballmer’s exit from the Microsoft board, coming soon after his stepping down as CEO, is no surprise because he’s an “all in” person, some say. Ballmer is the new owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, and he says he has other commitments. But he remains one of Microsoft’s biggest investors. Meanwhile, Ballmer’s departure means a boost for CEO Satya Nadella and the new Microsoft, say analysts.

The percentage of women in senior positions at VC firms has fallen slightly from last year. Of course, some say this affects the number of female-started startups that are funded.

That theft of 4.5 million hospital patients’ information? It’s the biggest yet to exploit Heartbleed bug (in Juniper Networks equipment), says a security expert.

Disappearing news, TV clips and more on Snapchat? The company may be moving beyond messaging.

Startup Chain raises $9.5 million from Khosla Ventures and others to build a bitcoin development platform.

Patent company Intellectual Ventures lays off one-fifth of its staff of 700. Meanwhile, a new study shows how intellectual-property fights affect businesses and R&D.

Wikipedia now identifying links that have been removed from Google’s European search results because of the “right to be forgotten” ruling.

Delaware becomes first state to enact a law — opposed by tech companies over privacy concerns — that gives heirs the same rights over a deceased person’s online assets as they have over offline assets.

And SpaceX denies TechCrunch report that it is seeking private funding that would put its valuation as high as $10 billion. “SpaceX is not currently raising any funding nor has any external valuation of that magnitude or higher been done. The source in this report is mistaken,” the company told our own Dana Hull.


Photo: Then-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivers a keynote address at the International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Jan. 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. ( Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)


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