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Off topic: Green burials, Shakespeare, Steinbeck, running and biking map, binge drinking

Ashes to... eco-friendly cement reef ball: on green burials. Literary birthdays and anniversaries: Tabloid treatment of Shakespeare on his 450th year, and a Salinas festival will celebrate the 75th anniversary of John Read More →

Net neutrality running out of lives, which will affect ours

Open Internet. Net neutrality. Whatever you want to call it, it appears to be dying. And if you're wondering whether you should mourn its death, might as well get that black suit ready. The FCC is set to propose Read More →

Female engineers say it’s important to break into the ole boys’ network

Don't shirk from or dismiss the ole boys network. You have to break in if it matters. If you want a job or a promotion, understand what the company is trying to achieve and pitch your skills to help the firm. Finally, Read More →

What’s on our mind: Facebook earnings

Facebook shares are down nearly 2.5 percent ahead of its first-quarter earnings report this afternoon. Here's a look at some of the things investors and analysts are watching for. First: Ads, ads, ads. Internet companies including Facebook have pledged allegiance to Read More →

Upstart offers 3-year loans to help recent college grads

Recent college grads and millennials with less-than-stellar credit can now get a loan through Palo Alto startup Upstart to buy a car, continue their education or create a business. Upstart, a peer-to-peer lending platform that offers an alternative to Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

Once again, we're sharing the fruits of our tech-reading labor. Is AT&T working on a Netflix competitor? Twitter rolls out profile redesign to all users; here's what to do. Saying living in the Bay Area is expensive, Read More →

Quoted: NYPD reaches out on Twitter, gets blowback

"You take the good with the bad." — Stephen Davis, spokesman for the NYPD. The New York Police Department had asked Twitter users to submit photos of themselves posing with the agency's cops. Not surprisingly — hadn't the department Read More →

Off topic: Powdered alcohol, good looks, animated interviews, Big Apple tips

Oops, must unfriend "Palcohol": Government says its approval of powdered alcohol was a mistake. Looking good, feeling good, and hair and hierarchy.Unheard interviews with famous people such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Janis Read More →

Comcast disingenuously fires back at Netflix

Netflix's newly announced opposition to Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is about protecting the streaming media company's bottom line, not its customers, a Comcast official charged on Monday. Read More →

Tech, big spender in Washington

New lobbying reports show that Facebook and Apple both broke records for first-quarter lobbying spending, according to Politico.  Facebook spent $2.8 million for lobbying on issues such as privacy, immigration, surveillance reform and patents. Apple spent more than $1 million Read More →
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