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    Did the dollar sign come from abbreviating the peso? “Today I Found Out” thinks so. Plus: Cats vs. dogs, the infographic. And physical realizations made from M.C. Escher’s illusionist art […]

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  • Quoted: ‘The Quantified Self’ devotee

    “Sometimes I wish my doctors were software.” — Irene Gabashvili, a biophysicist whose data gathering — such as recording 4,000 steps on a 1.2-mile walk — helped her identify food […]

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  • Tech tidbits

    • The fallout from the AT&T iPad breach continues, with AT&T essentially passing the buck and calling Goatse Security, which uncovered the flaw that allowed for iPad users’ e-mail addresses […]

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  • Wile E. Coyote just checked in @… and other privacy matters

    Google Street View’s collection of data over unsecured WiFi networks, which it says was inadvertent, paves the way to many things — many of them a global headache for the […]

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  • Off topic

    In some cases, what’s old is new again. Propaganda, art and web design collide. Plus: Up for some mental exercises? These puzzles of space and time remind me of homework […]

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  • Quoted

    “I don’t think it’s a matter of if. I think it’s a matter of how. You and I have a decent shot, and for kids being born today, I think […]

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  • The TGIF tech roundup

    End-of-week news of note: • In this week of leaks, this one’s a whopper: Adobe has released a Flash update that plugs 32 security holes, including “critical vulnerabilities” that the […]

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  • Armageddon averted: Google back to normal, and other news

    Lost amid all the hubbub yesterday about Google experiments (see below) was a new one: Editors’ Picks, which now allows some Google News users to see content chosen by editors […]

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  • Off topic

    The Jiffy Lube of philosophy? Squashed Philosophers lets you digest deep thoughts from the likes of Sartre, Descartes and Cicero in about half an hour. Elsewhere — no deep thinking […]

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  • Quoted: FBI investigates iPad breach

    “The FBI is aware of these possible computer intrusions and has opened an investigation.” — Katherine Schweit, FBI spokeswoman, on the flaw on AT&T’s website that exposed 114,000 e-mail addresses […]

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