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Eric Schmidt fires back at the Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal's Sept. 26  "Google Kills Birds" editorial, which refers to the company's investment in the Ivanpah solar project in the Mojave Desert as well as Google's beef with ALEC, has struck a bit of a Read More →

Tech locals new to Forbes’ annual wealthiest Americans list

Jan Koum, who sold WhatsApp to Facebook. Travis Kalanick, the hard-charging CEO of ride sharing firm Uber. And Elizabeth Holmes, the CEO of Theranos, which aims to revolutionize consumers' access to medical tests and information. They are among the 27 new billionaires on Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

We've got your Monday tech news links right here. Apple could reportedly face billions of dollars in fines if its Irish tax setup — its tax rate there is less than 2 percent — is found to be illegal, although it's Read More →

Quoted: Jack Ma on loving but not marrying government

"Never, ever do business with government. Love them. Don’t marry them. So, we never do projects for government." — Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba, on avoiding doing business with the Chinese government. But Ma said on "60 Minutes" that Read More →

Off topic: Reclining in planes, not-so-perfect DJs, space exploration, beyond bookmarks

What are the economics of airplane-seat reclining? "Flawless mixing is now a thing of the past," so some DJs are making mistakes on purpose to show they're manually mixing tracks. A couple of Tumblrs: One is Read More →

Intel to invest $1.5 billion in Chinese chip firm

Hoping to further its efforts to get its chips into a broader array of products, Santa Clara-based Intel has struck a deal to invest $1.5 billion in Tsinghua Unigroup of China to jointly make chips for mobile devices. Intel said the Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

Here's what's on the TGIF menu. S.F., L.A. threaten injunctions against Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, accusing them of misleading customers about driver background checks, and more. As Bash-related Web attacks pop up, Google, Amazon take steps to Read More →

Tech and privacy: The FBI on Apple, Google and encryption; Russian and Australian laws

There's plenty of news about tech and privacy/surveillance, in the United States and beyond, and some of it might make you shudder: • FBI Director James Comey said Thursday he's concerned about Apple and Google's moves to encrypt the data on Read More →

Quoted: Marc Andreessen predicts big-spender startups will go poof

"New founders in last 10 years have ONLY been in environment where money is always easy to raise at higher valuations. THAT WILL NOT LAST. When the market turns, and it will turn, we will find out who has been Read More →

Off topic: Humans vs. ants, all the single people, water in the desert, Liam Neeson’s kills

It's a heavy question: Do all humans outweigh all ants? A by-the-numbers look at the "never-marrieds." Thirsty? Creative and "wild" ways to get a drink in the desert. And that Liam Neeson, he gets Read More →
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