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Quoted: Mossberg’s farewell

"Personal computers are just too hard to use, and it's not your fault." -- Walter Mossberg's first sentence of his first column for the Wall Street Journal in 1991, stating the guiding principle of his career as a consumer tech reviewer. Read More →

Off topic: Beer bubble, best stories of 2013, NFL sketches and reporting the apocalypse

We're living in a golden age of beer. But is the foamy craft-beer bubble about to burst? Got some time on your hands? Check out Bloomberg Businessweek reporters' picks for the 41 best stories of 2013 Read More →

Merger mania: Odesk, Elance tie the knot, while Inspirato snaps up rival Portico

It happened not once, but twice on Wednesday: A Silicon Valley company announced a big merger, and I thought, "Hey, I know that guy." First, workforce-for-hire marketplaces Elance and oDesk announced that Read More →

Be careful what you do in front of your computer; someone may be watching

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have found a security vulnerability in Macs released before 2008 that would allow a hacker to surreptitiously take pictures or videos of users via those devices' built in webcams. Read More →

Independent panel on surveillance recommends a curtailment of NSA activities

The president's independent panel on national security programs issued its report on Wednesday recommending limits on spying. Among the 46 recommendations, the tech industry will care about the following, as outlined by the New York Times:

TiVo founders readying new TV adapter

InVisioneer, a San Jose-based startup from TiVo founders Mike Ramsay and Jim Barton, appears to have a new digital media adapter in the works that could be unveiled within weeks. Read More →

Obama administration set to release independent panel’s national surveillance reform report

The White House is set to release today an independent panel's recommendation's for reforming the nation's surveillance programs, as The Hill reported. One source told us that the report, outlining 46 recommendations, is expected out at 1 p.m. PST Read More →

Wiretap’s Wednesday Wrapup: The latest Silicon Valley funding news

As startup names go, Robinhood's a pretty good one. The Redwood City company offers users a mobile-first stock brokerage service with zero commission -- robbing from all those rich stockbrokers, and giving to the poor schmoes like you and me. On Wednesday, Read More →

Has Apple given you a sweet tooth?

You've heard of eye candy, arm candy and ear candy. How about most-downloaded-free-iPhone-app candy? This delicious news just in: Apple's winner of the most popular (free) iPhone app of 2013 was Candy Crush Saga. Just in time for the sugarplum fairies. If Read More →

Silicon Valley’s top 10 feeder colleges — Stanford yes, but Harvey Mudd?

Turns out Stanford University is every bit The Farm you always thought it was -- as in a place to grow Silicon Valley's workforce. Thanks to a nifty piece of work by the Silicon Valley Business Journal's Jon Xavier with Read More →
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