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Quoted: on the net neutrality fight between Verizon, the FCC

"It’s really a question of how much power we’re going to give the Internet service providers to control our content." — Sherwin Siy, legal affairs vice president for Public Knowledge, on net neutrality, which once again will take its Read More →

Off topic: Life expectancy, surviving a speed bump, lawmakers’ pay, thin buildings, fear of holes

Why we aren't dead yet: on the doubling of life expectancy in the past 150 years. And... fast forward to today, as xkcd's What If explores how fast one can drive over a speed bump and live. Read More →

The NSA spying beat goes on: Encryption’s broken promises

Happy Friday, we're here to crush whatever hopes and dreams you may still have had about online privacy. New reports by the New York Times, ProPublica and the Guardian, based on the Edward Snowden Read More →

Mark Leibovich’s ‘This Town’ not so unlike Silicon Valley

New York Times Magazine national correspondent Mark Leibovich was in the Bay Area this week promoting his new book, "This Town," a cutting takedown of Washington, D.C.'s power-hungry, incestuous, insider culture where every friendship is questionable and hypocrisy runs rampant. Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Sigma West’s Peter Solvik

People come to venture capital from a wide range of backgrounds. Peter Solvik did it after 20 years at two of Silicon Valley's corporate powerhouses. After a decade at Apple, Solvik in 1993 joined Cisco Systems, where he was Read More →

Google’s Kit Kat Android phone: The story that won’t die — and who wants it to?

You knew they were coming. When Google named (more or less) its next version of Android after the Kit Kat candy bar, you knew it was too good for digital jokesters to pass up. So, let the spoofs being. This Read More →

Quoted: FilmOn X TV streaming service loses round to broadcast networks

"The judge is clearly in (the broadcasters’) pockets. From the day they filed in D.C. I suspected they had influence in the courts there. There is something so very rotten in corporate America and it makes me sad." — Read More →

Off topic: Wedding Crunchers, dating and politics, tipping debate, drive-ins, amusement parks

"Plot n-gram frequency and visualize trends across 30+ years of yuppie nuptials" at Wedding Crunchers' searchable database of three decades' worth of New York Times wedding announcements, courtesy of Rap Genius. Pre-wedding, though: on Read More →

Research firm again cuts bullish forecast for Windows Phone

IDC wants you to know that, despite everything, it still has high hopes for Windows Phone ... just not as high as before and not nearly as high as Microsoft's. Read More →

Bottle sunlight: California proposes historic Energy Storage targets

Whoa! Carla Peterman of the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a 1,325 megawatt energy storage procurement target for the state's three largest utilities. The goal of the proposed decision is to optimize the grid, integrate renewable energy and Read More →
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