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Laid-off Zynga employee finds online catharsis by answering questions about former employer

After the San Francisco-based social gaming company Zynga laid off 520 employees on Monday, a former Zynga employee has been anonymously holding court online, answering dozens of questions from people curious about the Zynga culture that led to the unexpected Read More →

IRS claims former HP chairman Lane owes $100 million

After being pressured to resign as Hewlett-Packard's chairman in April, Ray Lane has got another little problem on his hands  -- a claim by the IRS that he owes $100 million in taxes. Citing an appeal Lane filed in a federal Read More →

Oops, Google Glass too invasive for shareholders’ meeting

Turns out, consumer privacy advocates and casinos aren't the only ones concerned with the invasive nature of Google Glass. Google itself is barring the wearable computers that can take pictures and record viedo at the blink Read More →

Turn that smile upside down: Google patent filing could lead to facial-expression ‘passwords’

Thanks to cell phones and Bluetooth, there are many people walking around looking like they're talking to themselves. And those trying out Google Glass have already received their share of ribbing. What's next on the look-ridiculous list? Making Read More →

Internet Age news: Helping the poor be unfaithful? Plus online-dating study and receiving other people’s emails

We've rounded up some only-in-the-Internet-Age tidbits: • First comes sex: A joint effort by Google and a foundation that works with the world's poor to educate rural Ugandans about sexually transmitted diseases has brought about an unintended consequence: a rise in Read More →

Quoted: on the NSA spying on Americans and their call records

"It's not the society we set forth in the Constitution, and it's not the society we should have." — Kurt Opsahl, an attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, on the disclosure that the National Security Agency is collecting mobile and Read More →

Off topic: Starbucks croissants, canned wine, school of one, ‘Happiness’ hosts’ suicide, book art

On mass-produced croissants at Starbucksmon dieu! More fodder for snobs: canned wine served by Spirit Airlines. A photo essay on a one-student school in Georgia (the country, not the state). "The Pursuit of Read More →

Google’s Schmidt and Cohen on Wikileaks, cyber-threats and self-driving cars

There’s no love lost between Google chairman Eric Schmidt and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.  And riding in one of Google’s driverless cars can be a hair-raising experience. “I’ve been in it and it just freaks you out,” Schmidt said of the Read More →

Startup pitches free smartphone service

Startup wireless provider FreedomPop announced Wednesday that it's launching a new service plan this summer that will offer consumers a limited amount of voice minutes and data and an unlimited number of texts for no ongoing cost at all. Read More →

Tesla Statue will rise in Silicon Valley thanks to Kickstarter

It's a good thing I don't bet (well not much), because I would have bet a ton that there is no way in hell that Dorrian Porter would raise $123,000 on Kickstarter to pay for a Silicon Valley statue Read More →
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