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Quoted: Ev Williams says surprise, people hate change

"We often think of the Internet enables you to do new things. But people just want to do the same things they’ve always done." — Evan Williams said at the XOXO tech conference in Portland that companies that make things Read More →

Off topic: Kids with three parents, children’s-book covers, marketing to kids, traditional dances

Three parents and a baby — who ideally would be disease-free. From "Adventures with a String" to "Barbie's Secret," a Flickr set of old children's-book covers. "Don't think about now. We're the future," says a Read More →

Ex-Zynga execs explore partnership

Former Zynga execs David Ko, Colleen McCreary and Cadir Lee are exploring the possibility of forming a new startup and have created a Web site under the name CCK Partners. Read More →

23andMe and Udacity partnership raises questions about the future of MOOCs

Bloomberg Businessweek has an interesting look at DYI genetics company 23andMe's moves to keep ahead of the competition out to help you get to know yourself really, really well. The part of 23andMe's strategy that I found the most interesting was Read More →

NSA spying: Social gathering, thwarting efforts, call for transparency

Welcome to NSA spying roundup No. 3,629. OK, not really. But there's plenty to catch up on. • First, the NSA Likes you, it really Likes you. That's right, the agency is very social and compiles social-network activities to create graphs Read More →

Facebook, Twitter to offer networks real-time data on TV shows members ‘like’

Facebook will join Twitter this week in offering real-time feedback on major network television shows as both social media companies battle to translate members’ preferences and comments into advertising dollars. Twitter on Monday is expected to partner with Nielsen to offer Read More →

Quoted: 3D printing in space — will it fly?

"You can get rid of concepts like rationing, scarce or irreplaceable." — Andrew Filo, an inventor who's consulting with NASA Ames Research Center on its project to test 3D printing in space. The hope is that by being able Read More →

Intel pushing Web access for African women and girls

Santa Clara chipmaker Intel announced an initiative Monday to help 5 million African women and girls gain access to the Internet. The initiative - dubbed She Will Connect - will work with governmental and private organizations to expand the digital skills Read More →

Off topic: Philosophical adventure, atheists and grief, animal photos, sign language, toys

Choose your own adventure, the philosophy edition. On atheists grieving and offering comfort to others. An In Focus look at animals in the news; some photos are startling. Exploring roundabouts and the language Read More →

Robots, drones and self-driving cars, oh my

Quick, what do you think about when someone says "robot"? "It's a loaded word," said Steve Cousins at C2SV, or Creative Convergence Silicon Valley, Thursday in San Jose. Cousins, formerly CEO of robot maker Willow Garage, is now chief executive of Savioke, Read More →
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