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Quoted: Saying no to the Singularity

"You could have all the computer chips ever in the world and you won’t create a consciousness." — Miguel Nicolelis, a top neuroscientist at Duke University, takes issue with the Singularity — saying "there are a lot of people Read More →

Off topic: Why the sky is blue, and it was ‘raining’ spiders; love stories and literacy in America; pulp-cover generator

When your child asks why the sky is blue, see if this short-explanation infographic will satisfy her. Speaking of explanations, why it seemed to be raining spiders in Brazil recently. Amazon picks a love story Read More →

Layoffs at Nanosolar

Nanosolar, the solar manufacturer located in South San Jose's Edenvale clean-technology zone, had layoffs on Friday. An anonymous caller to the San Jose Mercury News said Monday that Nanosolar laid off 75 percent of its workforce Friday. I have not Read More →

Burger King Twitter account hacked

Burger King is the butt of a Whopper of a joke. Burger King's Twitter account was hacked Monday to look like the fast-food restaurant had just been purchased by rival McDonald's. First sign of the hack -- the fast food restaurant's Read More →

Tom Steyer to speak at Sunday’s massive Keystone XL protest in Washington, D.C.

Dozens of environmental groups and partner organizations are descending on Washington, D.C. Sunday for a massive rally in front of the White House to demand that President Barack Obama reject the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, phase out fossil fuels and Read More →

On The Road: Convoy of Tesla Model S owners set out to re-create John Broder’s infamous @TeslaRoadTrip for the NYT

In case you've been living under a rock, an East Coast road trip in Tesla's Model S sedan by veteran New York Times reporter John Broder has created a bit of a frenzy. Tesla's devout fans have suggested Read More →

Think companies using H-1B visas are giving U.S. workers a raw deal? You’re right.

Just in time for the latest immigration reform battle and fights over the start-up visa and increasing the number of  available H-1B visas comes a disturbing bit of news from Ron Hira, writing for the Economic Policy Institute. Hira points Read More →

Tesla is (apparently? partially?) vindicated after a CNN test-drive of the Model S

As the world watched the accusations fly back and forth between Tesla CEO Elon Musk and the New York Times over the paper’s controversial review of the Model S, CNN decided to jump into the brawl with both feet. Peter Read More →

Online sales tax collection: Will bill finally succeed?

The taxman cometh. Will he finally collect? (And no, that's not a reminder for those of us who have to file our income taxes. But you're welcome.) We're talking about the reintroduction this week of the Marketplace Fairness Act, Read More →

Coming soon: Google, the movie?

So who would you cast, if you were making a movie about a major Internet company known for hiring brilliant data scientists to work on organizing the world’s information? Yeah, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are definitely the first two actors Read More →