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Ballmer’s retirement brings to mind some memorable moments on stage

The news that Steve Ballmer is retiring as CEO of Microsoft is inspiring all manner of sober assessments of his tenure at the company. It's also sparked plenty of speculation about his possible successor. Our favorite rumor of the day, via Read More →

NSA spying: Documents show Prism costs for gathering data from Google, Yahoo, others

A new report shows the NSA has run up millions of dollars in costs associated with Prism, a massive spying program that involves demanding user information from companies such as Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo. That gathering such information costs loads Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Brian Jacobs of Emergence Capital Partners

With the venture industry increasingly dominated by a handful of multibillion-dollar powerhouses like NEA and Sequoia Capital, smaller boutique firms have arisen to focus on particular startup sectors or stages. Outfits like True Ventures and Read More →

Watchdog groups objecting to Google privacy suit settlement

A group of consumer watchdogs have raised objections to an $8.5 million settlement proposal for an Internet privacy lawsuit brought against Google, complaining that the deal doesn't require Google to make any substantive changes and doesn't really benefit consumers who Read More →

Quoted: ‘Emotional’ Steve Ballmer stepping down as Microsoft CEO after 13 years

"This is an emotional and difficult thing for me to do. I take this step in the best interests of the company I love; it is the thing outside of my family and closest friends that matters to me most." — Read More →

Off topic: Chicago words, design oops, Chinese pickle index, no more citizenship, mapping folklore

Props, yuppie, two thumbs up and more are English-language words with Chicago roots, says Chicago Magazine. The Tower of Pisa and other big design failures, according to a Fast Company infographic. China has reportedly established a Read More →

Pat & Mike: Is Silicon Valley Slumping? Beats Us

Join Pat & Mike for the fastest 10 minutes -- or so -- in Silicon Valley. They talk with special guest Chris "Buzz Kill" O'Brien of the Los Angeles Times. Chris has been looking at signs of a Silicon Read More →

Watching the watchers: on cops, cameras and privacy

We've talked a lot about federal government surveillance enabled by technology lately, now we turn our attention to tech's effect on local surveillance. Increasingly, police can record their encounters with suspects. The New York Times looks again at this issue in Read More →

Yahoo climbs back to No. 1 in web visits, at least for last month

Yahoo’s on a roll these days: Its share price has nearly doubled over the last year. CEO Marissa Mayer is the subject of laudatory magazine profiles – including a glamorous feature in Vogue.  And now comes the news Read More →

Patrick McConlogue, start-up dude who wants to experiment on homeless, might have redeeming qualities

It's easy to criticize Patrick McConlogue, the programmer and blogger who's become the blogosphere's latest pinata (Valleywag kicked it off), so lets: What a freakin' doofus. There, that felt good. McConlogue is the guy who blogged about a little game Read More →
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