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Quoted: on Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’ and the Emmys

"I was kind of surprised, because I don't really think of Netflix as being television... (It's) sort of odd the academy is so up-to-date." — Garth Ancier, a former network chief and an Emmy voter, on receiving DVDs of Read More →

Off topic: Messages in bottles, crossing cultures, goodbye love letter, Rolling Stone covers, coffee in space

Messages in bottles, through the years. Lessons in cross-cultural living includes a graph of the "number of appropriate cheek kisses." From Richard Burton's goodbye letter to Elizabeth Taylor: "I am a smashing bore and Read More →

Yahoo shares surge to five-year high despite mixed earnings report

Why the spike in Yahoo shares today? Was it that the CEO and CFO on Wednesday reported earnings newscast-style? The fact that it beat profit estimates (even though display-ad revenue fell for the third straight quarter)? Shares of Read More →

More spying news: Microsoft writes attorney general; NSA is sued

As the House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing today on U.S. government surveillance programs, here are a couple of related developments: • A clearly frustrated Microsoft  has asked Attorney General Eric Holder to "get involved personally" in considering the Read More →

Study: Teens have better relationship with the ‘rents when they connect via social media

Parents who worry they might be ruining their childrens’ social lives by lurking on their kids’ Facebook pages and monitoring their tweets have more ammunition to keep snooping, er, “parenting.” A new study out of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, Read More →

Quoted: PayPal giveth, taketh away $92 quadrillion from customer

"I'm a very responsible guy. I would pay the national debt down first. Then I would buy the Phillies, if I could get a great price." — Chris Reynolds, of Media, Pa., on seeing in an email statement that his Read More →

Off topic: Peashooting, around the world in books, tsunami ball, ‘These Boots’ covers

"Only peas provided by the official organisers may be used" at the annual World Peashooting Championships. Last year, a woman chose from this list of recommendations and read one book from every country in the world. Read More →

Yahoo’s ‘Eyewitness News’ report with Marissa and Ken

It looked a lot like your local 5 o'clock newscast, with veteran anchors Marissa Mayer and Ken Goldman.  Mayer gave the day's top story, while Goldman ran down the sports, weather and traffic numbers. Well, not really on the sports and Read More →

Twitter turned 7… again?

I was scrolling through a Twitter list of tech company leaders, as we blogger types tend to do. I came across an exchange between Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams about yesterday being the anniversary of Twitter's launch seven years ago. Read More →

Quoted: Bill Gates sticks up for patents

"(Intellectual property) — it's a complex system. Anybody who thinks getting rid of (the patent system) would make the world better, I can tell you... that's crazy." — Bill Gates, speaking Monday at Microsoft's Faculty Summit, where he addressed Read More →
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