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Quoted: pouring out praise for Thiel Fellowship alum’s caffeine spray

"Though on the surface, Sprayable Energy might not look like a huge game-changer, it's his way of entering that market. ...This is an actual business. We think it’s brilliant that he broke into an unregulated industry." — Danielle Strachman, Read More →

Off topic: Financial affairs of the heart, London vs. Paris, movie relationships, in the beginning

Pinch my penny: on dating savers vs. spenders. What about a ticket to both? London vs. Paris infographic compares landmarks, museums and more. If you've been dying to know what Forrest Gump's social graph looks like — Read More →

Tech Files First Look: Building a ‘bot with Lego’s new Mindstorms EV3

What's better than unboxing a new tech toy? Playing with it for the first time. That's what I've been doing recently with Lego's new Mindstorms EV3 robot kit. Over the Read More →

Diplomatic Zuckerberg speaks about expanding Internet access

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is leading a tech alliance that is going to try to expand mobile Internet access worldwide. As the Merc's Brandon Bailey wrote Tuesday, it's just the latest effort by Zuckerberg to broaden his influence Read More →

What leaks have wrought: Manning sentenced; more NSA-spying details revealed

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning was sentenced today to 35 years in prison for handing over U.S. government and military material to WikiLeaks. Meanwhile, here's another look at further developments related to the recent revelations about NSA spying Read More →

HP reportedly removing another top executive

Rumors are flying about another executive shake up at Hewlett-Packard. This time it involves Dave Donatelli, executive vice president of HP's enterprise group, who reportedly has been reassigned to an as-yet undisclosed role at the Palo Alto company. His ouster and Read More →

Quoted: on the not-too-tech-savvy Supreme Court

"The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people. The court hasn't really 'gotten to' email." — Elena Kagan, who at 53 is the youngest and newest member of the Supreme Court, says the justices write memos on Read More →

Off topic: Lobster costs, talking music and vinyl, who vs. whom, sharks invade movies

The economics and psychology of lobster prices. A photo essay about a factory near Prague as vinyl records take another spin. Speaking of music, One Week//One Band Read More →

Y Combinator startups showing a more grown-up bent

I"m back after Round 2 of startup pitches at Y Combinator's Demo Day. (For my take on Round 1, read this.) The third and final slate of startups is about to take the Read More →

Joe Montana, astronaut Mark Kelly among those at star-studded Y Combinator event

I'm at the Y Combinator Demo Day, where nearly 50 fledgling startups are strutting their stuff for potential investors. A third of the companies have pitched so far; here are a few impressions. • YC's ability Read More →
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