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Elevator Pitch: Father-son venture capitalists Neal and Sean Dempsey

This week, in a first for ePitch, we feature two VCs for the price of one. Neal Dempsey has been at venerable Bay Partners since 1989;  his son Sean got into the Read More →

Quoted: Nathan Myhrvold on how Microsoft and Google are different

"The set of tasks Microsoft has been engaging in has been so large, it’s been hard for them to be as consistently innovative. ... The difference between Google and Microsoft is largely that search and Android phones are on the Read More →

Off topic: Named after JFK, airline seating, ’tis the season for Elmo, dear artwork, ‘The Art of War’

A map of the hundreds of places around the world named after JFK. "Morph" concept: adjustable airline seats. Tickle Me, Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey and more: why the multi-talented Elmo rules Christmas. A chart of the most Read More →

Crowd-sourcing to save the planet, with help from NASA and the Google guys

File this one under “No problem’s too big for the crowd to solve” … Planetary Resources, the aspirational asteroid-mining company backed by Google’s Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, has won a NASA contract to design crowd-sourcing contests aimed at identifying and Read More →

Apple’s win hurts the anti-patent movement in valley

This is not a good day for those in Silicon Valley who believe patents tend to be a drag on innovation, a way for entrenched players to attack newcomers. Why not just make the better product and compete in the Read More →

FCC chairman: Cell phones on planes? You need to sit in coach

Today, the FCC proposed allowing people to use their cell phones on airplanes, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.  The commission has been inundated today with emails and phone calls, I'm told. Rather than applauded for updating our antiquated Read More →

Microsoft soft wear: anti-Google merchandise now available

Microsoft attacked Google and all you got was a lousy T-shirt. Wait a minute, it's not even free. It's $11.99 on Scroogled.com. "Scroogled" is the ongoing political-style campaign that accuses Google of compromising users' privacy. As Brandon Bailey reported Read More →

Exclusive: Top Tesla executive George Blankenship, VP of Sales, departs

George Blankenship, the Tesla executive and marketing maven who led the company's retail operations and showroom expansions, is no longer with the Palo Alto-based company, according to a source with first-hand knowledge of his departure. When reached for comment, Blankenship, Read More →

Quoted: questioning the effectiveness of MOOCs

"We can’t just throw this up on the Web and assume goodness will happen." — Ezekiel Emanuel, vice provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. The university surveyed about 35,000 people in 200 countries and found that Read More →

Off topic: 200 calories, dear restaurants, finding Waldo, word origins, R. Kelly love songs

A photo gallery of 200 calories, from celery to carrots to Coke. Speaking of calories, the 10 most expensive restaurants in the world. Graphing a strategy about where to find Waldo. Dog inspires man: Read More →
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