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Off topic: Loneliness, motherhood, spider myths, Gelato University, Klingon translator

On loneliness — not necessarily being alone — and its effect on health. A data-driven look at motherhood. Myths about spiders, a blog by a spider specialist. (via Coudal) Flunking out of Gelato Read More →

Apple hits another insanely great milestone

It  took them nearly five years to do it. But Apple cheerfully announced today that its App Store had hit the 50 billion mark in apps downloaded since the store opened for business in 2008.  It had taken Apple nearly Read More →

Look what’s coming fast in Apple’s rear-view window!

As if Apple didn't already have its hands full with competition on the smartphone front from rivals like Samsung. Now it's Google who's not only nipping at Apple's heels on the subscription-online-radio front, but clamping down its jaws on its Read More →

Elon Musk puts his money where his mouth is, again

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is putting his money where his mouth is, again. Tesla is offering 2.7 million shares of common stock and $450 million in convertible senior notes as part of an effort to raise nearly $830 million. Read More →

Cisco survey: public ready for cars that drive themselves

Most people seem eager for the world of driverless cars, according to a Cisco Systems study. In the survey of more than 1,500 consumers in 10 countries, more than half of the respondents (57 percent) said they'd be likely to Read More →

Google brings Nexus ‘experience’ to unlocked Samsung Galaxy S4

Sure, Google is rolling out big numbers and the expected streaming music service. (See the Merc's live blog.) But a tweet by the Merc's Brandon Bailey from the I/O conference today was particularly intriguing: "Google selling unlocked Read More →

Angelina Jolie, breast cancer and the gene-patenting question

What's Angelina Jolie doing on SiliconBeat? Her much-discussed decision to have a double mastectomy, which the actress wrote about in a New York Times op-ed, is putting the spotlight back on an important question that relates to biotech Read More →

Quoted: on Coursera as ‘big believer’ in educational system

"We actually are big believers in the educational system. And while we think the system is long overdue for an overhaul, we don't want to throw it away and start from scratch." — Daphne Koller, co-founder and co-CEO of Read More →

Off topic: Disabled Disney ‘tour guides,’ brain and grammar, sugar and salt, love and chores, ‘Star Trek’

"This is how the 1 percent does Disney": They reportedly hire "black-market handicapped tour guides" to bypass long lines. Study: Without really thinking about it, brain catches grammatical errors. A global, Big Picture look at sugar and Read More →

Apple CEO Tim Cook’s coffee klatch goes for $610,000 at auction

Put your wallet away Rockefeller. Some as-yet-unknown got-rocks just placed the winning bid for a cup of coffee with Apple CEO Tim Cook: $610,000 -- cream and sugar included. Here's CNN's take. My take? I left my $610,000 in my Read More →
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