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Facebook’s latest mystery: another upcoming product launch

You've got to hand it to the marketing folks at Facebook - they know how to pique the tech press's interest in upcoming product announcements. The latest such launch is coming June 20, according to an invitation sent by old-fashioned U.S. Read More →

Yet another NSA spying roundup: More data swapping, Yahoo court order, wireless providers, more

This NSA spying story, it has legs: • Data swapping between the United States and businesses involves a cast of thousands — of technology, finance and manufacturing companies that provide the government with "sensitive" information — beyond the scope of the Read More →

Quoted: on Anki’s Drive, a robotic car-racing game controlled by an iPhone

"A little drama is perfectly fine as long as it works out. It took me like half the rest of the show to stop shaking. I mentally snapped back into it sometime during the iOS stuff." — Boris Sofman, CEO Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Ethan Kurzweil of Bessemer Ventures

Welcome back to Elevator Pitch, the Q&A that grills top tech investors on what kinds of deals they're looking for -- and which common mistakes trip up entrepreneurs. Since Father's Day is just around the corner, we’re chatting this week with Read More →

Off topic: Finding Paul Revere, worst jobs, tear gas, free coffee, parking in S.F.

Professor uses "metadata" to track down Paul Revere. (via Flowing Data) A matrix of the worst jobs in the world, then and now. The history and science of tear gas. A German cafe that Read More →

If it weren’t for that damn iPad…

Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of Internet software and services, went to bat Thursday for his company and his former boss, Steve Jobs, testifying in a Manhattan courtroom that Apple never conspired with publishers to jack up e-book prices. Read More →

NSA spying roundup: What tech, government and Snowden are up to

A roundup of recent developments in the fast-moving NSA spying story: • The tech companies: Attempts at damage control continue after a report last week that the government had direct access to the user information of nine tech companies through a Read More →

Supreme Court: ‘Naturally occurring’ human genes can’t be patented

The Supreme Court has ruled that human genes can't be patented, unanimously agreeing with doctors, patients and others in a decision that could have broad implications on the biotech industry. “A naturally occurring DNA segment is a product of Read More →

Quoted: Kanye West — the next Steve Jobs?

"I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of Internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump." — Kanye West, Grammy-winning rapper/fashionista/businessman/narcissist, in Read More →

Off topic: Judy Blume’s Reddit AMA, spaghetti and meatballs, ‘Bike Maker,’ angry Legos, thank you

"Are you there, Reddit? It's me, Judy!" Author Judy Blume does an AMA, Flavorwire lists highlights. The history of spaghetti and meatballs. "The Bike Maker" (who isn't supposed to ride a bike), a Read More →
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