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Lego shows off new Mindstorms robot kit, touts summer tour

The folks from Lego Mindstorms stopped by this week to show off their new robot kit, called the EV3, and some of the cool things users will be able to build with it, including three new robot "bonus" models for Read More →

Tech and basketball: Tibco’s Vivek Ranadive scores Sacramento Kings deal

Tech and basketball, a sequel: The new majority owner of the Sacramento Kings is a team led by Tibco Software Chairman and CEO Vivek Ranadive, pending approval. Other tech names on the 30-strong buyers' team, according to the Read More →

Nikola Tesla walks into a Sand Hill Road VC firm…

OK, so maybe making fun of venture capitalists is like shooting fish in a barrel. (Note: No fish were harmed in the producing of this blog post.) That said, the group behind a movement to get a statue of Nikola Tesla Read More →

Tech issues: No room at the LinkedIn for prostitutes; Square bans gun sales; Nintendo game and gay marriage

Today we're rounding up tidbits of tech "issues" from this week, from guns to prostitution to gay marriage: • LinkedIn doesn't want to be the network for the world's oldest profession. This week, the Mountain View company updated its Read More →

Yahoo in talks to buy Tumblr?

Update: Yahoo said late Friday that it's planning a press event Monday afternoon in New York City, although it would not say if the event is related to the Tumblr rumors.   Multiple reports across the Interweb today are suggesting that Read More →

Quoted: Paul Otellini, now former Intel CEO, on passing on the iPhone

"The lesson I took away from that was, while we like to speak with data around here, so many times in my career I've ended up making decisions with my gut, and I should have followed my gut. My gut Read More →

Off topic: Chessboxing, mapping history, Chinese porn censors, solar eclipse, star memes

Chessboxing is described as an intellectual and physical battle of wills. From the battles of Alexander the Great to those of the American Revolution, learning history with the help of interactive maps. (via kottke) "Even if Read More →

Ashish Thakkar and the Mara Group Take a flying leap at becoming the Skype Facebook, Google Talk of Africa

Ashish Thakkar is a big believer in sub-Saharan Africa  and he thinks Silicon Valley should become a big believer, too. "It's time for Africa," says Thakkar, who I first wrote about in August.  And he really means it. Thakkar, 31, who's Read More →

Watch out, Union Square. Here comes Apple!

Apparently unhappy with having simply a jaw-dropping store almost dead-center in the heart of downtown San Francisco, Apple now wants to relocate three blocks north to be totally dead-center. According to  the San Francisco Chronicle, Apple plans to open its new Read More →

Google I/Oh… about your privacy…

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: We trade our privacy for convenience — and some are more comfortable with that than others. The day after Google's I/O developers conference where it unveiled many a new or enhanced Read More →
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