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Cyber insecurity: Hack attacks, U.S. first-strike strategy and Java plugging more holes

Time to play everybody's least favorite game show, "Who Got Hacked Now?": • In case you missed it Friday (ah yes, the age-old strategy of the end-of-Friday press release), Twitter admitted it fell victim to a hacking attack that Read More →

Quoted: Twitter wins the Super Bowl

"In the mass media age, you sat and watched. At most, you shouted at the screen. In the personal media age, participation is an essential part of the experience. It's the power of immediacy and the power of immersion." -- Silicon Read More →

Off topic: My Bloody Valentine, paparazzi-hunting and Super Bowl failures

My Bloody Valentine is back with their first new album in two decades -- and they posted it on YouTube. Meanwhile, watch Joseph Gordon-Levitt stalk the paparazzi. How CBS Sports dropped the Read More →

By the numbers: Apple No. 1 in U.S. mobile phone sales, Twitter’s $9.9B valuation

A by-the-numbers look at a couple of tidbits about Silicon Valley companies: • $9.9 billion: That's what Twitter's new valuation is, according to Fortune, which says another block of available shares from early employees adds to the Read More →

Coming soon and maybe later: Dell buyout, Motorola X-Phone, Google Glass, new PlayStation, unlocked Netflix on Xbox

A roundup of what's coming — this weekend and beyond, though not necessarily in chronological order: • A Dell buyout could come as soon as Monday, according to Reuters, citing unnamed sources. Michael Dell, founder of the PC maker, Read More →

Quoted: on tweeting while being fired

"I hoped that today’s actions would finally show them the true power and importance of social media, and I hope they’re finally listening." — Poppy Rose, former community manager for HMV, the British music retailer that announced it was Read More →

Off topic: Boyz II Men to Russia, curry, Chinese takeout, Super Bowl stuff

Moscow Philly instead of Motown Philly? Vladimir Putin, worried about low birth rates, reportedly hires Boyz II Men to get Russians in the mood. Turns out it is an oldie and goodie: the history of curry. Read More →

Obama to honor Art Rosenfeld, the “Godfather” of Energy Efficiency

President Barack Obama will present Art Rosenfeld, the "Godfather" of Energy Efficiency, with the National Medal of Technology in Washington, D.C. Friday. You can watch live at 11:15 AM PST at www.whitehouse.gov/live Rosenfeld, 85, is a legend in the Read More →

First Lyft, now Uber: deal with regulators paves way for Uber to offer ridesharing

More good news for the sharing economy: state regulators with the California Public Utilities Commission have struck a deal with Uber, a day after announcing it has reached a similar agreement with ride-sharing start-up Lyft. The deal suspends the cease-and-desist Read More →

DesignCon 2013′s clues to encouraging STEM education

Anybody who doubts the importance of role models in encouraging kids to tackle the tough subjects of science, technology, engineering and math should consider what kids themselves say about how they got interested in the fields. DesignCon 2013 invited a panel Read More →
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