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Off topic: Book addiction; sports and eating; happy Bhutan’s shrink; evolution of bluefin tuna, and bicycles

How the bluefin tuna, which was previously used for dog and cat food, became a prized delicacy. Signs of book addiction; some symptoms can be used interchangeably with sports addiction. Speaking of sports, I'll see if Read More →

Facebook shows new video format – ads to come?

Facebook is trying out a new way of showing video, and it may be a hint of commercials to come. The social network announced this week that it’s starting to test a new way of showing videos that have Read More →

Google execs’ jet fuel deal draws scrutiny

New questions are being raised about an unusual arrangement that permitted Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin to use a NASA airfield in Mountain View as a base for their private aircraft, after the Wall Street Journal Read More →

When, Twitter, when? IPO buzz continues

Now what? Yes, we're talking Twitter and yesterday's tweeted bombshell — OK, at the very least, somewhat surprising news — about it taking a step toward an IPO by submitting a confidential filing with the SEC. One big question, as Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Mark Siegel of Menlo Ventures

Welcome back to Elevator Pitch, where we put top tech investors under the microscope -- and pass the learnings on to you. Up this week is Mark Siegel, who studied dark matter and galaxy formation at MIT, then Read More →

Quoted: ‘Apple of China’? Xiaomi CEO says no, thanks

"They (Apple) don't really care about what the users want. They imagine what the users want. ... We focus on making the product that makes users scream." — Lei Jun, CEO of Xiaomi, the 3-year-old phone maker that's on Read More →

Off topic: Dating tips, words from all over the place, drawing U.S. maps, starring libraries, toilet gastronomy

"You are not hot as you think when you're drunk," "wear red," and other gems from the BPS Research Digest guide to dating. Brook vs. bayou,  bag vs. sack, potluck vs. carry-in dinner and other region-specific words. Read More →

Tweet this (and oh, they have): A Twitter IPO is coming

In a tweet heard 'round the tech world and beyond, Twitter finally announced today that it has set an IPO in motion. The 7-year-old company's impending initial public offering has been rumored for a while, with the buzz getting Read More →

Feds are looking at Facebook’s proposed privacy changes

Now the feds are looking into those controversial Facebook privacy changes. What that means isn’t exactly clear. But privacy advocates have already complained that the changes Facebook announced last month would violate the social network’s 2011 settlement with the Federal Read More →

Quoted: Fired exec Pax Dickinson talks misogyny, controversy, ‘biased’ media and… the NSA

" I believe as strongly as anyone that freedom of expression should be protected and that it’s threatened by the government but also by a politically biased progressive shaming culture in our media." — Pax Dickinson, who this week was Read More →
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