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Quoted: Bill Gates bursts Google’s bubble/balloon

"When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you." — Bill Gates, on Google's Project Loon, a plan to use balloons to bring Internet Read More →

Off topic: Cars and their sounds, Nazi camp footage, coffee and suicide, exam from 1912, comparing sizes

That clicking noise you hear when you use your turn signal? In cars made by GM, it's fake, according to a company noise and vibration performance engineer. (via kottke) French prisoners used a camera hidden inside a Read More →

San Francisco startup UGallery joins Amazon art marketplace

San Francisco art startup UGallery has joined Amazon's recently launched online art gallery and marketplace. UGallery is an online gallery for buying fine art, supporting mostly students and new and mid-career artists. It is also one of the 150 or so galleries Read More →

Report demonstrates how a Toyota Prius can be hacked

Some months back, we wrote about how security researchers were growing concerned  that today's increasingly computerized cars could be remotely hacked by cyber crooks, vandals and others. As further evidence of that, consider this report and accompanying video, also shown Read More →

In Silicon Valley, $1 million gets you an “average” home

Boosted by the tech rebound, the average price of a Silicon Valley home topped $1 million in July, according to the Santa Clara County Association of Realtors. "Homeowners can rejoice that their homes and condos are worth more than they were Read More →

For the record: YouTube founders launch video app MixBit, plus Instagram and Vine news

Chad Hurley and Steve Chen created YouTube, which, despite (or because of?) all the cat videos, set off an Internet video revolution. Now they're looking to mix things up yet again with another video creation with a capital letter in Read More →

Elon Musk: I shot myself in the foot by ever mentioning the Hyperloop

Tesla Motors' quarterly earnings calls with Wall Street analysts are always amusing, in part because analysts love to ask CEO Elon Musk questions that have nothing to do with the financials of the quarter. On Wednesday, CEO Elon Musk was asked Read More →

Has Twitter hired a go-to expert to tee up its rumored IPO?

Even as it denies it's planning to go public any time soon, Twitter has reportedly hired a stock administration analyst whose former job at Zynga was to crank up an IPO for the social gaming site. The report in USA Read More →

Quoted: eBay CEO talks same-day delivery and newspaper trucks

"I think it'll be an economical service to offer. There’s a lot of excess delivery capacity in every city. ... (Such as) newspaper trucks." — John Donahoe, eBay CEO, on his company's growing push into same-day — even one-hour Read More →
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