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Tech and society: Smart guns in the U.S., camera surveillance in China, wristwatch in India to help against rapes

How technology plays into societal issues ranging from surveillance to safety to gun control: • Can smart guns help reduce violence and gun deaths? They have been in the spotlight lately, with the Obama administration indicating interest in technology that would Read More →

Quoted: on tech, immigration and ‘I-Squared’ bill

"This bill represents a reasonable approach to ensuring that we have a strong STEM funding mechanism and that we don’t turn away talented people just because they are born somewhere else." — Ron Conway, SV Angel founder, on the Read More →

Off topic: Big gatherings, fiction vs. non-fiction, nursing-home action, regrets counter

From pilgrimages to concerts, the world's biggest gatherings, charted. Will literary classics be pushed aside by U.S. curriculum changes that stress non-fiction? Talk about TLC: A nursing home in Britain hires strippers and "sex surrogates" Read More →

Tech Files mailbag: A smartphone for a newbie

Tech Files columnist Troy Wolverton offers advice to readers shopping for their first smartphone. Read More →

Report: YouTube may test pay channels this year

From the time its first video was uploaded in 2005, YouTube has been known as the place where people can watch an endless stream of weird, funny, interesting, breath-taking or sometimes even mundane video clips – all for Read More →

Stock watch: Yahoo down post-earnings; Apple, which announced new iPad, is rising

Marissa Mayer is making a difference and righting the big purple ship, according to coverage about the earnings results Yahoo released Monday. But its shares are falling today amid a broader overall Read More →

Content matters: Paid YouTube channels? Plus streaming music and royalties, Microsoft Office on the cloud

Today we're rounding up changes in consuming and creating content: • Spotify, Pandora and other music-streaming services are shaking up the music world much like Apple's iTunes did a decade ago. As listeners shift from downloading to streaming, the Read More →

Quoted: Porn on the Vine — will Twitter, Apple water it down?

"A human error resulted in a video with adult content becoming one of the videos in Editor's Picks, and upon realizing this mistake we removed the video immediately." — a Twitter spokeswoman, as that "human error" compounded the Read More →

Off topic: Visualizing others’ wealth, periodic table of Twitter, living large, dog tags

Play musical chairs with rich people's mugs and all kinds of data — it's the new interactive Bloomberg Billionaires visualization. The periodic table of Twitter includes @neon, who's a "Gangnam style professional dancer." (via Marginal Revolution) On Read More →

PrivCo: IPO hopes dim for Silver Spring Networks

Silver Spring Networks, the smart grid company based in Redwood City, first filed for an IPO in July 2011. A year and a half later, they have yet to go public. That's a long time to be waiting in the wings, Read More →
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