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Shai Agassi on Tesla Motors: Detroit’s reacting all wrong

Shai Agassi, the charismatic founder of the bankrupt electric battery-swap start-up Better Place, has a lengthy post on LinkedIn today about Tesla Motors, writing that "GM shouldn't be the only company worried about Tesla's future plans. The entire car Read More →

Will Samsung beat Apple in the race to the wrist?

So when did wristwatches suddenly become the cat's meow? Just when I figured watches were in their dying days, replaced by, oh I don't know, how about the watch on the face of that smartphone you now carry in your hand Read More →

Quoted: on physical threats in the electronic and Internet age

"We've even found an employee's personal wireless router hidden in a potted plant." — Heather Bearfield, of the Technology Assurance Services Practice Group at Marcum, on the physical security risks companies (and governments) face. Businesses throw a lot of Read More →

Google patent: tracking what you see and how it makes you feel

Google’s Glass has already prompted debate over privacy and some potentially off-putting uses for a device that’s capable of accessing the Internet and recording whatever its wearer happens to look at. Now it seems Google has obtained a patent for a Read More →

Off topic: 3D-printing duds, London panorama, beard types, Ouija boards, dance video

Sometimes they fall flat: photos of 3D-printing failures. A panoramic drawing of London. Mutton chops = book antiqua, and other entries on the guide to beard typography. Does the ideomotor effect explain Read More →

Documentary on Alibaba’s Jack Ma coming to Silicon Valley — with lessons to teach

In the mid-90s, Porter Erisman was working in China, doing Internet marketing for a big PR conglomerate, when he heard about a startup a local English teacher was launching to become the eBay of China. Erisman ended up spending eight Read More →

PayPal freezes, then returns money for GlassUp campaign

Crowdfunding websites, an exploding Internet phenomenon that allows people and organizations to raise money for a cause or idea, are butting heads with online payment systems and the financial regulations that control them. The recent conflict between GlassUp, an augmented reality Read More →

Yet another venture capitalist joins ranks of NBA owners, and Warriors honchos clean up

Ever since Tibco CEO Vivek Ranadive won the right to buy the NBA's Sacramento Kings a few months back (beating out Microsoft's Steve Ballmer in the process), people have been waiting for a second shoe to Read More →

Elon Musk’s hyperloop isn’t the only loopy idea going

With all this hype about Elon Musk's hyperloop, Silicon Valley elementary school teacher Clyde Mann wrote to remind me about an outfit called ET3 that has been a staple of Mann's annual Science Alliance Day, aimed at encouraging youngsters Read More →

Pat & Mike talk Steve Jobs, FlightCar, Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In intern headache and Pat’s spooky iPhone hell dream

Join Pat and Mike for the fastest 10 minutes in Silicon Valley. This week the dynamic duo (OK, "dynamic" is a bit of a stretch, but there are two of them) talk about FlightCar, a sharing economy company through which Read More →
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