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Next Big Things: crowdfunded babies, hashtags for blizzards, watching Game of Thrones on your iPhone

The Bloomberg Next Big Thing Summit, a two-day conference to showcase the latest and greatest in entrepreneurial ventures and technological innovation, kicked off Monday in Half Moon Bay. The conference, which goes through Tuesday, is one of those Read More →

CodeEval coding contest seeks to snag Google and Facebook programmers

In case you don't sling enough code in your cubicle all day, CodeEval of San Francisco is giving you a chance to come up with a program that finds the shortest distance among some of the city's hungry startups. The Read More →

Action in U.S. spying saga: Apple, Facebook disclosures; Snowden speaks; scope of surveillance

Today we're serving up quick links to developments in the U.S. government surveillance saga: • Apple, Facebook and Microsoft — which were reported to be part of the National Security Agency's Prism surveillance program — have released the number of government Read More →

DreamWorks shows coming soon (well, next year) to a Netflix queue near you

DreamWorks will produce original TV shows for Netflix, pushing shares of the Los Gatos company considerably higher this morning. Netflix says the multiyear partnership, which will include shows based on popular movies such as "Shrek" and "The Croods" as Read More →

Quoted: on facial recognition, state ID databases and cops

"More and more, what you're going to see is criminals and other people whose images were taken over the years are digitized, [and] put into these databases, and incidents like Boston will be easier to solve." — James Albers, Read More →

Off topic: Reading photos, worst charities, men and menopause, parking in Boston, Beastles mashup

Around the world in photos of people reading. Exploiting dying children and more: a report on America's 50 worst charities. A theory about menopause: Is it men's fault? A reader points out that Read More →

New Apple Store? What new Apple Store? I don’t see any new Apple Store.

It's cloak-and-dagger time over at the fancy-schmancy Stanford Shopping Center where Apple, allegedly, is building a big new, allegedly, and state-of-the-art, allegedly, Apple Store, ostensibly to replace the center's existing Apple Store, an almost pathetic little hole-in-the-wall that doesn't seem Read More →

Facebook’s latest mystery: another upcoming product launch

You've got to hand it to the marketing folks at Facebook - they know how to pique the tech press's interest in upcoming product announcements. The latest such launch is coming June 20, according to an invitation sent by old-fashioned U.S. Read More →

Yet another NSA spying roundup: More data swapping, Yahoo court order, wireless providers, more

This NSA spying story, it has legs: • Data swapping between the United States and businesses involves a cast of thousands — of technology, finance and manufacturing companies that provide the government with "sensitive" information — beyond the scope of the Read More →

Quoted: on Anki’s Drive, a robotic car-racing game controlled by an iPhone

"A little drama is perfectly fine as long as it works out. It took me like half the rest of the show to stop shaking. I mentally snapped back into it sometime during the iOS stuff." — Boris Sofman, CEO Read More →
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