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Senate expected to pass Internet sales tax bill today

UPDATE 3:28 PM PST -- In a bipartisan vote of 69-27, the Senate on Monday passed the Marketplace Fairness Act, the bill that will allow states to collect sales tax from online retailers including Amazon. The bill now heads to Read More →

Google Glass mocked on ‘Saturday Night Live’ and elsewhere

Did you see? Google Glass was in the news: And it wasn't just in Silicon Valley, but live from New York, at least on Saturday night. That's right, the Silicon Valley company was in the fake/real news — that is, "Saturday Read More →

Intel counting on new chip design

Intel on Monday announced a new version of its chips that the Santa Clara company believes will accelerate its push into mobile devices and other gadgets Dubbed Silvermont, the new chip design offers three times the performance, yet at one fifth the power Read More →

Quoted: firing a 3D-printed gun

"I'm seeing a world where technology says you can pretty much be able to have whatever you want. It's not up to the political players anymore." — Cody Wilson, head of Texas-based Defense Distributed, which said over the weekend Read More →

Off topic: Breakup coaches, baloney, QWERTY, shark deaths, suicide rates, from Russia with love

Behold the breakup coach. Baloney, bologna — it's a linguistic mess. More about the origin of the QWERTY keyboard. Sharks and humans killing one another, an infographic. (via Not Exactly Rocket Science) U.S. Read More →

Wiretap: Tidbits from Scott McNealy, Khosla Ventures, Jive and the Lending Club stunner

When Google this week bought a big chunk of Lending Club for $125 million, it wasn't just good news for the San Francisco startup: Prior Lending Club investors like Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers Read More →

Oracle invests in “ingestible-sensors” firm

Redwood City software giant Oracle is keen on the idea of "digital medicines," which when taken by patients automatically communicate with their doctor. So it has invested in a company developing the concept, Proteus Digital Health, also of Redwood City. In Read More →

Jack Dorsey to auction lunch meeting for charity

Jack Dorsey, the man behind Twitter and Square, can add "philanthropist" to his resume. Dorsey has joined Redwood City-based non-profit BUILD to create an eBay charity auction and raise money for entrepreneurship education for at-risk high school students.   The Read More →

That’s entertainment: YouTube, AOL, Amazon vs. TV

Eric Schmidt has been talking a little trash about TV. The chairman of YouTube owner Google reportedly told advertisers this week that Internet video has already displaced television watching. With that in mind, let's take a look recent developments Read More →

Quoted: on the rise of the robotic fly

"It's the goal of creating the most agile man-made thing that's ever existed." — Rob Wood, engineering professor at Harvard, where he and other researchers have created a robot that can fly like, well, a fly. The development, 12 Read More →
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