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Off topic: pheromones, mosquito bites, copying magic tricks, Ryan Gosling and pigs, double duty

"The truth is that some people control themselves better than others" — on the study of pheromones. They want your blood, and several other reasons mosquitoes bite some people more than others. And now for my/his next magic Read More →

What makes the best viral video? Don’t ask Pat & Mike

Join Pat & Mike as they scour the Silicon Valley landscape -- OK, lightly polish the Silicon Valley landscape -- for the stories that bring meaning to your life, or at least a smile to your face. Business columnist Mike Cassidy Read More →

Microsoft shuffles the deck — again

In an expected move this week, the software giant announced a company-wide reorganization intended to streamline the sprawling company, but it's anyone's guess whether the deck shuffling will work. Read More →

Will Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg break out the wine and cheese for the GOP after immigration rebuff?

Now that the immigration bill that Silicon Valley was banking on looks like it's gone from a sure thing to toast, it's time to start pointing fingers at those who screwed it up. House Republicans. That was easy. And now Hilicon Read More →

NSA spying: Microsoft’s reported role in Prism, Yahoo’s fight, Snowden speaks and more

There has been a steady stream of reports about Prism, the NSA's mass surveillance program, this week. Some developments of note: • Microsoft worked with the U.S. government to provide access to its users' communications, the Guardian has reported, Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Tracy Isacke, Telefónica Venture Capital

Happy Friday morning -- time once more for Elevator Pitch, the Q&A that puts Silicon Valley investors under the microscope. This week, we feature Tracy Isacke, who weighs in on the burgeoning trend of corporate venture capital. Q: How’d Read More →

Quoted: Teen jailed over Facebook comment free after anonymous donor posts bail

"I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said and how permanent my writing is. ... I just want to make it clear that people should be very, very careful of what they say and it’s being Read More →

Off topic: Trash to treasure — times two; public-servant mermaids; Amazon reviews; cameras everywhere

In Florida, there are mermaids on the state payroll. Wretched Refuse, a blog whose motto is "saving the world by fiddling with garbage." (via Metafilter) On a similar note, here's a photo essay about a children's orchestra Read More →

Elon Musk to Bloomberg: Model S production exceeds 400 cars per week.

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has told Alan Ohnsman, the great Tesla beat reporter for Bloomberg, that Model S production exceeds 400 cars per week. Telsa's production rate is a source of endless fascination for analysts and a Read More →

E-books report: Will prices come down? And what about Barnes & Noble’s Nook?

It's been quite a week in e-books news. A judge threw the book at Apple in a ruling that some say could have broad implications. And Barnes & Noble dumped its CEO as the nation's largest chain Read More →
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