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Off topic: Wedding Crunchers, dating and politics, tipping debate, drive-ins, amusement parks

"Plot n-gram frequency and visualize trends across 30+ years of yuppie nuptials" at Wedding Crunchers' searchable database of three decades' worth of New York Times wedding announcements, courtesy of Rap Genius. Pre-wedding, though: on Read More →

Research firm again cuts bullish forecast for Windows Phone

IDC wants you to know that, despite everything, it still has high hopes for Windows Phone ... just not as high as before and not nearly as high as Microsoft's. Read More →

Bottle sunlight: California proposes historic Energy Storage targets

Whoa! Carla Peterman of the California Public Utilities Commission has proposed a 1,325 megawatt energy storage procurement target for the state's three largest utilities. The goal of the proposed decision is to optimize the grid, integrate renewable energy and Read More →

The smartwatches are coming, it must be gadget-overload o’clock

So Samsung beat Apple to the punch — or the wrist. Well, it depends on whether people will buy the Galaxy Gear, the latest gadget Samsung's selling. And everyone and their mother is making Internet-connected timepieces. Will picking Read More →

Facebook rule changes spark new privacy complaints

UPDATE:  Facebook said late Thursday that it's reviewing user comments submitted since the proposed changes were announced on Aug. 29. While it's no longer accepting input, the changes won't go into effect before next week. "We are taking the time to Read More →

Hoping for quick sale, BlackBerry could struggle to find takers

BlackBerry, it seems, wants to find a buyer ASAP. The big question, though, is whether it will find any takers. Read More →

A Nissan Leaf push in Orlando

Tourists and business travelers visiting Orlando, known for its beaches and Walt Disney world, can now rent a Nissan Leaf with free charging under a new program called Drive Electric Orlando. Orlando is the nation's largest rental car market, Read More →

Off topic: Answering questions about Syria — and Britain; slow news; slow lines; last in a row

"I wanted to bridge that gap, in the little drive-by way of troublemaking that Twitter allows." That's novelist Teju Cole on asking "9 questions about Britain you were too embarrassed to ask," a parody of "9 Read More →

Square setting up (Code) Camp for women, girls

Square, the payments provider, last year started a Code Camp for female college students. This year, the San Francisco startup is thinking even younger, launching a similar program for girls in high school. "Today, 18 percent of computing jobs in the Read More →
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