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Off topic: The baseball’s history, show must go on, last words, 40-year sweater vest

Pitchers and home teams used to make their own: the evolution of the baseball. When you're famous, it's hard to call in sick. Lost Words in the Chamber, a blog that collects the last Read More →

NSA spying: ‘Misinformation’ — and more than just metadata?

U.S. officials are saying there's been a lot of "misinformation" about the recent NSA surveillance revelations. But the Washington Post says that some of that has come from government officials themselves, including the whopper from Director of National Intelligence Director Read More →

Oracle’s Larry Ellison leads the pack in big raises for bosses — shocking, I know

For a minute there it looked like pay increases for top CEOs had slipped from obscene to simply stunning. But we can all relax. The New York Times reports that the pay boosts are back to being obscene. Whew. Oracle's Larry Read More →

Report: Xbox exec leaving Microsoft to head Zynga

Zynga may be getting a new CEO -- Don Mattrick, the president of Microsoft's interactive entertainment business, where he oversees the company's video game efforts, including its Xbox game consoles. But All Things D reported Monday that he is leaving Read More →

The BART strike: A boon for Sidecar and Uber

With BART workers on strike and a sweltering Monday made worse by a disrupted commute, there's been a lot of grumbling about the Bay Area's fragile public transportation system. But the BART strike has been a boon to local start-ups Read More →

Google wins round in digital books lawsuit

That long-running legal tussle over Google’s massive effort to digitize the world’s books took another turn on Monday, as a federal appeals court sided with Google and dealt a setback to the Authors Guild in its effort to block the Read More →

Palen moves forward, with Energy Commission staff requesting more information

The California Energy Commission released its preliminary staff assessment for the massive Palen solar power plant in Riverside County Friday. The document lists areas in which Energy Commission staff feel the proposed project is in compliance with laws, ordinances Read More →

Quoted: Smartphone news from Mozilla, HP and BlackBerry

"Being late you have to create a different set of propositions. There are still things that can be done. It’s not late. When HP has a smartphone, it will give a differentiated experience." — Yam Su Yin, executive with Read More →

Off topic: Koi heist, revisiting Shakespeare, skee-ball, suicide and seasons, cheese wheel

Hundreds of fish were stolen from a pond in the great  koi caper. Covering Shakespeare: The Bard's works will be adapted for the 21st century. A national competition for those who are serious about skee-ball. Read More →

Apple, the NSA and inner peace with Pat & Mike from Silicon Valley

It's Pat & Mike from the Merc, back by popular demand (thanks Mom), cheering on Silicon Valley heroes and skewering the knuckleheads. Join them as they talk about Apple's stock roller coaster, the government's need to set Google, Read More →
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