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Heading off disruption: Amazon and virtual coins, ABC and live streaming

Talk about trying to disrupt the (possible) disruptors. Amazon has launched its own "bitcoins." And TV network ABC will live-stream its shows on its app for Apple's iPhones and iPads. • First, what's this about Amazon and bitcoins, a Read More →

Report: AT&T dropping first ‘Facebook phone’

It looks like the HTC First is anything but that in the hearts of consumers or carriers. Now comes word that AT&T is dropping the phone altogether. Read More →

CREDO urges tech leaders to follow Elon Musk’s example and quit Zuck’s FWD.us group

On Friday, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk quit FWD.us, the advocacy group formed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, after the group's subsidiaries funded ads for conservative Senators touting their support for the Keystone XL pipeline and oil drilling in Read More →

Quoted: Bill Gates on ‘growing up’ with Steve Jobs

"He and I, in a sense, grew up together... every fantasy we had about creating products and learning new things — we achieved all of it. And most of it as rivals. But we always retained a certain respect and Read More →

Off topic: Town resurfaces, village of luck, groceries galore, today in time

Argentina ghost town that was submerged in water for 25 years is a tourist destination again.  A couple of years later, a look at the Spanish village where almost everyone won the El Gordo lottery. Around Read More →

Wiretap: Faces in new places

There's been a whole lotta shakin' going on around Silicon Valley in the past week. For those who keep track of such things, here's a belated sip from the firehose:   • Bubba MurarkaBubba Read More →

Rare Apple 1 and other vintage tech items to be auctioned

If you'd like to score an important piece of Valley history -- and have the bucks to pay for it -- here's your chance: Later this month, a German auction house will be auctioning off an original -- and still Read More →

Apple iPad2 users with bad hearts: proceed with caution

We've all seen those airline passengers staring into their iPads as they devour bestsellers by David Sedaris and Amanda Knox. And they're millions more of them in waiting rooms, train stations and outdoor plazas at lunchtime, all  clutching the tablets Read More →

Privacy picks: ACLU efforts, reviving Snapchat stuff, anonymity and Big Data, government access to emails

We've got privacy on the brain, what with a Mercury News interview with an ACLU lawyer, news about Snapchat photos being recoverable, anonymity in the age of Big Data, and the feds thinking they don't need warrants to access people's Read More →

Ellipticlabs sees touchless iPhones and Galaxies as the future

Finally, a way to scroll through my Twitter feed without smearing my touch screen with greasy fingers or today's lunch. Norwegian start-up Ellipticlabs is hard at work at an ultra-sound based system that makes touch screens untouch screens by letting users Read More →
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