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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 →

Off topic: CEO and worker pay, money and happiness, anagram generator, drawings, you’re DSLR dreaming

CEO compensation vs. workers' median pay. Speaking of money, a chart that shows it can buy happiness, or at least what people say is satisfaction. My full name has 12,113 anagrams, according to this anagram Read More →

Mmmm, coffee: Philz is latest gourmet chain to snag private equity

It's a good time to be in the artisan coffee business. First, the Bay Area's beloved Peet's - founded by the guy who helped get Starbucks off the ground - was snapped up by a big German Read More →

California legislator pulls online privacy bill

Facing intense opposition from Internet companies such as Google and Facebook, California Assemblymember Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach, has pulled her online privacy bill, dubbed "The Right to Know Act." Read More →

Buffett’s following grows after inaugural tweet

Warren is in the house. And the crowd went wild. Twitter is full of Warren Buffetts and W Buffetts and similar accounts posing as the Berkshire Hathaway billionaire, but the one and true @Warren Buffett -- as verified by Twitter -- sent Read More →
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