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Mars One Colonization Plan offers out-of-this-world escape and plenty of red planet red flags

It's Monday morning and I'm just back from vacation and so, yeah, a trip to Mars looks pretty good rather than, uh, crazy. I'd do anything to get out of here and so, reports CNN, would about 100,000 others who Read More →

Quoted: Harrison Ford hates change

"I hate it when they change stuff." — Harrison Ford, joining the list of famous people (Ray BradburyPrince, Winona Ryder and more) who have expressed disdain for or aversion to technology, in an Read More →

Off topic: Shortened feelings, no way up, kids’ menus, on kids’ gender and divorce instead of liking it at the Bitly for feelings. Not so uplifting: Builders forget to include elevator shafts in a skyscraper in Spain. Little Susie won't have what her parents are having: the history of Read More →

Back-door email searches, Obama-tech execs meeting and other NSA spying news

Another day, another report detailing U.S. government spying: The NSA has what one senator calls a "back door" ability to search Americans' emails and phone calls without a warrant. With this latest report, President Obama, who has scheduled a news Read More →

Is Steve Jobs’ widow dating DC’s former mayor?

A successful female philanthropist dating a former Washington, D.C. politico may not be front-page news. But if she's Laurene Powell Jobs, the billionaire widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, suddenly the rumor climbs a few notches up the scale of Read More →

Didn’t get Outside Lands tickets this year? TuneIn to Internet radio instead

Happy Outside Lands! The famed San Francisco music festival kicks off today, bringing acts from Paul McCartney to Nine Inch Nails to town for three days of jams, local bites and likely some chilly weather. Oh, wait ... you didn't get Read More →

Quoted: Bill Gates bursts Google’s bubble/balloon

"When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure how it’ll help you." — Bill Gates, on Google's Project Loon, a plan to use balloons to bring Internet Read More →

Off topic: Cars and their sounds, Nazi camp footage, coffee and suicide, exam from 1912, comparing sizes

That clicking noise you hear when you use your turn signal? In cars made by GM, it's fake, according to a company noise and vibration performance engineer. (via kottke) French prisoners used a camera hidden inside a Read More →

San Francisco startup UGallery joins Amazon art marketplace

San Francisco art startup UGallery has joined Amazon's recently launched online art gallery and marketplace. UGallery is an online gallery for buying fine art, supporting mostly students and new and mid-career artists. It is also one of the 150 or so galleries Read More →

Report demonstrates how a Toyota Prius can be hacked

Some months back, we wrote about how security researchers were growing concerned  that today's increasingly computerized cars could be remotely hacked by cyber crooks, vandals and others. As further evidence of that, consider this report and accompanying video, also shown Read More →
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