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Quoted: Microsoft’s Ballmer rallies troops during emotional goodbye tour

"Only our company and a handful of others are poised to write the future. We're going to think big, we're going to bet big." — Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO for the past 13 years, ebullient as ever while presiding Read More →

Off topic: Jet lag, car emblems, sci-fi spaceships, lost wallets and honest cities

On jet lag, breakfast and bowing to one's master clock. Car names and emblems from a fancier time at the Berwyn Car Show. A huge poster comparing the sizes of science-fiction spaceships. And Read More →

Investment group criticizes Oracle’s executive pay

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison may have won cheers for his America Cup sailing-team's stunning victory Wednesday, but an investment group is seriously riled over the pay he gets from the Redwood City software giant. In a letter Wednesday to Oracle board Read More →

NSA spying: For and against, plus what about cybersecurity bill CISPA?

As Congress considers reforms to U.S. surveillance programs, NSA Director Keith Alexander is asking the public for help in defending the spying. "If you take those [surveillance powers] away, think about the last week and what will happen in the future," Read More →

Wiretap: Evernote’s Phil Libin on the next big thing

Way back in the Pleistocene Era of 2001, I wrote about a pair of whiz kids at Accenture who were cooking up a "Personal Awareness Assistant" -- an Read More →

Quoted: Scalia, privacy and ‘blah blah blah’

"There's a generalized right of privacy that comes from penumbras and emanations, blah blah blah, garbage." — Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court Justice, on a 1967 Supreme Court ruling that decided the Fourth Amendment right to unreasonable search and seizure Read More →

Off topic: Jim Henson letter, unisex names, ‘On the Road’ again, parting shots

"Please watch out for each other and love and forgive everybody" — that's from Muppets creator Jim Henson's letter to his children, which he asked to be opened upon his death. From Jessie to Dana to Robin, Read More →

Cisco invites girls to see their tech futures at US2020 event

While there has been a lot of hand-wringing and worry about how to get more kids -- and more girls in particular -- interested in technology, engineering, science and math careers, the answer seemed easy enough on Cisco Systems' Read More →

Let’s hope that Tesla comes with unlimited miles

Hertz has announced that it is adding a pretty new pony to its stable of upper-drawer rentals: the all-electric Tesla Model S sedan. Tesla, whose stock hit an all-time high of $185.24 on Wednesday, will soon see its award-winning sedan Read More →

Amazon on Fire: New Kindle tablets offer offline videos, live support

Tech and retail behemoth Amazon sells and offers just about anything one can think of, but many of its competitors are also big and are diversifying. Now it's offering what others haven't so far: offline video viewing for Prime Instant Read More →
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