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Rising tech startup star: The Middle East

Beneath the turmoil and unrest that has seized much of the Middle East, there is a burgeoning tech scene offering a nugget of hope in a place where creativity can be a luxury and basic survival is often a challenge. That’s Read More →

Women in tech: one look at the numbers

When it comes to female engineers in tech, Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou says "the actual numbers I’ve seen and experienced in industry are far lower than anybody is willing to admit." She's backing that up by sharing those numbers on Read More →

Google Rorschach doodle puts a blot on digital art form

Google's home page today is a Rorschach test. Not a Rorschach test on anything, just a Rorschach test, period. And how am I feeling about that? Not good. What can I say? I'm a doodle purist. The Google doodler and Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Beth Seidenberg on what’s ahead for biotech, and what’s behind the shakeup at Kleiner Perkins

Welcome back to Elevator Pitch, where we put top tech investors under the microscope. And speaking of microscopes, this week's guest is Dr. Beth Seidenberg, who heads up life sciences investing at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Read More →

Facebook launches anti-bullying tool

A week after Facebook acknowledged declining interest among younger teenagers, the world’s largest social network has launched a “bullying prevention hub” aimed at helping teens deal with online harassment. The hub offers suggestions for victims to address their abusers, including online Read More →

Mixed holiday news for consumers and tech companies

With the holiday buying season approaching, industry research outfit NPD Group has good news for tech companies and not so good for consumers. NPD analyst Stephen Baker noted Friday that that televisions and personal computers are a good indicator of the overall Read More →

Quoted: a third-grader’s suggestion to video-game makers

"I think you should make it so the game automatically shuts down when you have played for a long time." — Ryan, third-grader who saw an NPR report about how the video-game industry — from game designers Read More →

Jason Calacanis hosting the “world’s biggest hackathon” this weekend

Say this for Jason Calacanis: "Understated" isn't really in his vocabulary. The guy who brought us the influential Silicon Alley Reporter during the dot-com bubble, then sold Weblogs to AOL for a reported $30 million, then co-founded Read More →

Off topic: Rubber duck wins, Star Wars and Kinkade, type fight, the letter H, secluded and almost extinct

The rubber duck floats past the rest (Pac-Man et al) to secure a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame. "Star Wars" meets Thomas Kinkade When fonts fight. Speaking of letters, did you know "h" is Read More →

Jack Dorsey and red-hot IPOs: One down, one to go

With Twitter's debut on the New York Stock Exchange off to a rousing start, it's not too early to start looking ahead to Silicon Valley's next hotly anticipated IPO: mobile payment service Square. Square co-founder Jack Dorsey, Read More →
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