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Envious of your Facebook friends? Study says you’re not alone

Studies — many are stinkers. But it's hard to resist writing about one by German researchers that says Facebook leaves many users envious and unhappy, and may even "endanger platform sustainability" in the long run. Why? People compare themselves to Read More →

Michael Moritz: Why [24]7 is poised for big things

It’s a busy time for Campbell-based [24]7, which makes software to help big companies run their customer service operations. Last week, the company named Bill Robbins – ousted in late October as head of Read More →

Tech and policy: Social media and the workplace; Groupon halts gun deals; will Google pay French news outlets?

Once again, we're at the intersection of tech and policy: • Talking shop in the age of social media is fraught with all kinds of issues. The National Labor Relations board has been asking employers to rewrite or scale back rules Read More →

The Pat and Mike Chat: Jan. 22, 2013

Welcome back, everyone (assuming "everyone'' has shown up as expected). Hope you enjoy our five-minute rumination on the hottest new verb in Moneyland (as in, "Let's just BK' the whole thing''), while we try to get our heads around the sprawling Read More →

Quoted: Steve Ballmer slammed in new book by ex-Microsoft exec

"They don't need this guy on stage with this fierce, aggressive look, announcing the next version of Windows and thinking he can score with that." — Joachim Kempin, whom the Associated Press says is the most senior Microsoft executive Read More →

Off topic: Chinese-English translation, imprisoned dads dance with their daughters, pop culture times two, all about ‘you’

Beijing, we have a problem: Famed shopping street in the Chinese capital is told to clean up its English translations. (via Marginal Revolution) A father-daughter dance — in prison. In the age of Honey Boo Boo and TV Read More →

Apple earnings coming this week; let the betting begin

Remember Apple’s Map Flap, when its new iPhone 5 app was erroneously sending some users, well, all over the map? That’s sort of where the analysts are this week as they anxiously await Apple’s quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Their estimates Read More →

An Inaugural Shout Out on Climate Change

After an election season in which climate change was barely mentioned, President Barack Obama gave a hearty shout out to climate change in his Inaugural address Monday. From the speech: "We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans Read More →

Tech and free speech: ‘Make Me Asian’ app removed; Amazon book reviews; North Korea tech and cell phones

Tech news with a free-speech flavor: • Google has reportedly removed the "Make Me Asian" app and others like it from its Play Store after an outcry that the apps were racist. "Make Me Asian" allowed users Read More →

Sergey Brin and Google Glass on the #3 train ..

What’s that about a photo being worth a thousand words? This one and the accompanying caption, both posted on Twitter yesterday by Brooklyn resident Noah Zerkin, say a lot .. “Yeeeah... I just had a brief conversation with the most Read More →
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