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Stock watch: Apple rebounding, Facebook search the day after, Dell deal talks

We're watching the stock of tech companies in the news today: • Apple shares are rebounding this morning after falling more than 3 percent Tuesday. As the Merc's Pat May reported, the steady drop in Apple stock Read More →

After Aaron Swartz’s death, Lofgren draft bill aims to change anti-hacking law

Some have called for changes and action after the suicide last week of Aaron Swartz, the open Internet activist who had been scheduled to face federal charges in a few months, accused of downloading millions of academic articles from an Read More →

Quoted: on the NRA’s release of shooting video game

"How two-faced of the NRA to introduce a violent video game on the heels of their blame game." — Lori Haas, whose daughter survived the 2007 mass shooting at Virginia Tech, on the release Monday of a video game Read More →

Off topic: Signatures’ worth, paying for college, lost by GPS, eye-rolling, NFL lip-reading

If "our most emotional life events are already electronic," what good are signatures? New study finds that students whose parents give more money for college get lower grades. (via Marginal Revolution) Woman drives 900 miles instead of about 90 Read More →

Facebook search: Some possible uses

Besides looking for photos of Yosemite or friends’ recommendations of dentists or movies, Facebook executives gave some other interesting examples of how people might use their new “Graph Search” feature, unveiled Tuesday. Product director Tom Stocky suggested someone might search for Read More →

Activist group urges Apple remove NRA app from its App Store

An online activist group is urging Apple to remove the National Rifle Association's new app from its App Store. SignOn.org, which is affiliated with the liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org, has launched an online petition to pressure the Cupertino Read More →

Something new to munch on: Facebook feeds us Graph Search

Mystery solved. Facebook's revelation today was Graph Search, a feature CEO Mark Zuckerberg says provides "answers, not links" to searches by the social network's users. Possible uses include finding dates (just a guess, this has probably already been done on Read More →

Tesla to open showroom in Beijing

Tesla Motors already has a service center where you can test drive a Model S in Hong Kong. Now the Palo Alto-based electric vehicle maker is ready to take on mainland China, where the smog is terrible/unhealthy/hazardous and a Read More →

The Advanced Energy Economy: A $1.1 trillion global market

A report released Tuesday by Advanced Energy Economy, a national association of business leaders, says that "advanced energy" was a $1.1 trillion global market in 2011, making it larger than pharmaceutical manufacturing worldwide. Think Clean Tech, only more broadly defined. The Read More →

Online education: Udacity, San Jose State offer courses for college credit; Minerva Project creates non-profit

A couple of developments in online education: • Udacity and San Jose State are teaming up for what's believed to be a first-of-its-kind partnership to offer online-only courses offered for college credit. In an announcement on Udacity's Read More →
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