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Elevator Pitch: New venture capital Q&A feature debuts with Paul Santinelli of North Bridge

Welcome to Elevator Pitch, a new weekly Q&A feature that puts top Silicon Valley tech investors under the spotlight and gets them chatting about what kinds of deals they’re looking for — and the common pitfalls that can trap Read More →

Google, Facebook vying for Waze?

The rumor du jour on the Interwebs is that Google may be interested in buying Waze, the crowd-sourced traffic information app for smartphones, following earlier reports that Facebook was in talks over a possible $1 billion bid for the service. Nobody’s Read More →

Quoted: Marc Andreessen talks tech, government and Silicon Valley’s mentality

"It's very possible for somebody to show up [in Silicon Valley]... and have had absolutely no exposure at all to politics, social issues, history. When the government shows up, it's bad news. They go, 'Oh , my God, government is Read More →

Off topic: Hoarding, beer class, misconceptions, Pope and atheists, hip-hop tour

Researchers try to understand why people hoard. Field trip to a pub! An economics course on beer and happiness. (via Freakonomics) Go ahead and eat before you swim, it won't give you cramps — that's from Read More →

Jon Stewart riffs on the Tim Cook-US Senate love fest

Have you seen Jon Stewart's riff on Apple CEO Tim Cook's appearance this week before Congress, a hearing over the company's tax policies that came in with a roar and went out with a round of whimpering by Read More →

News flash: People upset with Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer — this time it’s photographers

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer certainly has people paying attention: moms, telecommuters, Tumblr-heads and the rest of the tech world, of course. Now, professional photographers. "Today, with cameras as pervasive as they are there’s no such thing really as professional photographers. ... Read More →

Yahoo buys another startup, hires another new exec

It’s not as big as Tumblr, at least not in value, but Yahoo has snapped up yet another small tech company - PlayerScale, a Belmont startup that makes software infrastructure for mobile games. No price was disclosed, and it’s a sure Read More →

HP’s earnings draw mixed reaction from analysts

Wall Street on Thursday seemed conflicted about Hewlett-Packard, following the Palo Alto company's earnings report yesterday, which beat analysts expectations but showed a continued decline in sales and profit. Here are a few examples from analysts' notes to their clients: "Meg Whitman, Read More →

Tesla Motors: From “loser” to Big Winner

In a presidential debate last fall, Republican candidate Mitt Romney famously called Tesla Motors (and other clean energy companies that got federal loans) a "loser." Sarah Palin lumped Tesla in with struggling Fisker Automotive in a Facebook post in Read More →

Quoted: on the evolution and appeal of bitcoins

"The libertarians' zeal took Bitcoin from nothing to something, and then you had people that were attracted by the anonymous nature, who mostly use it for [illegal] online gambling. But the appeal of zero transaction costs is universal." — Read More →
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