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Off topic: Puns, dating and technology, souped-up stroller, ‘Wheel of Fortune’ oops

How did it get such a bum rap, and will the pun rise again? "You think you know all the important stuff, when in reality, all you know is that they watch 'Homeland.' " Have texting, Facebook and other online communication Read More →

56,000 electric vehicles sold in 2012; Chevy Volt is top-selling model

Nearly 56,000 electric vehicles were sold in the United States in 2012, up 216 percent from the 17,600 sold in 2011. That's according to a research note released Wednesday by Aaron Chew at the Maxim Group, who looked at total Read More →

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 →
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