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Justin Bieber again ventures into social

Justin Bieber has reportedly led an investment round in a new social network for teens.  Can the pop star/businessman make a Belieber out of us all? Disclaimer: We have no firsthand knowledge of being a Belieber, except that some of us Read More →

Hacked Adobe users had easy-to-guess passwords

OK people, let's all try to be just a little more creative with those passwords, shall we? After the October data breach at Adobe, which exposed 38 million passwords used by the San Jose software company's customers, security researcher Read More →

Move over, barbecue fans — Apple is coming to town

Mesa, Arizona, known for its Famous Dave's BBQ, its first-Friday Motorcycles on Main, and its rich Mormon roots, is about to have a new claim to fame. As part of Apple's much-ballyhooed "Made in America'' mantra over the past two years, Read More →

Quoted: She said, he said — MacKenzie Bezos vs. author of book on Amazon

"I have firsthand knowledge of many of the events. I worked for Jeff (Bezos) at D. E. Shaw, I was there when he wrote the business plan, and I worked with him and many others represented in the converted garage, Read More →

Off topic: Fake bodies, alcohol prices, home in a Beetle, cow cologne

"You are never alone at the mannequin factory." This might drive you to drink — at home: markups on alcohol at bars. Photos of an 83-year-old man who has been living in a 46-year-old Read More →

Google goes live with new online “Helpouts” video service

After months of quiet testing, Google went live on Monday night with a new online service that aims to help you connect via video chat with all manner of experts - such as yoga instructors, foreign-language translators or someone who Read More →

Dust-cleaning robots: SunPower acquires Greenbotics

Large solar power plants located in remote desert locations face a big problem: dust.  How do you keep the solar panels clean? Now San Jose-based SunPower has acquired Greenbotics, a Davis company that is a leader in developing robotic technology Read More →

BlackBerry buyout squashed; new deal yields $1 billion, new CEO

BlackBerry isn't going to be bought out; instead, it's receiving a new $1 billion investment and getting a new CEO. Read More →

Retailers have a new attitude about showrooming

Shoppers will be tethered to their smartphones during peak holiday shopping days this year. And they aren't all posting messages of holiday cheer on Facebook -- they're searching online sites and nearby malls for the best possible price, even as Read More →

Justices let Facebook settlement stand, voice concern about similar deals

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a controversial $9.5 million settlement in a privacy lawsuit over Facebook’s long-defunct Beacon program. That means the settlement is final.  But the news here may be that Chief Read More →
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