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HP reportedly removing another top executive

Rumors are flying about another executive shake up at Hewlett-Packard. This time it involves Dave Donatelli, executive vice president of HP's enterprise group, who reportedly has been reassigned to an as-yet undisclosed role at the Palo Alto company. His ouster and Read More →

Quoted: on the not-too-tech-savvy Supreme Court

"The justices are not necessarily the most technologically sophisticated people. The court hasn't really 'gotten to' email." — Elena Kagan, who at 53 is the youngest and newest member of the Supreme Court, says the justices write memos on Read More →

Off topic: Lobster costs, talking music and vinyl, who vs. whom, sharks invade movies

The economics and psychology of lobster prices. A photo essay about a factory near Prague as vinyl records take another spin. Speaking of music, One Week//One Band Read More →

Y Combinator startups showing a more grown-up bent

I"m back after Round 2 of startup pitches at Y Combinator's Demo Day. (For my take on Round 1, read this.) The third and final slate of startups is about to take the Read More →

Joe Montana, astronaut Mark Kelly among those at star-studded Y Combinator event

I'm at the Y Combinator Demo Day, where nearly 50 fledgling startups are strutting their stuff for potential investors. A third of the companies have pitched so far; here are a few impressions. • YC's ability Read More →

Unboxing the Lego Mindstorms EV3

For Tech Files this week, I'm testing Lego's new Mindstorms EV3 robot-making set. For those who have played with the previous generation of Mindstorms, the NXT 2.0, the Read More →

NSA spying fallout: Guardian hard drives smashed; Groklaw shutdown

Repercussions from the revelations of massive NSA surveillance, the redux: • The editor of the Guardian — the first newspaper to report about the scope of NSA spying in the age of electronic communications — said press freedom is at risk Read More →

Crowdfunding site Razoo expands from nonprofits to personal fundraisers

Need help paying your mortgage? Medical bills piling up? Or maybe you've rescued an injured, stray dog but can't pay to repair its broken leg? Well, how about asking strangers to fork over cash for the cause? In the Wild West Read More →

Quoted: on apps that help change the world

"One of the things I kept telling myself was: You don’t have to 'change the world' to change the world." — Jorge Just, a New York University student who was in a class called "Design for Unicef." Just designed Read More →

Off topic: Clown fright, Play-Doh, balloons and parking, baby names, some 411 on 911

"People have been scared of clowns for decades." A video explainer of what makes Play-Doh "taste salty, smell sweet," and more. Balloons: how South Koreans could save time looking for parking spots. In the Read More →
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