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Maybe Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Silicon Valley-to-Tokyo was never meant to be

Maybe a San Jose-to-Tokyo flight was never meant to be. I'm just saying. The latest international boondoggle out of Silicon Valley sounds a lot like the aviation embarrassment San Jose suffered at the end of the last century. Remember? Then the Read More →

News you can use: iPhone voice calls on Facebook; buying ‘i’ tunes on Amazon; Yelp adding restaurant-inspection info

News you can possibly use, a tad heavy on the iPhone side today: • If you have an iPhone and are among those who still uses it to you know, make phone calls, you can now do so for free in Read More →

Bob’s excellent outsourcing to China adventure: Why not try it?

If you think you're working too hard, you're right. Take it from a guy we'll call "Bob," because everybody else is calling him "Bob," who outsourced his own job to China. Yeah, get this (according to NPR): the computer programmer Read More →

Quoted: on online romance and the Manti Te’o ‘hoax’

"When you make a connection with someone online, oftentimes it feels a little limited, but also safe." — Nev Schulman, host of the MTV reality show "Catfish," on how it's not so far-fetched that Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o Read More →

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 →
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