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Wiretap: Why one VC abandoned China

As I wrote Sunday, a lot of venture capitalists who'd rushed headlong into China in recent years pulled back in 2012, as a dearth of IPOs and mergers tamped down prospects for high returns. Read More →

Off topic: Loving music, music contest, two-letter Scrabble words, coin photos, fake websites on ‘Law & Order’

Your brain on music: It feels good. Speaking of music, the Revitalize Music Contest invites new recordings of old compositions. (via @guykawasaki) From AA to ZA: A poem that includes all 101 two-letter words you Read More →

Apps that disconnect: Erasing your ex on Facebook; blocking third-party trackers

Disconnecting in this constantly connected world? There are, as they say, apps for that. •  Sexy stuff first: Breaking up is hard to do, but apparently it's harder in the Facebook age. Or at least, forgetting is. Enter KillSwitch, whose motto Read More →

Microsoft said to be working on a touch-screen watch, which brings us to, oh, about everybody

Hey, get this: Microsoft's suppliers tell the Wall Street Journal that the company is working on a touch-screen watch. Yeah,  a computer in a watch. Who would have thought? Well, other than Apple, Google, Samsung, LG, Sony, Pebble (which Read More →

Quoted: on drones and not-so-friendly neighbors

"How would you feel if your neighbor went over and bought a commercial observation drone that they can launch from their backyard? It just flies over your house all day." — Eric Schmidt, Google chairman, calls for governments to Read More →

Off topic: Butler boom, typists in Rwanda, no-Scrabble words, lipstick history, tour of elevators

The butler did it — bucked the economic malaise, that is. In Rwanda, street typists' jobs are endangered by computers. Words recently dropped from the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary. On the origin of modern Read More →

Arrington responds to ex-girlfriend’s charges

The attorney for TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington on Thursday denied allegations made by Arrington’s former girlfriend, who accused him on social media and Internet sites of raping her, threatening to murder her and abusing her physically and emotionally. Jenn Allen, the Read More →

The week in bitcoins: Fluctuation and VCs and the Winklevoss twins, oh my

What a week for bitcoins — ups, downs, and now the Winklevoss twins. The digital currency has been on a roller-coaster ride recently, its prices fluctuating wildly amid other economic woes such as the Cyprus banking crisis. Tuesday, bitcoins' Read More →

Quoted: Judge ‘declines invitation’ to Apple and Google’s patent-fight party

"The parties have no interest in efficiently and expeditiously resolving this dispute; they instead are using this and similar litigation worldwide as a business strategy that appears to have no end." — Robert Scola, U.S. District judge in Miami, Read More →

Off topic: A 100-person world, jumping peacock spider, spelling bee adds vocab quiz, hyperpolyglot

Visualizing demographics if the world consisted of just 100 people. (via Daily Infographic) The Kid Should See This is right: The Australian jumping peacock spider is fun to watch, and my, what a courtship Read More →
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