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Off topic: Honest slogans, judges’ black robes, rewritten headlines, pumpkin hater

"Every issue promises perfect abs" (Men's Health), and other honest slogans. A brief history of judicial black robes, as told by Sandra Day O'Connor. From xkcd, 20th century headlines rewritten to get more clicks, Read More →

Apple earnings: Spotlight a little more intense than usual

Apple is scheduled to report earnings after the markets close today, so analysts and the blogosphere are atwitter. Add to the usual scrutiny the filthy-rich noisemaker that is Carl Icahn, and the spotlight seems to be bigger and brighter. Key is Read More →

Quoted: From Russia with defiance — Edward Snowden speaks

"Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no Internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA's hands. Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They're Read More →

Off topic: Polyamory, a hermit and his home, handmade things, math all over the place

"We're not trying to say that monogamy is bad," says a man in a "polyamorous" relationship. A photo essay about a visit with a hermit in Siberia. More photos: From neon signs to stained glass, stuff Read More →

West Coast climate agreement coming Monday

California has always been proud of its willingness to go first when it comes to policies that combat the perils of climate change. On Monday, Gov. Jerry Brown, Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington and Gov. John Kitzhaber of Oregon will meet Read More →

So … is anyone surprised that Google might build a sea-faring server farm?

UPDATE: This post has new material added at the end . . . A floating data center? After some impressive sleuthing, a reporter at the tech news site CNET reported Friday that Google may be building a massive data center that’s currently Read More →

Japan fashion retailer Uniqlo gets inspiration from Apple

It's Apple design imagination meets Japanese technology innovation meets the quick-and-cheap mass production of the clothing  industry. This is the trifecta that has made Tokyo-based clothing retailer Uniqlo soar in popularity and positioned the company for a massive U.S. expansion. The Read More →

Elevator Pitch: Nick Sturiale of Ignition Partners

Nick Sturiale was a partner at one high-profile venture firm (Sevin Rosen) that flamed out after the dot-com bust, and he’s now working to revive another (Ignition Partners, which was formed in Seattle by several Read More →

NSA spying roundup: World leaders’ phone calls, Germany reaction, rally in Washington

There's plenty to round up regarding NSA spying today: • The latest revelation from the Edward Snowden leaks: The NSA monitored phone calls of 35 world leaders with the help of U.S. officials who handed over their phone numbers, according to Read More →

Quoted: Microsoft vs. Apple, for the umpteenth time

"When I see Apple drop the price of their struggling, lightweight productivity apps, I don't see a shot across our bow. I see an attempt to play catch up." — Frank Shaw, the outspoken Microsoft vice president of communications, Read More →
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