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Twitter turned 7… again?

I was scrolling through a Twitter list of tech company leaders, as we blogger types tend to do. I came across an exchange between Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams about yesterday being the anniversary of Twitter's launch seven years ago. Read More →

Quoted: Bill Gates sticks up for patents

"(Intellectual property) — it's a complex system. Anybody who thinks getting rid of (the patent system) would make the world better, I can tell you... that's crazy." — Bill Gates, speaking Monday at Microsoft's Faculty Summit, where he addressed Read More →

Is Apple bringing salvation to the living room’s ad-swamped masses?

In an interesting item from her nascent blog,  former Wall Street Journalite and longtime Apple-watcher Jessica Lessin reports that the Cupertino iPhone maker has been talking with cable operators and television studios about an ad-skipping technology for its rumored Read More →

Report: Apple in talks to buy 3D sensor company

In a move that could give Apple's rumored television a cool track, the Cupertino company is in early talks to buy PrimeSense, which designs chips that are used to detect motion in three dimensions, according to Calcalist, an Israeli business Read More →

Off topic: Language sleuth, inside a Wienermobile, sinkholes, World War Z

A forensic linguist explains how he helped discover that a critically acclaimed "debut" crime novel was actually written by J.K. Rowling of "Harry Potter" fame. Just so you know: what goes on in the Oscar Read More →

Elon Musk hypes the Hyperloop (in a tweet, of course)

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk was asked all sorts of questions by Tesla fans (and not just fan boys: a lot of women were there) at Saturday's TESLIVE conference. Among them: What exactly is this Hyperloop idea? Musk, a well-know Read More →

Yahoo wins order to release documents in feds’ data-gathering case

Here’s a significant development in the battle for information about the government’s national security data-gathering efforts: The secretive U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has granted Yahoo’s motion to declassify the court's 2008 ruling that required Yahoo to go along Read More →

Microsoft, BlackBerry slash prices in struggle against Apple, Google

Less than a year after Microsoft unveiled the Surface, the software company is slashing the price of its first and long-anticipated tablet amid weak demand and competition from Apple's iPad. And BlackBerry, another company struggling to compete with Silicon Valley's dominance Read More →

Judge resigns from local patent office, citing delay in move to permanent space

The indefinite delay in opening the Silicon Valley branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has now cost the agency a key hire: Neil Smith, a longtime patent litigator who was the first person named to be a Read More →

Tracking watch: NSA chief, from Russia with love, shopping snoops

Here's an umpteenth roundup in our ongoing effort to watch those who watch us: • It just keeps streaming in, so let's start with the follow-up news about the NSA's massive surveillance program. "He certainly believes you need to collect everything you Read More →
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