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Off topic: Books you can put down, gender and drunkenness, adventure bucket list, FaceMashups, cars in films

For two years, I've been "currently reading" one in the Top 5 of a Goodreads infographic of the most abandoned books. Wasted vs. tipsy: on different words used to describe the level of drunkenness of men Read More →

Sherpa Ventures peeks out of stealth mode with first investment

Shervin Pishevar is an unconventional tech investor. As an angel, he was an early backer of companies ranging from Socialcam to Klout to Blackjet to TaskRabbit. After joining Menlo Ventures in 2011, he helped nudge Read More →

BlackBerry and Barnes & Noble’s mobile, tablet woes continue

Apple's iPads dominate the tablet market. Google and Apple top the smartphone market. What are competitors to do? A couple of them are getting rid of executives, that's what. BlackBerry, the company formerly known as Research in Motion, Read More →

Apple App Store’s fifth birthday? Yup, there’s an app for that.

Yes, today marks the fifth anniversary of one of the most blessed events in the annals of Silicon Valley tech history - the Apple App Store turns FIVE! Celebrations are breaking out all over. Well, at least at Apple HQ where Read More →

Quoted: Judge rules against Apple in e-books price-fixing ‘scheme’

"While many of the trial’s fact witnesses who are employed by Apple and the Publisher Defendants were less than forthcoming, the contemporaneous documentary record was replete with admissions about their scheme. " — U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Read More →

Move over plastics: Scientists demonstrate 3D printing with liquid metal

3D printers may soon have a new material with which to print that's stronger than the plastics they typically use, able to conduct electricity and, well, cool: liquid metal. A team of scientists at North Carolina State University have Read More →

Off topic: Big tipper, bribery map, watching worms, Prince’s fridge, a fact of life

Man leaves $500 tips for waiters and waitresses around the United States to fulfill his brother's last wish. (via Gawker) Where bribery thrives around the world, mapped. Watch worms, play a little game, help scientists. Read More →

Samsung joins Silicon Valley campus building boom

Samsung is joining the list of tech giants that have embarked on major Silicon Valley construction projects, with a ground-breaking set for Wednesday on a 10-story office tower in North San Jose. The new Samsung project gets its futuristic Read More →

Facebook threat equals jail redux: British man sentenced to 2 years-plus

Authorities are taking a hard line against social-media threats in the United States and elsewhere. Last week, we wrote about a Texas teen jailed over a Facebook comment that included a supposedly sarcastic comment about killing kindergartners. This Read More →
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