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Off topic: Is math real? The Philippines and ivory; Supermoon photos; life is like a box of… jellybeans

Philosophizing about math: Is it all based on faith? (video, via @brainpicker) The Philippines pulverizes 5 tons of confiscated ivory to discourage smuggling. (Off Topic link from last year: ivory worship.) An Read More →

Wiretap’s Tuesday funding roundup

It's been a busy day here in Silicon Valley: • BabyList, an online baby registry that lets users add items from any store, raised a $620,000 seed round from 500 Startups and others. The company Read More →

SolarCity’s big Energy Efficiency plans

San Mateo-based SolarCity has made a name for itself as a national financier and installer of rooftop solar systems. But that's not all that they do: energy efficiency is a growing part of the business. In May 2010, SolarCity Read More →

Silicon Valley still a boys-only club, according to the data

In a speech earlier this month, Catherine Bracy, who heads Code for America's international program, provided some pretty damning statistics to prove the point that Silicon Valley is still basically a boys-only club. Read More →

Keep your eye on that iPhone!

With word earlier this month from Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference that its iOS7 will include a new anti-theft feature that will prevent a thief from using the iPhone he just stole from you, I wanted to share a Read More →

eBay’s search gets an upgrade

Next time you go on eBay, you may notice a subtle change: better search results; earlier this month, the company rolled out to its U.S. users its third-generation search engine. Read More →

TiVo, Flextronics, IBM might all be surprised to find themselves in Silicon Valley’s ghost town

If we were a little less sophisticated; a little more, well, bumpkin, here at SiliconBeat, we might be offended by Bloomberg Businessweek's characterization of quaint Alviso as "the Ghost Town of Silicon Valley." Really? Yes, as Bloomberg reporter Ashlee Vance points Read More →

Picture the possibility of Snapchats saved without your knowledge — courtesy of iOS 7?

Snapchat's reported valuation after a $60 million round of funding announced Monday: $800 million. Investors have long-lasting hopes for the mobile app that offers users the ability to exchange non-lasting photos and videos. Institutional Venture Partners' Dennis Phelps compared Snapchat Read More →

Marissa Mayer hosts her first Yahoo shareholders’ meeting

Good products will draw more users, which in turn will draw more advertisers, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer promised shareholders Tuesday at the company’s annual meeting - her first since she took over the top job in July last year. Mayer and Read More →

Quoted: Pink Floyd blasts Pandora for ‘tricking artists’ over royalties

"Who wouldn't want to be 'part of a conversation'? Who doesn't support Internet radio? What scrooge would refuse to sign such a positive, pro-music statement? ... The petition doesn't mention that Pandora is pushing the growth of its business directly Read More →
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