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Off topic: They don’t count, ‘jymmin,’ average male body, dating diagram, atheists and awe

The indigenous Piraha people's language is unusual in many ways, including this one: It has no numbers. On "jymmin" — or why music helps with exercise. Looking at the body of the average American Read More →

Elon Musk to outfit James Bond submarine with Tesla Powertrain

It's true. Elon Musk is now the proud owner of the famous James Bond Lotus submarine. The submarine, which was used in the 1977 film "The Spy Who Loved Me," was auctioned off in London last month by Read More →

Tech news about news: Pierre Omidyar’s venture; VC funding for Vox; Patch cutbacks

Do the tech industry's wealthy players have the answers to the news media's ills — namely, sustainability in the age of free content and competition with Internet companies for ad revenue? There is some optimism, although some point Read More →

Andreessen Horowitz, Ron Conway and others launch Data Elite, a big-data VC fund

If I told you four of Silicon Valley's most influential tech investors were joining forces in a new specialty fund, you'd probably want to know more, right? So check it out: That fund, appropriately called Data Read More →

Quoted: on Tikker, the feel-good watch that claims to count down to your death

"It's my belief that if we are aware of death, and our own expiration, that we will have a greater appreciation for life." — Fredrik Colting, inventor of the Tikker, a wristwatch that supposedly counts down to a user's Read More →

Off topic: American food and pizza, Japanese bars, color and culture, running of the bulls

Cereal as life-savers, hot dogs as symbols of freedom and other thoughts about American food. Also, the United States of pizza, mapped. On to eating in Japan — in penguin bars. Orange as vulgar, Read More →

Apple’s Spaceship Headquarters and’s big effort are picked over in Pat & Mike’s latest Google Hangout

Join Pat & Mike as they talk about the big news in Silicon Valley, which is all about (spoiler alert!) Apple.  Yep, the company everybody loves to love is fighting city hall. Read More →

Apple’s hot date with the Cupertino City Council

As Apple executives appeared before the Cupertino City Council Tuesday night for final approval to plop its proposed spaceship-shaped headquarters into the leafy bowels of this Silicon Valley town of 60,000, many observers figured the hearing would be perfunctory and Read More →

Report: Amazon working on smartphones

Amazon, working with HTC, has a smartphone that's in the "late stages" of development that may launch as early as next year and has two other phones in the development, according to a report. Read More →

Unrest at Couchsurfing: CEO exit, layoffs, user complaints

Couchsurfing, the website that pioneered the crowdsourced hospitality industry, is undergoing some major changes. And they may not be good ones. Last week, Couchsurfing CEO Tony Espinoza resigned. Couchsurfing director Jen Billock will become the interim CEO as the company searches for Read More →
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