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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 →

Apple rumored to be hiring rumored employees for rumored iWatch

First came word that Apple's legal hounds had been set loose upon the planet to lock up trademark rights for the word "iWatch,'' the Cupertino tech giant's much-rumored piece of wearable tech, reportedly coming soon to a wrist near you. Now Read More →

Google, Yahoo and other ad networks announce new anti-piracy steps

With the Obama administration’s blessing, Google, Yahoo and other leading players in the online advertising business have signed on to a set of “best practices” aimed at cutting off ad revenue for sites that host pirated movies or music or Read More →

HP appoints three new board members

With its leadership under fire for its past performance, Hewlett-Packard on Monday said it has appointed three new directors, increasing its board from nine to 12 members. The new directors are Robert “Dob” Bennett, former president and CEO of Liberty Media Read More →

Quoted: Radiohead’s Thom Yorke pulls music from Spotify in latest music vs. tech row

"Make no mistake new artists you discover on #Spotify will no[t] get paid. Meanwhile shareholders will shortly being rolling in it." — Thom Yorke, lead singer for Radiohead, on Twitter. Yorke has pulled a couple of albums Read More →
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