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Apple eyes sapphire for iPhone screens

Apple’s latest gambit for sparkling sales may involve sapphire. The Cupertino-based company is considering manufacturing sapphire screens for upcoming iterations of the iPhone as well as a smartwatch in the pipeline, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Sapphire screens might Read More →

Whisper launches mental health nonprofit to help depressed

With the perplexity and agony of suicide dominating public thought and conversation in the wake of Robin Williams' death this week, social media app Whisper has launched a nonprofit site where people struggling with depression can ask for emotional help. Whisper, the Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

Once again, we've got your tech news links right here. Market mover: Applied Materials shares are up more than 5 percent after earnings report yesterday in which it forecast sales for the next quarter that may top estimates. Square publishes Read More →

Quoted: on Anonymous getting cop’s name wrong in Michael Brown killing

"I was surprised because what I was seeing was suggestive but not definitive. Anonymous tends to care about its image quite a bit, and if they were wrong, it would be really bad." — Gabriella Coleman, who teaches at Read More →

Facebook insider leaving for new “adventuring”

Influential Facebook executive Sam Lessin is leaving the social networking giant, saying he plans to spend some time “kite-surfing, skiing, and general adventuring / possibly some trouble making.” Lessin has been vice president of product at Facebook since the company Read More →

Intel announces product deal with rapper 50 Cent

Eager to get its chips into a broader array of gadgets - while also generating a bit of nice publicity - Santa Clara chipmaker Intel on Friday announced a fitness-audio product collaboration with rapper Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, pictured here. The Read More →

Off topic: Airline passengers’ pants, beer-label decider, space junk, dear shoebox

"Orange Jumpsuit: Did not pay for own flight" and other types of airline passengers. The king of beer has a lot of power — over beer labels in the United States. A video explainer of how Read More →

Twitter to review its harassment policies after Robin Williams’ daughter leaves

Twitter, which has faced criticism for its handling of online harassment, has removed "a number of accounts" related to the abuse of Zelda Williams, the daughter of comedian Robin Williams, the company said. “We will not tolerate abuse of this nature Read More →

Apple bans use of toxic chemicals in iPhones, iPads

Two things that you definitely won’t find in the new iPhone: benzene and n-hexane. Responding to pressure from labor and environmental advocacy groups, Apple announced Wednesday that it will forbid the use of the two potentially hazard chemicals in the final Read More →

Tesla: We have to respect the integrity of CEQA

A story by the Los Angeles Times floats the idea that Tesla is seeking exemptions from the California's landmark environmental legislation, known as CEQA. Reporter Marc Lifsher says that California would exempt Tesla from some of its toughest Read More →
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