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Off topic: art and the alphabet, blood types, urge to jump, pizza all the time

Language and art enthusiasts alert: the A-Z of Unusual Words, illustrated. It's still an open question: Why do we have blood types? A look at the desire to jump off a bridge, a.k.a."high place phenomenon." Read More →

Tech-driven ZipRealty acquired by Realogy

ZipRealty, the Emeryville-based tech-driven real estate company, has agreed to be acquired by Realogy for $166 million in cash. The acquisition includes ZipRealty's software platform and data analytics and customer relations software that includes a lead scoring tool for Read More →

Google adds an ex-Ford CEO to its board

Why would Google add a former CEO from one of America’s big three auto-makers to its board of directors? Can you say “self-driving car?” Actually, there are plenty of reasons for a big company to want Alan Mulally, the former boss of Read More →

FCC extends deadline for net neutrality comments after site problems

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday announced that it was pushing back the deadline for citizens to comment on its net neutrality proposal until Friday. Read More →

Security roundup: Google’s new security team, British spying, CNet hack

Here's a quick roundup of (in)security news. • Google has formed an elite security team dedicated to finding and stomping out software threats. Wired reports that Project Zero is made up of famous hackers that have exposed high-profile vulnerabilities, Read More →

Google partners with Swiss biomedical giant on smart contact lens

Google’s X division has taken a big step forward in making its “smart contact lens” technology available for the consumer market, by announcing a licensing agreement with the biotech giant Novartis. The Swiss company said it plans to work Read More →

Former White House spokesman Jay Carney too ‘PCish’ to head Apple PR?

Is handling the White House press a transferable skill to dealing with the tech media? Apparently some think so. Jay Carney's name had been "bandied" about for the top public relations job at Apple, reported ReCode. Carney, who left the White Read More →

Box answers Google, Amazon and rolls out unlimited cloud storage

Box is declaring the end of the cloud storage pricing war. Or so it hopes. The Los Altos-based cloud computing company announced Tuesday it would no longer set limits on cloud storage for businesses that buy its services. All companies get unlimited Read More →

Quoted: when dumping Comcast becomes a very big deal

"I hope the quick action you take is a thorough evaluation of your culture and policies, and not the termination of the rep." — Ryan Block, AOL executive who tried to cancel his Comcast cable service but was questioned Read More →

On topic: Tech news to know now

We've got your tech news links right here. Google is teaming up with Novartis on smart contact lenses. Novartis CEO forecasts availability in five years. Microsoft is expected to announce this week its biggest job cuts in five Read More →
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