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December 9, 2013 at 11:59 AM

NSA phone spying: Back off or open up?

Perhaps it’s time to look at the NSA spying scandal from another angle, now that we know the agency is tracking hundreds of millions of cellphones, slurping up 5 billion phone records a day.

Yes, it’s an outrage. But maybe it’s also an opportunity.

The NSA's Utah datacenter. AP Photo by Rick Bowmer.

The NSA’s Utah datacenter. AP Photo by Rick Bowmer.

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Comments | Topics: Apple, big data, cellphone

March 13, 2013 at 10:15 AM

Code.org update: Film reaches 12 million, draws 10,000 schools

Code.org hit its first big milestones, and them some. Two weeks after the nonprofit released a celebrity-studded film urging kids to study computer science, the film has been viewed more than 12 million times and at one point was the most-viewed film on YouTube. Nearly 10,000 schools asked Code.org to help them add computer science to…

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Comments | Topics: Billionaire techies, computer science, Education

February 5, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Dell goes private, how about Microsoft next?

With Dell going private, perhaps it’s time to revisit whether Microsoft should do the same. Two years ago I reported that Microsoft had looked into the possibility, with its treasury department analyzing the possibility. To me it makes sense because Microsoft cannot win back Wall Street, despite steadily growing sales and profit through the recession,…

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Comments | Topics: Billionaire techies, Bing, Dell

October 23, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Zynga doing layoffs, closing studios; Seattle intact

Struggling social games giant Zynga is announcing sweeping layoffs and studio closures but it appears the company’s engineering office in Seattle was largely spared. Word of the layoffs surfaced earlier and was confirmed in an internal memo to employees from founder Mark Pincus. The memo said the company is cutting 5 percent of its full-time workers and…

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August 20, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Zillow boss offers fresh take on IPOs, regulatory burden

Perhaps the founders of Facebook, Groupon and Zynga should spend more time at their satellite offices in Seattle. All three failed to live up the hype around their initial stock offerings. Meanwhile Seattle’s biggest entrant in the current generation of Web startups has won over Wall Street in its first year as a public company. The stock…

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