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October 10, 2007 at 1:09 PM

Is Google un-American?

So most of the searching done on the Internet is not in North America, as pointed out in the previous post. More people in Asia and Europe are searching the Web than people here, and guess what their favorite tool is? Google. But hey, don’t get any wild ideas, you UN-supporting, Rick Steves guidebook-toting left-coasters….


Comments | More in Personalities, Search

September 24, 2007 at 7:28 PM

The story behind the story

So why are you journalists in Seattle spending so much time writing about malaria in Africa, when there are plenty of problems in your own back yard? This is a question I’ve been asked before, and no doubt I’ll be asked again. I can give all the standard arguments for why we should care: — It’s Bill…


Comments | More in Philanthropy

September 20, 2007 at 1:40 PM

Gates Foundation supports online activism

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s partnership with MTV is taking new shape as the U.S. election year approaches. The foundation is one of the key supporters of the thinkMTV social networking venture, launched today as “a platform for activist campaigns.” The site connects people and causes, with user-generated news and video and links to take…


Comments | More in Online Communities, Philanthropy

September 19, 2007 at 12:26 PM

Tim Chen latest Microsoft China executive to leave

Tim Chen, Microsoft’s top executive in China, jumped ship to head to the National Basketball League’s operations in China, the NBA said today. DEAN RUTZ/SEATTLE TIMES Tim Chen will be seeing a lot more of Yao Ming. Before he joined Microsoft, Chen led Motorola’s China operations. He’s a well known executive in the country and was undoubtedly sought…


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September 18, 2007 at 12:59 PM

Gates Foundation executive is knighted

Dr. Tadataka “Tachi” Yamada, president of the global health program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, today can add knighthood to his list of achievements. RICHARD BROWN/GATES FOUNDATION Tachi Yamada joined the Gates Foundation in 2006. Yamada received the honor for his work at pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, where he was head of research and development from…


Comments | More in Biotechnology, Personalities, Philanthropy

September 17, 2007 at 1:46 PM

It’s official: Too much Internet use can kill you

A man in China dropped dead after playing online games for three days straight, according to reports from Chinese media today and this story. The 30-something man from Guangzhou died Saturday after being rushed to the hospital from the Internet cafe, the Beijing News said. Exhaustion was given as the most probable cause. CANCAN CHU/GETTY IMAGES Most…


Comments | More in Digital media, Games & entertainment, Miscellaneous

September 10, 2007 at 6:23 PM

RFID chips and cancer — ask Amal

Embedding microchips in humans scares some people on privacy grounds alone. Now the chips are raising alarms for a different reason — a potential link to cancer. Studies done in the 1990s found that chip implants had “induced” malignant tumors in lab mice and rats, according to this AP story. The Food and Drug Administration approved…


Comments | More in Chips and semiconductors, Public policy & issues, RFID

September 6, 2007 at 4:30 PM

Xbox exec takes on finance for the poor

A former Microsoft executive who led the launch of Xbox and the co-founders of both and have all joined a local non-profit dedicated to helping poor people gain access to credit. They’re part of a wave of experienced technology people leaving the business world to apply their skills to problems of inequality. Maybe they were…


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September 5, 2007 at 5:40 PM

The money is real, but the debate is virtual

Note: Please keep the comments polite and refrain from any personal attacks. Following on my post last week about hybrid Web sites that combine social networking and financial services, a lively debate arose about rating financial advisers online. It seems timely to raise these issues, considering the turmoil in markets recently and the subprime lending…


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