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Micro manufacturing, Thomas Piketty, fascism in Europe and robots — you know they are all tied together, somehow. Plus Cory Booker and Mark Zuckerberg, Nintendo and John Maeda — we got a great weekend of reading ready for you.  Read more »

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The Americans love affair with technology, Chicago’s last tannery, marathon people, city services 2.0, hipsters & low-tech, the end of the middle class and the Ukraine crisis — here is what I think is worth reading this week. Read more »

Weekend Plans

On the money this week: value of Sherpa’s life, sewing machines, the impact of science fiction on culture and game of thrones. Plus bubbles and a ranting Anthony Bourdain. Read more »

Thievery Corporation
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Thievery Corporation is a Washington DC-based duo that defined and popularized a genre of music loosely called globetronica. They just released their latest album, Saudade. I caught up with Rob Garza (one half of the group) to talk about Internet, creativity, streaming, Pandora and Spotify. Read more »

Weekend Plans

New Gilded age, return of the Mad Men, David Letterman’s last great moment, Kevin Kelly, Bill Gross, fraught life of a Raiderette and beyond quantum computing — that’s what’s on the menu this weekend. Read more »

Weekend Plans

Zebras, bucks, deer, chimpanzees and cows — it is the Animal Planet edition of what to read this weekend. And they are all thought-provoking stories. Happy reading! Read more »

Weekend Plans

Sotheby’s troubles, $1000 Genome, Silver Thief is on the loose, A food site breaks up with Facebook, what are the technical textiles of tomorrow and the sexiest dog in Chicago are among this week’s recommendations. Read more »

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Box CEO Aaron Levie
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If you are interested in reading about Box, its horrid financials and high cost of customer acquisition, or the new reality for enterprise focused startups, then I suggest you stop reading this. Because this is really about Aaron Levie, the co-founder of Box.net and me. Read more »

Weekend Plans

Silence as a luxury; the end of rhinos and the price we will pay; outsourcing humanity; the unkindness of aging; Tutankhamun’s blood; and a conversation with genetics giant and Nobel Laureate Sydney Brenner — are on the menu this week. Read more »

Weekend Plans

Suzanne Vega, Rupert Murdoch’s broken marriage, Silicon Valley’s circus of innovation, Tom Steyer, the inconvenient billionaire; South Sudan’s old enmities and Facebook’s plan to conquer the world — some of the stories on menu this weekend.  Read more »

Weekend Plans

Who is Jimmy Fallon, Presidency outsourced, everything that is wrong with Donald Trump, why do we hate Google buses, the last days of Ambercombie & yet another Texas politician who is ambitious. These and more stories are on reading menu this week. Read more »

Weekend Plans

This week on menu: Madame Sex, Money Ball comes to Basketball, Kiev Crisis, Software Backdoors and Bounty Hunters, Mexican Drug Cartels and their supply chain is open for business, Click Fraud and of course, Endless Love. Read more »

In Brief

Uber has hired Jeff Holden, until recently a vice president at Groupon, to become its chief product officer. We got to know ex-Amazonian Holden when he launched Pelago, makers of Whrrl. The app failed to get major traction because it was ahead of its time and was acquired by Groupon. Holden, however impressed us deeply then with his clear insights about the market. At Groupon too he continued that streak. It is a great hire for Uber, which could use direction and focus as it builds out the last-mile mobility infrastructure. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a more hyper-personal version of Uber come to market in the near future.

Before he was the front-runner to be the next CEO of Microsoft, I sat down with Satya Nadella in San Francisco. We talked about the cloud, competition and the future of Microsoft. It’s very revealing, the challenges facing whoever is soon-to-be-announced new CEO. Read more »

Weekend Plans

TV fanboy with his own show; drugs and death in the Animal Planet, NSA and blackmail, death on a diamond and crazy A-Rod stories and more importantly, shadow banking. Oh, and why stories go viral. Read more »

Weekend Plans

What is it to be a model in China, Big data and big pharma equals big money, how Iceland got its mojo back, why does everyone love toast, the White ghetto and the joy of unfollowing — some of the stories on menu this weekend. Read more »

In Brief

Riverbed Technology, a San Francisco-based networking company has received an unsolicited proposal from Elliott Management Corporation to acquire all outstanding shares of Riverbed for $19.00 per share in cash that values the company at a shade over $3 billion. That is a 6.4 percent premium over recent closing price of Riverbed stock. Elliot and affiliates owns about 10.5% of Riverbed.

Weekend Plans

The Don King is done; what does a mid-level bookie have to do to make a living; Intelligent plants and why TED is not the answer and why and how to deal with depression of a connected mind. Great words start to 2014. Read more »

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Christmas is time to give and receive gifts. Many of the gifts these days happen to be related to technology. I asked my colleagues what were the best gifts, ones they love the most, they received this year. Here is that short list. Read more »

Weekend Plans

Can we build a brand new American energy system, the future of computer science, what Paul Krugman thinks of Bitcoins, a Californian chef in Copenhagen, President Obama and climate change — that’s the menu for this week. Read more »

Weekend Plans

How iPhones make anorexia worse; Bitcoin and political ideology; the David and Goliath equation; the 1200 year old phone; resurgence of al-Qaida and New York’s attempt to become a tech-hub — these are some of the stories on the menu this weekend. Read more »

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