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Want to see what Facebook's new campus looks like? Here's a tour.
To an outsider, Facebook’s one million-square-foot Menlo Park campus, opened in Dec. 2011, might look like just another tech geek’s toybox--full of touchscreens and graffiti and free bikes and liquor ...
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At a 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Jobs said: "Death is very likely the best invention of life. All pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure, these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important."
Steven P. Jobs, the charismatic technology pioneer who co-founded Apple Inc. and transformed one industry after another, from computers and smartphones to music and movies, has died. He was 56.
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In the face of existential challenges that test the national character of the United States of America, including long wars abroad and high unemployment at home, citizens may be tempted to tune out or voice their displeasure. With the growth of the open government movement, people now have another option: take the future of government into their own hands and try to make it work better. Today, Jennifer Pahlka, the founder of Code for America, highlighted why she believes the time for that choice has come.
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The way brands measure the value of online ads is about to change.
Since the first banner ad alighted on top of a web page sometime around the end of last century, online advertising has been the Rodney Dangerfield of the media world. It gets no respect.
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SEC is taking a closer look at the accounting metric Groupon invented in its S-1, a measure it's calling "adjusted CSOI" ("adjusted consolidated segment operating income").


"In essence Groupon is asking investors to look at their profit before any expenses," says Mr. Strubel [Ben Strubel, a portfolio manager with Strubel Investment Management]. "It's not a surprise they want investors to focus on measures that don't include expenses since their expenses have been rising."
Groupon Inc. has attracted scrutiny from regulators over a newfangled accounting metric it is using to market itself to investors ahead of its initial public offering, said a person familiar with the ...
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A new fight is brewing. Should be interesting to watch
Yahoo is reimagining the front end. Google is working on the back end. And Bing is tackling both. Who will win the new search wars?
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When I first heard about Axis, I thought "they'd better have done something original". A weird move in the age of mobile apps, but yeah very interesting.
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Full text of Steve Jobs' Stanford commencement speech (those lucky grads - hope they were paying attention) is here: http://news.stanford.edu/news/2005/june15/jobs-061505.html

One of my favorite parts:

"You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life."
This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.
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I'm at the Edinburgh Intl TV Festival and just got to ask a question to Google CEO Eric Schmidt regarding real names on G+. I asked him how Google justifies the policy given that real identities could put people at risk?

He replied by saying that G+ was build primarily as an identity service, so fundamentally, it depends on people using their real names if they're going to build future products that leverage that information.

Regarding people who are concerned about their safety, he said G+ is completely optional. No one is forcing you to use it. It's obvious for people at risk if they use their real names, they shouldn't use G+. Regarding countries like Iran and Syria, people there have no expectation of privacy anyway due to their government's own policies, which implies there's no point of even trying to have a service that allows pseudonyms.

He also said the internet would be better if we knew you were a real person rather than a dog or a fake person. Some people are just evil and we should be able to ID them and rank them downward.

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Def one of the coolest jobs ever
Google’s Voice Search, which launched on cellphones in 2008 and was added to the desktop in June, seems like such a simple proposition. You speak your query into your phone (or computer), and, ta-da, ...
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I'm already getting solicitations for "how to optimize Google+ for my needs". The thing hasn't even been out 2 months yet. Can an agency really be expert on this yet?
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Just a reminder as we all wade into G+.
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Thinking of anyone in particular?!
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E.B. Boyd is Fast Company.com's Silicon Valley reporter. 

She started out her career as a producer for CNN in the Middle East, took a long detour into Silicon Valley where she worked for startup and Fortune 1000 companies, and now is back in journalism covering the goings on in tech.

(And yes, feel free to call her "Liza" (as in Minelli).)