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Will Oremus
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Why you don't have to hate Google Glass. 
Google Glass has gotten a bad rap—or, at least, an inaccurate one. In the nearly two years since Google began testing its augmented-reality eyewear, public reaction has progressed from “that’s amazing” to “those look stupid” to “if you wear them, you deserve to be physically assaulted.” Google always said people...
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Google thought it would be hilarious to release a free email service on April 1, 2004. 
By 2004, Google had already become well-known for its April Fool’s pranks. That year, it appeared to up the ante, with not just one but two suspiciously improbable announcements. The first was a posting for job openings on the moon. The second was that the search company was launching a...
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Well that narrows it down!
It’s been almost six days since Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared. Since then, we’ve seen a frantic search by multiple governments, militaries, and aviation authorities, with each new day bringing fresh revelations about where the plane might or might not have gone after it winked off of the radar. After...
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Why Mozilla's CEO had to go.
There was a time when supporting gay marriage made you a radical. Then there was a time when it made you a progressive. Now we’ve reached a point where not supporting gay marriage makes you unfit to lead a major Silicon Valley organization. Some will say we’ve come too far,...
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One of my mentors, the great Peter Delevett, is leaving the Mercury News after 14 years and quitting journalism. He covered Silicon Valley through three booms and two busts, interviewed Marc Andreessen over pancakes and chased Steve Jobs down a Palo Alto side street, and led the paper's coverage of California government and the election to replace Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Peter kept doing brilliant work even as the Merc shrank from 400 journalists to under 90. A few weeks ago he watched as men with acetylene torches dismantled the paper's press so its parent company could sell the building and move it into a smaller office. There are a lot of reasons for the Merc's fall, and that of the newspaper industry as a whole, but the quality of the work done smart, dogged, brook-no-bullshit journalists like Peter is not among them.

Thanks, Peter, for making journalism a profession I was proud to enter even at a time when it looked like it might all be falling apart—for teaching me how to write a lede and a kicker and find the story behind the spin—for putting up with and not putting up with my blown deadlines—and for helping me find my way through all the layoffs, pay cuts, furloughs, and consolidations to a job I love. Congratulations on your next venture and good luck.
 
"It's the Constitutional right of every citizen, no matter how ignorant or depraved, to be a journalist." Here's why I'm renouncing that right. 
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Environmentalists are upset at Obama's "all of the above" energy policy.

They shouldn't be, though. It's not actually "all of the above"--and it's secretly rather brilliant. Here's my story on how Obama is quietly trying to save the planet: 
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