October 23, 2012 On today's show, we talk with a Stanford law professor about the problems with software patents — and how to fix the system.
Please disconnect from all unapproved Internet courses.
October 19, 2012 A couple of Stanford professors have set up a company called Coursera to offer free classes to anybody anywhere in the world. Anywhere in the world, that is, except Minnesota.
Ever feel like someone is watching you? The Federal Trade Commission finds you could be right — if you've used a rental computer.
September 26, 2012 Rent-to-own companies installed invasive software on hundreds of thousands of computers that enabled them to spy on users, the Federal Trade Commission has ruled. The program logged keystrokes, captured personal information, and, in some cases, took webcam photos of people without their knowledge.
Waiting to help the economy grow.
September 11, 2012 Will there be a smartphone stimulus this fall? Don't hold your breath.
Thomas Peterffy, shown here in 2010
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August 21, 2012 Thomas Peterffy's life story includes a typing robot, a proto-iPad, and a vast fortune he amassed as one of the first people to use computers in financial markets.
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August 16, 2012 Lots of entrepreneurs are starting companies in order to sell them. A new Tumblr captures the zeitgeist.
July 31, 2012 This week's Apple-Samsung case is just the latest battle in a global war over high-tech patents. Judges, it seems, are getting fed up.
June 27, 2012 A Japanese beer foaming machine aims to keep beer cold for up to 30 minutes without watering it down. Unfortunately, it won't be available at your next happy hour, unless you're at a selected bar in Japan.
A Chinese protester, calling for an end to the violence against pro-democracy demonstrators at Tiananmen Square, blocks a line of tanks on June 5, 1989.
June 4, 2012 It's the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. China's Internet censors are blocking even more than usual.
How much for that thumb?
May 16, 2012 People are gaming Facebook's system. That could hurt the company's business prospects.
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May 16, 2012 Facebook needs more users — and it needs to figure out how to make more money off of each user.
May 16, 2012 What happened when two guys who sell pizza out of a window in New Orleans decided to buy a Facebook ad — and what it says about the state of social-media advertising.
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May 15, 2012 For Facebook to live up to its valuation, the company will need to redefine advertising as we know it.
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Russell E Oakes, an amateur American inventor wearing his problem solving inventions.
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April 23, 2012 Eric Von Hippel of MIT explains why so many Americans are inventing new products at home, even though the odds of commercial success are stacked against them.
April 18, 2012 "Most of us who are in this business got into it to make stuff, not to own patents or be in patent litigation."
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