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People Magazine, which never seems to get it wrong when it comes to the highlights and lowlights of Hollywood's glitterati, is having a tougher time knowing who's who in Silicon Valley.
It's not like People has much reason to work up sources in tech land. It's not really their bread and butter. I mean, when the most tabloid-y thing in months out of the Silicon Valley is Yahoo's Marissa Mayer posing in Vogue upside down on a chair, well, that doesn't sell as many magazines as Kim Kardashian going blonde, postpartum.
John McAfee and danger have a long history.
The founder of McAfee software claimed he would die and allegedly also faked a near-death experience. The man wanted by Belize authorities in the shooting death of a former neighbor managed to escape that Central American country last year, claiming police would kill him. He also reportedly escaped deportation from Guatemala by faking a heart attack.
Necessity is the mother of invention. Notice it's the mother, not the father. Nothing may be more of a necessity to a woman than her purse, but this year the NFL has banned all backpacks, as well as purses larger than the size of a hand.
It's a safety measure, and it is also supposed to reduce the time it takes to go through security checks at football games. Any bag larger than the size of a hand must be made of a clear material, but no woman wants people seeing the innards of her purse. I earlier blogged about a very funny protest campaign called "My Purse, My Choice."
Some fans are furious. Others see an economic opportunity. And several "mothers of invention" have emerged to create solutions.
When companies have a bad quarter, they often sugarcoat results with fancy language and fuzzy math. Special one-time items are a great excuse to make a loss look like a profit.
However, at National Beverage, they call a spade a spade. I think. I'm still trying to understand. …
In what may be the strangest earnings release ever, the company behind such colas as Shasta reported a 6 percent drop in revenue and a 16 percent drop in earnings for its fiscal first quarter.
"National Beverage Reports Less Than Typical Results" was the headline of the Florida company's press release.
(Read more from Jane Wells: LavCup—Why didn't I think of this?)
Then Chairman and CEO Nick Caporella weighed in. Fasten your seatbelts:
"Should we have the most credible reason for these results (and we could have), would it make a difference?" asked Nick A. Caporella, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on a recent management call. "Does it make us feel less contrite relative to the credibility of the justification?" he queried. "There can be no allowable regrets in business or fumbles on the field (deck) of Endeavor—none ... (no one even knows how to practice them)," quipped Caporella.
I had to read that a couple times and I'm still not sure what that means, but I think he's upset and not making excuses. Kinda.
I called the company's headquarters and spoke to Grace Keene, who confirmed Caporella made these statements.
The NFL thought it had problems with the players union, a boring preseason and head injuries.
Now it's spawned an angry mob made up of half the population of the United States.
A new policy at NFL stadiums this year limits the size of purses to "small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap." A clutch the size of a hand means you can carry an ID, money, one lipstick and an iPhone. Anything more has to be carried in a large clear plastic bag, like the ones you use for liquids to prove to TSA agents you are not an underwear bomber.
"People think the simplest ideas have already been made." That from Matt Williams, founder of LavCup, a product so simple and brilliant you wonder why it hasn't been done before.
LavCup is an antimicrobial shelf for toilet stalls and urinals where people can set their drinks while they get down to business. Its tagline: "Because you can't hold it."
Even better, the shelves allow for advertising. "The audience is so captive, that's what makes the medium so powerful," Williams told me.
So much for technology. As the Nasdaq tries to figure out why it couldn't process trades for hours on Thursday, investors outside the exchange are trying to figure out what to name the event. Three years ago we had the Flash Crash. A year ago there was the Facebook Flub.
CNBC contributor Josh Brown suggests we call the meltdown "The Flash Freeze," because what started as a flash … froze ... all afternoon. How hard could it be to fix the problem? As @apsduke tweeted, "NASDAQ I.T. head just has to answer 'my first pet's name?' "
As college students embark on the debt-laden, life-changing experience of a new year, few will be as inspired to change the world as the incoming class at Georgia Tech. New students were welcomed this week with what Mashable is calling an "epic" convocation, presented by sophomore Nicholas Selby, a mechanical engineering major.
Selby, bespectacled in a formal robe and tie, starts his speech with quiet, earnest nerdiness. "We chose Georgia Tech because we want to do the impossible, and this school is equipped with the resources and faculty to help us do just that," he says, looking like a poster boy for the chess club.
Then everything changes. His tone, his demeanor, and his theme music. Yes, theme music. Selby's performance crescendos and is accompanied by the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey." Georgia Tech students should not be content to "stand on the shoulders of giants." Instead, Selby exhorts them to "CRUSH the shoulders of the giants upon whom we stand!" At a key moment, he shouts,
So far, it's your typical Silicon Valley success story.
But something happened along the way west to California's Golden Gate. Shih decided he didn't like the City by the Bay.
Didn't like it at all.
(Read more: These kids today—It's all about 'ME ME ME!')
Last week Shih wrote a rant called "10 Things I Hate About You: The San Francisco Edition" on a site called Medium. The original post has since been removed, but several other bay area websites have picked it up.
The business of feminine products is, well, recession-proof. However, the only thing less comfortable than a teenage girl grappling with her first period is ... watching commercials about it.
Enter Flo. Not the Progressive Insurance pitchwoman. No, this Flo is a tween who gets her first period at camp and sees it as an opportunity to go from loser to egomaniacal leader.
"I became the Camp Gyno," she says on a YouTube video which has topped 3 million hits. "This is your life now," she tells one fellow tween girl experiencing those first pangs. And I thought life was tough in "Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret."
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Former college football coach Barry Switzer has turned a man cave in his Oklahoma home into a base for Coaches' Cabana.
Apeks Supercritical sells an extraction machine for medical marijuana users who prefer consuming oils over smoking the plant.