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Yes, It’s Real: Tim Draper Gives Details On Ballot Initiative To Make Silicon Valley A State

Silicon Valley is no stranger to unusual ideas, and today the world got to witness another: noted investor Tim Draper is proposing a ballot proposition to split California into six separate states. There were obviously a lot of questions raised by Draper’s “Six Californias” proposal after we first …

Oppo R1 smartphone arrives in China with a bright camera and high style

It's tough to stand out in the mid-range Android crowd, but Oppo may have found a way to separate itself from the pack. Its newly launched R1 smartphone carries a gold-effect metal frame that adds a touch of class around the 5-inch screen. Camera quality may also lure in a few buyers. The R1 …

You Can Now Buy Victoria's Secret Lingerie With Bitcoins

And now, you can use bitcoin to buy Victoria's Secret lingerie via a gift card from Gyft, the app that replaces physical gift cards.<p>The Gyft app is an interesting take on gift cards because it does a couple of cool things. It lets you buy gift cards from about 200 retailers using conventional …

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Tesla's 5-Star Safety Rating is Reaffirmed

Tesla says the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has reaffirmed the 5-star safety rating of the Tesla Model S for the 2014 model year, confirming the highest safety rating in America.<p>It was a bit of good news while Tesla awaits feedback from NHTSA regarding its investigation of …

Crazy currency: The more I report on Bitcoin, the weirder it gets

Op-ed: Despite a year of reporting and Bitcoin's insane rise, I'm happy not to own any.<p>The first time I ever heard the word “Bitcoin” was back in …

MIT engineers have invented a JARVIS-style home automation system

The home automation systems of tomorrow won’t look anything like they do right now. In the future, you wont have to whip out your smartphone and fire …

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Wispy designs from Microsoft partners breeze past Apple

<b>commentary</b> Psst...Microsoft laptop partners are ahead of Apple on critical design metrics like weight.<p>So, how will that play out in 2014? A snapshot of today's lightest, edgiest designs should give us an idea (I'll put aside a discussion of competing operating systems and pricing for this</b> …

Researchers report security flaw in Samsung's Galaxy S4

Here's some Grinchy news for those of you who put Samsung's Galaxy S4 on your holiday wish list: Israeli researchers have identified a vulnerability in the smartphone that allegedly allows a hacker to easily intercept secure data.<p>Samsung told CNET and other news outlets that it's looking into the …