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Is the Tech Bubble Popping? Ping Pong Offers an Answer

Sales of tables rise and fall with the startups that love them<p>By<p>Zusha Elinson<p>Zusha Elinson<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>@ZushaElinson<p>zusha.elinson@wsj.com<p>SAN FRANCISCO— Twitter ’s gloomy quarterly report last week unsettled investors. They might have anticipated trouble more than a year ago had …

Table Tennis

From NBA to MoCo rec league, Hall of Famer Adrian Dantley won’t change his stripes

A recent playoff game between the B-town Warriors and the Wheaton Wolves was coming down to the wire, and the play was getting chippy.<p>“They aren’t calling anything, all right guys?” Warriors coach John DeLuca told his players, one of whom appeared near tears. “Just know that. They’re pretty much …

Klay Thompson

Google and Apple: the High-Tech Hippies of Silicon Valley

<i>Why are the two companies spending billions to build offices that look lifted straight from the 1960s?</i><p>For all the talk of “disruption” coming out of Silicon Valley, one thing that has tended to remain stubbornly stuck in the past is tech companies’ architecture. Many of today’s most innovative …

Silicon Valley

$250K Per Year Salary Could Qualify For Subsidized Housing Under New Palo Alto Proposal

<i>(Wikimedia Commons)</i><p>PALO ALTO (CBS SF) — Palo Alto is seeking housing solutions for residents who are not among the Silicon Valley region’s …

Housing

The Place Where the Poor Once Thrived

San Jose, in the heart of Silicon Valley, used to be the best place in the country for kids to experience a Horatio Alger, rags-to-riches life. Is it still?<p>SAN JOSE, Calif.—This is the land of opportunity. If that weren’t already implied by the landscape—rolling green hills, palm trees, sun-kissed …

Silicon Valley

Australian cardinal admits ignoring boy's complaint about a sexually abusive priest

Australian Cardinal George Pell,<p>Pope Francis' trusted finance minister, has admitted ignoring a boy’s complaint about a sexually abusive priest but denied that he tried to bribe another abuse victim to keep quiet.<p>Speaking on the fourth and last day of hearings before a royal commission on abuse …

Nothing Like This Has Ever Happened Before

“Capitalists both in the Old World and the States, even now, have but little faith in California. They regard this country and everything relating to it as one grand bubble, liable to burst at any moment…. This is how it should be. The wealth of California is thereby passing into the hands of …

Income Inequality

Tour Down Under: Tyler Farrar borrows spectator's bike

American sprinter Tyler Farrar had to borrow a spectator's bike and cycling shoes after suffering a crash on the third stage of the Tour Down Under.

Cycling

Essendon FC: 34 Australian rules players banned for doping

More than 30 players associated with Australian rules team Essendon FC have been banned after being injected with a drug to improve performance.

Doping

I quizzed dozens of Silicon Valley elites about inequality. Here's what they told me.

Inequality is perhaps my favorite interview topic in Silicon Valley: It's fascinating to watch ordinarily confident titans of industry squirm in their seats before offering a conspicuously measured response. But occasionally a leader in the community breaks an unspoken rule by being brutally honest …

The Silicon Valley Suicides

Why are so many kids with bright prospects killing themselves in Palo Alto?<p><i>The air shrieks, and life stops. First, from far away, comes a high whine like angry insects swarming, and then a trampling, like a herd moving through. The kids on their bikes who pass by the Caltrain crossing are eager to</i> …

High School

What’s eating Silicon Valley

Like most people, I look up to and admire the heroes of Silicon Valley (the real ones, not the ones from the TV show). They’ve given rise to services (e.g., Google, Facebook, Uber, LinkedIn, Airbnb) that we use every day and make the world a better place. They’ve created value, wealth, and …

Silicon Valley

The tech utopia nobody wants: why the world nerds are creating will be awful

If you don't think welfare should be replaced by high-nutrient sludge, or are irritated by Google Glass, you're not backwards – you're a human being<p>In San Francisco, the centre of the US tech revolution, restaurant workers are lobbying for a minimum wage increase. In response, a conservative lobby …

Man drowns himself in Austrian lake using concrete block with wife's head inside

Police say couple found in Traunsee were 72-year-old man and his 71-year-old wife from Germany<p>A man strangled and dismembered his wife, encased her head in concrete and then used the concrete block to help drown himself in an Austrian lake, police have said.<p>Officials said the couple were a …

Crime

The most misleading charts of 2015, fixed

We make a lot of charts here at Quartz. We also spend a lot of time thinking and talking about charts. We have a 6,000-word guide to dealing with bad data and a treatise on properly using the y-axis. So when we see charts in the wild that use fuzzy or bad data, improperly skew axes, or are …

Data Visualization

Ben Carson wants U.S. troops patrolling Canadian border

Suggestion comes in Republican presidential candidate's Seven Steps to a Safer America plan<p>Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ben Carson's plan …

He's got a real spring in his step! The hilarious moment a kangaroo is sent flying after he tries to hop off a trampoline

• <b>Emma Heffernans, 38, spotted the roo in her backyard in Queensland</b>• <b><br>She startled the roo</b> <b>and it tried to escape via the trampoline</b>• <b><br>The marsupial</b> …

Clinton Foundation

Jury Duty

There are twelve of us left. The first thing the prosecutor did during <i>voir dire</i> was ask all the men of color whether we trusted cops. Every black man …

Reported bitcoin 'founder' Craig Wright's home raided by Australian police

Exclusive: Police search home belonging to Australian entrepreneur and academic, who tech publications claim was key to creation of cryptocurrency and could be figure known as Satoshi Nakamoto<p>Who is Craig Wright, and is he really the founder of bitcoin?<p>Police have raided the home of an Australian …

Bitcoin

Tony Abbott buys a fridge on Gumtree

Tony Abbott may have lost the Prime Ministership and his ministerial cabinet, but he's the proud new owner of a second-hand refrigerator.<p>After …

This 'legend' changed a Wikipedia page to sneak backstage at gig

By Jim Connolly <i>Newsbeat reporter</i><p><b>Getting to have a beer with your favourite band after a gig is a dream for many fans, but how far would you go to get there?</b><p>A guy in Australia managed to sneak himself backstage by changing duo Peking Duk's Wikipedia page to claim he was a relative.<p>He spoke to …

Wikipedia

23 Helpful Tips For All Americans Travelling To Australia

For the love of all things sacred, stop eating Vegemite with a spoon!

Boston Draft Pick Marcus Thornton Gets Beer Poured on Him During Australian Game

Rooting for your favorite team and heckling opposing players is par for the course for fans when they go to a sporting event. The moment fans get physical (or say something inappropriate), however, they are crossing the line.<p>Pouring a drink on a player certainly falls under the category of …

Basketball

The story of the surgery that made Ben Carson famous — and its complicated aftermath

For months, a team of physicians and nurses had rehearsed for the delicate surgery. For hours they had prepped the two tiny bodies perilously joined at the head. And when it came time on that day in 1987 to put a knife to the large vein connecting them — the most fraught step in the groundbreaking …

Ben Carson

The Myth of Basic Science

Does scientific research drive innovation? Not very often, argues Matt Ridley: Technological evolution has a momentum of its own, and it has little to do with the abstractions of the lab<p>Innovation is a mysteriously difficult thing to dictate. Technology seems to change by a sort of inexorable, …

Innovation

Fine for man who taxied plane down Newman street and stopped at pub

A 37-year-old man who taxied his light plane down the main street in the WA Pilbara town of Newman and parked it at a pub has been fined.<p>Anthony …

Reality eclipses dreams of Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Darren Weir and jockey Michelle Payne

"I was 18, had no money, hit a kangaroo out the road. It was a fair walk to Terry's place so I decided to ride a horse in."<p>Then there was the horse, …

Nintendo wanted GoldenEye sequel and less violence, says developer

GoldenEye could have looked a whole lot different.<p><i>GoldenEye 007</i>, Rare's James Bond adaptation and Nintendo 64 multiplayer mainstay, could have not only had a sequel, but been a bit tamer, had Shigeru Miyamoto had his way, according to a member of the first-person shooter's design team.<p>Designer …

The silence over the Thabo Sefolosha trial is deafening ... and mystifying

An NBA player whose leg was unjustifiably broken in a struggle with NYPD officers could barely crack the headlines in 2015. But it was far more important than the usual sports trivia<p>On Friday, Atlanta Hawks shooting guard Thabo Sefolosha was found not guilty of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest …

New York City