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Startups and big corporations embrace the maker movement

Startups and big corporations embrace the maker movement

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The maker movement has helped start many companies. This year, Maker Faire is giving them a place of their own, with a “Startup Pavilion” that highlights 20 new maker-centric companies.

It’s part of a growing recognition that the do-it-yourself spirit is not just a fun hobby, it’s a rich

‘World’s Toughest Fixes’ host: Learn a trade

‘World’s Toughest Fixes’ host: Learn a trade

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Sean Riley, the host of National Geographic show “World’s Toughest Fixes,” has a message for kids today: Learn a trade.

Speaking with BoingBoing editor Xeni Jardin at Maker Faire yesterday, Riley pointed out that it takes four to six years to learn a trade, such as plumbing

Yahoo board approves $1.1B all-cash acquisition of Tumblr (report)

Yahoo board approves $1.1B all-cash acquisition of Tumblr (report)

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AllThingsD reported this morning that Yahoo’s board approved a $1.1 billion all-cash acquisition of microblogging site Tumblr.

ATD had earlier stated that the board would be meeting on Sunday to consider the acquisition. Yahoo plans to announce the acquisition on Monday, according to “numerous sources”

Obama campaign’s chief data guy gets candid about the data strategy that won the election

Obama campaign’s chief data guy gets candid about the data strategy that won the election

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President Barack Obama is known for running one of the most tech-savvy political campaigns in the history of US politics. The chief scientist of the Obama campaign’s data analytics team, Rayid Ghani, shared some insights on how that campaign worked at the TiEcon 2013 conference Friday, an event aimed at entrepreneurs.

Ghani said

I’m turning VentureBeat into a makers-only zone for today

I’m turning VentureBeat into a makers-only zone for today

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All the usual writing crew have abandoned me (what, it’s the weekend?).

So instead of yelling at the staff and helping with the odd headline, I’ve actually got to do something useful around here. In other words, I’m going to write a few posts.

But it’s

Will Google’s new Nexus Q, the H2G2-42, be the answer to life, the universe, and everything?

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In Douglas Adams’ book The Hitchhikers’ Guide to the Galaxy, a vast computer named Deep Thought spends several eons constructing an answer to Life, the Universe, and Everything.

A full 7.5 million years later, it arrives at the answer: 42.

Google appears to be referencing that bit of geek cult humor in a

Schooled by Google: How Google Apps is penetrating education (infographic)

More than 20 million students currently use Google Apps, and another 10 million are soon to join, thanks to a deal with Malaysia.

As students and schools are increasingly

This $22K sniper rifle comes with a WiFi server, USB ports, an iPad mini … and aims itself

This $22K sniper rifle comes with a WiFi server, USB ports, an iPad mini … and aims itself

If only Duke Nukem could see this BFG.

The new TrackingPoint sniper rifle doesn’t fire when you pull the trigger. Rather, it fires when it knows it will hit the target