Monthly Archives: April 2012

Elizabeth Warren: Is this woman Native American?

Elizabeth Warren, Chairman of the Congressiona...

Elizabeth Warren, part Native American or part liar?

This is not new.  If one of your parents is part Native American or full NA and one is white then you are a white person.   You can  also claim minority status if you can prove you have so much NA blood and it is documented somehow.  I had a friend once you actually had long blond hair, and a squarish nose and looks like Warren.  Her mother was half Cherokee or something and her dad was white.  They were white people but she could have claimed NA status if she wanted or her mother since she was fully one fourth NA.  Now if her mom had been black and NA she would be black unless she looked white, confused? Race is real.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/30/elizabeth-warren-campaign-challenged-on-native-american-heritage-claims-digging-up-some-sort-of-evidence-to-appease-you/

Massachusetts senate hopeful Elizabeth Warren described herself in law-school professional directories as a Native American minority from 1986 to 1995.

The white Democratic candidate has so far offered no evidence that she is, in fact, part Native American, suggesting that she may have falsified that ethnic credential to advance her academic career in the early affirmative-action era. But “it is true,” a Warren spokeswoman told The Daily Caller on Monday, “and we’re working on digging up some sort of evidence to appease you.”

Business & Money

Do Americans – or at least a significant portion of them — resent success? To hear some tell it, the biggest division in the country today is between those striving for success – and those who want to tear down the successful. According to presumptive Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Obama and the Democrats fall into the latter category.

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Who do you thin…

Who do you think you are ? Rashida Jones.  Next Friday

NewsFeed

In a bid to capitalize on President Nicolas Sarkozy’s poor relations with racial minorities, French Socialist candidate François Hollande has apparently used Jay-Z and Kanye West’s song “N—as in Paris” in one of his campaign ads.

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NewsFeed

Let’s all stop judging people who talk to themselves. New research says that those who can’t seem to keep their inner monologues in — raving bus station denizens, for the most part, excluded — are actually more likely to stay on task, remain focused better and show improved perception capabilities. Not bad, really, for some extra jabbering.

According to a series of experiments written up in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology by professors Gary Lupyan and Daniel Swignley, the act of using verbal clues to trigger mental pictures helps people function quicker.

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In one experiment, they showed 20 volunteers pictures of various objects and asked them to find just one of those, a banana. Half were instructed to repeat out loud what they were looking for and the other half kept their lips sealed. Those who talked to themselves…

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Tech

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the idea of a laptop-tablet hybrid is tantamount to shoving a toaster into a refrigerator. It’s a clever, sound-bite-y analogy. It’s also wrongheaded. But before we go there, let’s give Cook’s comments the full podium treatment, so no one can say I’m taking him out of context.

The analogy comes from Apple’s earnings call on Tuesday (via Seeking Alpha’s transcription), during which researcher Anthony Sacconaghi asked Cook whether Apple’s tablets and laptops might someday join not just hands, but full-on form factors. Here’s Cook’s response:

I think, Tony, anything can be forced to converge. But the problem is that products are about trade-offs, and you begin to make trade-offs to the point where what you have left at the end of the day doesn’t please anyone. You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator, but those things are probably not going to be pleasing…

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TechCrunch

Sometime in the last week or so, we’ve heard from multiple sources, Accel Partners has sold very significant chunks of Facebook stock. So significant, in fact, that their ownership percentage has dropped to a point where they are no longer the largest venture shareholder in the company.

Prior to the sale they had somewhere around 10% of Facebook. They paid just $12.7 million for that stock, in 2005. Our understanding is they sold somewhere around 20% of that position, meaning they own 8% or so of Facebook now.

So who bought it, and what was the price?

One source said TCV purchased some $200 million of the stock. And another source says Andreessen Horowitz purchased $80 million in Facebook stock out of their massive new fund.

The price? A year ago Elevation Partners bought $90 million in Facebook stock at a roughly $9 billion valuation. Then earlier this year…

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Business & Money

Even after some disappointing news came to light in the company’s latest public filing earlier this week, investors are jostling to get shares in Facebook’s epic debut in the stock market next month. Fuhgeddaboudit: Individual investors are unlikely to be able to buy Facebook shares before they start trading on the Nasdaq stock exchange.

There are three reasons for this: The big boys are at the front the line, you are at the back of the line, and there is no middle of the line.

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Tech

This may be a minority viewpoint — in fact, I’m positive it’s a minority viewpoint — but I get far more excited about new versions of Apple’s iOS than I do about new iPhones and iPads. There’s only so much Apple can do to reinvent hardware that will always consist of thin slabs of glass and metal, but the potential to improve iOS is infinite.

So I’m excited about the company’s Worldwide Developer Conference, or WWDC for short. The company announced that it was holding the 2012 edition starting on June 11 in San Francisco this morning — presumably kicking off with a big keynote with lots of news — less than two hours later, the event sold out.

Apple’s WWDC site doesn’t explicitly say that it will be unveiling iOS 6 at the conference, but it seems like a good bet. With only six weeks to go until WWDC…

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