When I was writing at, I would often do little posts in the Columnists Conversation, and title them “Notes and Comments,” or something like that.  I...

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Must a Gentleman Sit on the Couch With His Hand Down His Pants Like Al Bundy?

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Is It Racist to Date Only People of Your Own Race?

A few weeks ago, OkCupid, the popular “freemium” dating service, starting offering its paid subscribers a very cool new tool. Rather than just sort through potential dates by...

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Wilson Rothman explores the best options from Dropbox, Flickr, Shutterfly, SmugMug, Google and more. What's News Technology   1 day 21 hours ago

Five years after their inception, the browser-based laptops inch toward replacing PCs and Macs. What's News Technology   1 day 21 hours ago

Pavel Durov, founder of VKontakte, has been removed as chief executive after it emerged the resignation letter he tendered last month and later withdrew wasn't properly rescinded. What's News Technology   1 day 22 hours ago

U.S. wireless carriers are making unexpectedly fast progress moving their customers away from subsidized phones, a shift that could put further pressure on sales of expensive... What's News Technology   2 days ago

Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library...

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Japan-based Line generates more revenue than rivals WhatsApp and WeChat combined, as the three messaging apps battle for the top spot on phones world-wide. What's News Technology   2 days ago

Last night I was at the Towson University International Markets Summit.  I’m grateful to the students for inviting me, as it is an honor.  During the presentation, I...

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Bernie Pennock’s personal credo

My dad died this morning, smiling up until the end. He was an amazing man and an incredible dad — a modern, sensitive, involved dad who was way ahead of his time — a...

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Conservative Tribalism

“Common Core,” the name for a set of national education standards, is the latest rallying cry for right-wing activists. Derided as “Obamacore,” it’s been attacked as a...

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China Mobile posted a 9.4% decline in first-quarter net profit as intensifying competition and handset subsidies for Apple's iPhones hurt its profitability. What's News Technology   2 days ago

Why Liberals Have Fallen for Thomas Piketty

It sounds like a bad joke: America’s liberals have fallen for a Marx-referencing, Balzac-loving French intellectual who has proposed a worldwide tax on wealth. If Thomas Piketty...

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OK, Michigan Can Ban Affirmative Action

On the surface, the Supreme Court’s decision today to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action looks pretty placid. “This case is not about the constitutionality, or the...

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How to Tell If You’re Dead

In 1874, a doctor whose name seems to have been lost to history presented a necrometer to the Paris Academy of Medicine. Such machines—intended to determine whether a body was...

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