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Ashton Kutcher Set to Smoothly Name-Drop Tech Start-Ups on TV

Sounds like Ashton Kutcher’s synergies between Hollywood and technology are about to get even stronger.

Kutcher’s character on “Two and a Half Men” will be an Internet billionaire named Walden Schmidt, it was unveiled today.

Tech start-ups already actively covet name drops by Kutcher to his seven million Twitter followers. But the active investor in start-ups like Airbnb, Hipmunk and Blekko should have double that audience on TV. “Two and a Half Men” averaged 14.7 million viewers last season.

CBS Entertainment President Nina Tassler shared the news about Kutcher’s character as part of a press tour today, though Kutcher himself hasn’t tweeted about it yet. Walden Schmidt is to be an “Internet billionaire with a broken heart,” she said.

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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik