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Yes, This Is Happening: VTech Just Made a Tablet for Your 12-Month-Old

VTech is hoping to tap into one of the last unexplored tablet markets: Infants.

Code Alert: Tynker Wants to Teach Your Child to Tinker With Tech

A “learn to code” platform for youngsters in third through eighth grade tries to teach kids how to think like a programmer.
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Giving Girls a Startup Chance in Silicon Valley

Welcome to Entrepreneurial Night for the Girls Middle School.

Wall Street Cautiously Optimistic About LeapFrog Q4

The educational toy company had a solid holiday season.

GoldieBlox: A Construction Toy With a Story Line Builds Girls’ Interest in Engineering

The toy, which began as a Kickstarter project of Stanford University engineer Debbie Sterling, features a spunky inventor heroine.
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Musical Recycling: Paraguayan Youth Turn Landfill Trash Into an Orchestra (Video)

Heart need warming? Watch the teaser for the documentary “Landfill Harmonic.”
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Unpredictable, Agile, and Short

Campaigns are serious tests of your creativity and foresight. They are unpredictable, agile, and short — an 18 month, $1 billion, essentially disposable organization. Hackers can thrive in an environment like that, to a point where I’m not sure anyone else really can. Everything is over far too quickly to get boring.

Scott VanDenPlas, lead DevOps for Obama, in an email to Ars Technica about the relative IT efficiencies of the Obama and Romney campaigns

You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

Silicon Valley is really quite a boring place. The story of start-ups should be a documentary on PBS, not a weekly reality show on Bravo.

Nick Bilton on “Start-Ups”

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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