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Joy Covey Memorial Service Tomorrow at Stanford

A memorial service for the late Joy Covey will be held at Stanford Memorial Church on the campus of Stanford University from 2 pm PT to 3 pm PT tomorrow, which is open to all. Covey, an avid athlete, died in mid-September in a tragic cycling accident at 50 years old. She was best known in the tech industry as the first CFO of Amazon, who took the company public. She was also a wonderful mother, and a good friend to many in the tech community. More recently, she had been working for the National Resources Defense Council as its treasurer and also continued to advise startups.

Amazon Builds the Spheres, While Google Opts for the Hulk

Analog is the new digital.
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YouVisit Brings College Campuses to You

Walk through the ivy-covered buildings — virtually.
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A Silicon Valley Campus with Chinese Characteristics

Like most of China’s high-tech manufacturers Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. is located in an outsized and relatively isolated technology park. But unlike the bulk of China’s electronics manufacturers, which set up cramped dormitories and massive dining facilities to manage legions of workers who come to do basic assembly, SMIC’s campus is actually pleasant.

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Facebook Invites Press to “See What We’re Building” Next Week

Facebook couldn’t help but insert itself into the CES conversation today, announcing an event at its Menlo Park headquarters next week. The invitation, which asks reporters to “come and see what we’re building,” is noteworthy because it has been a while since the company opened its own doors for something official. The proceedings kick off at 10 am PT Tuesday, Jan. 15.

Valley Cred: Samsung Plans to Open New Start-Up Accelerator in Downtown Palo Alto

While it’s not quite Oppa Gangnam style, it is a big move for the Korean mobile and consumer electronics giant.
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StudyHall Offers New Site for Collaborative Course Work (And Books!)

New start-up StudyHall wants to offer a campus alternative to Blackboard — through students, rather than school administrators.
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Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli: It’s Ring-Kissing Time for Ross at Yahoo’s All-Hands Meeting.

I’m gonna make you an interim CEO offer you can’t refuse.
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Apple Doubling Presence in Texas

Apple Inc. plans to build a $304 million campus in Austin, Texas, doubling its presence there over the next decade.

Viral Video: Jai Ho! Employee Flash Mob Dances in Yahoo’s 17th Birthday.

Every day they’re shufflin’!
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Inside Facebook's Big Move to Menlo Park

Apple Buys Old HP Campus