Best Buy, Indeed

Another gadget you don’t really need. Will not work once you get it home. New model out in 4 weeks. Battery life is too short to be of any use.

— From the fact sheet for a fake product entitled Useless Plasticbox 1.2 (an actual empty plastic box) placed in L.A.-area Best Buy stores by an artist called Plastic Jesus

Jawbone Hires Microsoft’s Mindy Mount as President to Turbocharge Ops

A new leader for the high-profile gadget maker.
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Viral Video: “Star Trek Into Darkness”

Yay.
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Is Sony Gaining Momentum in Smartphones?

While Japan’s ailing consumer-electronics sector struggles to regain momentum, it turns out that Sony Corp. actually climbed to the No. 3 position in the global smartphone market in the third quarter. Sony, which was the No. 6 player in the same quarter a year earlier, came only behind Samsung Electronics Co. and Apple Inc., according to the latest data from research firm IDC.

iPad Mini, Nexus 7 Square Off in SquareTrade’s Drop-and-Dunk Test

Go ahead, dunk your iPad mini in water — if you trust SquareTrade’s test.
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Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer in Talks to Join Jawbone Board

Will famous techie Up the ante for wireless device maker?
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All Things Hired: Bonnie Cha Is Our Latest ATD Reviewer

ATD adds another staffer to the team.
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An Inside Look at the FCC’s Gadget Library (Video)

Aiming to make sure its workers are familiar with the products they regulate, the Federal Communications Commission has set up a gadget library inside its walls. We got a glimpse inside.
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Meet the New Sony CEO, Kaz Hirai (Video)

Want to see the new Sony head in action? We’ve got the goods right here from an onstage interview at AsiaD.
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Viral Video: “The Avengers”