In the news on April 14: Rustling in the ball pen: is Google slipping?; fifth-grader starts company, adults everywhere wish they hadn’t spent fifth grade trading Pogs; plus the world’s smallest writing!


Local social network Hi5 forms partnership with micropayment platform PlaySpan, a company started by a fifth grader. Lemonade stands everywhere are put to shame. SF Business Times

Webcor Builders seeks to reduce greenhouse emissions from construction pollution by creating database to track pollution.
SF Business Times

Everyone out of the ball-pen: Google layoffs have some wondering what first-quarter results will look like when they are announced on Thursday. Wired


Stanford physicists create world’s smallest writing. Apparently, not worried about appearing indispensable during layoff season. ABC7

Big changes coming to eBay: disputes to be settled in virtual duels hosted by PayPal.

PG&E literally harnesses power of the sun to light California’s homes. Solar panels will be placed directly on sun’s surface and energy beamed to earth with the help of “stealth space solar power company” Solaren. CNET


Berkeley’s Healthy Air Coalition of the Willing files lawsuit over seriously polluted air.

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