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Booting Up: You’d Probably Bail on a Keynote to Watch Some Sailing, Too

This looks p. fun. (Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

Larry Ellison skipped a keynote to watch his team in an America’s Cup race. Because who’s gonna tell that guy no? [Business Insider]

Looks like there’s an MIT computer scientist on this year’s (leaked) list of MacArthur genius grant honorees. [Gawker]

Samsung plans to launch a smartphone with a curved display, progress towards bendy/foldy designs. [Reuters]

Might want to sit down: “Steve Jobs didn’t change the world every two years like clockwork, and he was incrementalism’s grand master.” [Time]

Bow down before the greatness of Myst. [Grantland]

Visiting Dignitaries

Shiver Me Timbers! Could Larry Ellison’s Sailing Team Be Gaining an Edge Through Espionage?

Come on, that's practically a pirate flag!  (Photo: flickr.com/portofsandiego)

When last we heard from maritime enthusiast Larry Ellison, the Oracle founder had just bought himself the Hawaiian island of Lanai. Now the San Jose Mercury News reports that his sailing franchise, Oracle Racing, is accused of attempting to gain an edge by espionage.

Mr. Ellison took home the America’s Cup back in 2010, which means he basically owns the franchise. If another team nabs the trophy next year, into the drink goes his attempt to turn it into a television event. But even if there wasn’t money at stake, we get the sense Mr. Ellison doesn’t like to lose. Read More