08 March 2011

1. Locke to succeed Huntsman as China ambassador, The Hill, Sara Jerome

President Obama will choose Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to succeed Jon Huntsman as ambassador to China.

2. Obama plans visit to tech academy, Boston Globe, Peter Schworm

The students at TechBoston Academy tried to play it cool, did their best to shrug off the swirling news as no big deal. But it was no use. Even teenage indifference couldn’t hide their excitement.

3. Obama to overhaul heinous US patent system, The Register, Rik Myslewski

The Obama administration is launching an effort to reform the slow-motion train wreck that is the US Patent and Trademark Office.

4. How Much Tech Do You Need?, Smart Money, Kelli Grant

When Apple introduced its newest laptop last month, the company bragged about faster processors, dazzling graphics, new connectivity and a better camera. But all these improvements – to a series of computers that was already by most accounts pretty good – left some critics with a pointed question: Who really needs all that?

5. Technology boosts Girl Scout cookie sales, Washington Post, Margaret Webb Pressler

For 10-year-old Lalah Williams, the magic number is 1,000 – boxes of Girl Scout Cookies, that is.

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