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In the news: Facebook buys WhatsApp

More casual than texting but less creepy than Facebook chatting, “WhatsApp” has become enormously popular for college students looking to stay connected to everyone around the world. On Feb. 19, the company was bought by Facebook for $19 billion, the largest purchase of a company backed by venture capitalists ever.   Read More…

Which prominent Cal figure are you most like?

Admit it – knowing that you share a campus with some of academia’s biggest names still makes you giddy with geeky excitement. In the throes of completing that final paper or exam, you’ve probably tried to channel your favorite academic. Are you an intellect or an innovator? Take the quiz below to find out who within our stellar faculty is your true spirit animal! Read More…

Waiting for a revolution against centralized wealth

Robert Reich, UC Berkeley’s own public policy professor who was secretary of labor in the Clinton Administration, screened his documentary, “Inequality for All,” last month in the same Wheeler Auditorium where he teaches classes. Playing to a packed and enthusiastic audience, his message that wealth is wrongly concentrated in the Read More…

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Breeding the tech elite

In a time of growing uneasiness between local residents and tech employees within the Bay Area, UC Berkeley students are increasingly drawn to the riches of Silicon Valley

Earlier this week, I found myself at a Facebook recruitment meeting in Dwinelle Hall, filing into a lecture hall with other undergraduates gathered eagerly at the prospect of working for one of the Silicon Valley’s most lucrative companies. As tech hopefuls lined up, resumes in hand, to talk with recruiters, Read More…

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Q&A reveals the personal side of ‘Inequality for All’

On Wednesday night in Wheeler Auditorium, following a screening of “Inequality for All” — the documentary battling against the unbalanced distribution of wealth in America — there was a Q&A session featuring UC Berkeley professor, former secretary of labor and best-selling author Robert Reich, director Jacob Kornbluth and moderator Henry Read More…

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Occupying for a better Berkeley campus

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Hours after the noontime rally, the police arrived on Sproul Plaza in riot gear. Riot gear, I thought. Were they kidding? The police told us — a few hundred students — to leave. We linked arms around the tent. This was the moment I became an Occupier. They jabbed clubs Read More…