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Neil Young gets techie in his golden years — There's no shortage of excitement. In April, Young closed out a Kickstarter campaign for Pono that raised $6.2 million, almost eight times his stated goal. The $399 PonoPlayer is currently available for pre-order and is expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2015.

Apple's stock is as popular as its iPhones — Apple makes the most popular music player, smartphone and tablet in the U.S. It also has the most-loved stock. In 45 of the 50 U.S. states, Apple is the most widely-held stock, according to data released on Thursday from online investment start-up FutureAdvisor. No other stock is deemed the most popular in more than a single state.

Salesforce, Uber have message for vets: 'I Want You' — But according to the companies, that's not why they're making an overt effort to do good. Nor is this about charity, even though Salesforce founder Marc Benioff is a well-known philanthropist and proponent of volunteerism among his employees. Rather, they argue, going after vets is just smart business.

Cheap debt chases start-ups as banks join tech boom — Bankrolling celebrities has given City National Bank its reputation. From serving Frank Sinatra and legendary sportscaster Vin Scully to working with Tony Award-winning shows like "Beautiful-the Carole King Musical," the Los Angeles-based firm is known as the bank of the biz.

Most of the Fortune '40 under 40' list is in tech — In the technology world, no question comes up more frequently these days than "Are we in a bubble?" And while it's not up to us at CNBC to answer that question, we do sometimes happen upon little nuggets- data, anecdotes, tweets and the occasional wild party- that can possibly help others make their own assessments.

Startups Cater to Startups as Funding Rebounds to 2008 Level — Tap for Slideshow Silicon Valley's Internet boom has gotten so big it needs startups to cater to the startups. Stack Exchange Inc., for instance, helps Web companies hire Java software experts and get answers to programming questions. DotCloud Inc. simplifies application development, and New Relic Inc. 's engineers help make apps run better.

The private equity firm that buys unsexy tech — The deal was more private equity than venture capital, with Strattam gaining control and Doxim's executive team keeping a minority stake. Terms weren't disclosed, but Morse said Strattam will generally write checks ranging from $25 million to $50 million for majority ownership. The website says the firm invests in companies with enterprise values of up to $150 million.

Want to lift your Google ranking? Hire writers — "Naturally people prefer high-quality content, so we design Google to reflect that," said Jason Freidenfelds, a spokesman for the Mountain View, California-based company. "If you're producing content, avoid the junk. Produce something that's genuinely interesting and useful to people. That's really the sustainable strategy." It's not always so easy.

No slowdown in payments as Boku buys mopay — Alex Slobodkin | E+ | Getty Images Few markets in technology are more crowded than mobile payments. That was the case even before Apple made its loud entrance as part of the iPhone 6 launch last month and prior to eBay's announced plans a week ago to spin off PayPal.

Facebook Apologizes to Drag Queens Over “Real Name” Policy — Facebook publicly apologized Wednesday to a group of drag queens, drag kings and transgender users for how the company has enforced its "real name" policy over the past few weeks. Facebook suspended a number of user accounts last month when they were flagged for breaking the network's policy that requires users to sign up with their "real names."
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