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By John Voelcker

Fisker Automotive says it will, finally, deliver its first 2011 Fisker Karma range-extended electric sports sedan later this month.

The lucky recipient, it turns out, will be none other than actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

He's the man who kicked off the whole hybrids-for-Hollywood-stars trend, by showing up at the Academy Awards red carpet several years ago not in a limousine but driving his own humble Toyota Prius.

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Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg has never been shy in sharing his view that many of the privacy flaps over new features at Facebook are overblown. But when it comes to having his own activities tracked online, it seems that does prefer some level of control.

Up until Tuesday night, according to the Google + tracking service SocialStatistics.com, Zuckerberg had been the most popular person on the service, with more than 35,000 followers. That dropped to zero when he apparently changed his profile to private, as did many top Google executives, noted SocialStatistics.com's Founder Boris Veldhuijzen van Zanten.

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A powerful U.S. senator with jurisdiction over privacy and telecommunications issues late Tuesday urged regulators to look into whether News. Corp. had violated any U.S. laws when its British journalists gained unauthorized access to several individuals' voice mails to pursue stories.

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With its bevy of tech companies and biotech researchers, San Francisco has become renowned around the world as the epicenter of new ideas, change and innovation.

So when companies come to town wanting to offer San Franciscans new ways of accessing the internet, it might come as a surprise that this isn't the easiest town in which to be a telecommunications provider.

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By Elizabeth Schiffman

Bike technology has been advancing rapidly to meet cycling's growing popularity, making frames stronger and lighter, improving shock absorption and streamlining gear mechanisms.

But shifting has yet to diverge from its simple, manual process.

Technology design firm Deeplocal wants to change that by creating a mind-controlled electronic gearshift system.

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