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One Unusual Indicator Spells Trouble for Silicon Valley

Sales of ping-pong tables are down

(Newser) - A post at Silicon Beat notes that one question is on everybody's mind in the tech world: "Are we in a tech bubble, and when is it going to burst?" Some traditional indicators don't bode well for Silicon Valley, with a big one being that IPO numbers... More »

Seattle Crime Deterrent? Free Ping Pong

City installs game in its parks

(Newser) - The city of Seattle is wondering if free ping pong in its parks may help stop crime. The city's experiment with a free ping pong table seems to be making a difference. A ping pong table was installed at Hing Hay Park in Chinatown four years ago. Since then,... More »

Forget Soccer Moms— Meet Ping-Pong Parents

Immigrants' kids dominate table tennis scene

(Newser) - Good old-fashioned American sports parenting meets immigrant drive at the India Community Center in the Silicon Valley town of Milpitas, Calif., which is churning out the country’s best young ping-pong players. Top coaches from India and China are schooling the children of high-tech workers who know the drill for... More »

Winehouse Ping-Pong

Amy Winehouse stays in to play table tennis, considers a butt job

(Newser) - Amy Winehouse has a new addiction. What vice is it this time: Cocaine? Her ex-husband? Nope. It’s her new ping-pong table. “She barely leaves the house,” a source tells the Mirror . In equally ridiculous Winehouse news, the recently-breast-enhanced singer is now pining for bigger boobs—and considering... More »

Old-School Ping Pong Returns With Vegas Tourney

'Hardbat Classic' nixes sponge-coated paddle

(Newser) - Ping pong purists and TV moguls are hoping old-school paddles can do for table tennis what the pocket cam did for poker, the Wall Street Journal reports. Hence the Hardbat Classic, an annual Las Vegas tournament with an unheard-of—for ping pong—$100,000 grand prize. The catch? Everyone has... More »

Celebs Lead Ping-Pong Renaissance

Nerdy game gets a trendy makeover

(Newser) - Forget dusty suburban basements: Ping-pong, once the sport of nerds and misfits, is enjoying an unlikely image makeover at the hands (and paddles) of A-list devotees flocking to trendy ping-pong clubs, reports the Independent. At the star-studded opening of exclusive new ping-pong hall SPiN, in New York, Susan Sarandon... More »

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