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Former Yahoo Engineer Who Infiltrated 6,000 Accounts Avoids Jail

This week finally saw the federal sentencing of a former Yahoo software engineer who "admitted to using his access through his work at the company to hack into about 6,000 Yahoo accounts" back in 2018, according to America's Department of Justice: Ruiz admitted to targeting accounts belonging to younger women, including his personal friends and work colleagues. He made copies of images and videos that he found in the personal accounts without permission, and stored the data at his home. Once he ...
Tags: Yahoo, America, Tech, Fbi, Tracy, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Gizmodo, Bay Area, Ruiz, SSO, Reyes Daniel Ruiz, Facebook Gmail DropBox, Daniel Kaleba, Kaleba


Top LA investors discuss the city’s post-COVID-19 prospects

When it comes to venture capital, Los Angeles is a city on the rise. In the past year, it’s seen one of the most profitable venture-backed exits of any tech ecosystem (with the $4 billion sale of Honey to PayPal) and investors are minting billion-dollar companies in the region at a torrid pace. It’s also the city where investors are spending the most money outside of venture capital’s big major hubs: San Francisco, Boston and New York. While Los Angeles has a lot going for it, that also means it...
Tags: California, La, Los Angeles, Tech, Paypal, Las Vegas, Upfront Ventures, Dana Settle, Mark Suster, Bay Area, San Francisco Boston, Greycroft Partners, Hsu, Casa Verde Capital, Mucker Capital, Kara Nortman


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Facebook has banned hundreds of groups and accounts linked to the far-right boogaloo movement. The social media giant said it removed 220 Facebook accounts, 95 Instagram accounts, 28 pages, and 106 groups linked to the boogaloo network it identified from its platform. The Federal Communications Commission has designated the Chinese telecommunications firms Huawei and ZTE as national security threats. The New York Times report...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, UK, Instagram, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Tesla, New York Times, Federal Communications Commission, North, Huawei, Detroit, Sap, Alexa


Four years later, Google’s first Code Next class is graduating

My weekday routine is a balancing act. When I walk to the subway station at six in the morning, it's typically still dark outside. If I'm lucky, I'll snag a seat on the 5 train for the hour-long ride from the Bronx to Manhattan, but most days I'm standing—balancing with one hand on a pole and the other gripping my phone (usually working on something on Google Docs for class at the last minute). I'm headed to Yale in the fall! I’m one of the 54 students that make up Google Code Next’s ...
Tags: Google, Japan, Mexico, Yale, Manhattan, Bronx, Oakland, Bay Area, Yale University, Jose, Bianca, Diversity and Inclusion, Sarah George, Cindy Hernandez, Jose Ceja Romero Code Next Oakland, James Dominguez Sarah George


RIOS comes out of stealth to announce $5M in funding for ‘industry-agnostic’ robotics

Bay Area-based robotics startup RIOS is coming out of stealth today to announce $5 million in funding. The round is being led by Valley Capital Partners and Morpheus Ventures, with participation from a long list of investors, including Grit Ventures, Motus Ventures, MicroVentures, Alumni Ventures Group, Fuji Corporation and NGK Spark Plug Co. The move comes during a time of increased interest in factory automation. A number of different startups have received massive funding of late, includi...
Tags: Startups, Tech, Robotics, Stanford University, Bay Area, Rios, Xerox PARC, NGK, Recent Funding, Morpheus Ventures, Valley Capital Partners, Berkshire Grey, Valley Capital Partners and Morpheus Ventures


Meet the 21 rising stars who are transforming the future of clean energy and taking on a $16 trillion opportunity

An enormous transition is underway across the electric grid. Power plants that run on fossil fuels are being replaced by solar panels and wind farms, while more batteries and electric vehicles are plugging in.   Once niche, the clean energy industry is going mainstream. Goldman Sachs says it's an investment opportunity worth as much as $16 trillion through 2030.  Within the industry, researchers, entrepreneurs, and workers are bringing a wide range of solutions to bear, from batteries that sto...
Tags: Google, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Australia, California, Stanford, Israel, US, San Francisco, Trends, Diageo, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, Mit


Facebook cofounder Saverin’s B Capital just closed its third flagship fund with $822 million

It hasn’t taken long for B Capital to amass a pretty hefty third fund. Just five years after the venture firm was launched by Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and Raj Ganguly, a veteran of private-equity firm Bain Capital, the firm is taking the wraps off a third fund that has amassed $822 million in capital commitments. That’s almost precisely twice what the now 70-person, growth-stage outfit raised for its second, $410 million fund, which was itself closer in size to B Capital’s debut fund....
Tags: TC, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Mexico, Singapore, India, San Francisco, Tech, Brazil, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Bain Capital, Bangalore, Eduardo Saverin, Bay Area


Construction's digital transformation is speeding up. Here are 10 contech startups to watch.

The pandemic has hit the construction tech space hard, leading to layoffs at SoftBank-backed Katerra and a pause on ProCore's plans for an IPO. But those short-term challenges may lead to long-term gains, with $265 billion in annual profits up for grabs according to McKinsey. Spending on construction technology has actually increased by 50% since the pandemic began by of the companies that McKinsey surveyed. The construction industry, which is notoriously old-school, is embracing technology th...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Australia, Softbank, Trends, Bloomberg, Citigroup, SEC, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Autodesk, Norway, Greylock Partners, Khosla Ventures, Bain, Atomico


With DOJ charges, former VC Mike Rothenberg could now be facing serious jail time

While many in Silicon Valley might prefer to forget about investor Mike Rothenberg roughly four years after his young venture firm began to implode, his story is still being written, and the latest chapter doesn’t bode well for the 36-year-old. While Rothenberg earlier tangled with the Securities & Exchange Commission and lost, it was a civil matter, if one that could haunt him for the rest of his life. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice has brought two criminal wire fraud charges against hi...
Tags: TC, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, Venture Capital, SEC, Silicon Valley, Doj, Robinhood, Rothenberg Ventures, Bay Area, U S Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission, Harvard Business School, BusinessWeek, Rothenberg


With DOJ charges, disgraced Mike Rothenberg could now be facing serious jail time

While many in Silicon Valley might prefer to forget investor Mike Rothenberg roughly four years after his young venture firm began to implode, his story is still being written, and the latest chapter doesn’t bode well for the 36-year-old. While Rothenberg earlier tangled with the Securities & Exchange Commission and lost, it was a civil matter, if one that could haunt him for the rest of his life. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice has brought two criminal wire fraud charges against him, charge...
Tags: TC, Stanford, San Francisco, Tech, SEC, Silicon Valley, Doj, Robinhood, Rothenberg Ventures, Bay Area, U S Department of Justice, Securities Exchange Commission, Harvard Business School, BusinessWeek, Rothenberg, Mike Rothenberg


9 movies and TV shows you can stream to understand the magnetic world of Silicon Valley and Big Tech

Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the US tech industry. The region and the powerful companies and leaders therein have a long history — it can be a lot to digest. But if you're looking for a place to start, look no further than the myriad streaming services at your disposal. We stuck to movies and TV shows that we found were free to watch with subscriptions at the time of writing this post. Sorry, "Pirates of Silicon Valley." Here are 9 movies and TV shows you can watch on HBO, Netflix, Hulu,...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Steve Jobs, US, Trends, Netflix, Harvard, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Michael Fassbender, Ashton Kutcher, Seattle, Hulu, Gates


Where to open a game studio

With the game industry booming, more entrepreneurs are evaluating where to base their new startup or open a new office for their existing company. The U.S. government’s block on H1-B and L-1 visas will encourage American game startups to add an office abroad much sooner than they otherwise would have. But where? This spring, I surveyed a number of gaming-focused VCs about which cities are the best hubs for game studios targeting the Western games market. Several locales stood out as heavily r...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Asia, London, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Vancouver, Seattle, Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area, Redwood City, Los Angeles Orange County, LA NYC


Trump’s worker visa ban will hit Silicon Valley hard

Yesterday, President Donald Trump released an executive order that extended an existing ban on immigrant work visas through the end of the year. The move prohibits immigrants who are outside the United States from applying, but because new visas are generally issued in October, the impacts of the new rules will be felt well into 2021. The proclamation specifically targets H-1B and H-2B visas, as well as J and L visas. As a result, the San Francisco Bay area, with its high concentration of STEM-b...
Tags: Work, Startups, TC, California, Stanford, Tech, Policy, United States, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, State Department, Donald Trump, Berkeley, San Francisco Bay, Bay Area, Trump


I'm a 25-year-old Google software engineer who left California when COVID-19 started — and now I'm unsure if I'll ever go back

As the coronavirus pandemic shuttered offices across the country, many young professionals began to leave their urban abodes and move to more rural areas of the country. Ronald (not his real name) is a 25-year-old Google engineer who made the move from his Santa Clara, California apartment back to his parents' house in Maryland. Working from home has been nice, Ronald says, even though he's been "butting heads" with his dad and he misses the Google office perks of free food, snacks, and fitnes...
Tags: Google, New York, London, Maryland, California, US, Trends, World Health Organization, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, Baltimore, Gavin Newsom, Bay Area, Southwest, BWI, Ronald


Plume is building a healthcare service specifically for the transgender community

Plume, the Denver-based startup that provides hormone replacement therapies and medical consultations tailored to the trans community, could not be launching at a time when the company’s services are more needed. It’s no hyperbole to say that transgender citizens in the United States are under attack. Whether from government policies that are intended to defund their access to insurer-provided medical care, or actual physical assaults, transgender Americans are living in physically and political...
Tags: TC, Colorado, California, Stanford, Massachusetts, Tech, United States, Denver, General Catalyst, Slow Ventures, Bay Area, Plume, Jerrica, Mathew, Matthew Wetschler, Jerrica Kirkley


Freedom launches Pilot to simplify teleoperation on third-party robots

We knew remotely operated robotics were going to have their moment soon enough — but few predicted how much the category would be forced to accelerate in 2020. It’s true that many of the pieces were already in place, including the technology and the desire to innovate, but a global pandemic turned out to be the secret sauce here. Anything companies can do to remove potential human contamination from the process is going to move to the top of the list. The timing is certainly perfect for Bay ...
Tags: Tech, Nvidia, Robotics, Bangalore, Cto, Ucla, Steve Hansen, Bay Area, Wilson, Joshua Wilson, Claire Delaunay, Invento Robotics, Hans Lee, Freedom Robotics, Freedom Robotics Back, Cyan Robotics Along


Jupiter wants to put grocery delivery on autopilot

Amid shelter-in-place, grocery delivery has had a huge spike in popularity, leading investors to take a look at services that approach the market differently than incumbents like Instacart. Jupiter is a grocery delivery and meal planning startup that’s approaching the market with an eye towards convenience and automation. The startup is announcing that they’ve raised $2.8 million in a seed round led by Khosla Ventures and NFX. The team raised the funding long before the the world of shelter-in-p...
Tags: TC, Tech, San Jose, Jupiter, Khosla Ventures, Bay Area, Munro, Munroe, NFX, Instacart Jupiter, Chad Munroe


The Oaklandside aims to amplify community voices

Five years ago, when I was last living in Oakland, some neighbors of mine were living through the nightmare of eviction. As a number of us on the block tried to help them secure safe and decent shelter, I remember feeling profoundly frustrated at the way many journalists—including me—tended to approach crises like the one roiling our block and huge swaths of the city.I had read gripping, poignant news reports about evictions in Oakland and beyond. They included photographs of stuffed animals in ...
Tags: Google, Chicago, Oakland, Detroit, Bay Area, GNI, Tasneem Raja, Google News Initiative, Oaklandside, El Tímpano, Oakland Voices City Bureau, Outlier Media, Berkeleyside The Oaklandside


Full Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic Hits California Housing Market in May, C.A.R. Reports

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 238,740 in May on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 13.9 percent from April and down 41.4 percent from May 2019. – May’s statewide median home price was $588,070, down 3.0 percent from April and down 3.7 percent from May 2019. – Year-to-date statewide home sales were down 12.9 percent in May. Los Angeles, CA – June 16, 2020 (PRNewswire) California home sales fell to the lowest level since the Great Recession as the housing market su...
Tags: Google, Real Estate, News, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Radio, United States, San Diego, Kings, Nevada, Napa, Monterey, Orange, Santa Clara


Free money for startups? It’s possible with MainStreet’s platform for economic development incentives

Startups need money. State and local governments need startups and the employment growth they offer. It should be obvious that the two groups can work together and make each other happy. Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth. Each year, governments spend tens of billions of dollars on economic development incentives designed to attract employers and jobs to their communities. There are a huge number of challenges, however, for startups and individual contributors trying to apply...
Tags: Google, Fundings & Exits, Startups, Washington, Government, Funding, San Francisco, Tech, Cnn, Aol, Wisconsin, Happy Home Company, Foxconn, Ludlow, Sv Angel, Bay Area


Startups Weekly: A Silicon Valley for everyone

Editor’s note: Get this free weekly recap of TechCrunch news that any startup can use by email every Saturday morning (7am PT). Subscribe here. Many in the tech industry saw the threat of the novel coronavirus early and reacted correctly. Fewer have seemed prepared for its aftereffects, like the outflow of talented employees from very pricey office real estate in expensive and troubled cities like San Francisco. And few indeed have seemed prepared for the Black Lives Matter protests that have fo...
Tags: Apple, Google, Startups, TC, Facebook, South Park, California, America, San Francisco, Tech, Palo Alto, Qantas, Silicon Valley, Napa, Oakland, Tahoe


Tech companies: It’s time to show that Black lives really matter to you

Catherine Bracy Contributor Share on Twitter Catherine Bracy is executive director and co-founder of TechEquity Collaborative, an organization focused on mobilizing tech workers and companies to create a tech-driven economy in the Bay Area that works for everyone. Over the past couple of weeks, in the wake of the protests over extrajudicial killings of Black people, tech companies have made tens of millions of dollars in commi...
Tags: Facebook, California, America, San Francisco, Tech, Salesforce, Black, Postmates, Bay Area, Google Apple, Catherine Bracy, TechEquity Collaborative


Upcoming update to housing, employment, and credit advertising policies

Our are written to protect users, advertisers, and publishers, and prohibit advertisers from unlawful behavior like discriminating against users. We also give users control over the kinds of ads they see, including the ability to of seeing any personalized ads. Our ads policies apply to all the ads we serve and if we find ads that violate our policies, we take action.For over a decade, we’ve also had that prohibit advertisers from targeting users on the basis of sensitive categories relate...
Tags: Google, Canada, Hud, Ads, Bay Area, Google Ads, Scott Spencer


Wealthy San Francisco homebuyers are fleeing the dense city and snatching up houses in the affluent wine country as remote work powers an exodus from city life

Wealthy San Francisco homebuyers are leaving the dense city for the sweeping hills of the wine country and other affluent pockets of the Bay Area, according to a new Bloomberg report. Real estate agents are seeing a spike in demand — one $10.85 million Napa Valley estate sold just hours after a buyer toured it. The COVID-19 pandemic has made many city dwellers question their place in such urban environments. And as tech companies continue to embrace work-from-home policies, it may not be as ne...
Tags: Google, Facebook, San Francisco, Trends, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Sonoma, East Coast, Catskills, Bay Area, Bay, San Francisco Bay Area, Napa Valley, Marin County, Hudson Valley


Startups Weekly: The George Floyd protests come home to the tech industry

The tech industry has generally wished that structural discrimination would go away, while pretending that it already has. But technology can be used by anyone for anything. And so, the world has watched video after video of police brutality against Black people in a real-time stream that plays through the closing days of quarantine, culminating in the death of George Floyd and ongoing protests. As employees have left their remote offices to hit the streets, even executives at the largest tech c...
Tags: Apple, Startups, TC, Youtube, China, Linkedin, Tech, Turkey, United States, Zynga, Huawei, Equity, Alex, Black, Coke, Megan Rose Dickey


Solving Online Events

Benedict Evans: I suspect part of the answer to this is actually that a lot of physical events will come back in some form as we emerge from lockdown. But this also makes me think that there will be new tools with much more radically new approaches, and some new behaviours and habits. Hence, it's often struck me that networking events are pretty inefficient and random. If you're going to spend an hour or two in a room with 50 or 500 people, then you could take that as a purely social occasion an...
Tags: Usa, New York, Tech, Benedict Evans, Bay Area, James Turrell, Roden Crater, CES NAB MIPCOM


What grocery startup Weee! learned from China’s tech giants

When Larry Liu moved to the U.S. in 2003, one of the first challenges he experienced was the lack of Chinese ingredients available in local groceries. A native of Hubei, a Chinese province famous for its freshwater fish and lotus-inspired dishes, Liu got by with a limited supply found at local Asian groceries in the Bay Area. His yearning for home food eventually prompted him to quit a stable financial management role at microcontroller company Atmel and go on to launch Weee!, an online marke...
Tags: China, Tech, Bay Area, Atmel, Hubei, Liu, Statista, Walmart Grocery, Larry Liu, Weee


Coronavirus: California unemployment claims rise in most recent week

First-time claims for unemployment rose slightly in California during the most recent week, but longer-term patterns show job losses are dwindling statewide amid coronavirus-linked business shutdowns, federal officials reported Thursday. Initial unemployment claims totaled nearly 230,500 in California the week ended May 30, up 27,200 from the 203,200 claims filed the previous week by workers who had lost their jobs, according to the U.S. Labor Department. A longer-term measurement of unemploymen...
Tags: Business, Politics, Technology, Jobs, News, California, Restaurants, California News, Sport, Economy, Soccer, United States, Bay Area, Employment Development Department, U S Labor Department, Coronavirus


A diversity consultant says real change may hit the tech industry due to the George Floyd protests and the coronavirus crisis. Silicon Valley hasn't changed much after past scrutiny, but this time could be different.

Silicon Valley has long had a diversity problem, but in the past the industry has largely been able to evade addressing it. But a combination of the coronavirus crisis and the protests over the death of George Floyd have led to a new moment in the Valley where it may be finally forced to contend with its own legacy of systemic racism, said Y-Vonne Hutchinson, CEO of ReadySet and an expert on inclusion and diversity issues. People inside and outside tech companies are no longer as enthralled wi...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, Youtube, Softbank, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Deloitte, Andreessen Horowitz, Jesse Jackson, National Venture Capital Association, Bay Area, Trump


Black tech leaders issue call to action to combat racial injustice in the Bay Area

As a tumultuous week of protests draws broad attention to America’s open wounds of racist police violence, a coalition of Black founders, advocates, investors and other leaders are issuing a call to action for those in the tech industry to stand against the systemic forces that continue to claim Black lives. The effort, called “Black Tech for Black Lives,” pulls together a set of specific, actionable commitments intended to “support frontline leaders working to create a more just world.” The ple...
Tags: Startups, TC, Minneapolis, America, Tech, Venture Capital, Ferguson, Black Lives Matter, PPP, Black, Jones, Megan Rose Dickey, Bay Area, Darrell Jones III, Catherine Bracy, Maurice Wilkins



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