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Vice President Mike Pence will lead the US response to the COVID-19 outbreak

In an early-evening press conference, President Donald Trump tapped Vice President Mike Pence to lead the U.S. response to the COVID-19 outbreak that has spread through Europe, Asia and Latin America. The new coronavirus strain, which has infected about 81,000 people around the world and killed 3,000, has already wrought havoc on the global economy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned yesterday that the U.S. will likely not be able to escape the spread of the virus. “It’s no...
Tags: Health, Startups, TC, Europe, Usa, Congress, California, Cdc, Washington, Senate, White House, Politico, US, Tech, Food And Drug Administration, The New York Times


A look at Made Renovation, which just raised $9 million in seed funding to zero in on bathroom remodels

Made Renovation, a new, San Francisco-based company, thinks it has found a profitable way to help homeowners get done something that busy general contractors in the Bay Area won’t otherwise make time for, which is bathroom remodels. Why they typically pass on these: they have too many entire homes, or, at least, entire floors, to build for affluent regional homeowners who’ve kept the construction industry buzzing for years. It’s a problem that founders Roger Dickey, who previously co-founded ...
Tags: Startups, TC, Real Estate, California, San Francisco, Tech, Marketplaces, Gigster, Felicis Ventures, Founders Fund, Bay Area, Bathrooms, Chestnut Street, Marina, Dickey, Sagar Shah


Grab your ticket: Only one week to TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020

It’s T-minus one week to the big day, March 3, when more than 1,000 startuppers will convene in Berkeley, Calif. for TC Sessions: Robotics + AI 2020. We’re talking a hefty cross-section representing big companies and exciting new startups. We’re talking some of the most innovative thinkers, makers, researchers, investors and influencers — all focused on creating the future of these two world-changing technologies. Don’t miss out on this one-day conference of interviews, panel discussions, Q&A...
Tags: Startups, Y Combinator, California, Disney, Events, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, San Jose, Robotics, Eric Migicovsky, Berkeley Calif, Dror Berman, Zetta Venture Partners, Jocelyn Goldfein, FarmWise, Sebastien Boyer


Can I get coronavirus from a package delivered from China?

Residents at the epicenter of China’s mysterious viral outbreak are quarantined. But their mailed shipments are not.  Does that pose a risk? It’s a legitimate question — especially in California — because we import so many products from China. But U.S. health officials said on Monday that there is no evidence to support the transmission of the new coronavirus through imported goods. “In general, because of poor survivability of these coronaviruses on surfaces, there is likely very very low risk ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Asia, California, Cdc, China, Los Angeles, Sport, UPS, Soccer, Long Beach, MERS, Costa Mesa, United Parcel Service, Tempe Arizona, Chicago Seattle


How Bernie Sanders' fight for Amazon warehouse workers is winning California voters

The Democratic frontrunner is teaming up with Latino activists and low-wage workers in a region where industry is poisoning neighborhoodsAllen Hernandez, 39, has spent his life fighting against the deadliest air in America.The pollution in southern California’s Inland Empire gave him life-threatening asthma attacks as a child, and now he watches his eight-year-old niece regularly go to the emergency room instead of school. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Technology, Internet, California, America, US news, Bernie Sanders, Hernandez


Google To Spend $10 Billion on Offices, Data Centers in US This Year

Google is continuing to expand beyond its home in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said Wednesday the company will invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the US in 2020. From a report: "These investments will create thousands of jobs -- including roles within Google, construction jobs in data centers and renewable energy facilities, and opportunities in local businesses in surrounding towns and communities," Pichai said in a blog pos...
Tags: Google, Mississippi, California, New York City, US, Tech, Alphabet, Pichai, San Francisco Bay Area, Hudson Square, Google Operations Center, Offices Data Centers, Colorado Georgia Massachusetts Nebraska New York, Oklahoma Ohio Pennsylvania Texas Washington


Continuing to grow and invest across America in 2020

Today I’m pleased to announce that Google will invest more than $10 billion in offices and data centers across the United States in 2020. Google has a presence in 26 states across the country and our new investments will be focused in 11 of them: Colorado, Georgia, Massachusetts, Nebraska, New York, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and California. Everywhere we invest, we strive to create meaningful opportunities for local communities. A powerful example is our data center in Pryo...
Tags: Google, Mississippi, Colorado, California, Washington, Oregon, New York City, America, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, United States, Tennessee, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio


Notes on Panaji – The quaint capital of Goa, and the Macau of India

Panaji (formerly Panjim) is capital of the state of Goa. There’s no beach here, and at just over 40,000 people, petite Panaji feels positively provincial. While there are 36 states and union territories in India, Panaji doesn’t even crack the top 300 biggest cities in India. I think though that in the future Panaji will become a more well-known destination. Goa is mostly associated for its beaches, and rightly so. However, if you only spent your time on the beaches you would get the impressio...
Tags: Travel, Google, Bali, California, India, Los Angeles, Unesco, Goa, Macau, Travel Blog, Lisbon, Ubud, Penang, Unesco World Heritage, Panjim, Zeppelin


Tesla Autopilot, Distracted Driving To Blame In Deadly 2018 Crash

Slashdot readers TomGreenhaw and gollum123 are sharing the findings from a National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigation into a fatal Tesla Model X crash that occurred in 2018 near Mountain View, California. The agency says Tesla's Autopilot system and the driver's distraction by a mobile device were two of the probable causes of the crash. The Verge reports: The safety board arrived at those probable causes after a nearly two-year investigation into the crash. NTSB investigators als...
Tags: California, Tech, Tesla, CalTrans, Nhtsa, Ntsb, Huang, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Mountain View California, National Transportation Safety Board NTSB, Robert Sumwalt, Walter Huang


Where to watch the Democratic presidential debate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020

Seven Democratic presidential hopefuls will meet tonight — Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 — in South Carolina for the party’s 10th debate. There will be one more candidate on stage tonight in Charleston, South Carolina, now that former California hedge fund manager and political activist Tom Steyer has qualified for the debate. Steyer will be joined by former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar,...
Tags: Apple, Politics, New York, News, California, Washington Post, Washington, Mexico, Cbs News, New York City, Elizabeth Warren, Nbc News, Bloomberg, Sport, Joe Biden, Soccer


How tech workers can power through fear and retaliation to form a union, from the people who banded together to form Kickstarter's union

Lead organizers from Kickstarter United, the country's first white-collar tech union, shared their biggest takeaways from the process of forming a union. Grace Reckers, an organizer with the Office and Professional Employees International Union who helped Kickstarter employees unionize, advised tech employees to start small, simply by talking to your fellow employees. After getting a group together, shop around to find the right local union chapter. She also warned that the company will likely...
Tags: Google, Taylor Swift, California, US, Trends, Kickstarter, Nlrb, Don, TWC, Mike Bloomberg, Taylor Moore, US National Labor Relations Board, Tech Workers Coalition, Oriana Leckert, Kickstarter United, OPEIU


Facebook’s latest ‘transparency’ tool doesn’t offer much — so we went digging

Just ago Facebook switched on global availability of a tool which affords users a glimpse into the murky world of tracking that its business relies upon to profile users of the wider web for ad targeting purposes. Facebook is not going boldly into transparent daylight — but rather offering what privacy rights advocacy group Privacy International has dubbed “a tiny sticking plaster on a much wider problem”. The problem it’s referring to is the lack of active and informed consent for mass sur...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, New York, California, China, Tech, Eu, Barcelona, European Union, Google Analytics, Rock, Thailand, Vpn, Privacy International


Stop Talking Corporate Speak, Cybersecurity Trends for 2020, Preparing for an Economic Downturn and Other Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know

18 Things Small Business Owners Need to Know   1—Most Hated Corporate Speak Using corporate jargon reflects on you and your business. The business communication experts from Rice University say people who overuse corporate jargon are actually more likely to lose credibility. One Rice finance professor even said that business buzzwords are red flags that signal what you’re hearing is likely shallow and meaningless. So it’s time to drop the corporate speak and talk like a normal person. What are...
Tags: Apple, Google, Verizon, Utah, Business, Japan, New York, California, Washington, Mexico, Massachusetts, America, Godaddy, Thailand, Pennsylvania, Wyoming


Troubled Eaze finally closes $35M funding to to sell its own cannabis

Six weeks after we broke the news that cannabis startup Eaze was running out of money, laying off more employees and scrambling to pay its bills and stay afloat as it worked on a pivot to selling its own supply rather than just that of third-party providers, the company has finally closed some funding and appears to be moving forward with its plans. Today Eaze — which claims to have 600,000 registered customers and completed 5 million legal deliveries — confirmed a bridge round of $15 million...
Tags: Startups, TC, California, San Francisco, Tech, Cannabis, Silicon Valley, Oakland, Eaze, John Curtis, Megan Miller, Recent Funding, Dionymed, Ro Choy, FoundersJT LLC, FoundersJT


Troubled Eaze finally closes $35M funding to roll out a new vertical model selling its own cannabis

Six weeks after we broke the news that cannabis startup Eaze was running out of money, laying off more employees and scrambling to pay its bills and stay afloat as it worked on a pivot to selling its own supply rather than just that of third party providers, the company has finally closed some funding and appears to be moving forward with its plans. Today Eaze — which claims to have 600,000 registered customers and have completed 5 million legal deliveries — confirmed a bridge round of $15 milli...
Tags: TC, California, US, San Francisco, Tech, Silicon Valley, Oakland, Eaze, John Curtis, Megan Miller, Dionymed, Ro Choy, FoundersJT LLC


8 photos that show how different Apple stores looked when they first opened — and how they've changed (AAPL)

The first Apple retail stores opened their doors in May 2001.  The first stores had a mix of furniture, hawked deals on third-party products, and had dedicated Genius Bars where people could go for tech support. Since then, Apple had made the stores look sleeker and more modern and the Genius Bar has become a thing of the past. When the stores opened in 2001, Tim Cook was Apple's senior vice president of operations — these days, he's CEO. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Ba...
Tags: Apple, California, Washington Post, Steve Jobs, America, Trends, Bloomberg, Glendale, Tim Cook, Jony Ive, Don, McLean Virginia, Angela Ahrendts, Glendale California, Glendale Galleria, Tysons Corner


Google Cloud CEO Called Oracle Cloud a 'Disgrace'

An anonymous reader shares a report: Veteran Silicon Valley executive Thomas Kurian surprised the tech world two years ago when he suddenly left Oracle to become CEO of Google Cloud. The reason may have just gotten a bit clearer. Kurian apparently had an unhappy tenure as head of Oracle's cloud, according to a lawsuit. He felt pressured by top management, including Oracle founder Larry Ellison. And he clashed with his people at Oracle, berating execs who reported to him for work he considered "a...
Tags: Google, California, Tech, Frankfurt, Larry Ellison, Miranda, Oracle, Kurian, Deborah Hellinger, Thomas Kurian, Veteran Silicon Valley, Union Asset Management Holding AG


The CEO of Google Cloud told his former employees at Oracle that its cloud software was 'considered atrocious' and 'a disgrace,' according to an investor lawsuit (ORCL)

Veteran tech executive Thomas Kurian had led Oracle's cloud business before his surprising switch to Google two years ago where he is now CEO. He apparently had a rough tenure as head of Oracle cloud where he berated executives who reported to him for work that he called "awful" and "atrocious," according to a shareholder lawsuit filed against Oracle. "I continue to get extraordinary pressure from our two CEOs and LJE himself," Kurian said in an internal email disclosed in the lawsuit, referri...
Tags: Google, California, Trends, Frankfurt, Larry Ellison, Miranda, Ellison, Oracle, Oracle Google, Amazon Microsoft, ORCL, Google Cloud, Kurian, Deborah Hellinger, Thomas Kurian, Safra Catz Mark Hurd


Steve Jobs would have been 65 on Monday. Here's how the late Apple CEO saved the company from disaster and set it on the path to a $1 trillion valuation. (AAPL)

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple in 1996, the company was in dire straits.  He quickly staged a boardroom coup, becoming CEO once again and working to turn the company around via new products and an investment from Apple's main rival, Microsoft.  During Jobs' tenure, Apple launched the iMac, iBook, iPod, Mac OS X, iPhone, iPad, and more. These days, the company is worth over $1 trillion. Jobs, who died in 2011 from pancreatic cancer, would have turned 65 on Monday.  Visit Business Insider's h...
Tags: Apple, Motorola, Cook, Jobs, Microsoft, Mac, California, Steve Jobs, John Sculley, Virginia, New York City, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Intel, Cnn


Cruise can now transport passengers in self-driving cars in CA

Cruise recently received a permit to transport passengers in its autonomous vehicles in California. Granted by the California Public Utilities Commission, the permit is part of the state’s Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service pilot. As part of the program, Cruise must provide data and reports to the CPUC regarding any incidents, the number of passenger miles traveled and passenger safety protocols. Cruise must also have a safety driver behind the wheel and not charge passengers for rides. Cru...
Tags: Transportation, California, Tech, Autonomous, Cruise, Cpuc, California Public Utilities Commission, California Department of Motor Vehicles, Autonomous Vehicle Passenger Service, Zoox Waymo Pony ai Aurora


New California Bill Proposes $1,000-a-Month Universal Basic Income

1 out of 8 Americans live in California. Now a proposed California law "would provide most adults in the state with a universal basic income of $1,000 per month, similar to the proposed plan of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang," reports Newsweek: The California Universal Basic Income (UBI) Program was Funding the program with a value-added tax has been blasted by some who believe such a tax would disproportionately burden the poor. Concerns have also been raised over potentially forc...
Tags: California, Tech, Yang, Andrew Yang, New California Bill Proposes, California Universal Basic Income UBI Program


Flat-Earth Daredevil Mad Mike Hughes Dies in Homemade Rocket Launch

"He was working on a TV show, Homemade Astronauts, when his craft crashed in the California desert," reports NBC. Four different Slashdot readers shared the news. NBC News reports: Daredevil "Mad" Mike Hughes died Saturday when a homemade rocket he was attached to launched but quickly dove to earth in the California desert. The stunt was apparently part of a forthcoming television show, "Homemade Astronauts," that was scheduled to debut later this year on Discovery Inc.'s Science Channel. Di...
Tags: Nbc, California, Nbc News, Tech, Slashdot, Mike Hughes, Mojave, Discovery Inc s Science Channel Discovery


AT&T Loses Key Ruling In Class Action Over Unlimited-Data Throttling

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: AT&T's mandatory-arbitration clause is unenforceable in a class-action case over AT&T's throttling of unlimited data, a panel of U.S. appeals court judges ruled this week. The nearly five-year-old case has gone through twists and turns, with AT&T's forced-arbitration clause initially being upheld in March 2016. If that decision had stood, the customers would have been forced to have any complaints heard individually in arbitration. But an Ap...
Tags: California, Tech, California Supreme Court, Mcgill, U S District Court, Blair, U S Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Dear Sophie: I need the latest details on the new H-1B registration process

Sophie Alcorn Contributor Share on Twitter Sophie Alcorn is the founder of Alcorn Immigration Law in Silicon Valley and 2019 Global Law Experts Awards’ “Law Firm of the Year in California for Entrepreneur Immigration Services.” She connects people with the businesses and opportunities that expand their lives. More posts by this contributor Dear Sophie: My H-1B was renewed, but I’m getting laid off Dear Sophi...
Tags: Column, Europe, California, Government, US, Tech, Policy, United States, Silicon Valley, Lawyer, H-1b Visa, Sophie, USCIS, Alcorn, Immigration Law, Sophie Alcorn


Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab are racing to give customers the chance to buy $1 slices of stocks. We talked to a dozen insiders about who wins, who loses, and what it says about trading today.

The rise of self-directed fractional-share trading is a product of the fiercely competitive, margin-pressured environment that startup and legacy brokerages alike are operating in today. Players like Robinhood, Fidelity, and Charles Schwab have raced to announce their own offerings — marketed largely at customers still building up wealth — in recent months, or have hinted at launches it in the press.  At a moment when every last bell and whistle is a differentiator in a zero-commission moment,...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, California, Boston, US, Trends, Connecticut, Fidelity, WeWork, Api, Robinhood, Business Insider, Bloomberg News, Charles Schwab, FANG, Tilly


DOT ORG DRAMA: New promises from private equity firm trying to buy up .org

Ethos, the private equity firm owned by Republican billionaires that is trying to buy the rights to operate the internet’s .org domain range, said on Friday it will cap price hikes, and will agree to create an advisory board with veto powers to partly address some of the concerns of the nonprofit community. Boing Boing's Cory Doctorow and Jason Weisberger wrote previously about this story on Boing Boing, for those catching up: • ICANN hits pause on the sale of .ORG to Republican billionaires...
Tags: Post, Business, Usa, Technology, News, California, Tech, Icann, Tech News, Republican, Cory Doctorow, Jason Weisberger, American Bible Society, Public Interest Registry, Org, Ethos Capital


California Home Sales Maintain Last Year’s Momentum in January, C.A.R. Reports

– Existing, single-family home sales totaled 395,550 in January on a seasonally adjusted annualized rate, down 0.7 percent from December and up 10.3 percent from January 2019. – January’s statewide median home price was $575,160, down 6.5 percent from December and up 7.1 percent from January 2019. – The statewide Unsold Inventory Index was 3.4 months in January, up from 2.5 months in December but down from 4.6 months in January 2019. Los Angeles, CA – Feb. 19, 2020 (PRNewswire) Continue...
Tags: Google, Real Estate, News, California, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Radio, United States, San Diego, Kings, Nevada, Napa, Orange, Santa Clara, Sonoma


Yelp Defeats Businesses’ “Right to Be Forgotten” Claims—Spiegelman v. Yelp

The plaintiffs sued Yelp for using their business information, including their names, photographs and likenesses, without permission. Though the opinion doesn’t expressly state it, it appears these plaintiffs were seeking to get delisted from Yelp’s databases, which is why I’m calling this a right to be forgotten-style case. Their removal tools of choice were California’s constitutional privacy protection and publicity rights. Yelp successfully defended using California’s anti-SLAPP law. The cou...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, California, Yelp, Privacy/security, Moreno, Yelp Inc, Spiegelman, Content Regulation, Publicity/Privacy Rights, Hanford Sentinel, Prager U, Cite to Cross


California man served with restraining order for allegedly 'stalking' Apple CEO Tim Cook

Also slapped with court request not to contact security staffers Members of Silicon Valley-based security firm Urban Tactical Group (UTG), which does "regular" work for Apple, have been granted a temporary restraining order preventing a Californian man from approaching them.…
Tags: Apple, California, Software, Tim Cook, Silicon Valley, Urban Tactical Group UTG


EV fleet management gets another venture-backed contender as Electriphi raises $3.5 million

Electriphi, a provider of charging management and fleet monitoring software for electric vehicles, has joined the scrum of startups looking to provide services to the growing number of electric vehicle fleets in the U.S. The San Francisco-based company has just raised $3.5 million in seed funding from investors including Wireframe Ventures, the Urban Innovation Fund, and Blackhorn Ventures. Lemnos Labs and Acario Innovation also participated in the round. Electriphi’s pitch has resonated with...
Tags: Energy, TC, Electric Vehicle, California, San Francisco, Tech, United States, Electric Vehicles, Software Development, North America, Charging Stations, Sacramento Calif, Twin Rivers Unified School District, Sybase, Tibco, Versata



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