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Decrypted: Apple and Facebook’s privacy feud, Twitter hires Mudge, mysterious zero-days

Trump’s election denialism saw him retaliate in a way that isn’t just putting the remainder of his presidency in jeopardy, it’s already putting the next administration in harm’s way. In a stunning display of retaliation, Trump fired CISA director Chris Krebs last week after declaring that there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised,” a direct contradiction to the conspiracy-fueled fever dreams of the president who repeatedly...
Tags: Iphone, Apple, Security, Startups, Facebook, Twitter, Privacy, Tech, Malware, Cybercrime, Cyberattack, Silicon Valley, Biden, Cyberwarfare, Computer Security, Cisa

Elon Musk is now the world's second-richest person. Here's how the billionaire Tesla and SpaceX CEO went from getting bullied as a child to becoming one of the most successful and controversial men in tech.

Elon Musk. Steve Nesius/Reuters Elon Musk has had a tumultuous yet successful life.  He was bullied as a child but ultimately attended an Ivy League university before going on to become the CEO of two companies, Tesla and SpaceX, and the founder of three more. He's also been married three times and has triplets and twins. He recently had another baby with his girlfriend, the musician Grimes.  But Musk also courts controversy, especially on Twitter. The tech billionaire has been outspoken a...
Tags: Transportation, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Hollywood, Robert Downey Jr, Microsoft, Australia, California, Ebay, White House, Ipo, Time, US, Los Angeles

Two-year-old Day One Ventures raises new $52.5M fund to invest in Valley startups

Back in 2018 Day One Ventures launched in Silicon Valley specifically designed to be both a VC and an investor that would also lead marketing and communications for its portfolio. Two years on, Day One has invested in numerous startups to do just that and has today filed with the SEC its new $52.5M fund. The new fund is similar to the first one: investing across industries from pre-seed to seed, with occasional series A investments (from $100K to $5M). The fund was founded and is headed by Russi...
Tags: TC, Europe, Russia, Robin Hood, US, Tech, Andreessen, SEC, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Lightspeed, Valley, Joshua Browder, POC, Ventures, Coatue

Apple's security chief was indicted on bribery charges over allegations that he offered $70,000 worth of iPads in exchange for concealed-carry permits for Apple security guards

The Steve Jobs Theater on March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, California. Tony Avelar/AP Apple's head of security was indicted on charges accusing him of offering 200 iPads, worth an estimated $70,000, to local law-enforcement officials in exchange for concealed-carry weapons permits for Apple security guards. The second-in-command at Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office was also named in the indictment. In October, two former managers at a Silicon Valley security firm pleaded guilty to charges r...
Tags: Apple, News, San Francisco, Trends, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Smith, Tech Companies, Tom, Jensen, Sheriff s Office, Santa Clara County, Rosen, Cupertino California, Mercury News, Moyer

7 things we just learned about Sequoia’s European expansion plans

Sequoia Capital, the renowned Silicon Valley venture capital firm that has backed companies like Apple, Google, Dropbox, Airbnb and Stripe, recently disclosed that it had opened its first office in Europe. To staff up, it hired partner Luciana Lixandru away from rival Accel Partners. Even without an official European presence, Sequoia has quietly operated in the region for more than a decade, first investing in Klarna in 2010. Other Europe-founded companies in its portfolio include Baaima,...
Tags: Startups, TC, Europe, London, California, Entrepreneurship, San Francisco, Tech, Canada, Paris, Venture Capital, Romania, Silicon Valley, Bristol, Sequoia Capital, Stripe

SoulCycle's top instructors had sex with clients, 'fat-shamed' coworkers, and used homophobic and racist language, insiders say

Hello everyone! Welcome to this weekly roundup of Business Insider stories from co-Editor in Chief Matt Turner. Subscribe here to get this newsletter in your inbox every Sunday.Read on for more on SoulCycle's top instructors mistreating staff, Moderna's research revolution, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai's leadership shift. Bryan R. Smith/Getty; BFA; Olivia Atherton; Skye Gould/Business Insider Hello!We now have two promising coronavirus vaccines, with Moderna's promising results this week...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hollywood, California, France, China, Trends, Nike, Palo Alto, Larry Page, Atlantic, Sergey Brin, Retail, Silicon Valley, Graham, Pfizer

The life and career of Tony West, the Uber executive married to Kamala Harris' sister, and who may be in the running for a role in the Biden administration

Tony West in 2009. Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images Tony West, Uber's chief legal office, is reportedly in play for the role of Attorney General in the Biden administration, according to Insider.  If appointed, he'd be the highest-profile Silicon Valley exec to play a key role in national politics.  West served in the Justice Department during both the Clinton and Obama administrations before leaving government to work at PepsiCo.  He joined Uber in 2017 to help clean ...
Tags: Google, Uber, Obama, Eric Holder, California, Washington Post, Washington, Stanford, Senate, White House, US, Oakland Raiders, San Francisco, Trends, Joe Biden, Features

Dream Corps TECH Town Hall powered by TGS

December 7th, 2020 7 PM EST/6 PM CSTAs the economy continues to go digital and high-tech, Black and Latinx communities are slowly tracking to gain equity in the tech space. At the same time, high-tech and Fortune 500 companies are struggling to hire and retain talented people of color.What if we could solve both problems at the same time? That is what Dream Corps TECH is all about, and it is also the focus of their inaugural TECH Town Hall powered by TGS on Dec 7 @ 7 PM EST/6 PM CST. Join this ...
Tags: Startups, Events, Tech, Maxine Williams, Town-hall, Van Jones, TGS, Austin Startups, Diversity-and-inclusion, Bryan Michael Cox, Silicon-valley, Tech Town Hall, Dream Corps TECH Town Hall, Dream Corps TECH, Facebook Tune, Corps TECH Town Hall

Google, Facebook and Twitter threaten to leave Pakistan over censorship law

Global internet companies Facebook, Google and Twitter and others have banded together and threatened to leave Pakistan after the South Asian nation granted blanket powers to local regulators to censor digital content. Earlier this week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan granted the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority the power to remove and block digital content that pose “harms, intimidates or excites disaffection” toward the government or in other ways hurt the “integrity, security, a...
Tags: Google, Social, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Twitter, India, Tech, Policy, Pakistan, Imran Khan, Silicon Valley, Khan, Google Facebook, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority, Facebook Google

Big Law career guide: here's the latest news on pay, hiring, and hot practice areas

The latest news on Big Law hiring, pay, layoffs, and legal tech. Ohio State University Moritz School of Law The business of law is going through some major changes. Some Big Law firms have made layoffs, others have rolled back compensation cuts that they imposed earlier in the year, and a select few are giving surprises bonuses to overworked first years. Meanwhile, firms are increasingly turning to tech to help boost productivity and cut costs. And aspiring lawyers are facing a lot of uncer...
Tags: Google, New York, Microsoft, Trends, Silicon Valley, Doj, Trump, SPAC, Paul Weiss, Sullivan Cromwell, Latham Watkins, Proskauer, Baker McKenzie, Mayer Brown, Ropes Gray, Davis Polk

Outgoing Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs Touts Record Of Change

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Tags: Google, Politics, News, Obama, Washington, White House, Local, Stockton, Silicon Valley, Lincoln, Stanford University, HARRIS, Tubbs, Michael Tubbs, Kevin Lincoln, Stockton News

Steve Case’s Revolution is targeting $500 million for its fourth growth fund

Revolution, the Washington, D.C.-based investment firm founded by AOL cofounder CEO Steve Case and former AOL senior exec Ted Leonsis, is raising $500 million for its fourth fund, shows a new SEC filing. Asked about the effort earlier today, the firm declined to comment. This new fund was was expected. It has been more than four years since Revolution announced its third growth fund, a vehicle that closed with $525 million in capital commitments. That’s a longer time between funds than we’re see...
Tags: Startups, TC, New York, Washington, White House, Boston, Tech, Austin, Aol, Venture Capital, Revolution, SEC, Silicon Valley, Bigcommerce, Biden, Steve Case

Mixtape podcast: Building a structural DEI response to a systemic issue with Y-Vonne Hutchinson

It’s time for another episode of Mixtape, where we take a look at diversity, inclusion, equity and the human labor that powers tech. This week we spoke to Y-Vonne Hutchinson, the CEO of ReadySet, a consulting firm that works with companies to create more inclusive and equitable work environments. Hutchinson tells us that the work she did for ten years in international human rights, labor rights law and advocacy helped prepare her for the work she does today. “My last job was in Nicaragua wh...
Tags: TC, Tech, Silicon Valley, Nicaragua, Biden, Hutchinson, Techcrunch Include, Vonne Hutchinson, ReadySet, George Floyd, Mixtape podcast, ReadySet Hutchinson

Against all odds: The sheer force of immigrant startup founders

Niko Bonatsos Contributor Share on Twitter Niko Bonatsos is a managing director at General Catalyst Partners. More posts by this contributor As VCs enroll the startup class of 2016, it’s RIP for ‘me too’ companies I’ve long said that I don’t care where you come from, if your name is hard to say, or you have a “funny” accent. There’s a reason for that. For centuries, some of America’s biggest companie...
Tags: Column, Europe, Opinion, Entrepreneurship, China, India, Immigration, America, Tech, Diversity, Policy, Czech Republic, United States, Amsterdam, Silicon Valley, South America

Progressive groups warn Biden that giving White House roles to anyone with Google ties, including its former CEO Eric Schmidt, would 'alienate' the nation

Eric Schmidt , former chairman and CEO at GOOGLE visits Fox Business Network Studios on April 16, 2019 in New York City. John Lamparski/Getty Images More than a dozen progressive organizations published an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden Tuesday, warning him against appointing anybody with "close ties to Google" to his administration. The groups wrote that they "want to ensure that the internet isn't dominated by a handful of corporations and remains free and open." The groups sai...
Tags: Google, White House, New York City, US, Trends, European Union, Cyprus, Joe Biden, Silicon Valley, Department Of Justice, Biden, Eric Schmidt, Financial Times, Trump, SCHMIDT, Big Tech

10 things in tech you need to know today

Karl Mondon/Digital First Media/The Mercury News via Getty Images Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Sign up here to get this email in your inbox every morning.Have an Amazon Alexa device? Listen to this update by searching "Business Insider" in your flash briefing settings.And for the biggest stories in politics, sign up here for 10 Things in Politics You Need to Know Today — launching soon!Apple settled a lawsuit centered on iPhone throttling. The firm wi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, White House, Trends, Paypal, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Max Levchin, Denver, Epic Games, Nordic, Trump, Tim Sweeney, Amazon Alexa

African fintech startup Chipper Cash raises $30M backed by Jeff Bezos

African cross-border fintech startup Chipper Cash has raised a $30 million Series B funding round led by Ribbit Capital with participation of Bezos Expeditions — the personal VC fund of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Chipper Cash was founded in San Francisco in 2018 by Ugandan Ham Serunjogi and Ghanaian Maijid Moujaled. The company offers mobile-based, no fee, P2P payment services in seven countries: Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria, Tanzania, Rwanda, South Africa and Kenya. Parallel to its P2P app, the startu...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Yahoo, Nigeria, Africa, America, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Banking, E-commerce, Uganda, United States, South Africa

Dear Sophie: Can an H-1B co-founder own a Delaware C Corp?

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: What does Biden’s win mean for tech immigration? Dear So...
Tags: Startups, Column, Labor, California, India, Tech, Diversity, NewCo, Policy, Silicon Valley, Daly City, Lawyers, Biden, Sophie, Alcorn, Green Card

The crowd goes wild for Yiming

There’s no shortage of TikTok coverage in the news today as the app’s fate in the U.S. hangs in the air. What the press doesn’t always address is how TikTok gets here — how did a Chinese startup seize the lucrative short-video market in the West before Google and Facebook? What did it do differently from its Chinese predecessors who tried global expansion to little avail? Matthew Brennan’s new book “Attention Factory” set out to answer these questions by tracing ByteDance’s trajectory from...
Tags: Google, Social, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Asia, Video, Media, Entertainment, China, US, Tech, Silicon Valley, Baidu, Panama, Hangzhou

Perkins, ACB, Benetech, Salesforce and more announce breakout sessions at Sight Tech Global

Sight Tech Global is little more than two weeks out, and today we published the detailed agenda for Dec. 2 & 3. The show runs from 8 a.m. to noonish Pacific standard time. If you have not already grabbed a free pass to the 100% virtual event, now is the time! Sight Tech Global will present 35 speakers in 15 sessions focused on the cutting edge of AI-related technologies and accessibility, especially for the blind and visually impaired. A few of the remarkably accomplished speakers include OrCam ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Hardware, Events, Tech, Diversity, Artificial Intelligence, Comcast, Silicon Valley, Voice, Voice Assistant, Geoff, Kai Fu Lee, Harvard Business School, Brad Turner, Roxana

Apple Hits Back at European Activist Complaints Against Tracking Tool

An Austrian privacy advocacy group drew a strongly critical response from Apple on Monday after it said an online tracking tool used in its devices breached European law. From a report: The group, led by campaigner Max Schrems, filed complaints with data protection watchdogs in Germany and Spain alleging that the tracking tool illegally enabled the $2 trillion U.S. tech giant to store users' data without their consent. Apple directly rebutted the claims filed by Noyb, the digital rights group fo...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Europe, Germany, Tech, Spain, Silicon Valley, Schrems, Max Schrems, European Activist Complaints Against Tracking Tool

Arrikto raises $10M for its MLOps platform

Arrikto, a startup that wants to speed up the machine learning development lifecycle by allowing engineers and data scientists to treat data like code, is coming out of stealth today and announcing a $10 million Series A round. The round was led by Unusual Ventures, with Unusual’s John Vrionis joining the board. “Our technology at Arrikto helps companies overcome the complexities of implementing and managing machine learning applications,” Arrikto CEO and co-founder Constantinos Venetsanopoul...
Tags: Google, Startups, Cloud, Europe, Developer, Cloud Computing, Tech, Computing, Athens, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Software Development, Devops, Cto, Kubernetes, ATHENS Greece

Computer vision startup scores $20M Series A, a startup that hopes to bring computer vision more broadly to companies to help them identify and tag elements at high speed, announced a $20 million Series A today. Vickers Venture Partners led the round with participation from 212, Streamlined Ventures, Alumni Ventures Group, Waterman Ventures and several other unnamed investors. Today’s investment brings the total raised to $25.8 million, according to the company. “Basically we set out to copy human visual intelligence in machin...
Tags: Startups, TC, Enterprise, Funding, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Silicon Valley, Computer Vision, Tagging, U S India, Chooch, Gültekin, Recent Funding, Vickers Venture Partners, Data Labeling Tools

Zilliz raises $43 million as investors rush to China’s open source software

For years, founders and investors in China had little interest in open source software because it did not seem like the most viable business model. Zilliz‘s latest financing round shows that attitude is changing. The three-year-old Chinese startup, which builds open source software for processing unstructured data, recently closed a Series B round of $43 million. The investment, which catapults Zilliz’s to-date raise to over $53 million, is a sizable amount for any open source business around th...
Tags: Open Source, Asia, Developer, China, Tech, Open Source Software, SaaS, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Linux, Mongodb, Oracle, Data Management, Linux Foundation, Shenzhen, Milvus

Celebrate Intel's 4004 Microprocessor Turning 49 Today

Tim McNerney is the project leader at, a site commemorating Intel's original 4004 microprocessor. He's also long-time Slashdot reader mcpublic, and shares news of a new open source adapter — plus a great moment chip history: Even though Intel debuted its groundbreaking 4004 on November 15th, 1971, 49 years ago today, in the pages of Electronics News, there is something about Intel's very first microprocessor that keeps inspiring engineers to pay tribute to this historic chip. Turkis...
Tags: Google, Tech, Intel, Silicon Valley, An Arduino, Busicom, Tim McNerney, Electronics News, Erturk Kocalar, Federico Faggin, Argo Kienzle

Getaround tops up $25M debt financing to its $140M Series E

Silicon Valley peer-to-peer car rental startup Getaround has secured a $25 million loan from Horizon Technology Finance Corporation. The financing announcement comes one month after Getaround raised $140 million from investors, including SoftBank Vision Fund, Menlo Ventures, Reid Hoffman and Mark Pincus’ Reinvent Capital. Getaround’s raise signals that the company is looking for new ways to secure cash without further diluting executives or investors. A Getaround spokesperson said “Horizon...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Uber, Ipo, Tech, Debt, Reid Hoffman, Silicon Valley, Getaround, Mark Pincus, Debt Financing, Sam Zaid, Paycheck Protection Program, SoftBank Vision Fund Menlo Ventures, Horizon Technology Finance Corporation, Dan Devorsetz Horizon

London and SF have become Impact Tech hubs, with 280% increase in VC in 5 years

New research has found that San Francisco and London have become two of the world’s leading hubs for VC investment into tech solutions that address one or more of the 17 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), more commonly referred to as “Impact Tech”. They are followed by Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Shanghai and Beijing. Tech solutions for such pressing issues as the climate crisis and social inequality have seen a 280% increase in global VC investment from 2015 to 2020, while investment in th...
Tags: Europe, UK, London, China, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Un, Silicon Valley, Blackrock, London Partners, Dealroom, North American, Octopus Energy

Study: London and SF have become Impact Tech hubs, with 280% increase in VC in 5 years

New research has found that San Francisco and London have become two of the world’s leading hubs for VC investment into tech solutions which address one or more of the 17 UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), more commonly referred to as ‘Impact Tech’. They are followed by Paris, Berlin, Stockholm, Shanghai and Beijing. Tech solutions for such pressing issues as the climate crisis and social inequality has seen a 280% increase in global VC investment from 2015 to 2020, while investment in th...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, London, China, US, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Un, Silicon Valley, Blackrock, London Partners, Dealroom

Former Dropbox CFO Ajay Vashee is joining the powerhouse venture firm IVP in January

Ajay Vashee — who spent the last eight years at Dropbox, rising from the head of finance to CFO over his tenure and helping to take the company public in 2018 — is joining the Silicon Valley venture firm IVP in January. It’s the realization of plans established long ago by Vashee, who fell in love with venture years ago and has always known he wanted to return to it, though he wasn’t sure when or where that night happen. Indeed, he says that when he announced that he was leaving Dropbox in...
Tags: TC, Tech, Dropbox, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Talent, Morgan Stanley, IVP, Hiring, Columbia, Nea, Bay Area, Ajay Vashee, Todd Chaffee, Vashee, NEA Vashee

Dear Sophie: What does Biden’s win mean for tech immigration?

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: How will this election nail-biter affect immigration? De...
Tags: Startups, TC, Column, Labor, California, Government, Tech, Diversity, Silicon Valley, Lawyers, Biden, Albany, Kamala Harris, Trump, Sophie, HARRIS

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