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Nostalgia for a time when news was not free

The other day when I posted one of my columns to Facebook — hey, they don’t throw themselves into the mammoth moneymaking maw, given over gratis by wimpy old-school journalism to the social-media billionaires who have eaten our lunch — a Bay Area friend complained in the FB comments section: “Your paper has put up a pay wall, and I can’t read this!” I didn’t want to get into the economic weeds with him. All I wrote in reply was: “Baby needs new shoes.” (Baby may be 29 and married, living in New ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Opinion, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Silicon Valley, New England, San Marino, Bay Area, Sacramento Bee, Zuck, Otis, Chandlers


Meet the 'super angel' investors, the power players of streaming, and the top M&A bankers of 2019

Hello! One of the things we try to do here at Business Insider is to introduce our readers to the individuals shaping their industries. After all, companies don't do things; it's the people working there that make things happen. With that in mind, I wanted to highlight stories focused on key players in Silicon Valley, Hollywood, and Wall Street this week. First off, in Silicon Valley, a special breed of investor known as 'super angels' are raising their own venture-capital funds as solo general...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, Hollywood, Texas, Microsoft, Wall Street, Softbank, Digital, US, Trends, Tesla, Netflix, Silicon Valley, Mars


The former Apple engineer who created the programming language Swift has joined AI chip startup SiFive. Here's what he learned working at Apple, Tesla, and Google.

Chris Lattner, the former Apple engineer who created the iOS programming language Swift, joined the artificial intelligence chip startup SiFive in January to head platform engineering there. While Lattner is focusing on software for chips now, he says it's similar to what he's been doing throughout his career at Apple, Tesla, and Google because he's building tools. Lattner says the three tech giants he's worked at have "very distinct corporate cultures" because Apple is about the product, Tesl...
Tags: Apple, Google, Trends, Tesla, Intel, Silicon Valley, Amd, Swift, Lattner, Apple Tesla, SiFive, Chris Lattner, Sutter Hill Ventures Spark Capital, SiFive Lattner, Samsung Venture Investment


Huawei's Silicon Valley Outpost Allegedly Stole Trade Secrets From Cisco

"Controversial Chinese technology firm Huawei and its Santa Clara-based subsidiary Futurewei allegedly stole trade secrets from San Jose tech giant Cisco and used them to copy Cisco routers," reports the San Jose Mercury News, citing the federal indictment released Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice claimed in its racketeering indictment and a news release that Huawei and its Silicon Valley subsidiary stole operating system code and other data needed to make routers, and used the pilfered...
Tags: Texas, China, Tech, Cisco, United States, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Huawei, Santa Clara, Company, San Jose Mercury News, U S Department of Justice, United States Read, Futurewei, Huawei Futurewei


WeWork is bringing in a new CEO as it tries to right the ship — here's everything that's going on inside the coworking giant

WeWork pulled its IPO in 2019 after mulling a massive valuation cut to drum up investor interest, and cofounder Adam Neumann was ousted as CEO and chairman. WeWork has been slashing jobs and selling or shuttering businesses.  WeWork has announced real-estate veteran Sandeep Mathrani as its new CEO, replacing Artie Minson and Sebastian Gunningham, who served as co-CEOs since Neumann was ousted. It's also seen a big board shakeup.  Marcelo Claure will stay on as chairman, according to The Wall S...
Tags: Google, New York, Mexico, Stanford, Wall Street, Softbank, Israel, US, America, San Francisco, Trends, Kanye West, Brooklyn, Aol, Italy, Brookfield


Silicon Valley Community Foundation challenges donors to address local problems

Scott Bade Contributor Share on Twitter Scott Bade is a former speechwriter for Mike Bloomberg and co-author of "More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First." More posts by this contributor The tech of giving back: an interview with Salesforce’s Chief Philanthropy Officer Omidyar Network CEO opens up about VC-influenced philanthropy Over the last decade, Silicon Valley Community Founda...
Tags: Tech, Silicon Valley, Santa Clara, Taylor, Reed Hastings, Bay Area, Midwest, Scott, San Mateo, Mike Bloomberg, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mark Zuckerberg Jack Dorsey, Nicole Taylor, SVCF, Scott Bade, Nicole Taylor SVCF


The Scandal Rocking California’s Weed Industry

Sometime in 2018, a Chicago-area union honcho named Joseph Senese started showing up at cannabis industry mixers in California.Senese represented himself as a leader of the National Production Workers Union, an Illinois-based outfit. As he put it to curious cannabis business owners and consultants, the union was getting into weed with a new California-based local called “ProTech Local 33.” The idea was to help West Coast cannabis businesses fulfill a labor-friendly licensing requirement necessar...
Tags: Google, Facebook, News, Labor, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, San Diego, Silicon Valley, West Coast, Illinois, Central Valley, The Daily Beast, Teamsters, Morgan Fox


Huawei's Silicon Valley Output Allegedly Stole Trade Secrets From Cisco

"Controversial Chinese technology firm Huawei and its Santa Clara-based subsidiary Futurewei allegedly stole trade secrets from San Jose tech giant Cisco and used them to copy Cisco routers," reports the San Jose Mercury News, citing the federal indictment released Thursday. The U.S. Department of Justice claimed in its racketeering indictment and a news release that Huawei and its Silicon Valley subsidiary stole operating system code and other data needed to make routers, and used the pilfered...
Tags: Texas, China, Tech, Cisco, United States, Silicon Valley, San Jose, Huawei, Santa Clara, Company, San Jose Mercury News, U S Department of Justice, United States Read, Futurewei, Huawei Futurewei


Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia

Techies quit to go it alone, iGiant tries to lure away their staff – then sues – court told Apple's iPhone chip designers mulled creating their own homegrown server processor for the Silicon Valley giant – but were shot down by Steve Jobs when they presented the idea at an internal meeting.…
Tags: Apple, Steve Jobs, Software, Silicon Valley, Nuvia


Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison is holding a fundraiser for Donald Trump, where supporters can pay $100,000 for a golf outing and photo op with the president — and some Oracle employees are livid

Billionaire Oracle chairman Larry Ellison plans to host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, The Desert Sun's Sam Metz reported Wednesday. A group of Oracle employees launched a calling for the event's cancellation, saying, "Ellison's support of Donald Trump does not affirm Oracle's core values of diversity, inclusiveness, and ethical business conduct." Tickets for the event, which will be held on Ellison's estate in Rancho Mirage, California, cost up to $250,000, a...
Tags: Google, Home Depot, America, Trends, Tesla, Gop, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Peter Thiel, Marco Rubio, Warren, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Gizmodo, Donald Trump, Ellison


Married co-founders are a startup’s secret weapon

“If I was running Clearbanc by myself, it probably would have gone off the cliff eight times at this point,” says Clearbanc co-founder Andrew D’Souza.  “If I were running the company by myself, it would be half its size,” adds Michele Romanow, Clearbanc’s other co-founder. In addition to starting the $420 million-backed fintech company together, D’Souza and Romanow are in a relationship. The two initially met at an event in San Francisco, and followed up with a friendly informational int...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mexico, La, China, Groupon, America, San Francisco, Tech, Canada, United States, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Dell, Andreessen Horowitz, New York Stock Exchange


The FTC's latest shot at the tech giants has opened up an unexpected front in the war to constrain Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, FB)

The Federal Trade Commission's move to probe past acquisitions by the big tech firms is one more regulatory worry for those companies. The agency plans to study the "hundreds" of deals the companies have made over the last 10 years that the companies hadn't previously had to report to it. There's growing concern inside and outside the agency that the companies have used such deals to quash nascent competitors. As a result of the study, the FTC could force the companies to unwind some of their ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, European Union, Commission, Silicon Valley, Harry, University Of California Berkeley, Doj, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


Better know a CSO: Dropbox head of security Justin Berman

Justin Berman has one of the most important jobs at Dropbox . As head of security, he oversees the company’s cybersecurity strategy, its defenses and works daily to keep its more than 600 million users’ data private and secure. No pressure, then. Berman joined the file storage and workspace giant a year ago during a period of transition for the company. During its early years, Dropbox was hit by a data breach that saw more than 60 million user passwords stolen during a time where tech giants w...
Tags: Security, Tech, Data Breach, Cryptography, Cybercrime, Computing, Dropbox, Silicon Valley, Data Security, Computer Security, Berman, CSO, Justin Berman, Cloud Applications, Zenefits Flatiron Health


Here's a list of 11 top smart-doorbell and smart-lock brands — and the big money behind tech that's fueled privacy concerns

Amazon's Ring has recently been plagued with criticism over its security and privacy standards.  While Ring is the biggest name in the industry, it was not the first or the only company to create smart doorbells and locks. We gathered a list of the 11 biggest names in smart locks and doorbells. The companies range from venture backed startups to corporate spinoffs, and several have been acquired by tech companies. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Every smart home needs a sm...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ebay, China, Massachusetts, Softbank, Blink, Trends, Walmart, Brookfield, Silicon Valley, Google Ventures, Blackstone, Kleiner Perkins, Crunchbase, Bessemer


The rise and fall of Andy Rubin, the former Google executive accused of sexual misconduct whose new startup, Essential, just shut down for good (GOOGL, GOOG)

Andy Rubin is the creator of Android and a former Google executive. Rubin's career seemed to be on track — software engineering in Silicon Valley in the 1990s, founding Android, being a top dog at Google for a decade — until he was let go from Google after a sexual misconduct investigation, according to multiple news reports. Rubin has been accused of having inappropriate relations with a subordinate, allegedly coercing a woman into oral sex (an allegation that Rubin denies). And recent unseal...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Android, New York, Microsoft, Buzzfeed, Stanford, Trends, Information, Intel, Larry Page, New York Times, Manhattan, Magic, Silicon Valley


Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison is holding a fundraiser for Donald Trump, where supporters can pay $100,000 for a golf outing and photo op with the president

Billionaire Oracle chairman Larry Ellison will host a fundraiser for President Donald Trump's reelection campaign, The Desert Sun's Sam Metz reported Wednesday. Tickets for the event, which will be held on Ellison's estate in Rancho Mirage, California, cost up to $250,000, according to The Desert Sun. Billionaires from other industries including Home Depot cofounder Bernie Marcus and real-estate developer Stephen Ross faced public outrage and boycotts of their companies in 2019, following repo...
Tags: Google, Home Depot, America, Trends, Tesla, Gop, United States, Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Peter Thiel, Marco Rubio, Warren, Silicon Valley, Goldman Sachs, Donald Trump, Ellison


Private equity is finally warming up to data-science hiring. Here's how 6 firms like Blackstone and Cerberus are building teams — and what's holding some back from going all in.

Insiders say that private-equity firms have been slow to adopt data analytics because the added value for the amount of time and investment needed to build a decent data set is yet to be proven. But PE firms have started to take steps to built out their data capabilities with new hires. We interviewed more than a dozen insiders including PE execs, recruiters and consultants to better understand the firms, like KKR, Blackstone, and Neuberger Berman, that are entering the race. Using quant ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Asia, South Korea, London, Microsoft, Singapore, Trends, Silicon Valley, East Coast, KKR, Blackstone, Stanford University, Sigma, Business Insider, Jpmorgan


The CEO of a scooter startup owned by Ford explains why it's a good thing that his employees are unionizing — and how it could help Spin get a leg up on Bird and Lime

Forty workers who manage Spin's fleet of scooters in December voted to unionize.  Even before the decision, the Ford-owned startup had classified the workers as employees instead of independent contractors, giving them access to the associated benefits that come with employment.  In an interview, Spin's founder explained why the investments in training and benefits may help the company win in the long fight against competitors Bird, Lime and more.  Click here for more BI Prime stories. Contra...
Tags: Apple, Lyft, California, San Francisco, Trends, Tesla, Nasa, Ford, Washington Dc, Bird, Silicon Valley, Teamsters, Lime, Poon, Uber Lyft, Euwyn Poon


Catching up on China’s tech influence operations in America

It’s been a dizzying few weeks following all the China news emanating from Washington DC these days. While a “phase one” trade deal with China has been signed and appears to be moving forward as of a month ago (we covered the origins of this trade war extensively on TechCrunch in 2018 and 2019), it has also become clear that the Trump administration and its various agencies are aggressively targeting China on a variety of fronts. Here’s what’s been happening with startup funding, Huawei, univers...
Tags: Google, Verizon, Asia, UK, Wtf, Justice, Saudi Arabia, Government, China, Germany, Softbank, America, Tech, Intel, Policy, Harvard


Airbnb's cofounder makes a compelling argument on why more startups should join the Y Combinator accelerator

Airbnb's cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk was asked at an event if there was a time when they almost shut down the business. In 2008, the startup couldn't raise a dollar of venture capital. It had two customers, including Airbnb chief executive officer Brian Chesky. The cofounders made a pact that if they came out of startup accelerator Y Combinator and were "not in a materially better place" after 13 weeks, they would walk away. Blecharczyk said the accelerator gave the company the guidance and f...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Bay Area, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, New York University Stern School of Business, Airbnb Join


Airbnb's cofounder made an incredibly compelling pitch for startups to join Y Combinator: 'We were 13 weeks away from walking away from it all'

Airbnb's cofounder Nathan Blecharczyk was asked at an event if there was a time when they almost shut down the business. In 2008, the startup couldn't raise a dollar of venture capital. It had two customers, including Airbnb chief executive officer Brian Chesky. The cofounders made a pact that if they came out of startup accelerator Y Combinator and were "not in a materially better place" after 13 weeks, they would walk away. Blecharczyk said the accelerator gave the company the guidance and f...
Tags: Google, New York, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Brian Chesky, Bay Area, Nathan Blecharczyk, Blecharczyk, New York University Stern School of Business, Airbnb Join


Is resurrecting Google’s BookBot the need of the hour?

Everyone in Silicon Valley is trying to design something straight out of the future. We treat science and technology as the end all be all of our issues and rightfully so, but here is an unpopular opinion – do we REALLY need technology in every aspect of our lives to make it better? A decade ago, robots doing all our tasks were just a thing of movies and today we don’t go a day without interacting with a robot – think about it, even if you call a place there is a 99% chance an automated voice ...
Tags: Google, Gadgets, Design, Technology, California, Lifestyle, Silicon Valley, Appliances, Robot, Delivery, Editorial, Delivery Service, Drone Delivery, Product Design, Mountain View Library, Mountain Valley


A new senate bill would create a US data protection agency

Europe’s data protection laws are some of the strictest in the world, and have long been a thorn in the side of the data-guzzling Silicon Valley tech giants since they colonized vast swathes of the internet. Two decades later, one Democratic senator wants to bring many of those concepts to the United States. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) has published a bill which, if passed, would create a U.S. federal data protection agency designed to protect the privacy of Americans and with the authority t...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Europe, Congress, California, US, Tech, Syria, United States, Silicon Valley, Federal Trade Commission, Richardson, Electronic Privacy Information Center, Center for Democracy and Technology, Color of Change, Michelle Richardson


Notes on Bengaluru (The Garden City) – Old city mayhem, transport apps, and fancy airports

Bengaluru is the third largest city in India, located in the middle of the Deccan Plateau in South India. I was in Bengaluru on the way to somewhere else. I visited Bengaluru in 2007 during my first trip to India, so I would have preferred to visit a new city. 13 years between visits is long enough to warrant a revisit, so instead of flying straight through I made a stopover here. With a population of over 10 million people Bengaluru qualifies as a megacity, and that qualifies me to have anoth...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Australia, Singapore, India, Shanghai, Silicon Valley, Starbucks, Vietnam, Madrid, Lonely Planet, Bengaluru, Bangalore, Travel Blog, Kolkata


The FTC's focus on 'small' acquisitions by tech companies is the first shot in a big new battle (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT, AMZN, FB)

The Federal Trade Commission's move to probe past acquisitions by the big tech firms is one more regulatory worry for those companies. The agency plans to study the "hundreds" of deals the companies have made over the last 10 years that the companies hadn't previously had to report to it. There's growing concern inside and outside the agency that the companies have used such deals to quash nascent competitors. As a result of the study, the FTC could force the companies to unwind some of their ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Congress, US, Trends, European Union, Commission, Silicon Valley, Harry, University Of California Berkeley, Doj, Justice Department, Federal Trade Commission


Mark Zuckerberg still dreams of space, but there's no escape from Earthly problems

Welcome to this week's edition of Trending, the newsletter where we highlight BI Prime's biggest tech stories. I'm Alexei Oreskovic, Business Insider's West Coast bureau chief and global tech editor. If this is your first time here, this is how you can get Trending in your inbox every week. This week: Facebook's space dreams have not been extinguished Way back in 2014, Facebook announced a plan to bring the internet to the skies, and it formed an internal team called the Connectivity Lab to ...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, China, Trends, Federal Communications Commission, Reddit, Ibm, Silicon Valley, Rob, Goldman Sachs, West Coast, Swift, SpaceX Falcon


Facebook's ambitious plan to build a constellation of satellites isn't dead — and it could launch the first one into space as soon as March 2020 (FB)

Facebook is still actively working on plans to launch satellites, despite delays. Paperwork filed with the FCC show the company has quietly been updating its efforts in anticipation of a future launch. One possibility is that Facebook's Athena satellite may launch on an Arianespace rocket as soon as March 2020. Athena is part of Facebook's efforts to improve internet connectivity around the world. Click here for more BI Prime stories. Facebook is still determined to go to space — and it could...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Fcc, Trends, Earth, Antarctica, Silicon Valley, Norway, Leo, Connectivity, Signal, Priscilla Chan, Vega


Android founder Andy Rubin's startup Essential is shutting down, saying there is 'no clear path' to deliver its new phone to customers

Android creator Andy Rubin's consumer electronics startup Essential will shutter its operations, the company announced in a blog post Wednesday. The company pointed to troubles with its latest product as the reason for the shutdown, saying that while the product was developed, it saw "no clear path to deliver it to customers."  The three-year old company was initially lauded as a promising technology startup, but struggled as its product the Essential Phone failed to gain traction.  Rubin's de...
Tags: Google, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Louisiana, Times, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Essential Phone


Ever Loved’s funeral marketplace undercuts undertakers

Fifty percent of families are scared they can’t cover the cost of a funeral. They end up overpaying because no one wants to comparison shop amidst a tragedy. That’s why ex-Googler Alison Johnston’s startup Ever Loved built a free funeral crowdfunding tool. Now it’s addressing one of the most expensive parts of saying goodbye: burial. Today Ever Loved launches its online marketplace for caskets, urns, headstones and memorial jewelry. By sidestepping the overhead of a physical funeral home, ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Social, Startups, TC, Ecommerce, Crowdfunding, Washington, La, Funerals, San Francisco, Tech, Walmart, Silicon Valley, Payments, Costco


Battery Ventures just closed on a whopping $2 billion across two funds, two years after its last fundraise

Battery Ventures,  the now 37-year-old investment firm, just closed on two new funds that — at $2 billion in capital commitments — nearly double the record-breaking $1.2 billion that the firm closed on exactly two years ago. It sounds very typical of the broader trend in recent years of firms that rush back to market every two years and lock down ever greater capital commitments as they go. But General Partner Chelsea Stoner insists the firm’s newest funds — a $1.2 billion flagship fund (its 12t...
Tags: TC, Europe, London, Boston, Berlin, Israel, Tech, Venture Capital, Silicon Valley, Battery Ventures, Bainbridge Island, Stoner, Zack Smotherman, Chelsea Stoner, Phoenix Az Burlington Vt Madison Wi



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