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Don’t Blame the Government Shutdown for SpaceX Delays

The impasse in Washington hasn’t yet threatened a significant milestone in the American space program.
Tags: Washington, Tech, SpaceX Delays


Everfi appoints Patterson as COO

Everfi Inc, an edtech company, has named Ellen Patterson as chief operating officer. Previously, she was the company’s chief revenue and partnership officer. Everfi’s backers include Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, TPG Growth, The Rise Fund and Advance Publications. PRESS RELEASE WASHINGTON, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — EVERFI Inc., a leading education technology innovator, today announced the appointment of Ellen Patterson as its Chief Operati...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Washington, America, Trends, People, Canada, Aol, Ellen, Jeff Bezos, West End, Evan Williams, The Washington Post, Patterson, Eric Schmidt, EVERFI Inc


Why Google engineers worked full-time to combat sex trafficking

When the government seized classified-ads site Backpage, forcing it to shut down in April, it became a lot harder to find and locate potential victims of sex trafficking. While it was symbolically good that the site, whose CEO later pled guilty to charges of sex trafficking, shut down, it created a significant technical challenge for law enforcement and the organizations trying to help prevent sex-trafficking, Google Senior Software Engineer Sam Ainsley told TechCrunch. “Once Backpage was gone, ...
Tags: Health, Google, TC, Developer, Washington, Tech, Diversity, Washington Dc, Ashton Kutcher, Google.org, Thorn, Ainsley, Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Dirksen Senate Office Building, Backpage, Paul Morigi


Become a Google for Education Certified Innovator in 2019

The Google for Education Certified Innovator Program supports educators in developing new projects for their classrooms and school districts. Members participate in a year-long mentorship program that begins with workshops called Innovator Academies where teachers, coaches and Google experts learn from each other. Today, applications for the 2019 Innovator Academies are open.We’re sharing a few of the projects that have been started at past Innovator Academies—plus, alumni tips for educators who...
Tags: Google, Education, Washington, Spain, Dallas, Academy, Google Translate, Mesquite, Google Slides, Google for Education Certified Innovator Program, Innovator Academies, Joanna Carroll Princeville School District, Diana Gill East Porter School District, Innovator Academy, John Zingale Vancouver, HiPStory Network


Shareholders sue Google execs over handling of Andy Rubin sexual harassment claims

When Android founder Andy Rubin left Google in 2014, the departure was unexpected, if not shrouded in mystery. A few years later, a New York Times expose revealed that Rubin was essentially forced out of the search giant due to a handful of sexual misconduct claims from other Google employees. In ousting Rubin, Google paid the famed engineer a whopping $90 million when it could have simply fired him outright. Naturally, when the story surfaced, Google received an avalanche of criticism for not ...
Tags: Google, News, Washington, New York Times, Times, Sundar Pichai, San Francisco Chronicle, Rubin, Andy Rubin, Google Rubin, Rubin Google


Here's how the government shutdown could affect the race between Amazon and Microsoft for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract (AMZN, MSFT, ORCL, IBM)

The bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon that cloud giants are competing for, might potentially be delayed because of the government shutdown, some analysts say. Since the Department of Defense wasn't closed from the shutdown, there won't be a direct impact on the JEDI race. However, the shutdown could affect government cybersecurity, the ability of companies to obtain government security certifications, and the tim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, China, Trends, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, Donald Trump, King, Oracle, Forrester, Murphy, Jedi


All of the major tech companies are going their separate ways, making things more difficult for regulators

Investors fell in love with a basket of stocks they called FAANG (for Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google) and rode those investments up a tall curve for years. Policymakers and regulators found it convenient to paint a single big target on "the big tech platforms" as the spate of privacy- and election-related controversies since 2016 raised calls for government action. But the closer the government looks at the companies' problems, the harder it gets to settle on any one-size-fits-al...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Europe, New York, Hollywood, Microsoft, Congress, Washington, Trends, Cisco, Eu, Netflix, Internet Association, Silicon Valley


There's a race for a $10 billion Pentagon cloud contract underway. Here's how the government shutdown could affect it (AMZN, MSFT, ORCL, IBM)

The bid for the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) contract, a $10 billion cloud contract with the Pentagon that cloud giants are competing for, might potentially be delayed because of the government shutdown, some analysts say. Since the Department of Defense wasn't closed from the shutdown, there won't be a direct impact on the JEDI race. However, the shutdown could affect government cybersecurity, the ability of companies to obtain government security certifications, and the tim...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Congress, Washington, Trends, Department Of Defense, Ibm, Pentagon, Donald Trump, King, Oracle, Forrester, Murphy, Jedi, Charles King, Wedbush Securities


An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a fatal truck crash

California police said a man was killed Wednesday in a highway crash after a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. The box truck involved in the crash was carrying "a very special load" for Apple, according to NBC's Bay Area affiliate. Sources told NBC the two men in the truck were armed security guards transporting products for Apple. Apple is known for being very tight-lipped and keeping its products and company documents under tight wraps. A truck reportedly transporting " highly sens...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Buzzfeed, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, Poland, California Highway Patrol, West Coast, Cupertino, Huawei, British Airways, Rich, Jony Ive, Apple Apple


An armed guard reportedly transporting a 'very special load' for Apple was killed in a truck crash

California police said a man was killed Wednesday in a highway crash after a truck driver fell asleep behind the wheel. The box truck involved in the crash was carrying "a very special load" for Apple, according to NBC's Bay Area affiliate. Sources told NBC the two men in the truck were armed security guards transporting products for Apple. Apple is known for being very tight-lipped and keeping its products and company documents under tight wraps. A truck reportedly transporting " highly sens...
Tags: Apple, Nbc, Buzzfeed, California, Washington, Los Angeles, Trends, Poland, California Highway Patrol, West Coast, Cupertino, Huawei, Rich, Jony Ive, Apple Apple, Ive


How will Jeff Bezos' divorce impact Amazon's stock price?

Yes, it's a soulless, grotesque question. But it's all about money, and investors are wondering if Jeff Bezos getting divorced means they're gonna lose money. Shares in Amazon inc “seesawed” on Thursday as questions swirled around Jeff Bezos's impending divorce, and any potential effect on his control of Wall Street's most valuable company, which is expanding like crazy around the U.S. From Reuters: Bezos, whom Forbes lists as the world’s richest person, worth an estimated $136.2 billion, sai...
Tags: Amazon, Post, Business, Technology, News, Washington, Tech, Jeff Bezos, Forbes, Reuters, Jeff, Bezos, Doug Kass, MacKenzie, Picks, MacKenzie Bezos


Jeff Bezos' impending divorce carries some big risks for Amazon shareholders (AMZN)

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' impending divorce from his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, carries at least two big risks for the company's shareholders, legal experts say. Bezos could become distracted by the divorce proceedings, affecting his ability to run Amazon. The divorce could also potentially lead to a mass sell-off of stock by either Bezos or his wife. Legal experts think Bezos and his wife will work to minimize those risks, since it's in their interests to do so. But divorces don't always go smoothly...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York Post, New York, Washington, Trends, Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Rupert Murdoch, National Enquirer, Amazon Web Services, Blackrock, Paul Tudor Jones, Vanguard


Travel News: January 10, 2019

Crystal campaign focuses on personal experiences Travel Weekly Crystal has launched a new marketing campaign, its first since Tom Wolber became CEO in September 2017. The campaign theme “Where Luxury is Personal” will avoid platitudes about luxury and instead focus on how luxury “is defined by each traveler, making the experience wholly individual,” Crystal said.   TSA Union Says Government Shutdown Causing Agents to Quit Travel Pulse The union representing Transportation Security Administratio...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Microsoft, Washington, Amsterdam, Tsa, Las Vegas, Alexa, Crystal, News And Deals, Transportation Security Administration TSA, Siri Amazon, American Federation of Government Employees AFGE, Google Home, Tom Wolber, Travel Weekly Crystal


Google's New Policy Chief Weighs Washington Reshuffle

Karan Bhatia, who joined in June, is reassessing the roles of existing staff, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing private matters. This may hasten the departure of Google’s longtime Washington director, former Representative Susan Molinari, according to one of the people. Molinari, a Republican who joined Alphabet Inc.’s Google in 2012, was slated to transition to an advisory role this month, opening up her position as head of policy for the Americas.
Tags: Google, Science, Washington, Molinari, Alphabet Inc, Susan Molinari, Karan Bhatia, Washington Reshuffle


How Trump’s government shutdown is harming cyber and national security

It’s now 18 days since the U.S. government unceremoniously shut down because Congress couldn’t agree on a bill to fund a quarter of all federal departments — including paying their employees. But federal workers are starting to feel the pinch after not getting paid for two weeks, and this will have a knock-on effect to U.S. national security. The longer the shutdown goes on, the greater the damage will be. The “too long, didn’t read” version is that before Christmas, President Trump wanted $5 bi...
Tags: Security, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Government, Nsa, Senate, White House, Funding, Defense, Tech, House, President, National Security, Homeland Security, Secret Service


'Reality is kicking in': Ford says self-driving vehicles are further away than many expect

Though Ford still gets most of its revenue selling personal vehicles, the company sees a world where people rely on a much wider mix of transportation modes. To transform itself for its AV goals, Ford has made a range of acquisitions and has brought more of its technology development in-house. Ford will continue its push toward "mobility" to position itself as a key player in autonomous vehicles, even as the traditional car industry seems headed for a down cycle and the realistic timeframe ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Washington, San Francisco, Trends, Ford, Gm, Toyota, Android Auto, Ford GM, Ken Washington, Sherif Marakby, Marakby, Marcy Klevorn, Axios Spin, Ford Klevorn


Washington attorney general wants to hear from those impacted by 911 outage

The outage, which began the evening of Dec. 27 and lasted for more than 12 hours, disrupted 911 emergency calls in Washington and other states. State and federal regulators are investigating.
Tags: Business, Technology, News, Washington, Local Politics, Local News, Northwest


Huawei Has Suspected Ties To Front Companies In Iran and Syria, New Documents Reveal

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: The U.S. case against the chief financial officer of China's Huawei Technologies, who was arrested in Canada last month, centers on the company's suspected ties to two obscure companies. One is a telecom equipment seller that operated in Tehran; the other is that firm's owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius. U.S. authorities allege CFO Meng Wanzhou deceived international banks into clearing transactions with Iran by claiming the two co...
Tags: Washington, China, Tech, Iran, Syria, Canada, Tehran, Huawei, Mauritius, Reuters, Huawei Technologies, Iran Reuters, Wanzhou, Skycom Tech Co Ltd, Skycom, Canicula Holdings Ltd


Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as both investors and startup founders abandon deals amid scrutiny from Washington. From a report: Chinese venture funding in U.S. startups crested to a record $3 billion last year, according to New York economic research firm Rhodium Group, spurred by a rush of investors and tech companies scrambling to complete deals before a new regulator...
Tags: New York, Washington, China, India, Tech, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Trump, Reuters, Rhodium Group, New Trump, Nell O Donnell


Emmanuel Newsom?

A youthful and handsome appearance, the blessings of the autocrats and clerics of our times, and a fawning media — all these belonged to French President Emmanuel Macron just a year ago. He was praised as everything from the “new leader of the Free World” to Europe’s Reagan. Today Macron’s presidency is adrift, paralyzed by grassroots opposition to his policies — mostly from the middle and working classes — and a popularity rating about half of that suffered by Donald Trump. Is this the fate tha...
Tags: Europe, California, Opinion, Washington, France, China, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Reagan, Sport, Afghanistan, Soccer, Gop, Houston, Jerry Brown


Robots Are Taking Some Jobs, But Not All: World Bank

Some Amazon stores have no cashiers, and Waymo is testing self-driving taxis. Are robots taking our jobs? It depends on what you do and where you do it, according to a new report by the World Bank released this week. From a report: "Advanced economies have shed industrial jobs, but the rise of the industrial sector in East Asia has more than compensated for this loss," said the report, titled "The Changing Nature of Work." That may seem like good news in a broad sense, but not to the people whos...
Tags: Amazon, Washington, Tech, World Bank, East Asia, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, Waymo, Robert Atkinson


These are the 50 richest people in the world right now

We put together a list of the world's richest people of 2019, using up-to-minute data from Bloomberg. The majority of the billionaires on the list are self-made billionaires who built business empires in tech, finance, fashion, and sports. A few of the billionaires inherited stakes in their family's companies. There's rich. And then there's world's richest people rich. To make it into the latter group, you now need a net worth of at least $17 billion. Using the calculations from the Bloomberg...
Tags: Apple, Usa, New York, California, Washington, India, US, Trends, Bloomberg, United States, Orange County, Bloomberg LP, Michael Bloomberg, Don, Washington Wizards, Bloomberg News


US Economy Adds 312K Jobs In December, Unemployment Ticks Up

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in December, adding 312,000 jobs in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent, but that reflected a surge in jobseekers— a positive for growth. Average hourly pay improved 3.2 percent from a year ago, up from average wage growth of...
Tags: Apple, News, Washington, Mexico, China, US, Ap, United States, Federal Reserve, Donald Trump, Glassdoor, Trump, Fed, Labor Department, Andrew Chamberlain, David Taintor


From Immigration to Taxes, Execs Talk Trump Effect on Innovation

When it comes to developing and promoting innovation, external factors beyond the control of company founders, investors, and other business leaders can also determine whether a startup succeeds or fails.In 2018, geopolitical events—in particular, President Donald Trump’s hard-line stances on trade and immigration, and the repeal of net neutrality rules—were top of mind for several business executives we interviewed recently. They shared their thoughts via e-mail with me, Xconomy’s national cor...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Politics, Net Neutrality, Internet, Washington, China, Funding, Immigration, Trends, Tech, Investment, Tax, Web, People, Software


Apple sales should pick up when U.S.-China strike trade deal: Trump adviser

A sharp drop in Chinese economic growth will hit the profits of U.S. firms but sales by Apple Inc and other American companies should recover once Washington strikes a trade deal with Beijing, a senior White House adviser said on Thursday.
Tags: Apple, Money, Washington, White House, China, Beijing, businessNews, Apple Inc, Trump


Waning iPhone demand highlights consumer anxiety in China

BEIJING (AP) — Apple's $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to Chinese consumers jittery over an economic slump and the trade war with Washington.CEO Tim Cook told shareholders Wednesday that iPhone demand is waning, mainly in China. That... [Author: [email protected]]
Tags: Apple, Business, Washington, China, Beijing, Tim Cook


Apple sounds the alarm on a slowdown in China

Apple lowered its first-quarter guidance Wednesday and cited slowing growth in China in an unexpected update to investors. That follows economic data pointing to a slowdown in the country. Watch Apple trade in real time here. China's economy is losing steam. In a letter lowering Apple's revenue forecast Wednesday, chief executive Tim Cook partly blamed weak sales in the second largest economy and said the company hadn't anticipated the degree of deceleration taking place.  “While we a...
Tags: Apple, Cook, Washington, China, US, Trends, Beijing, United States, Tim Cook, John Higgins, Blackrock, Capital Economics, Greater China


Apple bombshell rocks European, Asian shares; 'flash crash' jolts currencies

Apple's rare warning on revenue rocked financial markets on Thursday, reigniting concerns about slowing global economic and corporate growth and potential damage from Washington's protracted trade row with Beijing.
Tags: Apple, Money, Washington, businessNews


'Everybody I talk to is puzzled': There are signs that Comcast may launch a streaming service, but it might be too late to the game

Comcast has publicly said it hasn't identified a business model that makes sense for a streaming service. There are signs that might soon change, with Comcast overbuilding in regional broadband territories and hints from NBCU President Steve Burke. But the timing could prove tricky now that AT&T and Disney plan to launch streaming services this year. In a world of increasingly available streaming options, Comcast remains an outlier. AT&T and Disney both pledged to launch streamin...
Tags: Apple, Verizon, Fcc, Nbc, Time Warner, Abc, Washington, Disney, US, Sacramento, Trends, Netflix, Pennsylvania, Comcast, North, Espn


Why the West Coast Is Suddenly Beating the East Coast on Transportation

The subways on the East Coast that allowed New York, Washington and Boston to thrive are showing their age and suffering from years of neglect, while cities on the West Coast are moving quickly to expand and improve their networks. From a report: The Los Angeles area, the ultimate car-centric region with its sprawling freeways, approved a sweeping $120 billion plan to build new train routes and upgrade its buses. Seattle has won accolades for its transit system, where 93 percent of riders report...
Tags: New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, Tech, Brooklyn, Manhattan, West Coast, Seattle, East Coast, Far West Side, Robert Puentes, New York Washington, Brooklyn Queens Expressway, Eno Center for Transportation, Trottenberg



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