Airbnb Has a Hate Group Problem, Too

But it’s not the same as Facebook’s. C.E.O. Brian Chesky discusses why he and Mark Zuckerberg have different consequences to consider.

#airbnb, #chesky-brian, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #silicon-valley-calif, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #washington-dc

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How Do Silicon Valley Techies Celebrate Getting Rich in a Pandemic?

Not by buying airplanes. Instead, the newest start-up millionaires are proceeding cautiously.

#airbnb, #high-net-worth-individuals, #initial-public-offerings, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups

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Away From Silicon Valley, the Military Is the Ideal Customer

While much has been made of tech’s unwillingness to work with the Pentagon, start-ups are still plumbing the industry’s decades-long ties to the military.

#anduril-industries-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #defense-and-military-forces, #defense-contracts, #defense-department, #drones-pilotless-planes, #luckey-palmer, #silicon-valley-calif, #skydio-inc, #start-ups, #thiel-peter-a, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

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Silicon Valley’s Safe Space

Slate Star Codex was a window into the psyche of many tech leaders building our collective future. Then it disappeared.

#artificial-intelligence, #astral-codex-ten, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #computers-and-the-internet, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #names-personal, #race-and-ethnicity, #rationalists, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #siskind-scott, #slate-star-codex, #substack-inc, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

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MacKenzie Scott, Melinda Gates, Priscilla Chan: On Women Philanthropists

They’ve always been big givers, but for a long time men got most of the credit.

#philanthropy, #silicon-valley-calif, #women-and-girls

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The Silicon Valley Start-Up That Caused Wall Street Chaos

Robinhood pitched itself to investors as the antithesis of Wall Street. It didn’t say that it also entirely relies on Wall Street. This past week, the two realities collided.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #charles-schwab-corporation, #e-trade-financial-corporation, #fidelity-investments, #financial-brokers, #futures-and-options-trading, #gamestop-corporation, #jpmorgan-chasecompany, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robinhood-financial-llc, #securities-and-exchange-commission, #silicon-valley-calif, #stocks-and-bonds, #td-ameritrade-holding-corp, #venture-capital

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The Site Trump Could Run to Next

Substack is the breakout newsletter platform media insiders are watching. Its chief executive says he has big plans — and an open door.

#dispatch-the-web-site, #greenwald-glenn, #media, #newsletters, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #substack-inc, #sullivan-andrew, #trump-donald-j

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Food Delivery Is Keeping Uber Alive. Will It Kill Restaurants?

Uber built a business on the backs of drivers and, now, restaurants. But the company’s chief Dara Khosrowshahi says it’s not part of the ‘menace economy.’

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #khosrowshahi-dara, #mobile-applications, #restaurants, #silicon-valley-calif, #uber-eats, #uber-technologies-inc

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The Scary Power of the Companies That Finally Shut Trump Up

Tech giants were right to ban the president. We still need to break them up.

#amazon-com-inc, #bill-of-rights-us, #censorship, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #debates-political, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #impeachment, #jones-alex-1974, #liberalism-us-politics, #libertarianism-us-politics, #navalny-aleksei-a, #parler-llc, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #sanders-sarah-huckabee, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

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Silicon Valley Isn’t Over Just Because Tech Companies Are Moving Away

The obituary for California’s tech industry has been written before, and it will be rewritten again and again and again.

#austin-tex, #computers-and-the-internet, #miami-fla, #oracle-corporation, #relocation-of-business, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Your Card Payment Has Been Declined

Mastercard’s chief executive oversees $6.5 trillion in transactions. That gives him unique insights into our economic recovery, and power over companies like PornHub.

#banga-ajay, #child-pornography, #credit-cards, #mastercard-inc, #pornhub, #silicon-valley-calif

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Can Kara Swisher Be Vulnerable?

Brené Brown tries her best.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #brown-brene, #gender, #silicon-valley-calif, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #trump-donald-j

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‘Welcome to Texas!’: Musk’s California Departure Stokes the States’ Rivalry

Several companies have followed the same path to Texas, which has aggressively advertised lower taxes and fewer regulations.

#california, #musk-elon, #relocation-of-business, #silicon-valley-calif, #tesla-motors-inc, #texas

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Marc Benioff Sets His Sights on Microsoft

The Salesforce C.E.O.’s planned acquisition of Slack will have him competing directly with the Goliath that is Microsoft.

#benioff-marc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #microsoft-corp, #salesforce-com-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #slack-technologies-inc, #social-media, #software

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Group Seeking Equality for Women in Tech Raises $11 Million

The nonprofit organization, All Raise, is working on an expansion, as diversity in the tech industry remains elusive.

#all-raise-nonprofit, #computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #hiring-and-promotion, #kostka-pam, #nonprofit-organizations, #sexual-harassment, #silicon-valley-calif, #venture-capital

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At-Home Covid Tests and Other Powers of a Tech Billionaire

Chamath Palihapitiya made his fortune with bold predictions and bets on the future. That wealth gives him influence well beyond Silicon Valley — but should it?

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #palihapitiya-chamath, #presidential-election-of-2020, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif

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To Do Politics or Not Do Politics? Tech Start-Ups Are Divided

Coinbase, Expensify, Soylent, Clubhouse and others are embroiled in a culture war over politics and the workplace.

#clubhouse-mobile-app, #coinbase-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #entrepreneurship, #expensify-inc, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #labor-and-jobs, #presidential-election-of-2020, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #soylent, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #workplace-environment

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When Start-Ups Go Into the Garage (or Sometimes the Living Room)

Labs closed in the pandemic, but innovation doesn’t stop. So while some workers have the home office, engineers have the garage.

#batteries, #cerebras-systems, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #engineering-and-engineers, #innovation, #laboratories-and-scientific-equipment, #natron-energy, #relocation-of-business, #shutdowns-institutional, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #voyage

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Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal

“People are basically good” was eBay’s founding principle. But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say, a campaign to terrorize a blogger crawled out of a dark place in the corporate soul.

#cyberharassment, #ebay-inc, #movies, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #stalking-crime, #wenig-devin-n

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‘Sway’: Kara Swisher Hosts a New Podcast

A new podcast about power: who has it, who’s been denied it and who dares to defy it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #podcasts, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #swisher-kara

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Hitting the Glass Ceiling, Suddenly, at Pinterest

Ben Silbermann, the C.E.O., had few answers to allegations that the social media company has a culture of discrimination.

#brougher-fancoise, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #pinterest, #silbermann-ben, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #start-ups, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #women-and-girls

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Overcrowded Housing Invites Covid-19, Even in Silicon Valley

Overcrowding, not density, has defined many coronavirus hot spots. Service workers’ quarters skirting Silicon Valley are no exception.

#affordable-housing, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #quarantines, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-mateo-calif, #service-industries, #silicon-valley-calif, #urban-areas

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The Specter of Caste in Silicon Valley

Indian immigrants from Dalit backgrounds are rising up against caste discrimination at their workplaces in the United States.

#affirmative-action, #caste-systems, #cisco-systems-inc, #discrimination, #hiring-and-promotion, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #indian-americans, #silicon-valley-calif

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Facebook Can’t Be Reformed

We need to reimagine the social network or find a way to survive its dominance.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #police-reform, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

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2,000 Free Meals a Night, Seasoned by Silicon Valley Chefs

With unemployment soaring in this region of haves and have-nots, a local Boys and Girls Club has transformed into a pop-up takeout operation to feed the most disadvantaged.

#boys-and-girls-clubs-of-america, #chefs, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #east-palo-alto-calif, #food, #peter-fortenbaugh, #philanthropy, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #redwood-city-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #unemployment

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The Hot New Thing in Clubby Silicon Valley? An App Called Clubhouse

For all the high-minded talk among techies, their new favorite app is an invite-only (so far) social network for mingling with one another.

#andreessen-horowitz, #andreessen-marc-l, #clubhouse-mobile-app, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #davison-paul-entrepreneur, #entrepreneurship, #mobile-applications, #quarantines, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #start-ups, #venture-capital

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Twitter Could End the Office as We Know It

Tech companies invented remote work. Why has it taken them so long to embrace it?

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #silicon-valley-calif, #workplace-environment

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Four: Headquarters

A trip to YouTube for a conversation with the woman trying to change it.

#computers-and-the-internet, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #viruses, #youtube-com

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Preppers Are Quite Prepared to Enjoy Some Vindication

In Silicon Valley, gearing up for the apocalypse was a cliché. Now it’s a credential.

#altman-sam, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-department, #doomsday, #epidemics, #preppers, #prepping, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #ramey-john, #rationing-and-allocation-of-resources, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #stockpiling, #stokes-jon, #the-prepared

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Silicon Valley Leaders’ Plea to Democrats: Anyone but Sanders

Their tech employees are a different story.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #presidential-election-of-2020, #presidential-elections-us, #primaries-and-caucuses, #sanders-bernard, #silicon-valley-calif, #united-states-politics-and-government, #venture-capital

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