The Summer of NIMBY in Silicon Valley’s Poshest Town

Moguls and investors from the tech industry, which endorses housing relief, banded together to object to a plan for multifamily homes near their estates in Atherton, Calif.

#affordable-housing, #andreessen-marc-l, #apple-inc, #area-planning-and-renewal, #atherton-calif, #benchmark-capital, #city-councils, #computers-and-the-internet, #draper-timothy-c, #electronic-arts-inc, #felicis-ventures, #google-inc, #high-net-worth-individuals, #johnson-ronald-b-1959, #kordestani-omid-r-1963, #meta-platforms-inc, #netflix-inc, #palo-alto-networks-inc, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #venture-capital, #whetstone-rachel-1968, #wilson-andrew, #zoning

How Mark Zuckerberg Is Leading Meta Into Its Next Phase

Facebook’s founder is setting a relentless pace as he pushes his company through a tech transformation during a global economic slowdown.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Advanced Batteries Move From Labs to Mass Production

Makers of batteries that could charge in a few minutes are setting up assembly lines, bringing the technology a big step closer to auto showrooms.

#automobiles, #batteries, #berdichevsky-gene, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #quantumscape-corp, #sila-nanotechnologies-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #singh-jagdeep-technology-executive, #start-ups, #venture-capital

Elon Musk and Kraken’s Jesse Powell Shouldn’t Claim to Be Free Speech Advocates

In Silicon Valley, entrepreneurs are lauded as innovators whose vision exceeds that of ordinary mortals. Sometimes they start believing the hype.

#armstrong-brian-1983, #black-people, #coinbase-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #kraken-payward-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #musk-elon, #powell-jesse-cryptocurrency-executive, #race-and-ethnicity, #silicon-valley-calif, #space-exploration-technologies-corp, #twitter, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Silicon Valley’s Worship of Work Hurts All of Us

Work has become religion for many knowledge workers. It hurts all of us.

#careers-and-professions, #labor-and-jobs, #places-of-worship, #religion-and-belief, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #united-states, #work-life-balance, #workplace-environment

Russian-Speakers in Tech Rebuild Their Lives in San Francisco

They moved from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and other countries for jobs in the technology industry. Now they are joined by friends fleeing war and repression.

#belarus, #computers-and-the-internet, #google-inc, #immigration-and-emigration, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-americans, #san-francisco-calif, #san-francisco-bay-area-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #ukraine

Abortion Is a Business Issue

Women make up half of the work force, but the issue’s divisiveness has led many companies to keep quiet on the issue for now.

#abortion, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #levi-straussco, #minorities, #politics-and-government, #race-and-ethnicity, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #silicon-valley-calif, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #united-states-politics-and-government

Barack Obama’s New Role: Fighting Disinformation

The former president has embarked on a campaign to warn that the scourge of online falsehoods has eroded the foundations of democracy.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2016, #project-democracy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #twitter

Yuri Milner’s Russian Clapback

A Russian-born tech titan takes a bold stance against his birth country’s pummeling of Ukraine.

#dst-global-solutions, #facebook-inc, #grant-adam-m, #internal-sub-only-nl, #milner-yuri, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media

Patrick Gelsinger is Intel’s True Believer

Patrick Gelsinger is back running a company he first joined at 18. The chip maker was a Silicon Valley titan that lost its luster. As the world craves chips, can Intel make its comeback?

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #christians-and-christianity, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #factories-and-manufacturing, #gelsinger-patrick, #intel-corporation, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #shortages, #silicon-valley-calif, #smartphones, #supply-chain, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

What the Joe Rogan Backlash Reveals About How We Handle Misinformation

Are we relying too heavily on tech platforms to enforce the boundaries of socially acceptable speech?

#debatable, #rogan-joe, #science-and-technology, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #spotify, #the-joe-rogan-experience-radio-program, #young-neil

John Arrillaga Sr., Who Helped Build Silicon Valley, Dies at 84

Starting in the 1960s, he developed the area’s farmland into office parks that housed fast-growing technology companies.

#arrillaga-john-sr-1937-2022, #colleges-and-universities, #computers-and-the-internet, #deaths-obituaries, #peery-arrillaga-real-estate-firm, #philanthropy, #real-estate-commercial, #silicon-valley-calif, #stanford-university

Why Is Silicon Valley Still Waiting for the Next Big Thing?

The tech industry has grown ever more rich off big ideas that were developed more than a decade ago. New things like quantum computing and self-driving cars could take a while.

#artificial-intelligence, #bosworth-andrew-1982, #computers-and-the-internet, #driverless-and-semiautonomous-vehicles, #google-inc, #innovation, #levie-aaron-w, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #quantum-computing, #research, #silicon-valley-calif, #uber-technologies-inc

Elizabeth Warren Claps Back at Elon Musk

The Massachusetts senator defends her plan to tax billionaires and break up Big Tech.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #democratic-party, #income-tax, #massachusetts, #senate, #silicon-valley-calif, #united-states-politics-and-government, #warren-elizabeth

Tech Start-Ups Reach a New Peak of Froth

There’s more money and more bubbly behavior. Investors insist it’s rational.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #entrepreneurship, #initial-public-offerings, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #venture-capital

A California City Is Overrun by Crows. Could a Laser Be the Answer?

In a move befitting its Silicon Valley setting, the city of Sunnyvale, Calif., will aim a laser at 1,000 birds that have overwhelmed the downtown area during the pandemic.

#birds, #california, #crows-birds, #laser-light-amplification-by-stimulated-emission-of-radiation, #silicon-valley-calif, #sunnyvale-calif

Why Silicon Valley Can’t Escape Elizabeth Holmes

Ms. Holmes, the founder of Theranos, wasn’t a creature of Silicon Valley, or so the refrain went. But her fraud trial showed otherwise.

#computers-and-the-internet, #frauds-and-swindling, #high-net-worth-individuals, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #news-and-news-media, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

The Epic Rise and Fall of Elizabeth Holmes

In Silicon Valley’s world of make-believe, the philosophy of “fake it until you make it” finally gets its comeuppance.

#careers-and-professions, #computers-and-the-internet, #fitzgerald-f-scott, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #jobs-steven-p, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc

What to Know Ahead of Day 6 of Elizabeth Holmes Trial Deliberations

Ms. Holmes, the founder of the blood testing start-up Theranos, is accused of deceiving investors, patients and advertisers.

#frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

Jury in Holmes Trial Set to Deliberate for Fourth Day

A jury of eight men and four women deliberated for three days last week with no verdict in the case of the Theranos founder.

#computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

Prosecutors Push Elizabeth Holmes of Theranos to Take Responsibility

Under cross-examination, the founder of the failed blood testing start-up defended herself but admitted that she had made mistakes.

#balwani-ramesh, #cheung-erika, #computers-and-the-internet, #dating-and-relationships, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #text-messaging, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital

Jay Last, One of the Rebels Who Founded Silicon Valley, Dies at 92

He and seven others left the Shockley Semiconductor Laboratory to create their own silicon company, Fairchild Semiconductor, which is now seen as ground zero for the West Coast tech industry.

#amelco-corporation, #computer-chips, #computers-and-the-internet, #deaths-obituaries, #fairchild-semiconductor-international-inc, #last-jay, #moore-gordon-e, #shockley-william, #silicon-valley-calif

Elizabeth Holmes Trial Exposes Investors’ Lack of Due Diligence

Start-up investors have often suspended skepticism while chasing a hot deal. The trial of Ms. Holmes, the founder of Theranos, has put that behavior under the spotlight.

#computers-and-the-internet, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #entrepreneurship, #frauds-and-swindling, #high-net-worth-individuals, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #silicon-valley-calif, #start-ups, #tests-medical, #theranos-inc, #venture-capital, #walgreen-co

Elon Musk’s Extraterrestrial Capitalism

Billionaires, having read stories of world-building as boys, are now rich enough, as men, to build worlds. The rest of us are trapped in them.

#bezos-jeffrey-p, #books-and-literature, #capitalism-theory-and-philosophy, #high-net-worth-individuals, #income-inequality, #musk-elon, #science-fiction, #silicon-valley-calif, #south-africa, #space-and-astronomy, #star-trek-tv-program, #the-hitchhikers-guide-to-the-galaxy-movie, #writing-and-writers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Gets a New Name

Running from controversy, Facebook introduces a new name and vision.

#facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta, #metaverse, #silicon-valley-calif, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Are Tesla and Texas a Perfect Match? It’s Questionable.

While its C.E.O., Elon Musk, and the state’s conservative lawmakers share libertarian sensibilities, they differ greatly on climate change and renewable energy.

#abbott-gregory-w-1957, #alternative-and-renewable-energy, #austin-tex, #automobiles, #batteries, #california, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #energy-and-power, #law-and-legislation, #musk-elon, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #relocation-of-business, #silicon-valley-calif, #solar-energy, #tesla-motors-inc, #texas, #wind-power

What Elizabeth Holmes’ Rise and Fall Means for Ambitious Women

The Theranos founder has turned out to be a symbol of how far we haven’t come.

#high-net-worth-individuals, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #silicon-valley-calif, #theranos-inc, #women-and-girls, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Elizabeth Holmes Trial Is a Wake-Up Call for Sexism in Tech

In tech, brash male founders are allowed to overpromise and underdeliver, time and again. Not so much for women.

#altria-group-inc, #burns-kevin-r, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #conrad-parker, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #juul-labs-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #venture-capital, #women-and-girls

The Sexism That Led to the Elizabeth Holmes Trial

In tech, brash male founders are allowed to overpromise and underdeliver, time and again. Not so much for women.

#altria-group-inc, #burns-kevin-r, #california, #computers-and-the-internet, #conrad-parker, #discrimination, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #juul-labs-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #venture-capital, #women-and-girls

She’s the Investor Guru for Online Creators

Li Jin, 31, began backing creators years ago. She has raised her own fund to invest in influencer-related start-ups.

#atelier-ventures, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #entrepreneurship, #li-jin, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #socialism-theory-and-philosophy, #start-ups, #venture-capital, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Praise, Concern and Apple’s New Tools Against Child Abuse Imagery

The company has taken action against sexual abuse material on its platforms. Its solutions, however, have not been met with universal support.

#apple-inc, #audio-neutral-informative, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #computers-and-the-internet, #sex-crimes, #silicon-valley-calif, #software

Joseph Gordon-Levitt: ‘Silicon Valley Now Owns Hollywood’

The actor, who’s set to play the controversial Uber co-founder Travis Kalanick in an upcoming series, thinks the tech takeover may be a good thing.

#apple-tv, #audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #gordon-levitt-joseph, #kalanick-travis, #silicon-valley-calif

Tech Workers Who Swore Off the Bay Area Are Coming Back

Critics said the pandemic would make the industry flee San Francisco and its southern neighbor, Silicon Valley. But tech can’t seem to quit its gravitational center.

#austin-tex, #bay-area-rapid-transit, #cisco-systems-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #florida, #google-inc, #hewlett-packard-company, #musk-elon, #oracle-corporation, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #relocation-of-business, #renting-and-leasing-real-estate, #san-francisco-calif, #silicon-valley-calif, #twitter

Silicon Valley’s Thin Skins and Giant Egos

Ellen Pao, the former C.E.O. of Reddit, talks Big Tech boys clubs, content moderation and workplace culture.

#audio-neutral-informative, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #pinterest, #reddit-inc, #silicon-valley-calif, #twitter, #venture-capital, #women-and-girls, #workplace-environment, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Zuckerberg’s Trusted Facebook Users to Fix His Trump Problem.

The CEO — and the rest of us — are paying the price.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #politics-and-government, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #twitter, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Seeing the Real Faces of Silicon Valley

For many midlevel engineers and food truck workers and longtime residents, a region filled with extremes has become increasingly inhospitable.

#homeless-persons, #income-inequality, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #silicon-valley-calif, #wages-and-salaries

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

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

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.

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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

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

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

‘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

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