Silicon Valley Watcher

2019
February
17,
2019
| 12:13 AM America/Los_Angeles
The Google Cemetery website lists 44 dead Google products -- the latest being Google+ discontinued in October 2018. It's somewhat shocking to see large Google products or services suddenly abandoned despite years of work -- seven years for Google+. ...
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2018
June
28,
2018
| 12:20 AM America/Los_Angeles
Unisys says that its first multi-national survey of more than 12,000 workers found that companies lagging in technology report levels of frustration among staff and turnovers far higher compared with companies considered technology leaders. The su...
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2017
October
26,
2017
| 04:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
Alphabet/$GOOG reported strong earnings per share for its third quarter handily beating Wall Street estimates as revenues per click fell faster than expected and traffic costs rose substantially. Natalie Gagliordi reports:  The tech giant repor...
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October
23,
2017
| 03:08 PM America/Los_Angeles
Europe’s Brexit problem could be to blame… There's a big slowdown in dealmaking in the global Technology, Media &Telecommunications (TTM) sector with the value dropping by $92 billion or nearly a quarter during the first nine month...
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October
20,
2017
| 04:54 PM America/Los_Angeles
Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway clothing service said that she was the victim of sexual harassment but that gender discrimination is the larger issue and it’s not being addressed. Hyman was speaking to 200 female startup CEOs at the Pro...
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October
17,
2017
| 01:34 PM America/Los_Angeles
When I was commuting to Menlo Park last year my journey would start on the San Francisco 38 Geary bus. It was always crowded and I’d be fortunate to squeeze in. I remember one particular gorgeous sunny morning and I’m on a very crowded bus. I ...
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October
16,
2017
| 08:20 PM America/Los_Angeles
About a year or more ago I was at an event that featured a panel of top Artificial Intelligence  (AI) experts. It was held at SRI International — Silicon Valley’s famous and at times, infamous research institute— responsible for the spun-out Nuance v...
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October
12,
2017
| 05:29 PM America/Los_Angeles
The November issue of The Atlantic magazine celebrates its 160th anniversary with a cover story on a search for the Science of Creativity —  “Inside Google’s Moonshot Factory”. The Atlantic's Senior Editor Derek Thompson, “was granted rare acc...
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October
12,
2017
| 02:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
Ideas generated by General Electric’s workforce will produce more than $5 billion in production cost savings said Joshua Mook (above), engineering leader at GE speaking at a conference in San Francisco for users of Brightidea’s innovation managem...
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October
05,
2017
| 04:55 PM America/Los_Angeles
Gordon Moore’s Law describes the economics of innovation Demand for chips is huge with chip prices jumping higher every month and shortages of key components such as memory halting product manufacturing lines. The Semiconductor Industry Associ...
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October
03,
2017
| 07:36 PM America/Los_Angeles
Paul Otellini, the former CEO of Intel, the world’s second largest chipmaker, died in his sleep the company announced Tuesday - he was ten days shy of 67 years old. His retirement from Intel in May 2013 capped nearly 40 years working at Intel....
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August
01,
2017
| 09:02 PM America/Los_Angeles
Our voice is important for Democracy… and in getting more productivity from our technologies.The future sounds a little like Cold War Eastern Europe as the digital assistants try to listen-in and construct individual dossiers on each of us — to sell ...
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June
27,
2017
| 04:16 PM America/Los_Angeles
The SF/Bay Area based Hertz Foundation has found a way to surface the best young scientists and fund their work which accelerates the timeline for new breakthroughs. It’s attracted attention from the GatesFoundation with a $5m grant.John Hertz is kno...
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June
01,
2017
| 07:18 PM America/Los_Angeles
There's no good news for media companies in the latest Internet Trends report from VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers as Google and Facebook share an astounding 85% of all new Internet advertising.Last year it was 74% — an acceleration that dem...
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May
04,
2017
| 07:17 PM America/Los_Angeles
Timothy Lee at Vox reports:Facebook is hiring 3,000 people to stop users from broadcasting murder and rapeFacebook has faced a string of incidents where users have filmed shocking events — like rape and murder — and uploaded them to the site. Critics...
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May
03,
2017
| 01:15 PM America/Los_Angeles
Women in IT jobs are more likely to have a college degree than their male colleagues but are paid about 6 per cent less.The survey commissioned by Spiceworks, a professional network for IT workers, found that despite the salary and education gap betw...
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April
27,
2017
| 08:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
Alphabet/Google announced first quarter financial results that beat Wall Street analyst estimates. But the jump in revenues hides a large problem.From Matthew Lynley at TechcrunchThe Google core business is, as usual, quite boringly efficient. We ten...
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April
27,
2017
| 06:49 PM America/Los_Angeles
The average job tenure of the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) continues to decline and is now less than half that of the CEO’s average of 7.2 years. It’s tough being a CMO in today’s fractured media landscape and its ephemeral social media trends — rep...
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March
08,
2017
| 05:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
Successful technologies start life by being good enough to be useful. Could some technologies become unbelievably good at what they do—and become too good to be used?Todays marketing technologies have improved greatly thanks to all that personal data...
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February
17,
2017
| 12:03 PM America/Los_Angeles
We are in an era of “Hyperscale companies” such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Apple that limit opportunities for startups warns Sam Altman, head of Y Combinator,  Silicon Valley’s influential investment group, accelerator and educator. T...
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February
07,
2017
| 08:26 PM America/Los_Angeles
Chelsea Peretti (above) a comedic actress, introduced the 10th Annual Crunchies — awards celebrating startups and VCs in Silicon Valley — and managed some decent jokes poking fun at the techie audience and coming up with some great app ideas. (The fi...
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January
31,
2017
| 06:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
According to the Chinese zodiac Google became a public company in the year of the Monkey, in August 2004.In Western culture we are familiar with the story of the three monkeys who very wisely: see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil. In some Asi...
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January
26,
2017
| 09:41 PM America/Los_Angeles
 The California Historical Society has opened a Summer of Love photo exhibit and is collecting people’s stories about this very important cultural event.To riff on the famous call to action voiced by Timothy Leary at the Human Be-In "turn on, tune in...
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January
11,
2017
| 08:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
Two major reports on venture capital activity from PricewaterhouseCoopers/CB Insights and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) showed a steep drop in US venture capital investments in the last months of 2016 but a strong overall year. The ...
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January
10,
2017
| 03:14 PM America/Los_Angeles
Lots of great observations on the value of ten-year old startups in this post by Irish entrepreneur Cronan McNamara: Your Overnight Success will be 10 Years in the Making + 10 Innovation Tips for the Long TermHe makes a good case that over a ten-year...
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2016
December
12,
2016
| 03:59 PM America/Los_Angeles
At a recent media roundtable discussion about the future for wearables, hosted by Vivalnk, I was sitting next to two doctors who have been working in this field as advisers.They told me they don't know what to do with all the data that patients keep ...
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December
02,
2016
| 03:19 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Silicon Valley firm that helped Al Gore create a movement to curb climate change introduces strategy team to help leaders spark and sustain change. Guest post by Chris Knight In 2012, Nancy Duarte and Patti Sanchez set out to write a book to help...
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November
18,
2016
| 01:21 PM America/Los_Angeles
Every day Facebook publishes millions of pages of content with advertising - what's "not a media company" about that?Yet Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has lately been determined to identify Facebook as a tech company who's engineers are on...
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November
16,
2016
| 12:52 PM America/Los_Angeles
The number of women on the boards of tech companies has more than tripled since 2013 according to analysis of 100 public technology companies by Redfin, a national real estate brokerage.The study says that tech company boards began to change because ...
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November
15,
2016
| 03:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
The winter issue of CNET Magazine is out and comedian T.J. Miller is on the cover and featured in an interview.Miller is one of the characters in HBO’s sitcom Silicon Valley. In the interview he says,I consider everybody who takes themselves seriousl...
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