Silicon Valley Watcher (A Top Story)

2018
November
04,
2018
| 12:03 AM America/Los_Angeles
From the cover of Wired Magazine -- Mark Zuckerberg blamed for society's problems. Frontline, the PBS news program, released a two-part investigation into the history of Facebook and it's evolution from a dorm-room project -- to ask if it has ...
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July
31,
2018
| 09:49 AM America/Los_Angeles
Artist Stephanie Dinkins tells a fascinating story about her work with an AI robot made to look like an African-American woman and at times sensing some type of consciousness in the machine. She was speaking at the de Young Museum's Thinking M...
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June
01,
2018
| 06:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
Quantum computers will break our public/private key encryption technologies and IBM says it has a quantum computer resistant technology called lattice cryptology. ...
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May
25,
2018
| 09:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
Quantum computers will be able to instantly break the encryption of sensitive data protected by today's strongest security, warns the head of IBM Research. This could happen in a little more than five years because of advances in quantum computer ...
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April
27,
2018
| 01:16 AM America/Los_Angeles
Facebook and Google make money by aggregating services and advertising around a single user ID — usually your official name. But this creates a messy user experience as the algorithms try to guess your interests from a large tableau of your various a...
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February
28,
2018
| 06:52 AM America/Los_Angeles
Big business has the most to lose from fake and harmful media content because of the tens of billions of dollars they've invested in their brands. If consumers cannot tell what is real they will hesitate to buy. It only takes a little fake news and p...
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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
15,
2017
| 12:33 PM America/Los_Angeles
Elsevier, the European publishing giant has acquired Bepress, a 73 person academic publishing service based in Berkeley, California for an undisclosed amount as it expands its publishing, analytics and metadata services for leading US universities. ...
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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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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
26,
2017
| 04:50 PM America/Los_Angeles
The issue of fake news is extremely serious and it requires immediate attention.  Its proliferation will undermine trust in everything. Everything will look fake. Including the truth. Without reliable and trusted information: ...
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January
24,
2017
| 04:32 PM America/Los_Angeles
The Fake News epidemic is a direct result of our continued failure to create a stable business model around professional news media. We seem to have forgotten that the news media sector continues to be in turmoil. Take a look at a few of the h...
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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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