Silicon Valley Watcher (Take)

2019
November
11,
2019
| 10:43 PM America/Los_Angeles
Brazil’s iFood is a great example of a highly innovative company that is very much a product of Silicon Valley even though it is founded and funded largely by Brazilians (and South Africans) and has raised nearly $600 million and swiftly built a gian...
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August
31,
2019
| 01:03 AM America/Los_Angeles
          Google has been sued by a group of independent video producers for restricting their YouTube channels and not allowing them to buy advertising to promote their LGBTQ related content. Eight plaintiffs representing the L...
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March
11,
2019
| 09:30 PM America/Los_Angeles
Walking around the giant show floor at RSA I was struck by a thought: what a dismal industry this must be. If you are good at your job, you haven't created any new technology that makes processes more productive, or could be used to create new ty...
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February
17,
2019
| 12:09 AM America/Los_Angeles
                    Diane Wilsey President and Thomas Campbell CEO of Fine Arts Museum - Photo courtesy of Chris Knight with LeftCoastScenes.com  Calling it a “gift of love to the city” the curators of Monet - The...
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January
05,
2019
| 11:44 PM America/Los_Angeles
Google's workers are getting bolder and more frequent in their disagreement with their leaders as shown by this week's protest of plans to re-enter the Chinese market. [Please see: Employees tell Google not to be complicit in Chinese oppression an...
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2018
October
26,
2018
| 12:19 AM America/Los_Angeles
Local protestors claimed a victory in their opposition to Google's plans to set up an urban business park in a poor district of Berlin -- it would have been its seventh "Google Campus" after London, Sao Paulo, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Seoul, and Warsaw. ...
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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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July
12,
2018
| 03:11 AM America/Los_Angeles
The de Young Museum’s Cult of the Machine exhibit includes a series of talks on the topic of “Thinking Machines”.  Tim O’Reilly, the hugely successful media entrepreneur of tech books and conferences will speak with author Steven Johnson about th...
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July
06,
2018
| 12:38 AM America/Los_Angeles
There are no unions in Silicon Valley but maybe they aren't needed if software engineers can self-organize at a moment's notice — using the same communications and collaborations tools they use at work and at leisure. The recent victory by Goo...
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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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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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March
31,
2018
| 08:10 AM America/Los_Angeles
There's a much larger fallout ahead from the recent Facebook data scandal. Doc Searls, Editor of Unix Journal writes, "Facebook's Cambridge Analytica problems are nothing compared to what's coming for all of online publishing." ...Every person,...
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March
23,
2018
| 11:51 PM America/Los_Angeles
It must be embarrassing for the SEC to have to come to the aid of billionaire investors in Theranos such as Rupert Murdoch, Larry Ellison, and Tim Draper. The SEC usually focuses its resources on protecting retail investors -- the not-so knowledge...
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March
23,
2018
| 10:45 PM America/Los_Angeles
I wish Facebook worked for me and looked out for me and my communities -- instead of trying to sell me out at every opportunity. I wish Facebook kept an eye out for me -- instead of keeping an eye on everything I do. If Facebook worked for me, ...
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March
09,
2018
| 07:48 PM America/Los_Angeles
Kevin Roose reported in a New York Times article headlined Silicon Valley Is Over, Says Silicon Valley, Robin Li, an investor with the San Francisco venture capital firm GGV Capital, stood in the Madison building in downtown Detroit and said, "Thi...
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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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February
07,
2018
| 11:00 PM America/Los_Angeles
In the latest deal Google is buying the landmark Chelsea market building complex in New York city for over $2 billion — a huge number even for New York reports Mark Maurer in The Real Deal: The 1.2 million-square-foot office-and-retail property ...
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January
22,
2018
| 05:39 AM America/Los_Angeles
Facebook, Google and Twitter's failure to deal with the damaging effects of fake news has created a broad distrust in social media platforms, search engines and news applications reports the Edelman Trust Barometer 2018 -- a survey of more than 3...
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January
17,
2018
| 07:43 AM America/Los_Angeles
Facebook's decision to use fewer news items in users' feeds is a direct result of failure to filter out fake news and hate speech - in advance of European laws and increased pressure from US lawmakers. The move will hurt many large news publis...
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January
14,
2018
| 12:37 AM America/Los_Angeles
Peggy Noonan Wall Street Journal writes : “The Franken case represents not a collapse of tolerance for flawed human behavior but a rise of judgment about what is acceptable.”   This means that you always have to choose a higher morali...
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