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  • Peter Thiel Planning Launch Of Conservative News Outlet With Mercers Family After Bannon Fiasco

    01/04/2018 9:53:45 PM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is reportedly considering launching a conservative news outlet backed by the powerful Mercer family, along with a “cast of Fox News celebrities,” according to Michael Wolff book “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House,” and a report from BuzzFeed news. According to Wolff, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes and Peter Thiel were set to discuss the idea of a conservative news outlet last May – however Ailes slipped and fell two days before the meeting, hitting his head and dying before the discussion could occur. Word of Thiel’s potential new venture with the Mercers is...
  • Paypal Co-Founder Says Bitcoin is Underestimated, Compares to Gold

    10/27/2017 2:43:21 AM PDT · by Logicbox · 39 replies
    Cointelegraph ^ | 25/10/2017 | Jacob J
    Billionaire venture capitalist and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel has been a long time proponent of Bitcoin. At the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Thiel once again reiterated the potential of Bitcoin, stating that people are underestimating it.
  • Peter Thiel Predicts SJW Crisis in 1996

    07/23/2017 6:29:50 AM PDT · by davikkm · 16 replies
    IWB ^ | Tesseract
    Peter Thiel has become one of the most successful people in the world by having an amazing visionary mind. He was the first outside investor in Facebook, co-founder of PayPal, and has both a successful hedge fund and a successful venture capital firm. He was also able to see the current Social Justice Warrior movement coming a long time ago. The SJW movement (aka Social Marxism or Post-Modernism) is the movement of far left-wing ideology that is sweeping the across the Western world. People who succumb to this herd mentality quickly make enemies with anyone who doesnt have the exact...
  • Report: Jared Kushner Didnt Disclose Business Dealings With George Soros

    05/02/2017 1:14:36 PM PDT · by george76 · 71 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 05/02/2017 | Peter Hasson
    Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner didnt include his ownership in a real-estate finance company that makes him business partners with George Soros when filing financial disclosure forms. ... Kushner also failed to disclose loans totaling $1 billion from more than 20 lenders. ... Kushner, who is married to Trumps daughter Ivanka, wasnt open about his business dealings with Soros a left-wing billionaire funding activists fiercely opposed to the presidents agenda is unlikely to go over well with Trumps base. ... Kushners ownership stake in real-estate startup Cadre makes him business parters with Soros, Peter Thiel and other...
  • (June 7, 2013) UK gathering secret intelligence via covert NSA operation

    03/25/2017 8:00:05 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 8 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Jun 7, 2013 | Nick Hopkisn
    (June 7, 2013) - The UKs electronic eavesdropping and security agency, GCHQ, has been secretly gathering intelligence from the worlds biggest internet companies through a covertly run operation set up by Americas top spy agency, documents obtained by the Guardian reveal. The details of GCHQs use of Prism are set out in documents prepared for senior analysts working at Americas National Security Agency, the biggest eavesdropping organisation in the world. Dated April this year, the papers describe the remarkable scope of a previously undisclosed snooping operation which gave the NSA and the FBI easy access to the systems of nine...
  • Report: Peter Thiels secretive Palantir builds the engine for Donald Trumps deportation machine

    03/02/2017 4:31:34 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Mercury News' Silicon Beat ^ | March 2, 2017 | Ethan Baron
    As controversy rises around deportations underway across the U.S., a new report says Palantir, the secretive Palo Alto security firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has built the engine for Donald Trumps deportation machine. Trump has brought in new policies directing authorities to ramp up arrests and deportation of people in the U.S. illegally. And Palantir, valued at $20 billion, is key to that effort, according to a report published March 2. The company did not respond immediately to a request for comment. In 2014, Palantir won a $41 million contract to build and maintain an intelligence system called Investigative Case...
  • Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

    01/14/2017 5:42:58 PM PST · by ColdOne · 42 replies
    politico.com ^ | 1/14/17 | Alex Isenstadt
    Peter Thiel, the Silicon Valley billionaire and outspoken Donald Trump supporter, is considering a 2018 bid for California governor, according to three Republicans familiar with his thinking. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, has been discussing a prospective bid with a small circle of advisers, including Rob Morrow, who has emerged as his political consigliere. Morrow has worked at Clarium Capital, the San Francisco-based investment management firm and hedge fund that Thiel started. Those who have been in t
  • Peter Thiel Says The Age Of Apple Is Over

    01/12/2017 7:11:40 AM PST · by blam · 59 replies
    BI ^ | 1-12-2017 | Steve Kovach
    Steve KovachJanuary 12, 2017 Silicon Valley investor and Donald Trump transition-team member Peter Thiel says Apple is past its peak. Here's what he said in a Q&A with Maureen Dowd of The New York Times when he was asked to confirm or deny that "the age of Apple is over": "Confirm. We know what a smartphone looks like and does. It's not the fault of Tim Cook, but it's not an area where there will be any more innovation." Thiel is best known in Silicon Valley for his early investment in Facebook.(snip)
  • Peter Thiel Thinks Star Trek Is Communist While Star Wars Is Capitalist

    01/12/2017 6:21:01 AM PST · by DFG · 68 replies
    The Wrap ^ | 01/11/2017 | Thom Geier
    In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times Maureen Dowd on Wednesday, billionaire tech giant Peter Thiel defended his support of President-Elect Donald Trump and offered some characteristically esoteric opinions on everything from Meryl Streep to Star Wars. To a question noting that President Obama had eight years without any ethical shadiness, Thiel replied, But theres a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean that things are too boring.
  • Silicon Valley Browncoat (Peter Thiel Speaks At The National Press Club)

    10/31/2016 9:22:16 AM PDT · by OddLane · 66 replies
    National Press Club Live ^ | October 31, 2016 | NPC
    This is a remarkable speech-and I haven't even listened to 20 minutes of it. I don't know why this man isn't Trump's chief spokesman.
  • Thiel's Republicans Depart from Reagan

    07/27/2016 7:04:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 79 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 27, 2016 | Star Parker
    The primetime airing of remarks of billionaire technology entrepreneur Peter Thiel at the Republican National Convention was no accident. Thiel was given a starring role at the convention to make some things clear. That although lip service may be paid in the party platform to traditional, biblical values and opposition to gay marriage, this is really no longer what the GOP is about. Thiel brought his credentials as a high-tech billionaire to the stage to announce to the world that he is gay. In this, those organizing the convention told the world that, despite what the platform says, Thiel represents...
  • Unity through racism: Trump makes his big play to make the GOP a white nationalist party

    07/23/2016 7:43:41 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 67 replies
    Salon ^ | 22 Jul, 1016 | AMANDA MARCOTTE
    The final night of the Republican National Convention was as confusing and incoherent as it was disturbing. Before Donald Trump brought forward his chilling imitation of historys greatest fascists, Ivanka Trump and Peter Thiel made bizarre plays for the votes of women and LGBT people. Ivanka Trump riffed on issues like equal pay and affordable childcare, which are typically Democratic issues. Thiel announced that hes proud to be gay to wild applause from a roomful of people who are the very base that voted against the rights and dignity of LGBT people, over and over again. This is a distraction...
  • Peter Thiels Embrace of Trump Has Silicon Valley Squirming

    07/20/2016 11:32:35 AM PDT · by 867V309 · 23 replies
    The Slimes ^ | JULY 20, 2016 | Farhad Manjoo
    A bigger problem than Mr. Trumps policy ideas was his tone. Though Silicon Valley has well-known problems with diversity in its work force, people here pride themselves on a kind of militant open-mindedness. It is the kind of place that will severely punish any deviations from accepted schools of thought...
  • Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition

    08/29/2013 11:28:05 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Aug 29, 2013 12:17pm EDT | Alexei Oreskovic
    Facebook Inc is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social networks controversial technology. The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its Tag Suggest feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labeling or tagging friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network. The changes would come at a time when Facebook and other Internet companies privacy practices are under scrutiny,...
  • NSA paid millions to cover Prism compliance costs for tech companies

    08/24/2013 9:46:18 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 11 replies
    Guardian ^ | Aug 22, 2013 | By Ewen MacAskill in New York
    The National Security Agency paid millions of dollars to cover the costs of major internet companies involved in the Prism surveillance program after a court ruled that some of the agency's activities were unconstitutional, according to top-secret material passed to the Guardian. The technology companies, which the NSA says includes Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Facebook, incurred the costs to meet new certification demands in the wake of the ruling from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (Fisa) court. The October 2011 judgment, which was declassified on Wednesday by the Obama administration, found that the NSA's inability to separate purely domestic communications from...
  • Is This Who Runs Prism? (PALANTIR)

    06/07/2013 8:48:09 AM PDT · by NowApproachingMidnight · 32 replies
    Talking Points Memo ^ | 6/7/2013 | TPM Editor
    PRISM is the governments name for a program that uses technology from Palantir. Palantir is a Silicon Valley start-up thats now valued at well over $1B, that focuses on data analysis for the government. Heres how Palantir describes themselves: We build software that allows organizations to make sense of massive amounts of disparate data. We solve the technical problems, so they can solve the human ones. Combating terrorism. Prosecuting crimes. Fighting fraud. Eliminating waste. From Silicon Valley to your doorstep, we deploy our data fusion platforms against the hardest problems we can find, wherever we are needed most. http://www.palantir.com/what-we-do/
  • How A 'Deviant' Philosopher Built Palantir, A CIA-Funded Data-Mining Juggernaut

    08/28/2013 3:03:19 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 2, 2013 | Andy Greenberg and Ryan Mac
    Since rumors began to spread that a startup called Palantir helped to kill Osama bin Laden, Alex Karp hasnt had much time to himself. On one sun-baked July morning in Silicon Valley Palantirs lean 45-year-old chief executive, with a top-heavy mop of frazzled hair, hikes the grassy hills around Stanford Universitys massive satellite antennae known as the Dish, a favorite meditative pastime. But his solitude is disturbed somewhat by Mike, an ex-Marinesilent, 6 foot 1, 270 pounds of mostly pectoral musclewho trails him everywhere he goes. Even on the suburban streets of Palo Alto, steps from Palantirs headquarters, the bodyguard...
  • PayPals Links to Palantir, a..Technology Used by Intelligence, Law Enforcement and Military

    11/30/2011 6:58:23 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 16 replies
    Cryptogon ^ | 27 November 2011 | Kevin Flaherty
    And guess where theyre located? Thats right: Facebooks former building.I couldnt make it up if I tried.Via: Bloomberg:An organization like the CIA or FBI can have thousands of different databases, each with its own quirks: financial records, DNA samples, sound samples, video clips, maps, floor plans, human intelligence reports from all over the world. Gluing all that into a coherent whole can take years. Even if that system comes together, it will struggle to handle different types of datasales records on a spreadsheet, say, plus video surveillance images. What Palantir (pronounced Pal-an-TEER) does, says Avivah Litan, an analyst at Gartner...
  • Spy Kidz

    09/05/2009 1:40:46 PM PDT · by Cindy · 2 replies · 504+ views
    Posted in ubiwar Tagged intelligence, terrorism SNIPPET: "Friends of this blog and others, Palantir Technologies, are profiled in a new article by Siobhan Gorman in the Wall Street Journal, How Team of Geeks Cracked Spy Trade: From a Silicon Valley office strewn with bean-bag chairs, a group of twenty-something software engineers is building an unlikely following of terrorist hunters at US spy agencies."
  • Goodbye and good riddance to Gawker

    06/12/2016 7:11:18 AM PDT · by ak267 · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | 6-10-2016 | Michelle Malkin
    The bottom feeders at Gawker are going under. Arrivederci, a- -holes! News of the slime Web site’s bankruptcy filing is schadenfreude-licious for those of us who, like wrestler Hulk Hogan and Silicon Valley financier Peter Thiel, were victimized by these Internet thugs but didn’t have the resources to fight back in court.