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  • Silicon Valley's elite are flocking to an extreme high-fat diet in hopes of living longer

    04/30/2017 2:46:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 50 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 29, 2017 | Christina Farr
    A lot of the Silicon Valley elite are doing extreme experiments on their bodies in hopes of prolonging their lives and improving their health. The latest fad among this set is sticking to a so-called 'ketogenic' diet that's exceptionally high in fat and low in carbs and is considered an experimental treatment for diabetes. Think Atkins, but way more extreme. Ambar Bhattacharyya, a managing director with Maverick Ventures, initially embarked on a low-carb, high-fat "ketogenic" diet during the due diligence process for a startup called Virta Health. The diet was designed to transition his body from burning fat as its...
  • In Costly Bay Area, Even Six-Figure Salaries Are Considered ‘Low Income’

    04/25/2017 8:47:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | April 22, 2017 | ANNIE SCIACCABLISHED: April 22, 2017 at 11:
    In the high-priced Bay Area, even some households that bring in six figures a year can now be considered “low income.” That’s according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, which recently released its 2017 income limits — a threshold that determines who can qualify for affordable and subsidized housing programs such as Section 8 vouchers. San Francisco and San Mateo counties have the highest limits in the Bay Area — and among the highest such numbers in the country. A family of four with an income of $105,350 per year is considered “low income.” A $65,800 annual...
  • This $30,000 robot will make you a salad

    04/20/2017 1:29:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    WBBH-TV ^ | April 20, 2017 | Heather Kelly, CNN Money
    SAN FRANCISCO (CNNMoney) -- Sally doesn't clean, chop or toss vegetables. The new salad robot making its debut in San Francisco this month is more like a salad vending machine: Press a few buttons on a touchscreen and it drops neat portions of refrigerated ingredients into a bowl. But Sally the Salad Robot could be the latest step in automating some of the more repetitive parts of food preparation. Its creators hope food robots can help with one of Silicon Valley's biggest restaurant problems: a shortage of kitchen workers. Sally is the first product from Chowbotics, a Redwood City startup...
  • Google Donated $285K To Trump Inaugural

    04/20/2017 12:30:24 PM PDT · by kevcol · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | April 20, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    Tech giant Google donated $285,000 to President Trump's inauguration despite the fact that Eric Schmidt, the chief executive of Google's parent company Alphabet, worked directly with Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, FEC filings reveal. Google, which enjoyed direct access to President Barack Obama's administration and attended more than 400 White House meetings along with its affiliates, was forced to pivot following Donald Trump's November victory.
  • Silicon Valley's Tech Entrepreneurs Are Crafting Their Own 'Constitution' On Google Docs

    04/19/2017 5:10:04 AM PDT · by Fedora · 45 replies
    Business Insider via Inc. ^ | 04/18/2017 | Melia Robinson
    Speaking before a crowd at San Francisco's Commonwealth Club on April 14, Sam Altman, president of startup accelerator Y Combinator, said he's spoken to hundreds of tech leaders and investors about creating a set of core values that all tech companies can get behind.There's a Google Doc where the big names in Silicon Valley, whom Altman would not reveal, have been drafting a statement that outlines the tech industry's position on a number of social, economic, and political issues. The document does not have a title or known release date."We're trying to basically figure out, can we come up with...
  • Barack Obama Rolls into Silicon Valley as a Private Citizen

    03/15/2017 6:05:31 AM PDT · by davikkm · 18 replies
    breitbart ^ | CHRISS W. STREET
    Former President Barack Obama tried to pay a quiet visit to Silicon Valley in the late afternoon on Sunday as a private citizen to meet with tech leaders, perhaps to consider his future options. The San Jose Business Journal speculated that after having lunch in Omaha, Nebraska with multi-billionaire investor Warren Buffett, Obama was trying to make a stealth visit to Silicon Valley to begin the next chapter of his life as a tech player. Tech confidants had arrived for what Obama had probably intended to be a covert meeting at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose. But the...
  • John Podesta’s Payoff for Helping Hillary Give American Military Technology to Russia’s Putin

    01/07/2017 7:49:57 AM PST · by ETL · 28 replies ^ | October, 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    As part of just-inaugurated President Obama’s new foreign policy to improve relations between the United States and Russia, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in March 2009. Meeting in her hotel’s Salon Panorama in Geneva, she presented him with a small gift box containing a bright red button symbolizing the Obama administration’s desire to “reset” the relationship between the two governments. Thus began an effort to transfer American technology to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s own “Silicon Valley,” called Skolkovo. In a report released in late July by the Government Accountability Institute (GAI) entitled From...
  • Trump Is Right: Silicon Valley Is Using H-1B Visas To Pay Low Wages To Immigrants

    02/05/2017 7:31:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 02/05/2017 | Norm Matloff
    On the heels on its controversial immigration ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries, the Trump administration has drafted a new executive order that could actually mean higher wages for both foreign workers and Americans working in Silicon Valley. The Silicon Valley companies, of course, will not be happy if it goes into effect. The order aims to overhaul and limit work visas, notably the H-1B visa program. Tech companies rely on these to bring in foreign talent. Their lobbyists claim there is a “talent shortage” among Americans and thus that the industry needs more of such work visas. This is patently...
  • Looking inward on H1-B

    02/02/2017 1:45:39 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    The Pioneer, Ideal Media ^ | Thursday, February 2, 2017 | Editorial
    LOOKING INWARD ON H1-B Indian IT firms must ramp up salary structures The odd thing about the H1-B reform Bill introduced in the US House of Representatives is the person who introduced it. Zoe Lofgren is the Democratic Party Congresswoman representing California's 19th Congressional District, an area that covers most of the city of San Jose. As any visitor to the city can testify, it is not a white-majority constituency. Indeed, a majority of the population in the area is of Hispanic origin, but almost a quarter of the population is Asian. For the most part, those are Indians particularly...
  • Tech Companies Throwing in with Progressive Left to rid the world of Trump

    02/01/2017 8:30:11 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 02/1/17 | Judi McLeod
    Lost to the tech world is that some the 63 million people who voted for Trump see his immigration ban as an attempt to keep America safe WARNING:The Internet world’s top tech companies have thrown in with the progressive left in trying to drag the President Donald Trump administration into the life-sucking quicksand of their cesspool. While Hollywood and entertainment celebrities hold public attention with their daily rants and screams of outrage, the battle to rid the world of Trump and turn it back to the absolute control of the progressive left has opened the way for a new battle...
  • Trump poised to overhaul H-1B visas relied on by Silicon Valley tech

    01/31/2017 6:12:57 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 68 replies
    San Jose Mercury ^ | January 30, 2017 | Marisa Kendall
    Still smarting over President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban, Silicon Valley now is bracing for his next likely target — H-1B visas that supply local tech companies with thousands of skilled foreign workers.
  • How data geeks could enable mass deportation

    01/23/2017 4:03:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Japan Times ^ | January 23, 2017 | Elaine Ou, Bloomberg
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO – Silicon Valley tech workers are worried that Palantir Technologies, a company co-founded by Donald Trump adviser Peter Thiel, could end up helping the president-elect crack down on immigrants based on their race, religion or national origin. They should also recognize the role that they — and the companies they work for — have played in making such a scenario possible.</p>
  • Peter Thiel considering bid for California governor

    01/14/2017 5:42:58 PM PST · by ColdOne · 42 replies ^ | 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 · 58 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)
  • Tech Founder: Middle America Is Too ‘Violent, Stupid And Racist’ For New Jobs

    01/09/2017 8:03:22 AM PST · by detective · 170 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 01/08/2017 | Robert Donachie
    One Silicon Valley executive had a few choice words to describe Americans living in the heart of the nation, and they were not flattering. Melinda Byerley, MBA and founder of Timeshare CMO, a Silicon Valley-based tech start-up, tweeted out Saturday afternoon describing what middle America could do to “get more jobs in their area.”
  • Forgive me, techies, but here are the seven reasons why Silicon Valley likes Trump

    12/28/2016 1:34:30 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    CNBC Technology ^ | December 28, 2016 | Kara Swisher, Recode
    I have to admit that I am cringing even as I key this in, but there are some very good reasons why many in tech are actually welcoming the incoming administration of Donald Trump. I spent the last few weeks talking to a range of Silicon Valley leaders, all of whom will only talk off the record, because, well, Trump. All of them to a person were against him, some even voicing public opposition, during the campaign, and they all lent strong to tepid support to Hillary Clinton. That said, most indicated that they are seeing what they consider some...
  • Trump’s tech summit was just the start of re-centering the economy

    12/18/2016 11:38:09 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The New York Post ^ | December 18, 2016 | James Poulos
    One of Donald Trump’s biggest and most urgent challenges is to usher Americans out of the post-2008 slow-growth world — without ushering the economy off a cliff. His meeting last week with top Silicon Valley executives was one key part of a larger strategy, one that will also impact Wall Street. To face perhaps the biggest domestic test of his presidency, Trump needs to rebalance our economic leadership away from the intangible, bubble-prone worlds of speculative finance and “apps for everything,” toward concrete investment, production and innovation that can make the future great again. Trump needs a full-court economic press,...
  • T.J. Miller arrested for allegedly slapping Uber driver [more unhinged liberal behavior]

    12/15/2016 11:44:21 AM PST · by Colofornian · 18 replies ^ | December 9, 2016 | Bryan Hood
    Don’t tell T.J. Miller that Donald Trump hasn’t done anything to divide the country. The comedian was arrested Friday morning in Hollywood after allegedly slapping an Uber driver over an argument about the president-elect, reports TMZ. The incident occurred after the “Office Christmas Party” star left the GQ Men of the Year party at the storied Chateau Marmont. The actor allegedly slapped the driver’s head when they reached his house, a law enforcement source told the website. The LAPD said Miller was arrested for battery shortly after 1 a.m. Police said the driver made a citizen’s arrest. The “Silicon Valley”...
  • To Thrive Under President Trump, Silicon Valley Must Get Real on Immigration

    12/15/2016 11:56:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/15/2016 | Jeremy Carl
    As leading Silicon Valley CEOs meet with Donald Trump in New York, they are undoubtedly apprehensive. The Valley waged all-out war against Trump during the campaign, with 140 Valley leaders denouncing Trump and with Clinton receiving a staggering 60 times more Silicon Valley money than Trump did. By many measures, the Valley was the most Democratic territory in the country. The primary (though not sole) driver of Silicon Valley’s distaste for Trump was his immigration policy. Legendary software engineer and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, someone who has supported both Democrats and Republicans, captured the Valley consensus: “The Valley wouldn’t be...
  • Google made a bad bet on Clinton

    12/14/2016 6:50:20 AM PST · by kevcol · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 13, 2016 | Peter Roff
    There's more but, unfortunately for the folks trying to game the system, the polls were wrong. All the strategic guidance, financial support and public endorsements Google gave to help catapult Clinton into the highest office in the land were for naught. President-elect Trump's victory is something the vaunted Google algorithms failed to predict, meaning its tremendous run in Washington is about to come to a screeching halt. . . . Google's trying to make nice but Trump has a long memory, especially where those who opposed him are concerned. Company executives are headed to Trump Tower for a meeting, ironically...