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  • Amazon's HQ2 Could Be Silicon Valley 2, For Better Or Worse

    10/08/2018 8:05:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Forbes ^ | 10/08/2018 | Pete Saunders
    Thirteen months into the international derby that is the Amazon HQ2 selection process, it seems the end of the sweepstakes is near. What's happened? What have we learned? What's next? It's been a dizzying year-plus for the giant online retailer. Amazon received 238 proposals last November from cities across North America, each wanting a crack at attracting upwards of 50,000 high-paying tech jobs that could send a local economy on an entirely different trajectory. Twenty finalists were announced last January, and Amazon began its due diligence in earnest. With limited information reaching the general public, speculation on the selected metro...
  • Why startups are now leaving Silicon Valley; Its primacy as a technology hub is on the wane.

    09/18/2018 8:22:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    The Economist ^ | 09/18/2018
    “LIKE Florence in the Renaissance.” That is a common description of what it is like to live in Silicon Valley. America’s technology capital has an outsize influence on the world’s economy, stockmarkets and culture. This small portion of land running from San Jose to San Francisco is home to three of the world’s five most valuable companies. Giants such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Netflix all claim Silicon Valley as their birthplace and home, as do trailblazers such as Airbnb, Tesla and Uber. The Bay Area has the 19th-largest economy in the world, ranking above Switzerland and Saudi Arabia. The...
  • Blood-Testing Firm Theranos to Dissolve

    09/04/2018 7:55:29 PM PDT · by sitetest · 57 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 4, 2018 | John Carreyrou
    Theranos Inc., the blood-testing company accused of perpetrating Silicon Valley’s biggest fraud, will soon cease to exist. In the wake of a high-profile scandal, the company will formally dissolve, according to a shareholder email. Theranos will seek to pay unsecured creditors its remaining cash in coming months, the letter said. The move comes after federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and the blood-testing company’s former No. 2 executive, alleging that they defrauded investors out of hundreds of millions of dollars and defrauded doctors and patients.
  • Facebook Employees Start Movement to Combat Company's 'Intolerant' Liberal Culture

    09/03/2018 8:13:41 AM PDT · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | Aug 29, 2018 | Michael Gryboski
    [Facebook Chief Executive Officer and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks to the audience during the Facebook F8 2018 developer community event in San Jose, California, US on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.] A group of about 100 conservative Facebook employees have formed an internal organization whose aim is to combat a liberal company culture considered by many to be intolerant of different views. The group was started by a post on the social network company's internal message board last week, as reported by The New York Times on Tuesday. "We are a political monoculture that's intolerant of different views," posted Brian Amerige,...
  • America is moving towards an oligarchical Socialism

    09/03/2018 7:11:37 AM PDT · by amnestynone · 47 replies
    oc register ^ | Joel Kotkin
    Where do we go after Trump? This question becomes more pertinent as the soap opera administration seeks its own dramatic demise. Yet before they can seize power from the president and his now subservient party, the Democrats need to agree on what will replace Trumpism. Conventional wisdom implies an endless battle between pragmatic, corporate Clintonites on one side, and Democratic socialists of the Bernie brand. Yet this conflict could resolve itself in a new, innovative approach that could be best described as oligarchal socialism. Oligarchal socialism allows for the current, ever-growing concentration of wealth and power in a few hands...
  • California's taxes and greenie laws breaching the gates of even Silicon Valley

    08/31/2018 8:09:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/31/2018 | Monica Showalter
    The Economist has a fine cover story on the decline of the Silicon Valley, warning that its famed garage start-ups are fleeing to places such as Fort Lauderdale and Pittsburgh. Here's its title leader:  Why startups are leaving Silicon Valley, which sums the problem up as this: Its combination of engineering expertise, thriving business networks, deep pools of capital, strong universities and a risk-taking culture have made the Valley impossible to clone, despite many attempts to do so. There is no credible rival for its position as the world’s pre-eminent innovation hub. But there are signs that the Valley’s...
  • MEMO REVEALS SOROS-FUNDED SOCIAL-MEDIA CENSORSHIP PLAN

    08/20/2018 9:18:31 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 50 replies
    WND ^ | 8/20/2018 | ART MOORE
    The recent wave of censorship of conservative voices on the internet by tech giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Apple mirrors a plan concocted by a coalition of George Soros-funded, progressive groups to take back power in Washington from President Trump’s administration. A confidential, 49-page memo for defeating Trump by working with the major social-media platforms to eliminate “right wing propaganda and fake news” was presented in January 2017 by Media Matters founder David Brock at a retreat in Florida with about 100 donors, the Washington Free Beacon reported at the time. On Monday, the Gateway Pundit blog noted the memo’s...
  • China’s Former Internet Regulator Lu Wei Charged With Corruption (Jian Yang's Uncle?)

    07/30/2018 6:11:02 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 2 replies
    Variety ^ | July 30, 2018 | PATRICK FRATER
    China has charged its former top Internet regulator Lu Wei with corruption. Charges against Lu and two other former officials Mo Jiancheng and Zhang Jiehui were made by the Supreme People’s Procurate and announced on Monday through state-owned media. Cases against the three were filed in Ningbo, Beijing and Taiyuan. Trial dates were not announced. State media said that Lu had taken advantage of his positions and used other officials to seek profits for others. It said he had accepted “huge amount of money and property.” The allegations related to Lu’s activities while at state news agency Xinhua, the Beijing...
  • Delingpole: Silicon Valley Is Killing Free Speech. Only One Man Can Save Us Now…

    07/28/2018 9:48:31 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Jul 2018 | James Delingpole
    Easily the dumbest article I’ve read this year was one by a posh liberal columnist in a high end political journal explaining why freedom of speech wasn’t under threat in the West. Anyone who argued otherwise, he claimed, was a “grade A chocolate-coated plonker.” It was, of course, the kind of glib nonsense you could only spout if you were on the squishy left/bien-pensant/progressive side of the political argument. Everyone on the right knows better because they have all experienced at first hand what it’s like to live in a culture where you cannot speak your mind without being punished...
  • 'About 60 Organizations' Consider Lawsuits Against the SPLC Following $3M Nawaz Settlement

    06/20/2018 2:28:26 AM PDT · by Liz · 73 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 6/19/18 | TYLER O'NEIL
    No fewer than 60 organizations branded "hate groups" or otherwise attacked by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) are considering legal action against the left-wing smear factory, a Christian legal nonprofit leader confirmed to PJ Media on Tuesday. He suggested that the $3 million settlement and apology the SPLC gave to Maajid Nawaz and his Quilliam Foundation on Monday would encourage further legal action. "We haven't filed anything against the SPLC, but I think a number of organizations have been considering filing lawsuits against the SPLC, because they have been doing to a lot of organizations exactly what they did...
  • HuffPo’s Grim: 54 Private Jets at Meeting to Stop Trump

    03/09/2016 6:21:23 AM PST · by rktman · 65 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/9/2016 | Joel B. Pollak
    Huffington Post reporter Ryan Grim told CNN’s Brooke Baldwin on Tuesday that “something like 54 private jets” had arrived at an elite meeting of tech CEOs, GOP party insiders and big donors set on stopping Donald Trump before he wins the Republican nomination. Grim broke the story (link: ): Billionaires, tech CEOs and top members of the Republican establishment flew to a private island resort off the coast of Georgia this weekend for the American Enterprise Institute’s annual World Forum, according to sources familiar with the secretive gathering. The main topic at the closed-to-the-press confab? How to stop Republican front-runner...
  • Sen. Ted Cruz Says Silicon Valley ‘Poses Real and Present Danger’ to American Democracy

    05/15/2018 12:56:19 AM PDT · by a little elbow grease · 16 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/14/18 | Allum Bokhari
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) warned against the unchecked power of big tech during an exclusive interview with Breitbart News Sunday, recommending that America “looks at all the tools we have to protect free speech and prevent[s] the Internet from becoming a vehicle for censorship.” “The nexus of power in media has moved from New York City to Silicon Valley,” Cruz told host Breitbart News Deputy Political Editor Amanda House. “At this point, a handful of companies enjoy power that famed publisher William Randolph Hearst, at the height of yellow journalism, could never have imagined.” “We’ve heard reports from whistleblowers of...
  • Report: Secret Donors Paid for Trump Opposition Research Even After 2016 Election

    05/02/2018 9:57:57 AM PDT · by detective · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 May 2018 | Nate Church
    A report released by House Intelligence Committee Republicans reveals that secret donors offered a whole lot of money to “continue exposing Russian interference” after the 2016 presidential election was over. According to the report, Penn Quarter Group president Daniel J. Jones — a former staffer for Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein — “secured the services” of former British spy Christopher Steele. He also hired one of Steele’s associates and the Fusion GPS research firm. Jones told the FBI that the Penn Quarter Group had been provided as much as $50 million for its efforts, coming from seven to 10 unidentified donors...
  • BART reining in janitor overtime after public fallout [San Francisco/Bay Area subway train]

    04/30/2018 6:53:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 29, 2018 | Updated: April 30, 2018 6:00am | Michael Cabanatuan
    As BART’s ridership surged three years ago, along with the number of homeless people lingering inside its downtown San Francisco stations, the transit system doubled down on custodial work — and some of its janitors started cleaning up paywise. One system service worker, BART’s title for janitors, made a little more than $271,000 in 2015, with $162,050 of that in overtime. A year later, two other BART janitors joined him in collecting more than $100,000 in overtime pay in a year. Three years later — after the tale of the high-earning BART janitor became legend and the transit system, and...
  • John Brennan Issues Warning to POTUS About Mueller’s Investigation “Stay Tuned, Mr. Trump…"

    04/27/2018 4:50:12 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 197 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | April 27, 2018 | Cristina Laila
    Former CIA Director-turned-Twitter troll, John Brennan issued President Trump a warning Friday morning after the House Intel Panel released their much-anticipated Russia report, officially clearing Trump. There was no Trump-Russia collusion. End the witch hunt now and start prosecuting all involved in the attempted coup. Not only did the House Intel report clear Trump of any ‘collusion’ with Russia, it revealed a group of wealthy donors spent $50 million to fund the Trump-Russia investigation. A group of about 7-10 wealthy donors from California (Silicon Valley) and New York spent $50 million to fund a Trump-Russia investigation conducted by none other...
  • Harmeet Dhillon: Silicon Valley ‘Actively Trying to Blacklist’ Conservatives

    04/20/2018 2:04:00 PM PDT · by detective · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Apr 2018 | Robert Kraychik
    Shortened title. Full title: Exclusive – Harmeet Dhillon: Silicon Valley ‘Actively Trying to Blacklist’ Conservatives ‘Through Some Hiring Engines’ Harmeet Dhillon, a San Francisco-based attorney representing former Google engineer James Damore in his class-action lawsuit against Google, joined SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Tonight on Thursday to tease information about a burgeoning blacklist of conservatives among Silicon Valley-based technology companies. She told Breitbart News Senior Editors-at-Large Rebecca Mansour and Joel Pollak that some of her clients have been “blackballed” by “supposedly neutral hiring platforms.” Dhillon said, “I’ll have some troubling developments next week about people’s job searches and how I believe Silicon...
  • TJ Miller is arrested at LaGuardia Airport for 'calling in a fake bomb threat'

    04/10/2018 10:06:55 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2018 | Valerie Edwards
    Former Silicon Valley star TJ Miller has been arrested at an airport in New York City after he allegedly provided false information to federal agents regarding a bomb threat made last month. The comedian was escorted out of LaGuardia Airport by Port Authority officers and FBI agents Monday night around 10pm. Miller has been charged with 'intentionally conveying to law enforcement false information about an explosive device on a train traveling to Connecticut', according to the US Attorney for the District of Connecticut. His arrest stemmed from a criminal complaint that claimed Miller called a 911 dispatcher in New Jersey...
  • Mark Zuckerberg Loses Support from Tech Elite: ‘Facebook Is the New Cigarettes’

    04/03/2018 12:25:26 PM PDT · by davikkm · 54 replies
    breitbart ^ | LUCAS NOLAN
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly losing support amongst his peers in Silicon Valley following Facebook’s latest user data scandal. Bloomberg reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been left with few defenders in Silicon Valley following his company’s latest user data scandal. Amongst Zuckerberg’s biggest critics in the tech industry is Apple CEO Tim Cook, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Salesforce.com’s Marc Benioff, while many other Silicon Valley firms have fallen silent in the wake of the Facebook user data scandal, a stark contrast to how tech firms usually react when one of their own is attacked. When other major...
  • Evan McMullin’s Secret Silicon Valley Donors

    12/10/2017 7:21:13 AM PST · by x1stcav · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12/10/17 | Peter Hasson
    Evan McMullin doesn’t want you to know who his donors are. The failed Never Trump presidential candidate has stayed in the public eye as a sort of attack dog against President Trump and other Republicans, while keeping secret the names of the donors paying him to do so. McMullin’s recently founded non-profit organization, Stand Up Republic, jumped into the Alabama Senate race this week with a $500,000 ad buy against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. One of the ads features a man saying Roy Moore “makes Republicans and us Christians look bad.”
  • Toxic Twitter - A Toxic Place for Women

    03/22/2018 2:22:06 AM PDT · by blueplum · 12 replies
    Amnesty Int'l ^ | Press Release
    ...As the world becomes increasingly connected online, our reliance on social media platforms such as Twitter has also become increasingly important. But the online world, and social media platforms like Twitter are not immune to many of the human rights abuses that women face offline. Over the last 16 months, Amnesty International has conducted qualitative and quantitative research about women’s experiences on social media platforms including the scale, nature and impact of violence and abuse directed towards women on Twitter, with a particular focus on the United Kingdom (UK) and the [USA]. {snip} [AI] consulted with multiple organizations and individuals,...