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What’s up with Amazon: phones, streaming series, drones

Amazon — competitor to many a Silicon Valley company in areas such as mobile, delivery and more — was in the news this week. We've rounded it up for you. • Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced late last year that Amazon Read More →

Another Googler headed for DC: Megan Smith said to be in line for CTO post

Another Googler may be headed for a job in Washington: Longtime Google engineer and executive Megan Smith is said to be a leading candidate for the post of Chief Technology Officer in the Obama administration. Smith, a vice president at Google’s Read More →

Quoted: Hillary Clinton on tech and the Edward Snowden leaks

"We need to make it clear to other countries that our technology companies are not part of our government." — Hillary Clinton, former secretary of state, in comments about the Edward Snowden leaks during a speech at a tech Read More →

Not all diversity reports are created equal

Of course, all company diversity reports are not the same. That's why this paper asked more than 30 Silicon Valley companies for the official government report they prepare annually on their workforce demographics. In a column today, I gave Read More →

Should we sell our souls for the Tesla Gigafactory?

What's a "gigafactory" worth? That's the question for officials in five states who are battling to be home of Tesla's new "gigafactory" for battery production. The answer may be "too much," warns a group of government fiscal watchdog types who wrote a Read More →

Are you discussing the NSA’s own version of Google?

The name's not quite as catchy, but the NSA reportedly has its own Google, a surveillance engine called ICREACH. Reports from the Edward Snowden leaks have previously revealed that domestic spy agencies share information with one another, but the Read More →
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