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Obama Hints at a Future in VC, and Silicon Valley Is Salivating

June 27, 2016 In seven months, Barack Obama will leave the White House as president of the United States. He’s going to need a job. In an interview with Bloomberg on June 13, he hinted at the possibility of joining entrepreneurs and venture capitalists in Silicon Valley. Obama said “had I not gone...

Want to Work in Silicon Valley? Move to Seattle

June 21, 2016 Seattle doesn’t want to grow up to be Silicon Valley. It’s happy just to grab companies with good prospects unwilling, or unable, to pay the high price of expanding in San Francisco and the Bay Area. A steady parade of tech firms, including some of the giants from Silicon Valley,...

New York Wants to Put a Virtual Power Plant on 300 Rooftops

June 17, 2016 Nobody wants a power plant in the backyard. But New Yorkers, at least, may put one on the roof. The utility Con Edison announced on Monday (June 15) that it’s offering solar panels and batteries to 300 homes in Brooklyn and Queens so it can create a virtual power plant...

LinkedIn May Just Be the Beginning of Mega-Acquisitions for Silicon Valley

June 15, 2016 The world’s technology giants are sitting on an unprecedented mountain of cash. And with Microsoft embarking on one of the largest technology acquisitions in history, there’s new evidence that they’re willing to spend it. Silicon Valley would love nothing more after two years with a moribund market for tech IPOs...

Silicon Valley’s Plan to Colonize Mars

June 10, 2016 NASA has been tasked with landing humans on Mars by the 2030s. The nonprofit Mars One foundation claims it’s preparing to blast off hardware for human habitation of the Red Planet by 2024. And Elon Musk, the founder and CEO of SpaceX, has made it his mission to turn Mars...

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Too Many People Are Going Pantless on Video Calls

June 10, 2016 Don’t worry too much about how you look. Spend more time thinking about what you’ll say and how you’ll say it. But even so, put on some pants, perhaps. Those are the conclusions reached by a Zogby Analytics survey seeking to understand why people don’t like video conferencing, and how...

Y Combinator Is Running a Basic Income Experiment With 100 Oakland Families

June 1, 2016 Universal basic income is a growing obsession in Silicon Valley. Wherever founders and venture capitalists gather or TED talks are given, there is likely to be speculation about an automated future where technology takes over most occupations (except theirs of course), and the jobless forever outnumber the jobs. Given that...

This Calculator Will Tell You How Much that Pointless Meeting Cost You

May 10, 2016 Silicon Valley is famously allergic to meetings. Few things say bloated legacy business like the endless, pointless meetings that startups love to mock. Even for successful former startups, however, some meetings are unavoidable. And Phillip Cohen, a Dropbox engineer, thinks he’s figured out a way to help figure out which...

The Poor and Middle Class Are Fleeing America’s Booming Cities

April 29, 2016 Many of America’s cities are flourishing. But a closer look reveals a migration is underway. As the price of living in America’ most expensive urban areas has soared—rents and home values rose about 12.5% between 2010 and 2014—the solution for many poorer families has been to move out. Trulia, a...

NSA Has No Clue How Many Americans it’s Spying On

April 28, 2016 The National Security Agency is watching the electronic communications of hundreds of millions people, allegedly to find foreign threats. But before Congress reauthorizes laws allowing this, it has a question: How many Americans are caught up in the government’s digital dragnets? The answer, says National Intelligence Director James Clapper, is...