There’s a good reason governments aren’t startups

June 18, 2017

Jeb Bush wearing a hoodie in a video message to Mark Zuckerberg.Image: shutterstock/jeb!/mashable composite The hot new name in tech is France, a centuries-old startup that provides security, healthcare, and education in exchange for taxes. Newly elected French president Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the country needs to “think and move more like a startup” and, presumably, less like a stodgy social democracy. SEE ALSO: Trump’s treasury secretary is…

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Ex-Twitter CEO says meeting Trump is like ‘waterboarding yourself’

June 12, 2017

Don't expect Dick Costolo at Trump's next meeting with Silicon Valley leaders.Image: Drew Angerer/Getty Images Let’s just say former Twitter CEO Dick Costolo had a really unpleasant visit with President Donald Trump. Costolo dramatically likened Trump’s meetings with Silicon Valley leaders to alcohol poisoning and extreme water torture. “If you don’t get invited to this meeting and want to know what it was like, just drink a bottle of gin…

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Tim Cook has an idea of who’s sending Trump’s 3 AM tweets

June 11, 2017

It's *obviously* college kids.Image: AP/REX/Shutterstock UPDATED (4:00 p.m. ET) to include a few more quotes from Cook President Donald Trump’s tweets are finding their way into everything nowadays … even Tim Cook’s commencement speech at MIT. SEE ALSO: Trump Twitter bot reminds us that all his tweets are coming from the White House The Apple CEO took a swipe at Trump’s infamous Twitter habits Friday, just a few hours after…

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Oculus founder plots surveillance tech startup to help Trump build border wall

June 5, 2017

Oculus co-founder Palmer LuckeyImage: Bryan Steffy/Getty Images for Dell If you thought the pioneering founder of virtual reality company Oculus, Palmer Luckey, was just going to fade into the shadows with his Facebook money, think again. While recent reports indicated that his second act might be a gaming company, it turns out that he’s also working on a security company that has an ominously familiar mission: policing immigration border walls….

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Trump wants aircraft carriers to abandon ‘the digital’ for steam power

May 14, 2017

The digital, who knows what it is.Image: RMV/REX/Shutterstock The digital, it is bad. President Donald Trump recently revealed he wants Navy aircraft carriers to go back to steam-powered catapult systems, according to a Time interview published on Thursday. And he insisted they would no longer be using “the digital.” SEE ALSO: Trump’s Russian income is not being mocked at all. With few exceptions. Aircraft carriers use what’s known as a…

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Donald Trump is reportedly making an American Technology Council

May 2, 2017

Image: DREW ANGERER/GETTY IMAGES And you thought President Donald Trump forgot about the cyber? SEE ALSO: Trumpcare might be gone but the internet is memeing it to death just in case No way. President Trump is planning to establish an American Technology Council, Axios reported Monday, that will help the government “deliver better digital services” and coordinate other strategies on tech policy. The first meeting is expected to be early…

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