Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and more tech CEOs are set to attend a White House summit with Jared Kushner

June 10, 2017

Ready for part 2.Image: Evan Vucci/AP/REX/Shutterstock Leaders from the largest technology companies are set to visit the White House later this month for an inaugural meeting of President Donald Trumps group formed to modernize government services, according to three people familiar with the plans. They will arrive weeks after many tech chiefs publicly split with Trump on his decision to exit the Paris climate deal. The American Technology Council meeting…

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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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Twitter co-founder: ‘Yeah, I’m sorry’ if Twitter helped Trump get elected

May 21, 2017

Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto/Getty Twitter co-founder Evan Williams wants you to know he’s super sorry for any role the social media platform played in the election of President Donald Trump. The sort-of apology was made in an interview with The New York Times published on Saturday. Williams’ remorse for possibly helping to create a political monster comes after Trump’s claims that Twitter was key in helping him clinch the election. I…

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Trumps cybersecurity executive order is a good first step

May 14, 2017

More posts by this contributor: In Communications, Privacy And Security Are Illusions Happy New Year — Unless You’re A Startup A significant piece of cybersecurity news nearly drowned out by the firing of FBI Director James Comey. There aretwo overriding pointsregarding President Trumps executive order (EO) outlining plans to improve data security for federal agencies and to better protect critical U.S. infrastructure. Firstly, this development was truly important a serious call to…

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Elon Musk predicts we’ll be napping in our self-driving cars in just 2 years

May 3, 2017

Multi-company tech mogul Elon Musk recently laid out plans for his traffic-defeating Boring company during a talk at the TED conference, but now, we finally have the full video of his appearance. And he delivers a few more interesting comments. Answering a question regarding how long it will be before we can hop in our self-driving car, give it directions, and then take a nap until we’ve reached out destination,…

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Planned Parenthood enrolls in 500 Startups seed program

April 20, 2017

Planned Parenthood has been threatened repeatedly with blockage of access in several states since Trump became our 45th president. But it also, as a consequence, has received a serious spike in donations (40 times its normal rate, according to the Guardian). The organizations leaders are now looking to 500 Startups seed program to help them capitalize on the recent surge and harness technology to help further the momentum. 500 will…

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162 tech companies file brief against the latest immigration executive order

April 20, 2017

Silicon Valley and the tech community at large has been a staunch opponent of Trumps immigration policies, from the Muslim Ban executive orders to H-1B restrictions. Today sees 162 companies banding together to file an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging the revised immigration order issued in March. Pretty much all the majors are listed as amici: Facebook, Google, SpaceX, Amazon, Salesforce, Microsoft, etc.

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