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Like Peter Thiel, Tech Workers Feel Alienated by Silicon Valley 'Echo Chamber'

6 hours 14 min ago
Billionaire venture capitalist Peter Thiel has said he plans to leave Silicon Valley in part because of its perceived cultural uniformity, joining other investors who have defected from the nation’s high-tech cradle.

For Tech Giants, Halting Russian Meddling Won't Be Easy

6 hours 31 min ago
The U.S. indictment handed up against three Russian companies and 13 individuals suggests it won’t be easy to stop any aggressive influence campaign in the run-up to the midterm election in less than nine months.

How the Russians Ran Their Election Propaganda Shop

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:38
The alleged Russian campaign to manipulate the U.S. presidential election was orchestrated by what amounted to a propaganda startup, with finance and graphics departments, performance targets and a sophisticated social-media strategy.

How 'Fortnite' Defied Convention and Became a Hit

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 04:42
“Fortnite” wasn’t a big hit when it first came out as a $40 game. To attract players, Epic Games made an unusual decision: create a free version.

Russians Charged With Interfering in U.S. Election

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 18:41
Three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens were indicted on charges of engaging in a widespread effort to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, providing the most comprehensive official account to date of a sweeping, multimillion-dollar effort by Russians to upend U.S. politics.

Judge Is Asked to Disallow Trump Bias Claims in AT&T Merger Trial

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 05:48
The Justice Department asked a federal judge not to allow AT&T Inc.’s defense of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Inc. to include a claim that the Trump administration improperly challenged the deal for political reasons.

Are You a Bad Parent If You Rely On Parenting Tech?

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 03:58
Anxious to raise their kids the ‘natural’ way, many parents shun innovative gadgets that might make life easier. But some tech can be your ally, argues one new mom.

Florida Shooter: When Social Media Foretells a Mass Shooting

Sat, 02/17/2018 - 02:00
Disturbing social-media posts apparently made by Nikolas Cruz before a deadly shooting spree have rekindled questions about what responsibilities and capabilities technology companies and law-enforcement authorities have for detecting threats among the billions of words, images and videos online.

White House Blames Russia For Massive 2017 Cyberattack

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 19:34
The White House blamed Russia for a massive cyberattack last year that crippled computer networks at multinational firms worldwide, vowing the hack would be met with “international consequences.”

Google Will Block Spammy Ads (Just Not Many of Its Own)

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:58
Starting on Thursday, Google’s Chrome browser will block certain types of online advertisements, a change Google is describing as user friendly. But some in the industry say the ad giant’s move is self-serving, and they contend Google overly influenced the process that selected which ad types to block.

Publishers Warm to Google's Ad Blocker, but Chafe at Company's Power

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 10:56
Publishers are greeting the launch of Google’s ad blocker with a mixture of relief and unease, pleased that it is purging intrusive ads but worried over the internet giant’s power to quickly overhaul the industry.

Roche to Acquire Healthcare-Software Company Flatiron for $1.9 Billion

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 03:44
Swiss pharmaceuticals giant Roche Holding S.A. agreed to buy the shares of oncology software company Flatiron Health Inc. that it doesn’t already own for $1.9 billion, increasing its capabilities in cancer medicines.

Trump's Budget Cuts Funding for Manufacturing Program

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:41
President Trump’s proposed budget calls for eliminating federal funding to a program that supports small manufacturers that the government has said created or protected more than 100,000 jobs in the last fiscal year alone.

Tech Luminary Peter Thiel Parts Ways With Silicon Valley

Fri, 02/16/2018 - 02:07
Billionaire investor Peter Thiel is relocating his home and personal investment firms to Los Angeles from San Francisco and scaling back his involvement in the tech industry, people familiar with his thinking said, marking a rupture between Silicon Valley and its most prominent conservative.

Google Tests System to Help Locate 911 Callers

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 23:04
Alphabet Inc.’s Google tested of new technology in 50 U.S. 911 call centers aimed at making it easier for dispatchers to determine cellphone callers’ locations, and participants said the results were promising.

House Backs Bill That Would Benefit Fintech Partnerships With Banks

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 20:52
The House approved a bill that would make the resale of high-interest loans more attractive to third-party buyers such as debt collectors—and bolster fintech firms’ partnerships with banks.

U.K. Says Russia Behind Cyberattack That Crippled Global Firms

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 19:23
British officials blamed Russia for last June’s massive “Petya” cyberattack, which crippled computer networks at multinational firms including FedEx, container-ship giant A.P. Moeller-Maersk and pharmaceutical firm Merck & Co.

To Fill Jobs in a Tight Labor Market, Employers May Need to Get Creative

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 19:21
Employers, educators and policy makers are wrestling with how best to transfer workers’ current skills into digital-ready skills and then prepare them for new opportunities. Answers are needed as jobs need to be filled.

Not Just Rockets? SpaceX Gets Boost for Internet SatelliteVenture

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 17:27
A top U.S. regulator recommended approving SpaceX’s plan to provide internet service through satellites, a move that could expand broadband availability across the U.S. and beyond.

AT&T Focuses on DOJ Official in Time Warner Trial

Thu, 02/15/2018 - 16:19
AT&T is considering an unusual bid to seek testimony from the Justice Department’s antitrust chief in the coming trial over its $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, part of the companies’ effort to challenge the legitimacy of the government’s lawsuit.