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This is why a public high school agreed to open its doors right on Oracle's campus

While the real estate was a donation by the Oracle Education Foundation, under the guidance of Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz, D.Tech founder Ken Montgomery says that the real reason they were hyped to partner with the tech titan was for access to their talent.<p>"The building is great, but the real …

Secrecy, bodyguards, and Trump: What it's like to have a surprise dinner with Mark Zuckerberg

About two weeks ago, Daniel Moore received a cryptic phone call.<p>The 57-year-old resident of Newton Falls, Ohio was told that a billionaire philanthropist from California wanted to meet and have dinner with his family.<p>"I thought it was a prank phone call," Moore told Business Insider during a recent …

Silicon Valley

Inside Andy Rubin’s futuristic Playground hardware incubator

With titanium 3D printers, electrostatic charge tables, and a giant slide, Playground Global lives up to it’s a name. Here we take you on a tour of Android operating system inventor Andy Rubin’s hardware startup incubator that’s backed by a $300 million fund. Check out how the whimsical space lets …

Mood sours in Marine Le Pen’s camp as victory hopes fade

PARIS — France’s presidential campaign is not over yet but followers of Marine Le Pen’s populist movement already have a bad case of political …

Obamacare repeal vote upends 2018 House landscape

Republicans worry their incumbents will pay for the vote, and signs abound of an energized Democratic base.<p>This week’s vote to replace Obamacare has scrambled the 2018 House landscape, jeopardizing Republican lawmakers across the country and potentially endangering the party’s longstanding grip on …

Republicans

The Macron Leaks Probably Came Too Late to Change the French Election

There are limits to the parallels with America’s 2016 vote—and a big difference is the media.<p>PARIS—Less than 48 hours before polls close in France’s presidential election and barely minutes before the end of active campaigning here on Friday night, centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron’s campaign …

What will Brexit mean for the tech sector?

The technology sector, with its international focus, was a vocal advocate for Britain staying in the European Union. But, in defiance of the widespread concerns, the industry has been thriving in the wake of the decision to leave with investment and expansion thriving.<p>Whether the picture will …

United Kingdom

US deploys heavily armed marines to Syria

Several hundred marines have deployed into Syria with artillery guns, as part of the ongoing preparation for the fight to push ISIL out of its self-declared headquarters of Raqqa, a Pentagon spokesman has confirmed.<p>The marines are pre-positioning howitzers to be ready to assist local Syrian forces, …

Middle East

Poll: Majority Says Sessions Should Resign for Lying Under Oath

And majority think illegal immigrants should stay<p>A slight majority in a new poll say that Attorney General Jeff Sessions lied at his confirmation …

San Francisco asks federal judge to block Trump order penalizing 'sanctuary' cities

San Francisco asked a federal judge Wednesday to block<p>President Trump’s order threatening to strip federal funds from so-called sanctuary cities that bar police from enforcing immigration laws.<p>The city followed Santa Clara County in asking U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick for a nationwide …

Immigration

How Japan’s biggest cosmetics company keeps 100% of its new moms amid a childcare crisis

Tokyo<p>Japan’s “waiting-list children” (<i>taiki jido</i>) are a national crisis.<p>More than 23,000 children are waiting for spots at government-operated childcare centers by the latest count. They’re emblematic of one of the toughest challenges facing the Japanese government, which has identified more …

Japan

As Leaders Argue, South Korea Finds China Is No Longer an Easy Sell

INCHEON, South Korea — Until recently, Beyond Cosmetics could not fill Chinese orders fast enough for its Green Piggy Collagen Jella Pack, a creamy beige substance containing pig collagen, or its Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask, which leaves the user’s face covered with foam.<p>Then, in November, …

South Korea

It just got easier to become a permanent resident of Japan — here's how you do it

Under the new law, which will take effect in March, applicants with multiple degrees who earn a high salary will only need one year to become residents. The change reflects Japan's desire for more workers with advanced skill sets.<p>But that's not the only way to uproot your current life for a new one …

Hawaii issues first challenge to Trump's new travel ban

(Reuters) - The state of Hawaii requested emergency court intervention on Wednesday to halt a revised executive order from President Donald Trump placing U.S. entry restrictions on refugees and travelers from six Muslim-majority countries.<p>Arguing that the new travel ban violates the U.S. …

Immigration

Justin Trudeau's Tribute To International Women's Day Is Pure Leadership Perfection

Canadian Prime Minister, yogi, and avowed feminist Justin Trudeau posted a video on Twitter today to mark International Women's Day.<p>Trudeau, who …

A $2.5 trillion asset manager just put a statue of a defiant girl in front of the Wall Street bull

State Street Global Advisors, a nearly $2.5 trillion investor and unit within State Street Corp., is rolling out the campaign ahead of International Women's Day on Wednesday.<p>The money manager said it would vote against boards if a company failed to take steps to increase its number of members who …

Health bill highlights divide between governors, House GOP

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Republican governors complain that a GOP proposal to replace former President Barack Obama's health care law would force …

Health Care

Unsweetened: Mexico cancels sugar export permits to U.S. because there’s no one to negotiate with

The dispute reveals more real-world implications of the Trump administration’s “deconstruction” of the government<p>Mexico has canceled sugar export permits to the U.S., citing a dispute over the pace of shipments. And the reason is likely because the Trump administration is eager to "deconstruct the …

A Conspiracy A Month? Trump Calls For 2 Investigations — With No Evidence

Early Saturday morning, President Trump launched into one of his favorite pastimes — tweeting allegations with no evidence to back them up.<p>His latest unfounded claims: an assertion that President Barack Obama ordered wiretapping of Trump Tower during last year's elections. He accused his …

Donald Trump

Ex-aides: Trump has long been worried about recorded calls

WASHINGTON (AP) — Long before he tweeted about wiretaps, Donald Trump worried about who was listening in on his calls.<p>As a real estate mogul and …

Donald Trump

Turkey just kicked a major refugee aid organization out of the country

The US-based Mercy Corps was given little explanation as to why it’s been shut down.<p>The already-grim situation for the more than 2.9 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey and many thousands more on the border between Turkey and Syria just took a turn for the worse: Mercy Corps, one of the …

Preventing L.A.’s Tech Scene From Repeating Silicon Valley’s Philanthropic Mistakes

As L.A.’s startup scene continues to grow, a new initiative is trying to help them give their money to organizations close to home and give back to the city that’s supported their growth.<p>L.A.’s new tech titans are poised to address a philanthropic problem that Silicon Valley luminaries have yet to …

Uber says it will stop targeting city officials with ‘Greyball,’ the secret tool it used to deceive regulators

Uber will no longer use its "Greyball" tool to explicitly target authorities, according to a new statement from its Chief Security Officer, Joe Sullivan.<p>"We have started a review of the different ways this technology has been used to date. In addition, we are expressly prohibiting its use to target …

AP Source: Huntsman offered job of ambassador to Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has offered former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman the position as U.S. ambassador to Russia, a high-profile and …

Donald Trump

Didi beat Uber in China and now it's opening an R&D center on its turf

Famed Jeep hacker Charlie Miller is on board<p>Didi Chuxing, the ride-hail app that bought Uber’s Chinese business last summer after a lengthy and expensive battle, is now opening an R&D center in Uber’s backyard. Didi Labs will be based in Mountain View, California and will be focused on hiring (and …

Helpful(?) coding tips from the CIA’s school of hacks

WikiLeaks dump includes a best (and worst) practices guide for exploit developers.<p>There are thousands of files in WikiLeaks' dump of data from the …

Information Security

Eastern European diplomats appeal for U.S. help against Russia | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Diplomats from six Eastern European countries appealed to U.S. senators on Tuesday to help them stand up against interference from Russia, including cyber attacks, and insisted that sanctions imposed on Moscow should not be lifted anytime soon.<p>Georgian Ambassador David …

Russia

China’s Plan to Build Its Own High-Tech Industries Worries Western Businesses

BEIJING — China has charted out a $300 billion plan to become nearly self-sufficient by 2025 in a range of important industries, from planes to computer chips to electric cars, as it looks to kick-start its next stage of economic development.<p>But big companies in the rest of the world worry that it …

China

French centrists may still back Fillon despite scandal

France's centrist UDI party hinted on Tuesday it could back François Fillon's presidential bid, but said it first wanted to see him take concrete steps to unite his much-divided camp.<p>Earlier on Tuesday, a top UDI lawmaker said the party - which last week suspended its participation in Fillon's …

North Africa

Call from Trump Interrupts Israeli Police Questioning Prime Minister Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — A phone call from President Donald Trump interrupted a police inquiry into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was on Monday being questioned for a fourth time over suspicions of corruption.<p>Not long after sitting down with police investigators at his residence in Jerusalem, …

Israel