Eric Schmidt

'Beyond a perfect storm': Wind-driven California fire nears record

VENTURA, Calif. — Dozens of helicopters and thousands of firefighters stepped up their assault Sunday on a wildfire roaring near Los Angeles that has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes and threatens to become the largest blaze in state history.<p>The Thomas Fire, which began Dec. 4, …

Ventura County

The Reason U.S. F-22 Stealth Jets and Russian Su-35S Flankers Are Shadow Boxing Over Syria May Have Nothing to Do with Syria

Are U.S. And Russia in Last-Minute Intelligence Grab Over Syria?<p>International news media has been crackling with reports of intercept incidents …

War

Marines, Algorithms, and Ammo: Taking 'Team of Teams' to the Contested Littorals

<i></i><i>“The one who becomes the leader in this sphere (artificial intelligence) will be the ruler of the world.”</i> <i><br>–Russian President Vladimir Putin</i> <i></i><p><i>“AI has</i> …

Military

Quayside: A Reminder That Canada Can Define The Digital Democracy

Toronto is right to feel good about Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs choosing the city for its high-tech redevelopment of a 12-acre strip of the …

Cities

Google opens Chinese AI lab, says 'science has no borders’

‘We want to work with the best AI talent, wherever that talent is.’<p>The fight between tech companies for AI talent is fierce and global, with Google announcing today that it will create a new research lab in China dedicated solely to artificial intelligence.<p>Google already has similar facilities in …

Technology (India)

Private stash: The world's best exclusive ski resorts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Imagine a ski destination with no lift lines where you can plunder pristine powder all day long.<p>You could splash out on remote heli-ski adventure, but that's not for everyone.<p>So the smart alternative is to become a member at an exclusive private ski resort, much like joining a golf club.<p>For …

Skiing

What would disaster look like in your city? ‘Deep Empathy’ uses A.I. to show you

It’s a common observation: some terrible tragedy, inflicted by either humans or nature, takes place close to home and suddenly it’s all that anyone …

MIT Media Lab

Heartland Tech Weekly: How to make meaningful investments in the Midwest

Last week, venture capitalists Steve Case and J.D. Vance announced they had raised $150 million for a new seed fund for startups located in Middle America. If you read VentureBeat’s coverage on the announcement last week, you’ll know that what was most important about the announcement was not that …

Business

What Would You Pay to Keep Your Digital Footprint 100% Private?

Last year, the rather ironic rumor that Mark Zuckerberg covers his laptop camera and mic made the rounds. As Antonio Garcia Martinez points out in <i>Chaos Monkeys</i>, a provocative new book on the Facebook founder, “it’s not the rats who first abandon a sinking ship. It’s the crew members who know how to …

Privacy

Jim Simons, the Numbers King

Algorithms made him a Wall Street billionaire. His new research center helps scientists mine data for the common good.<p>A visit to a scientific-research center usually begins at a star professor’s laboratory that is abuzz with a dozen postdocs collaborating on various experiments. But when I recently …

Long-form Journalism

The Hush Hush Norm

Mainstream writers do not discuss online sex and porn for fear of touching unseen landmines that offend readers. It is part of a phenomenon that I …

Long-form Journalism

10 Web Tools and Apps for Creating Avatars

<i>“Identity will be the most valuable commodity for citizens in the future, and it will exist primarily online.” – Eric Schmidt</i><p>One of the first steps …

Google

California Wildfires Threaten Celebrity Homes In Carpenteria And Montecito – Evacuations Ordered

The celebrity haven beach town of Carpinteria, CA and nearby Montecito are under seige by the renewed vigor of the Thomas fire, one of six blazes …

Entertainment Industry

6 Ways to Fix Silicon Valley, Open Up the Internet, and Save the Middle Class

<i>Have Silicon Valley’s biggest companies become too powerful? This series examines monopoly and power in the tech industry — and what, if anything,</i> …

Simon & Schuster

As the federal government falters, technology is leading a rise of the rest in statehouses nationwide

The tech revolution is no longer confined to Silicon Valley or the California statehouse.<p>Earlier this week, Steve Case announced that his Rise of the Rest seed fund, designed to invest in innovation in the Mid West and other areas traditionally overlooked by investors, had raised $150 million with …

Silicon Valley

The Amazon vs. Google Feud, Explained (and How It Affects You)

Users shouldn’t have to know about tech company feuds. In an ideal world, where the user experience is the top priority, your ability to watch videos …

Google

Why Amazon Is Google's Greatest Threat

Amazon is the greatest threat to Google's business model.<p>Ongoing feud between Amazon and Google may not be as simple as it appears.<p>Amazon …

Business

Here's What Could Slow Down Facebook and Google

It's hardly a novel observation to point out that Alphabet Inc. (GOOGL) and Facebook Inc. (FB) claim a huge and growing portion of an online ad …

Tech Industry

Top VC deals: Baidu invests in electric vehicles, Gilead buys cancer-fighting start-up

Here's a round-up of the most important deals in venture capital from the past week.<p>Former Genentech executives Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Ryan Watts …

Venture Capital

On-Premise Alcohol Volume Still Flat; Dollars Up Slightly

Declines in consumer traffic and fewer out-of-home occasions featuring alcoholic beverages continue to stifle volume growth in those beverages for …

Advertising Industry

Silicon Valley money isn’t enough to create new tech hubs

When Carisa Miklusak launched AI-enabled staffing platform Tilr two years ago, she and her two cofounders decided on Cincinnati, Ohio as their company’s headquarters, thanks to the city’s large concentration of Fortune 500 companies. The decision was met with skepticism from some of her friends and …

Business

Google announces Cloud Next ’18 in San Francisco from July 23-27

Google Cloud Next is the I/O equivalent for enterprise developers, customers, and other industry partners. Today, the company announced the dates for Cloud Next ’18, with the conference running longer and hosted later in the year.<p>Cloud Next ’17 was hosted from March 8-10 in San Francisco. Next …

Google

Three ways to remake the American economy for all

In a speech at the Open Markets Institute, Senator Elizabeth Warren offers a roadmap for how to tackle growing monopolies in the United States<p>The central question America faces today is this: who does our government work for? Does it work only for giant corporations, for the rich and the powerful? …

Opinion

2 Top Berkshire Hathaway-Like Stocks to Consider Buying Now

These two companies are using Warren Buffett's playbook.<p>Not only is Warren Buffett's success due to being one of the greatest stock-pickers of all …

Stocks

The End Of Storytelling

2017 will be remembered as a year of radical transformation in marketing. Collectively, we finally admitted there are cracks in the broadcast model. And, we’ve recognized that digital and social media is at the core of the future of all communications. There’s been a shift in control, as well. No …

Storytelling

Inside Oracle’s cloak-and-dagger political war with Google

Oracle has lobbied aggressively — and seeded negative stories about its search foe — as the two battle in court.<p>The story that appeared in Quartz this November seemed shocking enough on its own: Google had quietly tracked the location of its Android users, even those who had turned off such …

Technology

Why the gown is the most important garment in recent history

It was a show-stopper. Wildly romantic, Princess Diana’s antique lace wedding dress – complete with a billowing 25-foot train was anything but …

Celine Dion

Dan Gilbert joins Rise of the Rest movement as investor in new fund

Billionaire businessman Dan Gilbert is joining the Rise of the Rest effort launched by Steve Case, the billionaire co-founder of AOL, and J.D. Vance, …

Google

Divided We Code

• Home<br>• Divided We Code<br>• Undercover conservatives<br>• Free Speech<br>• Alt-tech<br>• Red Pill<br>• Sexual Harassment<p>Divided we code<br>• Undercover conservatives<br>• Free speech<br>• Alt-tech<br>• Red pill<br>• Sexual Harassment<p>Divided we code<p>Divided we code<p>56 sec<p>Silicon Valley's fault lines are exposed<p>By Laurie Segall<p>When I started covering technology, …

Censorship

Opinion: Bezos, the Koch Brothers, and the Waltons want to save the Rust Belt, but only on their terms

<i>By Elizabeth Catte</i><p>In JD Vance’s latest chapter as champion of America’s forgotten heartland, the <i>Hillbilly Elegy</i> author yesterday announced the …

Social Justice