Silicon Valley

Don’t fall for Silicon Valley’s hubris—our technological future is more fragile than we think

Lompico is the rough jewel of Santa Cruz, California—high in the mountains and deep in the redwood forest, population 1,140. Weather providing, it takes less than an hour to get here from Silicon Valley, where technologists are hard at work designing our brave new world.<p>But heavy rains have made …

Technology

Roadshow: Woz and his cars are back! Guess what he’s driving now

<b>Q</b> I think your legions of loyal readers should know that your bestie Woz seems to have abandoned his Prius. I’m hearing him on KCBS shilling for the …

Transportation

Alex Rodriguez, Silicon Valley tycoon Anne Wojcicki split

The $21 million the Yankees still owe him should cheer him up.<p>After dating for nearly a year, Alex Rodriguez has split with Silicon Valley titan Anne …

New York Yankees

Women leaders from Facebook and other tech firms encourage female engineers to make an impact

SAN JOSE — Like a solar-powered drone soaring high, women engineers should find a way for their own wings to take flight, Kathryn Cook, a technical …

Innovation

Why Snapchat's unprecedented real estate strategy in Venice could be tech's new standard

A tech start-up based in Los Angeles rather than Silicon Valley. A mobile app that built its appeal by deleting photos and messages. Vertical video in a widescreen world.<p>Snapchat, the popular photo and video messaging app, has broken the mold in many ways. Now, with parent company Snap Inc.’s …

Snapchat

Don't toss that broken toaster! Palo Alto's Repair Café aims to combat throwaway culture

Toaster broken? Vacuum cleaner lost its suck? Clock no longer ticking?<p>You could throw away your failing household appliances and add them to the world's growing trash pile, or you could bring them over to the Repair Café in Palo Alto.<p>At this quarterly clinic at the Museum of American Heritage …

Palo Alto

Uber's mess reaches beyond sexism - and Silicon Valley

<b>Uber's meteoric rise was dogged by incessant lawsuits, enraged protests and staggering losses. Or, as co-founder Travis Kalanick might consider it right now, the "good old days".</b><p>He now faces tougher challenges. This week began with Uber opening an investigation into serious, systemic sexual …

Uber

Shedding Soviet history, Estonia aims to be world’s most pro-tech nation

Karoli Hindriks is old enough to remember when the last Soviet tanks and soldiers filed out of Estonia in 1991, not long after the country declared its independence from the USSR.<p>The joyful celebration that followed decades of occupation was quickly replaced by reality. Tucked into the northeastern …

Estonia

Blacktech Weekend in Miami draws hundred to connect, learn, raise capital

It was billed as an opportunity to “break bread and make bread.” Blacktech Weekend was certainly that and a whole lot more.<p>Black startup founders, …

What Google hopes to gain by suing Uber

The legal battle that’s starting between Waymo, the self-driving car spin-off of Google’s former “moonshot” unit, and ride-hailing giant Uber appears …

Google

Girls in Tech Catalyst conference returns to San Francisco in June

The fifth annual Catalyst Conference by Girls in Tech will return to San Francisco on June 20 to 22, with more than 40 speakers focused on inspiring women in technology.<p>The speakers include Aaron Levie, CEO of Box; Jennifer Hyman, CEO of Rent the Runway; Kara Swisher, executive editor of Re/Code, …

This week in apps: 'Alto' gets a sequel, Instagram gets more like Facebook and Google's SMS reboot

With Uber's never-ending drama, Twitter's somewhat confusing new harassment policies, and Facebook's technical error, you may have lost track of some of the best new apps.<p>Luckily, we're keeping score for you for you. Each week, we round up the latest app news, along with a few of our favorite new …

Google

Just how cold was it around the Bay Area last night?

People around the Bay Area cranked up their heaters Thursday night as a low-pressure system from British Columbia moved into Northern California.<p>Temperatures plummeted with Downtown San Francisco recording a low of 41 degrees, Napa 30 degrees and Lafayette 29.<p>The chilly conditions are expected to …

San Francisco

Top stories of the week: 'Tech shuttles' now permanent, Outer Sunset burglaries, Columbus Day ousted from SF schools

It’s been another busy news week in San Francisco. Here’s our roundup of the top stories taking place across our city:<p><b>Neighbors worry over spate of</b> …

San Francisco

Focus on Value | Silicon Valley Product Group

I have a little heuristic which I find useful. If I see a particular issue going on in at least three companies at the same time, I figure it’s a …

Product Management

Farhad’s and Brian’s Week in Tech: Uber’s Very Bad Month

<i>Each Saturday, Farhad Manjoo and Mike Isaac, technology reporters at The New York Times, review the week’s news, offering analysis and maybe a joke or two about the most important developments in the tech industry.</i> <i>This week, Brian X. Chen, the Times’s personal technology writer, filled in for</b> …

Technology

These ‘normal Silicon Valley houses’ hide test labs

In Silicon Valley, the house next door might not be full of techies, but it could be stuffed with tech products.<p>Up in the East San Jose hills, where …

Smart Homes

Cyber Week in Review: February 24, 2017

Here is a quick round-up of this week’s technology headlines and related stories you may have missed:<p><b>1. File under: Not entirely</b> <b>surprising.</b> Russian …

World News

Round 2: Tech companies condemn Trump’s anti-transgender ruling

First it was the immigration ban, now Silicon Valley is publicly denouncing President Donald Trump’s ruling that rescinds protections for transgender …

Equality

Full Show: Bloomberg Businessweek (02/24)

Bloomberg Television takes you behind the scenes of our award-winning magazine "Bloomberg Businessweek." Hosts Carol Massar and Oliver Renick talk …

TV

Pizarro: ‘Unfair’ author Adam Benforado kicks off Silicon Valley Reads season

<b>Adam Benforado</b> is a youngish, white, bespectacled law professor at Drexel University. If you were to ask anyone, they’d most likely say he doesn’t …

Santa Clara County

Tech firms stand up for transgender rights in Supreme Court brief

Apple is among the companies signing a document to be filed as part of a case the high court is hearing next month.<p>Apple is among several tech companies expected to sign a brief supporting transgender rights in a case scheduled to be heard by the US Supreme Court next month.<p>The tech giant confirmed …

Technology

Snapchat IPO: Evan Spiegel tries to sell investors on his top product – himself

As the messaging app company prepares for its initial public offering, its 26-year-old co-founder looks to build on talent, chutzpah and hard-heartedness<p>Evan Spiegel, Snap Inc’s 26-year-old co-founder, has a reputation for playing nasty – but these days he is playing nice. If it works out, he’s …

Snapchat

ICYMI: Uber led biggest tech stories of week

In this excerpt from a #TalkingTech Live broadcast, the panelists weigh in on Uber's bad week, and what's next in ride hailing.<p>LOS ANGELES — This week’s tech news was dominated by charges of sexual harassment and discrimination at ride-hailing service Uber, a potential push from Google to bring …

Technology

Road to the IGF: ConcernedApe's Stardew Valley

<i>This interview is part of our Road to the IGF series. You can find the rest by clicking here</i><p>The farming and country life RPG <i>Stardew Valley</i> came out …

Game Development

Biz Break: Facebook’s Oculus VR challenges aren’t over

<b>Top of the Order:</b><p><b>A Possible Rift in Oculus?:</b> Virtual reality technology is in a strange position right now. Sure, it’s “hot” and offers cool …

Virtual Reality

A Lawsuit Against Uber Highlights the Rush to Conquer Driverless Cars

SAN FRANCISCO — Late last year, Uber, in defiance of California state regulators, went ahead with a self-driving car experiment on the streets of San Francisco under the leadership of Anthony Levandowski, a new company executive.<p>The experiment quickly ran into problems. In one case, an autonomous …

Driverless Cars

How racial bias could be hurting Silicon Valley’s bottom line

Apple shareholders will decide next week whether to force the tech giant to diversify its leadership — possibly by tying executives' compensation to racial diversity goals — in the industry's latest effort to grapple with a severe underrepresentation of blacks and Latinos in its ranks.<p>The long-shot …

Diversity

The Google v. Uber lawsuit is confusing, until you watch 'Silicon Valley'

Google and Uber are set to duke it out in court, and the fight is far from simple. The good news is, though, that as art imitates life which then often imitates art, HBO's <i>Silicon Valley</i> can help you understand this quarrel.<p>On Thursday, Alphabet (Google's parent company) announced that it's taking …

Uber

Palantir Was Dumped By A Key Cybersecurity Client

Palantir started working with Home Depot after its massive credit card hack in 2014, but the retailer recently decided the cyber services were no longer worth it.<p>Palantir Technologies, the secretive Silicon Valley data analysis firm co-founded by Peter Thiel, has lost a marquee cybersecurity …

Technology