As if President Elect Donald Trump threatening to force Apple to move its manufacturing to the US wasn’t bad enough, this week another branch of the federal government messed with Apple.
Late last week, the Intercept, the national security blog owned by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, published a fun and provocative story.
Since about the time Peter Thiel stunned the Valley by breaking its group-think ranks and agreeing to serve as a delegate for Donald Trump, I’ve been hearing a common refrain from senior folks in the industry: “He and I haven’t spoken.” Max Levchin, said as much on stage at Pandoland last summer when we asked the passionate pro-immigration defender… who co-founded PayPal with Thiel and is one of his closest friends.
Well, that was fast. Earlier this week I mapped out a worrying prediction for how some in Silicon Valley might weasel their way out of previous opposition to Donald Trump now that Trump is heading to the White House and there’s serious money and power up for grabs.
Last week, FirstRound Capital released its annual “State of Startups Survey.” It confirmed-- sadly-- that most men in tech don’t fully get the diversity problem, care about fixing it, or even see any complicity on their part in perpetuating it.
Late last week, the New York Times and others reported that David Sacks is stepping down as CEO of disgraced-but-better-now-it-swears insurance unicorn, Zenefits.
Maryland wants ride-hailing companies to fingerprint their drivers. This rule is scheduled to go into effect on December 15, and both Uber and Lyft went to court in November to argue that they shouldn’t have to run more vigorous background checks on people using their platforms.
Yeah, Winnie-- a site to help parents navigate cities in a family-friendly way-- recently launched. And yeah, sure, it got $2.5 million from some well-heeled Valley backers.
What is the greatest gift of all? A baby’s laugh? A sunset? The feeling of fresh snow crunching under foot?
“Well, which is it?” “You can’t have it both ways!” “Wait! That’s not what you said just a few days ago…” Long before these were things I found myself screaming at our President Elect’s Twitter stream (Hillary Clinton is a brilliant Secretary of State!
For GoPro, 2016 has been the year of Karma. The year started off badly for the once high-flying maker of wearable cameras, after it warned investors that revenue during the 2015 holiday quarter would decline 31% and that it would lay off 7% of its workforce.
On Monday, the New York Times reported yet another fight between Facebook and authorities in Germany.
Black Friday is finally suffering the long, slow death it deserves. Once known as “the day after Thanksgiving,” Black Friday took off as a commercial holiday around 2003.
America’s in total turmoil following Donald Trump’s victory. Nazis and white supremacists are suddenly in vogue, getting magazine profiles and primetime TV spots.
Right about now, plenty of journalists all over America are coming up with hackneyed leads that bend the whole idea of “giving thanks” into whatever story they are being forced to write before a well-deserved four day weekend.
It turns out everyone is entitled to their own facts. Or at least they are on Facebook, which is suffering one of those rashes of bad news that afflicts it every year or so.
Since the election, I -- along with every other journalist on the planet -- have been encouraging Mark Zuckerberg to take Facebook’s culpability for allowing fake news to help get Trump elected.
Facebook’s refusal to admit it’s a media company that bears responsibility for Trump has put the company in an ever deepening hole.
Earlier this week, I spoke at a UBS Research conference in San Francisco. Speaking just before me was a senior eBay executive who was asked about the company’s recent divesting of its massive stake in MercadoLibre.
I’ve been trying to grab an hour on Anne Fulenwider’s calendar since I started my “Uterus is a feature not a bug” podcast.