Google bets on modular homes to help employees with soaring housing costs

Soaring home prices and apartment rents in Silicon Valley have become a growing headache for technology titans. Google owner Alphabet Inc. is taking a step toward addressing the issue.

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Silicon Valley high school makes $24 million from Snap IPO

It’s an only in Silicon Valley kind of story: A well-to-do private Catholic high school makes a $15,000 investment five years ago in the company developing the Snapchat app, holds onto it for years and ends up with a windfall of $24 million.

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Tech workers complain about cost of living increases in San Francisco

A tech worker in Silicon Valley said his six-figure salary is reportedly not enough to support a family in the California region.

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Silicon Valley Up in Arms Over Proposed H-1B Overhaul


Silicon Valley is in an uproar over a proposed new executive order that would overhaul the existing policy on foreign worker visas. The Trump administration’s goal apparently is to prioritize the hiring of American workers first and make other changes in the way U.S. companies can recruit skilled professionals from other countries. The president reportedly wants to revise existing policies on how American companies hire foreign workers in a way that would force them to consider U.S. citizens first and foremost, a draft of the order suggests.

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Tech titans slam Trump's controversial immigration move

Silicon Valley heavyweights Apple, Google and Microsoft are among a host of tech companies blasting President’s Trump’s controversial refugee and immigration restrictions.

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Tech Billionaire Thiel Aims to Justify His Trump Support


Peter Thiel, one of the few well-known Silicon Valley figures who has given Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump a public endorsement, on Monday reiterated his support at a National Press Club event in Washington. He prefaced his remarks with a disclaimer. “Nobody thinks his comments about women were acceptable,” Thiel told the gathering, referring to Trump. “I agree, they were clearly offensive and inappropriate.” However, a vote for Trump would not constitute an endorsement of his flaws or lack of judgment, Thiel argued.

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DoL Suit Highlights Asian Glass Ceiling in Tech


Longstanding concerns about hiring and diversity issues in Silicon Valley recently returned to the fore. The Labor Department recently filed suit against big data firm Palantir, alleging that it had engaged in a pattern of denying jobs to Asian applicants. Race is a greater impediment than gender when it comes to breaking through corporate glass ceilings, suggests research conducted by Ascend. “Overlooked in the popular diversity discussion has been the issue of an Asian glass ceiling at the highest management levels,” said Ascend EVP Anna Mok.

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Apple closer to taking on Echo with Siri-powered speaker

The product that all of Silicon Valley seems to be focusing on is a voice-controlled speaker that’s capable of carrying out tasks based on your voice command.

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Coachella 2016 to support Apple Pay transactions with new Square Reader, hand out prizes via iBeacon

Article Image Revelers at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be able to pay for food, drinks, merchandise and more with their iPhone and Apple Watch thanks to a partnership with Square, which is supplying on-site vendors with Apple Pay-compatible mobile card readers.

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Coachella 2016 to support Apple Pay transactions with new Square Reader, hand out prizes via iBeacon

Article Image Revelers at this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be able to pay for food, drinks, merchandise and more with their iPhone and Apple Watch thanks to a partnership with Square, which is supplying on-site vendors with Apple Pay-compatible mobile card readers.

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Andy Grove, tech titan and Intel legend, passes away at 79

Andy Grove with Intel execs
Andy Grove, one of the greats who helped shape Silicon Valley, and make Intel the dominant force it is today, passed away this week at the age of 79.

The original article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/225278-andy-grove-tech-titan-and-intel-legend-passes-away-at-79

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WhatsApp Case May Be New Encryption Battleground


A new front may have opened up between the Department of Justice and Silicon Valley in the ongoing legal battle over government access to encrypted data, this time involving WhatsApp, the electronic messaging and voice system owned by Facebook. DoJ officials reportedly have been debating how to proceed in a criminal case in which a court-ordered wiretap has been hindered by WhatsApp encryption. The case comes at a tense time, as the ongoing legal battle between the DoJ and Apple has roiled the technology industry.

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Justice Department considers wiretapping fight with WhatsApp amid Apple-FBI row

Article Image The U.S. government is at odds with yet another Silicon Valley firm thanks to encrypted communications, this time targeting Facebook-owned messaging superpower WhatsApp over federal wiretapping statutes.

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Tech Titans Tackle the Trump Problem


High-profile Silicon Valley executives last week attended a secret summit with GOP leaders at the American Enterprise Institute’s World Forum in a bid to put the brakes on the political campaign of Donald Trump, according to a report published Monday. Trump has dominated the Republican presidential race with highly charged rhetoric and out-of-the-box campaign promises. Participants in the AEI meeting reportedly included Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google cofounder Larry Page, Tesla Motors and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, and Napster cofounder Sean Parker.

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Apple, FBI battle a wedge issue for American voters, poll shows

Article Image The ongoing philosophical debate between Silicon Valley — with Apple at the forefront — and the federal government over encryption has split the American electorate in two distinct but equal camps, a new survey shows.

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Microsoft founder Gates backs FBI in encryption fight with Apple

Microsoft founder Bill Gates has broken with other Silicon Valley giants by backing the FBI in its battle with Apple over hacking into a locked iPhone as part of the investigation into last December’s San Bernardino terror attack.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2016/02/23/microsoft-founder-gates-backs-fbi-in-encryption-fight-with-apple.html

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