Technology 

Google CEO Sundar Pichai doesn’t regret firing James Damore – CNET

Now Playing: Watch this: Google CEO says ‘I don’t regret’ firing author of diversity… Google CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki talked about diversity and Silicon Valley in San Francisco on Friday.  Kim White/MSNBC Onetime Google engineer James Damore wrote a contentious 3,300-word memo in August that argued the gender gap in Silicon Valley is largely due to women and men being “biologically” different. Days later Google CEO Sundar Pichai fired Damore saying the engineer violated company rules. A firestorm followed. Damore went on a media tour saying he…

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Space 

California legislators move forward bill to create California Aerospace Commission

SAN FRANCISCO — The California Assembly Appropriations Committee approved plans January 18 to create a California Aerospace and Aviation Commission, which would serve as a central point of contact for the industry and recommend actions the governor and state legislature could take to retain jobs and encourage the industry’s growth.“The goal is to bring together the stakeholders and bring together policy recommendations so we can continue to grow and lead the nation and the world in innovation, advanced manufacturing and job creation,” California Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, chairman of the California…

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Anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ turns its focus to the ballot box

WASHINGTON — The pink “pussy hat” is in a museum collection, protesters have left the airports, and George Orwell’s “1984” has fallen back off the best-seller list. But the energy behind the anti-Donald Trump protests that exploded a year ago, which turned everything from T-shirts to yoga into a form of political “resistance,” has started to coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated political force ahead of November’s midterm elections. “Last year we marched and we resisted and we organized, and now we’re going to bring that collective power to the polls,”…

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The anti-Trump ‘Resistance’ turns a year old — and grows up

WASHINGTON — The pink “pussy hat” is in a museum collection, protesters have left the airports, and George Orwell’s “1984” has fallen back off the best-seller list. But the energy behind the anti-Donald Trump protests that exploded a year ago, which turned everything from T-shirts to yoga into a form of political “resistance,” has started to coalesce into a surprisingly sophisticated political force ahead of November’s midterm elections. “Last year we marched and we resisted and we organized, and now we’re going to bring that collective power to the polls,”…

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Technology 

Apple employee commuter buses reportedly attacked near SF – CNET

Protesters block an Apple bus as a Google bus passes in San Francisco in 2013. Steven Rhodes/Getty Images Windows have been smashed on five buses used to shuttle Apple employees around the San Francisco Bay Area in suspected pellet gun attacks during the past several days, the Guardian reported Wednesday. The first incident occurred Friday as the commuter bus was traveling from the company’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, to San Francisco, the newspaper reported. Subsequent suspected attacks occurred Tuesday, according to an internal Apple memo obtained by the Guardian. “There…

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Facebook is a ‘living, breathing crime scene,’ says tech insider

SAN FRANCISCO — With more than 2 billion users, Facebook’s reach now rivals that of Christianity and exceeds that of Islam. However, the network’s laser focus on profits and user growth has come at the expense of its users, according to one former Facebook manager who is now speaking out against the social platform. “One of the things that I saw consistently as part of my job was the company just continuously prioritized user growth and making money over protecting users,” the ex-manager, Sandy Parakilas, who worked at Facebook for…

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These millennials love Putin — the world’s ‘most powerful politician’

MOSCOW — With its metal staircase, brick walls and bubble chairs, Project Network’s office could easily be mistaken for a Silicon Valley start-up. But this creative hub offers space, workshops and guidance to a specific group: pro-Kremlin Russian youths. President Vladimir Putin is central to the group’s ideology, and his presence is hard to miss. Young artists and designers use the modern loft space to work under Putin’s watchful eye: The Russian leader stares from a painted portrait hanging above the stairs. Putin will be counting on their support when…

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Technology 

Elon Musk: So-called Valley sex party was just ‘nerds on a couch’ – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. Sex party? What sex party? (Elon Musk is actually speaking here at an astronautical congress last fall in Australia.) Peter Parks / AFP/Getty Images It rained a lot in the San Francisco Bay Area this week and every time I saw a puddle in the road, I couldn’t help thinking about Silicon Valley’s sex parties. As related by Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang in her forthcoming book “Brotopia: Breaking Up the Boys’ Club of Silicon Valley,”…

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‘Silicon Valley’ trailer offers new internet and, well, vomit – CNET

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that’s taken over our lives. When we left Richard Hendricks, he was promising to make Hooli obsolete.  Should that sentence appear to you as “xkrktykykukuk,” you might not (yet) be a convert to “Silicon Valley.” The HBO show returns for a fifth season in March, and the first trailer is now upon us. It appears Richard Hendricks and his (largely) faithful band of (rarely) merry men at Pied Piper are going to be faced with the challenges of growth in…

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Why California may not dominate the pot market

SALINAS, Calif. — This state has long been dubbed America’s salad bowl, because of the ability of California’s industrial-scale farms to produce food in mass quantities. Beginning this year, it will also begin widespread legal production of a very different crop. The grower of more than one-third of the nation’s vegetables and two-thirds of its fruits and nuts is expected to begin providing an outsize share of its marijuana, after the drug became legal for recreational use on Jan. 1. But it’s still not clear who will produce all that…

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