Posts Tagged ‘Google’

CA tech geniuses: Global warming strategy a flop

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

The smartest climate scientists at Google's Silicon Valley research labs have now joined one of the most brilliant Microsoft techies in concluding that the conventional wisdom about how to fight global warming can't succeed. John Seiler and George Will, among others, don't buy climate change conv...

Uber nabs Apple exec

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
google car

On July 4 on our site, James Poulos wrote about Uber and other ride-sharing companies' battles with some existing taxi companies over insurance. Steven Greenhut also wrote about it in the U-T San Diego. However that turns out, Uber almost certainly is the future for a simple reason: Digital te...

CA innovators lead on tech surveillance

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Some of California's lesser-known players in tech have seized the initiative in shaping the nation's surveillance culture. Many Americans are familiar with the Taser, a nonlethal device used by law enforcement to shock and immobilize. Fewer are aware that the Taser is the creation of a company w...

Light-rail love affair: CA pols, media stuck in 1980s

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

Californians with a green streak are in love with mass transit -- at least when it involves rail. Buses are far better at helping people, especially poor people, to and from work. But there's something about rail and how it seems like an explicit rejection of the internal combustion engine that attr...

Judge green lights Silicon Valley class action suit

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
Antitrust movie poster

It's official: Many of California's biggest tech firms are going to trial. Faced with a class action brought by over 64,000 combined employees, Adobe, Apple, Google, Intel, Intuit, Lucasfilm and Pixar asked U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh to grant a summary judgment effectively throwing out the law...

Andreessen: Does company HQ in CA violate fiduciary duty?

Monday, March 31st, 2014

You might remember Marc Andreessen. He co-authored Mosaic, the first decent Web browser, which I remember using when I got on the Net back in 1994. It became Netscape, which became Firefox. He's still a big tech investor. He just tweeted: "Heard on the street: Hedge funds considering suing Calif...

Will CA GOP emerge as defenders of embattled techies, tech firms?

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Is the present anti-Google, anti-techie agitation in the Bay Area a reflection of anger over how affluent tech workers have driven up rent and reinflated the housing bubble? Or is it a harbinger of broader anger over how California technology firms are disrupting industry after industry? An essay in...

Anti-Google ‘terrorism’ endorsed by editor for S.F.-based Salon

Saturday, January 25th, 2014

The increasingly militant targeting of tech workers in the Bay Area now has a champion: an assistant news editor for the San Francisco-based online magazine Salon. Here's a sample of Natasha Lennard's astonishingly glib endorsement of "terrorism" targeting Google workers and presumably any other tec...

Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014
Google buses vs. San Fran govt.

You would think San Francisco's government would applaud Google for the company's private buses, which whisk employees around the city. The buses reduce congestion and pollution in the City on the Bay, two big goals of the city government. When you go to S.F., you notice that all the cabs are req...

2013 saw emergence of potential giant CA defense contractor

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

Most of the reports last month that Mountain View-based Google bought Boston Dynamics -- its eighth recent purchase of a robotics firm -- focused on how this fit in with so many "moon shot" Google initiatives. Some stories looked forward to the arrival of Google personal assistant robots that pair u...