Silicon Valley

  • Lyft to Offer Self-Driving Cars in San Francisco Area
    Lyft_self_drive_san_francisco 2017-09-07 16:37:26 UTC
    Heather Somerville SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A self-driving car will soon be one ride option available from Lyft in the San Francisco Bay Area, as the ride-services company ramps up its efforts to become a serious player in autonomous vehicle technology. Lyft said on Thursday that self-driv...

  • Fired Google Engineer Hires Lawyer in Free Speech Case
    Google 2017-08-24 17:30:02 UTC
    Google found itself at the epicenter of controversy this month after a 10-page anti-diversity manifesto written by one of its employees, which had circulated internally at the company, went viral. James Damore, the employee who wrote the memo—which argued that women are less biologically inclined...

  • Google takes action against 'anti-diversity memo'
    Google_takes_action_against_'anti-diversity_memo' 2017-08-08 04:49:59 UTC
    San Francisco (Reuters) - Internet giant Google has fired the male engineer at the center of an uproar in Silicon Valley over the past week after he authored an internal memo asserting there are biological causes behind gender inequality in the tech industry. James Damore, the engineer who wro...

  • Apple to launch 'Call Watches' without needing an iPhone
    Apple_to_launch_'call_watches'_without_needing_an_iphone 2017-08-04 22:52:29 UTC
    (Reuters) - Apple Inc plans to release a version of its smartwatch later this year that can connect directly to cellular networks, Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing people familiar with the matter. Some of the new models for the Apple Watch will be equipped with LTE chips and be able to per...

  • Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg: We need to start paying women well
    Facebook's_sheryl_sandberg-_we_need_to_start_paying_women_well 2017-07-31 04:47:45 UTC
    LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg called on governments and companies to do more to close the gender pay gap on Sunday and said both girls and boys should be encouraged to become leaders from an early age. "We need to start paying women well and we need th...

  • Tesla delivers the first 30 of its Model 3 cars in California
    Tesla_delivers_the_fierst_30_of_its_model_3_cars_in_california 2017-07-30 16:01:45 UTC
    FREMONT, Calif. (Reuters) - Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk said on Friday the Model 3 had over half a million advance reservations as he handed over the first 30 to employee buyers, setting the stage for the biggest test yet of the company's strategy to become a profitable, mass market e...

  • Hottest Tech startups don't need venture capital money
    Hottest_tech_startups_don't_need_venture_capital_money 2017-07-24 07:00:59 UTC
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. venture capital firms lining up for a slice of the burgeoning digital currency market are grappling with a novel challenge - some of the hottest tech startups that sell the coins just don't need their money. Only a few years ago, digital currency entrepreneurs, like o...

  • Google Earth users will be able to post stories, video and photos
    Google_earth_users_will_be_able_to_post_stories__video_and_photos 2017-07-14 22:16:57 UTC
    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Google wants users to post millions of stories, video and photos on its 'Google Earth' platform in the next few years, the program chief said on Tuesday at a launch event in Brazil for content focused on showcasing the Amazon rainforest. The "Voyager" tool allows int...

  • Tesla Model 3 passed all regulatory requirements for production
    Tesla_inc's_high-volume_model_3_sedan_passed_all_regulatory_requirements_for_production 2017-07-03 06:23:42 UTC
    Tesla Inc's high-volume Model 3 sedan passed all regulatory requirements for production two weeks ahead of schedule, Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted on Sunday night. Musk said in May that Tesla was on track to begin production of the $35,000 Model 3 in July. Tesla expects to produce over ...

  • US Tech tried to soften on dealing with the Russian spy agency
    Us_tech_tried_to_soften_on_dealing_with_the_russian_spy_agency 2017-06-30 19:19:32 UTC
    WASHINGTON/MOSCOW — As U.S. officials investigated in January the FSB's alleged role in election cyber attacks, U.S. technology firms were quietly lobbying the government to soften a ban on dealing with the Russian spy agency, people with direct knowledge of the effort told Reuters. New U.S. s...

  • Canada's Court Forces Google to Remove Results Worldwide
    Canada's_court_forces_google_to_remove_results_worldwide 2017-06-28 16:15:32 UTC
    Canadian courts can force internet search leader Google to remove results worldwide, the country's top court ruled on Wednesday, drawing criticism from civil liberties groups arguing such a move sets a precedent for censorship on the internet. In its 7-2 decision, Canada's Supreme Court found ...

  • EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record $2.7 billion fine
    Eu_antitrust_regulators_hit_alphabet_unit_google_with_a_record__2.7_billion_fine 2017-06-27 16:50:51 UTC
    BRUSSELS — EU antitrust regulators hit Alphabet unit Google with a record 2.42-billion-euro ($2.7 billion) fine on Tuesday, taking a tough line in the first of three investigations into the company's dominance in searches and smartphones. It is the biggest fine the EU has ever imposed on a sin...

  • Facebook wants to be a "hostile environment for terrorists"
    Facebook_wants_to_be_a_%22hostile_environment_for_terrorists%22 2017-06-04 18:14:21 UTC
    Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a "hostile environment" for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms. Three attackers drove a hired van into pedestrians ...

  • Facebook focuses on Vox, BuzzFeed and others for video service
    Facebook_is_focusing_on_vox__buzzfeed_and_others_for_video_service 2017-05-24 20:47:43 UTC
    NEW YORK — Facebook has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar wi...

  • Trump's "America First" Order: Tighten H-1B Visa Program
    Trump's_'america_first'_order-_tighten_h-1b_visa_program 2017-04-19 04:05:46 UTC
    Kenosha, Wisconsin - U.S. President Donald J. Trump ordered federal agencies to look at tightening a visa program used to bring high-skilled foreign workers to the U.S., as he tries to carry out his campaign pledge to put "America First." Trump signed an executive order on the H-1B visa progra...

  • Trump Targets H-1B Visas Which Are Used Largely By Tech Industry
    Trump_targets_h-1b_visas_which_are_used_largely_by_tech_industry 2017-04-18 05:04:49 UTC
    U.S. President Donald Trump targets H-1B visas which are used largely by tech industry and will sign an executive order directing federal agencies to recommend changes to a temporary visa program used to bring foreign workers to the U.S. to fill high-skilled jobs. Trump is to sign the order wh...

  • Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France, to stop the spread of fake news
    Facebook_suspended_30_000_accounts_in_france__to_stop_the_spread_of_fake_news 2017-04-14 05:39:08 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc said on Thursday it suspended 30,000 accounts in France as the social network giant steps up efforts to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam. The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is...

  • Tesla Beat GM To Become Most Valuable US Auto Maker
    Tesla_beat_gm_to_become_most_valuable_us_auto_maker 2017-04-10 21:23:22 UTC
    By Noel Randewich | SAN FRANCISCO Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) on Monday became the most valuable U.S. car maker, reaching a market capitalization of $50.887 billion and edging past General Motors (GM.N) which produces many more cars. Helped by an analyst's recommendation, the luxury electric car maker...

  • Twitter Refuses To Reveal User Behind Anti-Trump Account
    Twitter_refuses_u.s._order_to_reveal_user_behind_anti-trump_account 2017-04-07 04:52:53 UTC
    By David Ingram | SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter Inc on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit to block an order by the U.S. government demanding that it reveal who is behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump's tough immigration policies. Citing freedom of speech as a basis for not turning o...

  • Google apologizes for ads alongside offensive videos on YouTube
    Google_apologizes_for_ads_alongside_offensive_videos_on_youtube 2017-03-20 19:20:23 UTC
    By Esha Vaish and Kate Holton Google apologized on Monday for allowing ads to appear alongside offensive videos on YouTube as more high-profile firms such as Marks & Spencer (MKS.L) and HSBC (HSBA.L) pulled advertising for British markets from Google sites. The British government has susp...

  • Lightspeed is set to make its public market debut
    Lightspeed_is_set_to_make_its_public_market_debut_ 2017-03-01 20:09:45 UTC
    By Heather Somerville | SAN FRANCISCO — Lightspeed Venture Partners was launched in 1999 by four partners who were experts in enterprise software and early internet companies, making only the occasional investment into consumer technology companies. But then came the rise of social media. ...

  • International money transfers via Facebook
    International_money_transfers_via_facebook 2017-02-21 08:20:33 UTC
    By Anna Irrera | NEW YORK — Money transfer company TransferWise has launched a new service that allows users to send money internationally through Facebook Inc's chat application, as competition in the digital payments landscape intensifies. The London-based startup said on Tuesday that it...

  • Silicon Valley: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, Intel, eBay,.. file a legal brief opposing Trump's immigration ban
    Silicon_valley 2017-02-06 21:06:45 UTC
    Several technology giants, including Apple, Google and Microsoft, banded together on Sunday to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump's temporary immigration ban, arguing that it "inflicts significant harm on American business." The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...

  • Crisis Mode In Silicon Valley; don't travel outside the country right now
    Crisis_mode_in_silicon_valley__don't_travel_outside_the_country_right_now 2017-02-04 02:35:35 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Silicon Valley venture capitalist Kate Mitchell said her startup companies have a message for their employees who are foreign nationals: Don't travel outside the country right now. "Common sense would say, why take the risk?" said Mitchell, co-founder and partner at S...

  • Tech companies plans lawsuits against Trump exec order
    16906_tech_companies_plans_lawsuits_against_trump_exec_order 2017-01-31 06:40:07 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A group of technology companies plans to meet on Tuesday to discuss filing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit challenging U.S. President Donald Trump's order restricting immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, said a spokesperson for a company organizing t...