How Trump will impact venture capital: The future of QSBS
 When we speak of disruption in the startup industry, it would not be uncommon to invoke an innovative technology or a visionary founder. It is a rare occasion when we can celebrate legislators. Yet, some of the most recent strides in the emerging growth ecosystem are owed not to Silicon Valley programmers in their Spartan incubators, but instead to the United States Congress. Read More ...
US authorities ban electronics larger than a phone from flights from 13 countries
 According to numerous reports, US authorities today alerted a number of Middle Eastern and African airlines that starting soon, their passengers will have to check any electronic items larger than a cell phone. That means passengers on these flights will have to put their laptops, tablets, Kindles and portable game consoles into their checked baggage for the foreseeable future. There is still… Read More ...
Thiel’s chief of staff tapped as White House deputy CTO
 Peter Thiel has been at Donald Trump’s side since the Republican National Convention, guiding the then-candidate on technology policy and brokering a meeting between him and top tech executives. Now Thiel has secured a place for one of his top aides in Trump’s White House — Michael Kratsios, formerly chief of staff at Thiel Captial, will step into the role of deputy chief… Read More ...
FCC Chairman pledges to roll back net neutrality regulations during European address
 As Ajit Pai took the stage for a speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this morning, CNBC anchor Karen Tso noted that the newly appointed FCC Chairman’s top priority has been the dismantling of net neutrality, a cause, she added, that would likely make him popular with many in attendance at the world’s largest mobile show. Pai started his talk rather humbly, telling the… Read More ...
If Trump wants an easy policy win, he should focus on funding smart cities
 As America’s cities continue to grow, they face mind-boggling challenges: worsening traffic, increasing pollution, expensive housing, aging infrastructure and strained services. These challenges can only be solved by harnessing the power of big data, machine learning and other technology. Read More ...
Tech companies speak out against Trump revoking guidelines protecting trans students
 Once again, tech companies are again finding themselves in the midst of a culture war in response to action by the Trump administration. On Wednesday, the administration rescinded guidance for transgender students in public schools, repealing a similar letter which the Obama administration had issued in May 2016 to allow those students to use school facilities that conform with their… Read More ...
The court system should know as much about electronically stored information as does your teenager
 Devices that compile, analyze and store electronic information are everywhere. Known as the Internet of Things, the number of devices connected to the internet is already double the number of humans on earth. Electronically stored info from smart appliances, home security systems, fitness trackers and personal assistants are compiling a mass of info that is making its way into U.S. courts. Read More ...
Learn how to design for privacy and security from Facebook’s Benjamin Strahs
 Freshly-launched startups don’t often have the funding for a fully formed security team, but a data breach or a privacy overreach can be deadly for a new company. That’s why Facebook security engineer Benjamin Strahs is joining TechCrunch at our D.C. meetup and pitch-off this week: he’ll offer advice to founders about how to bootstrap a secure culture at their companies.… Read More ...
Shopify CEO attempts to defend continued hosting of Breitbart’s online store
 Shopify CEO Tobias Lütke penned an open letter in response to the ongoing barrage of communication being received by himself and other Shopify employees about their continued decision to host the online store of Breitbart, the right-wing publication which regularly publishes racist and sexist headlines and content. Lütke’s argument generally rests on a “free speech”… Read More ...
Google told to hand over foreign emails in FBI search warrant ruling
 A U.S. judge has ordered Google to hand over emails stored outside the country in order to comply with an FBI search warrant. The warrant in question pertains to a domestic fraud probe. Read More ...
Elon Musk says he put travel ban on the agenda as he defends continued Trump council participation
 Elon Musk only noted very briefly that there had been “progress” on the matter of the immigration order made during his meeting with Donald Trump’s economics advisory council on Friday, but on Saturday the Tesla CEO shared a bit more about what happened at the event. Musk said that he specifically requested inclusion of discussion of the travel ban at the closed meeting, as… Read More ...
Federal judge puts nationwide block on President Trump’s travel ban
 President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from seven countries could be over just one chaotic week after its hasty introduction. That’s because a federal judge from Seattle has obtained a restraining order which looks set to overrule the order with nationwide effect. The ruling came after U.S. states Washington and Minnesota filed legal action against the order on… Read More ...
FCC performs midnight revocations of previous leadership’s ‘midnight regulations’
 The FCC giveth, and the FCC taketh away… from itself. Chairman Ajit Pai has ordered the revocation of several papers and findings issued by the Commission before the turnover to the new administration. Spiking investigations into zero-rating practices by telecoms is the most serious about-face, but it’s worth noting the other items going down the memory hole, unannounced, on a… Read More ...
Elon Musk says he’ll present objections to Trump’s immigration order at Friday advisory council meeting
 Tesla CEO Elon Musk issued a statement about his participation in Donald Trump’s economic advisory council, and a scheduled meeting of the group tomorrow. Musk said that he and others on the council will take the opportunity to voice their opposition to the president’s executive order on immigration and suggest how it might be changed. Musk took the opportunity to specifically… Read More ...
Microsoft asks for exemptions to Trump’s immigration order for visa holders
 Microsoft isn’t ending its general opposition to Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration from last week, but it is more formally requesting the granting of immediate exceptions that would help its own employees, as well as the employees of other tech companies who are lawful visa holders but still affected by the ban. In a blog post, Microsoft President and Chief Legal… Read More ...
Reddit bans alt-right subreddit and its reasons for the same will surprise you
Subreddits do not usually get banned on a daily basis on online community Reddit unless there is something that interferes with the site’s policies. Cnet reported that a subreddit called altright was banned from Reddit but the reasons for the same will surprise you. The ‘altright’ is a subreddit — a smaller community for discussions — and is a fringe conservative movement with links to white supremacy. In fact, the community moderator who goes by the name of ‘...
We need startups to build democracy tech
 It’s time to actually make the world a better place. Silicon Valley was birthed from an existential threat to the world. Nazi radar defense technology was decimating the Allied air forces. But American engineers heeded the call, and in a Harvard lab led by Stanford professor Fredrick Terman, invented radar jammers that helped win the war. Terman brought the engineering talent back to… Read More ...
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says Trump’s immigration order “is one we do not support”
 Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has come out strongly against the executive order issued by Donald Trump regarding immigration and blocking certain refugees from entering the U.S. Amazon had previously expressed support for employees affected by the order in an email from HR VP Beth Galetti, but the new message from Bezos expresses opposition to the executive order in general, and also details steps… Read More ...
Amazon and Expedia to support Washington state lawsuit on Trump immigration order
 Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced Monday that he’s filing suit in federal court against Trump, the Department of Homeland Security and select senior Trump administration officials, seeking a declaration that key portions of Trump’s Executive Order on immigration be declared unconstitutional.  Alongside the lawsuit, Washington-based tech companies Amazon and… Read More ...
Ford CEO and Chairman say the automaker does not support Trump’s immigration order
 Ford CEO Mark Fields and Executive Chairman Bill Ford have released a statement on Donald Trump’s immigration order, making them the first U.S. automaker to offer an official comment or position. The statement reads as follows, and was shared internally with Ford employees as well as made available to the press: Respect for all people is a core value of Ford Motor Company, and we are… Read More ...