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Bill Gates Warns Silicon Valley Not to Be the New Microsoft

February 14, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Microsoft founder Bill Gates has a message for Silicon Valley: Don’t be Microsoft. In the 1990s, the Seattle software giant became enemy number one for the US anti-trust regulators. Flexing its market muscle, the software giant elbowed out potential software and hardware competitors. Briefly, Microsoft became one of the most...

When You Give Alaskans a Universal Basic Income, They Still Keep Working

February 14, 2018 A universal basic income (UBI) is at the heart of the debate about how society will organize itself after robots and algorithms do more and more of today’s work. Not everyone agrees how we do this. One side argues, with some evidence, that giving all citizens a minimum stipend that...

The Latest Brain Hack to Get Ahead in Silicon Valley: Flashcards

February 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Eager to keep up with the pace of change, some Silicon Valley researchers are embracing a grade-school technique to enhance their cognition and memory. Michael Nielsen, a research fellow at Y Combinator Research, a division of Silicon Valley’s top startup accelerator, took to Twitter last week to explain his approach:...

Statehouses Are The New Arena In the Battle for Net Neutrality

February 1, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow States’ rights are back in vogue. After the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) vote to repeal net neutrality last December, Republicans, and Democrats across the US are looking at executive orders and bills that limit ISPs ability to flout net neutrality principles. A consortium of public interest groups including Free Press...

Statehouses Are the New Arena in the Battle for Net Neutrality

February 1, 2018 States’ rights are back in vogue. After the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) vote to repeal net neutrality last December, Republicans, and Democrats across the US are looking at executive orders and bills that limit ISPs ability to flout net neutrality principles. A consortium of public interest groups including Free Press...

Google's Latest Hiring Tactic Is Training Other Companies' Employees

January 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Google is trying a new hiring tactic: pay to train other companies’ employees. The tech giant announced on Jan. 16 that it had turned its internal IT training program into an online course and was offering scholarships for up to 10,000 Americans. While Google plans to hire from this pool...

The Newest $1 Billion Startup Is Led By One of Tech’s Youngest Female CEOs

January 11, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The archetype of success in Silicon Valley has long been young, male, and potentially a dropout from one of three or four elite universities. That may be slowly changing. This week, Canva announced a $40 million founding round making its founder, Melanie Perkins, 30, perhaps the youngest female CEO to...

James Damore Is Suing Google for Discriminating Against White Males

January 9, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Ex-Google engineer James Damore filed a complaint in California state court, seeking class certification for his employment discrimination case against the tech giant, claiming Google is biased against conservative viewpoints, men, and Caucasians, in violation of state employment laws. Damore wrote an internal memo about the biological reasons women aren’t...

One Chinese City Has More Electric Buses Than All of America’s Biggest Cities Have Buses

January 2, 2018 China is racing into what it calls its “new energy” future, the country’s term for electric-powered vehicles, and last week Shenzhen completed its transition to all-electric buses. The city’s electric fleet now dwarfs the number of buses, both conventional or electric, in top U.S. metropolitan areas, reports CleanTechnica. Shenzhen’s transport...

Silicon Valley Is Flipping Elections in its Spare Time

December 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a recount for Virginia’s 94th district House of Delegates, Democratic challenger Shelly Simonds trails Republican incumbent David Yancey by just 10 votes (paywall). The final result will determine whether Virginia’s legislature flips to the Democrats, a party victory that would cap off a nearly clean sweep (paywall) of local...