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Mark Zuckerberg Is Deluded If He Thinks AI Can Solve Facebook’s Hate Speech Problem

Artificial intelligence is all the rage these days, so naturally we want to throw it at all of our problems. Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comment that Facebook won’t have effective tools to filter hate speech for another “five to 10 years” seemed both dismissive and uninspiring. No doubt, it was classic Silicon Valley speak for “we haven’t got a clue,” but Zuck wasn’t being completely unreasonable. Read More >>

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One of Silicon Valley’s Fanciest Hotels Is Closed This Week, Likely For Saudi Crown Prince’s Tech Tour

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and his entourage are likely the reason one of Silicon Valley’s highest-tier hotels is closed to the public this week, Recode reported, as the prince continues to make the rounds in a marathon spree of meetings with some of the United States’ most powerful people. Read More >>

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Travis Kalanick Is Going to Be an Investment Fund Guy Now

Uber founder Travis Kalanick, who was forced out of his CEO role last year amid widening scandals about its toxic work culture, legal troubles, and a video of him screaming at a bankrupt driver, seems an awful lot like he’s finally admitting defeat in the unending slew of backroom drama that plagued the company in his wake. Read More >>

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Here Are 911 Transcripts of Some of the Times Apple Employees Walked Directly Into Glass Walls

Last month, reports emerged that Apple’s new spaceship campus in Cupertino, California—which hosts roughly 13,000 employees behind around 3,000 giant panes of glass—had resulted in the company’s employees repeatedly injuring themselves by walking straight into the semi-visible walls. Read More >>

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Silicon Valley’s Season Five Trailer Has a Hidden Message for All You Nerds Out There

The fifth season of hit HBO show Silicon Valley is coming out in late March, though we’ve already gotten a trailer filled with temp engineers, urinating dogs and what appears to be a complete and total crisis of faith in satirical tech company Pied Piper’s business model. But it also has a hidden Easter egg for certain fans with an eye for that kind of thing. Read More >>

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Google CEO Reaffirms Firing James Damore Was the Way to Go, ‘I Don’t Regret It’

Google CEO Sundar Pichai isn’t rattled by former engineer James Damore’s lawsuit against the tech giant for alleged discrimination against white, conservative men, at least according to remarks he made this week to MSNBC and Recode . Read More >>

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Silicon Valley Is Ready to Spend Millions More on Its Anti-Ageing Obsession

This month, the famed Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator put out a call for companies working to “help people live healthier for longer.” If you’re a scientist or entrepreneur who wants to increase human longevity and “healthspan,” Y Combinator will give you up to $1 million (£719,000) to do it. Read More >>

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Silicon Valley’s Dumbest ‘Inventions’ of 2017

If 2016 was the year of “Uber for X,” 2017 was the year of Silicon Valley “inventing” things. Read More >>

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Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017 

Silicon Valley had somewhat of a reckoning this year. The tech overlords finally had to face the music: their products and services aren’t as wholesome and life-changing as they preached them to be. Turns out, a bunch of white men didn’t anticipate issues that might impact their non-white-male users. Like sexual harassment. And biased machines. And Nazis. God, so many Nazis. Read More >>

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Snap’s H.R. Chief Allegedly Warned Staff About Serial Killers, Described Military Masturbation Techniques

Snap Inc., the tech company behind Snapchat and a number of other smaller projects like Bitmoji, has not had a forgiving year beyond a really cool virtual reality hot dog. Here’s something to shed a little more perspective on its recent troubles: Their head of human resources is allegedly a bro who brags about gunfights with drug dealers and tells employees to watch out for serial killers. Read More >>

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Now, Silicon Valley is Totally Cool With a Bill That Could Ruin the Internet 

Silicon Valley has decided to throw its support behind the so-called Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (SESTA) that is sure to have enormously damaging consequences for the internet. Previously, most big tech giants opposed the legislation. But this week, Congress started intimating that they might need to bring more regulations to tame the online beast. And suddenly, that one bill wasn’t looking so bad. Read More >>

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WeWork Wants to Teach Preschool Kids to Disrupt Shit Up

WeWork has an unsettling vision for disrupting education by prepping kids to become the next Zuckerberg before they start learning their times tables. And while it’s a hell of a lot better than anything Betsy DeVos could dream up, the company’s technocratic, seemingly Shark Tank-inspired take on Montessori makes me fear for my unborn children. Read More >>

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Wildfires Burn Down Irreplaceable Documents on Silicon Valley History

2017 has been a brutal year in California, where a series of wildfires have burned through hundreds of thousands of acres of land and left dozens dead or missing. The deadly Tubbs fire in northern California, which is estimated to have burned roughly 5,300 buildings across 36,807 acres and killed at least 22 people, also took out irreplaceable documents which traced the rise of massive PC manufacturer Hewlett-Packard (now two separate companies) and the early years of Silicon Valley earlier this month. Read More >>

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Robert Scoble’s Flawed Understanding of Sexual Harassment

Multiple women have come forward accusing tech evangelist Robert Scoble of sexual harassment and assault. His former Rackspace colleague Michelle Greer and journalist Quinn Norton both accused Scoble of groping them in the early 2010s. Scoble responded to the accusations in an interview with USA Today, alleging that the sexual harassment happened at a time when he was struggling with a drinking problem, which he ultimately went to AA for in 2015. Read More >>

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Tech Writer Robert Scoble Accused of Sexual Harassment, Assault by Multiple Women

Over the course of the past few weeks, the media world has been experiencing a bit of a wake-up call about rampant sexual harassment throughout the industry after an anonymously sourced list of allegations circulated on Google Drive. At the same time, growing numbers of women have been using the hashtag #MeToo to talk about their own experiences of harassment—including in Silicon Valley, where the culture can be so bad that allegations startup UploadVR had a “kink room” were no less disgusting, but not exactly surprising. Read More >>