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Steve Lohr / New York Times:
Zuckerberg-backed Andela raises $40M to train African software developers and connect them with US tech firms   —  When Tolulope Komolafe first heard the pitch, she was skeptical.  A fledgling company in Lagos, Nigeria, would pay her to learn how to write modern computer code and then offer her a good job in the high-tech economy.
Oct 10, 2017, 9:45 AMIn context
New York Times:
How Disney accelerated plans to invest in BAMTech to power two planned streaming services   —  For two days in late June, Disney's board of directors gathered at Walt Disney World in Florida to wrestle with one topic: how technology was disrupting the company's traditional movie …
Oct 10, 2017, 2:45 AMIn context
Bill Vlasic / New York Times:
GM acquires lidar startup Strobe to accelerate its development of self-driving vehicles, will fold its operations into the Cruise Automation subsidiary   —  DETROIT — General Motors said on Monday that it had acquired a company that specializes in laser-imaging technology geared toward enhancing the development of autonomous vehicles.
Oct 9, 2017, 10:00 AMIn context
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
New office designs coming to companies like Microsoft include “isolation rooms”, soundproof phone booths, and even lounges where technology is forbidden   —  First there were individual offices.  Then cubicles and open floor plans.  Now, there is a “palette of places.”
Oct 9, 2017, 4:50 AMIn context
Ivan Nechepurenko / New York Times:
A look at the growing tech industry in Minsk, capital of Belarus, which is now home to more than 30,000 tech workers   —  MINSK, Belarus — On Friday nights, Zybitskaya street — or simply Zyba, as locals call it — turns into a vast party scene, filled with hipsters in bright shirts …
Oct 8, 2017, 6:10 AMIn context
New York Times:
Sources: Uber board will add 6 new seats, approves resolution for Uber to go public by 2019; Benchmark conditionally agrees to drop its lawsuit against Kalanick   —  SAN FRANCISCO — Uber's board of directors voted on Tuesday for governance changes that reshape the balance of power …
Oct 3, 2017, 7:28 PMIn context
New York Times:
Sources: Russian efforts included FB pages named Secured Borders, LGBT United, Defend the 2nd, alongside formerly reported fake Blacktivist and Muslim accounts   —  SAN FRANCISCO — The Russians who posed as Americans on Facebook last year tried on quite an array of disguises.
Oct 2, 2017, 12:25 PMIn context
Zeynep Tufekci / New York Times:
Mark Zuckerberg's “both sides” argument is a flimsy defense of Facebook's failure to limit the spread of systematic misinformation during 2016 election   —  Responding to President Trump's tweet this week that “Facebook was always anti-Trump,” Mark Zuckerberg, the chief executive of Facebook …
Oct 1, 2017, 2:00 AMIn context
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
How IBM's Indian workforce grew to ~130K, more than in any other country including the US   —  IBM has shifted its center of gravity halfway around the world to India, making it a high-tech example of the globalization trends that the Trump administration has railed against.
Sep 28, 2017, 7:40 PMIn context
Chad Bray / New York Times:
Rovio sets IPO price at €11.50/share, valuing firm at around $1B, will begin trading on Friday on Nasdaq Helsinki   —  LONDON — It turns out Angry Birds is a billion-dollar idea.  —  Rovio Entertainment, the company behind the Angry Birds empire that encompasses video games …
Sep 28, 2017, 3:10 PMIn context

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