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Reed Hastings

‘No Rules Rules’ – inside story of how an unsentimental man built Netflix, conquered the world

No Rules Rules is the story of Reed Hastings, who converted his small DVD-by-mail company into Netflix, the most popular TV service in the world.
Kamala Harris, Democrat candidate for Vice President of US | Photographer: Chona Kasinger | Bloomberg

We know her – Silicon Valley is relieved as ‘known quantity’ Kamala Harris gets VP ticket

Biden has tapped a politician who has spent most of her career representing the Bay Area, and has a lot of trust in Silicon Valley.
File image of former Google and Uber engineer Anthony Levandowski. | Photo: Justin Sullivan | Bloomberg via Getty Images

Brilliant’ Google engineer steals tech secrets, jumps to Uber but ends up in jail

Autonomous driving engineer Anthony Levandowski ordered to spend 18 months in prison for stealing trade secrets from Google as he defected to Uber.
Cisco Systems Inc., headquartered in San Jose, has been sued by the state of California for caste-based discrimination against an Indian-American employee | Photo via Twitter

California state sues Cisco for caste-based discrimination against Indian-American employee

The complainant reported a manager for 'outing him as a Dalit to colleagues' in 2016, but Cisco had then determined caste discrimination was not illegal in US.
An immigration counter at the Indira Gandhi International Airport

Thousands of Indian couples, parents, kids separated, stranded after Trump’s H1B visa freeze

About 375,000 temporary visa-holders & Green Card applicants are banned from entering US until next year. A significant number of those are now stuck in India.
A pedestrian walks past signage at Google Inc. headquarters in Mountain View, California, U.S. | Photo: David Paul Morris

Why Trump’s suspension of H1B and other work visas will kill innovation

If the US doesn’t attract founders for the next Google or Databricks as the preeminent land of opportunity, it will only embolden its biggest rivals like China and Europe.
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of Facebook Inc., speaks during the Viva Technology conference in Paris, France

Facebook employees could earn less as company embraces remote work & hiring

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg added that the company will monitor its employees' locations by checking where they access its VPN.
Representational image of an office in Silicon Valley before Covid-19 lockdown. Photo | Bloomberg

Silicon Valley, that championed open community work spaces, won’t be the same post lockdown

Boxed meals for employees instead of community trays, cubicles, encouraging private transport will likely be some of the changes when offices reopen.
A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

Rich Americans escaped to bunkers in New Zealand as coronavirus struck

For years, New Zealand has featured prominently in doomsday survival plans of rich Americans worried that, say, a killer germ might paralyse the world.
artificial intelligence

Why Silicon Valley is obsessed with robots delivering pizza

With labor costs rising and margins falling, no one doubts that the future of the food service industry is automation, both behind the counter and in the kitchen.

On Camera

File image of BSE building at Dalal Street, Mumbai | Commons

How PSU’s market cap fell by 36% in 6 years under Modi govt, while stock market doubled theirs

In episode 605 of #CutTheClutter, Shekhar Gupta parses numbers to highlight how public sector firms and banks lost Rs 6.9 lakh crore in value in 6 years.
Gold jewellery (Representational image) | Bloomberg

Gold sales this festival season to be India’s worst since 2008

Covid and weak economic growth are likely to push sales below last year’s 194 tons to the lowest quarterly numbers since 2008, according to a consultant at Metals Focus Ltd.

Defence

Army personnel during a parade (representational image) | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

Army develops WhatsApp-like app for personnel to dodge risk of communication leaks

The Secure Application for Internet supports secure voice, text and video-calling services for Android platforms over the internet. It is end-to-end encrypted. 
Illustration: Soham Sen/ThePrint

Trump or Biden? Doesn’t matter to India-US ties as they’re in a full, strategic embrace

Pompeo & Esper’s visit to India for the 2+2 talks is proof that old hypocrisies are history, and supreme national interest has again driven a strategic choice.