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Tesla's union-busting trial may challenge Silicon Valley

While unions are generally weak in the U.S., in the auto sector there are still strong unions. Tesla is an auto maker but also a key tech firm. The tech sector and Silicon Valley firms are almost free of unions except for a few contract workers.

Review: There’s more than one way to get it done in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include the latest chapter in a prehistoric drama; the Korean version of a conventional horror story; a bit of typecasting; a fresh take on a heist narrative; and a movie that defies expectation.

Connection Silicon Valley launches innovation series for VPs

Silicon Valley is world-renowned for producing some of the best startups and scaleups on the planet. And now, Connection Silicon Valley is helping to bring some of this innovative expertise to Canada.

Augmented reality startup Blippar is abandoning Silicon Valley

One of the UK's best-funded startups, augmented reality firm Blippar, is abandoning Silicon Valley after shutting its third office in the space of two years.

Study suggests Canada is having a 'brain drain'

Toronto - A new study, led by Zachary Spicer, a senior associate with the Munk School of Global Affairs’ Innovation Policy Lab at the University of Toronto, found that 1-in-4 recent grads in technical studies were working outside Canada.

Connection Silicon Valley: Putting Canada on the world stage

Joanne Fedeyko, CEO of Connection Silicon Valley, is serious about putting Canada on the map when it comes to innovation.

Co-innovation space and lab opened in Silicon Valley

San Fransisco - A new co-innovation space and laboratory, focused on helping startups achieve breakthroughs at scale, has opened up in Silicon Valley, devised by W. L. Gore & Associates.

Silicon Valley pioneers form group to combat tech addiction

A group of Silicon Valley pioneers who helped to create services including Facebook and Google have launched a campaign to resist the "hijacking" of humanity by technology. The early employees said tech has created a "digital attention crisis."

Y Combinator quietly stopped working with billionaire Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel, an influential investor who drew ire from many in the tech community due to his fervent support for President Donald Trump, has left his role at Y Combinator.

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker unloads on Mark Zuckerberg

-Facebook's first president, Sean Parker, has been sharply critical of the social network, accusing it of exploiting human "vulnerability." -"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains," he said.

Review: Taking risks is living in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a silly cartoon that’ll make everyone laugh; a rare look at China’s furry treasures; some of the best TV; real-life struggles for reparation; and a dark yet grounded thriller.

Op-Ed: 'Raw Deal' Author says tech does need oversight and regulation Special

San Francisco - As the housing crisis in places like the San Francisco Bay Area continues to place pressure on legislators and city planners, one prominent journalist-author sees technology and unbridled capitalism as a dangerous, perhaps 'demonic mix.'

Some tech workers are paid millions while doing nothing

Mountain View - The big tech companies in Silicon Valley in the southern San Francisco Bay area in California employ some high-tech workers who collect both full pay and stock without doing much or any work. They are nicknamed "resters and vesters".

Silicon Valley's old boy power structure is getting toppled

When Chris Sacca took the stage at the South by Southwest conference in March, the "Shark Tank" judge kicked off his talk by doling out cans of beers to the women sitting in the front rows.

Is Silicon Valley resisting Trump? (It's complicated) Special

Brooklyn - Until recently, tech companies have largely shied away from politics. With Donald Trump’s election, though, they may no longer have the luxury of sitting on the sidelines. But are these companies really willing to stick their necks out?

This startup CEO became a secret weapon for star Valley engineers

People who know Charity Majors describe her as a force of a nature, a combination of smarts, grit, hard work, attitude, wisecracks, and a genuine knack for fixing broken things.

Silicon Valley's war with Trump uses tech as a political weapon

In the past, Trump heaped praise on U.S. tech workers, calling them the “greatest computer minds anywhere in the world." He even attempted to include the Tech community in his plans to "make America Great Again." But things have changed, big time.

Top Silicon Valley investor weighs in on the robot revolution

In San Francisco, you can order food from your favorite taqueria and have it delivered by a self-driving bot, or grab a latté from a robot-powered coffee kiosk.

Google, Microsoft, Netflix tell FCC not to destroy net neutrality

A trade body representing over 30 of the largest companies in Silicon Valley has met with FCC chairman Ajit Pai to discuss the importance of preserving net neutrality regulations. The FCC is expected to roll back its net neutrality rules later this month.

Review: Evil comes in many forms in this week’s releases Special

This week’s releases include a touching true story; an enthralling Chinese martial arts epic; a classic and entertaining double feature; and a new chapter from the tech trenches.

Stripe looks to automate startup process for entrepreneurs

When Stripe Atlas launched a year ago, it wanted to level the playing field for entrepreneurs in emerging markets so that they could have access to the same tools as people in Silicon Valley.

Protests to ‘pussy hats' — Trump resistance growing online

The revolution against Donald Trump is growing and much larger than most folks may realize, even though it's not being televised. But it is being tweeted, posted on Facebook and Instagram or showing up as a new website.

Silicon Valley's wealth has created a culture of homelessness

California's Silicon Valley is the epicenter of the technology revolution in the U.S. The wealth is palpable everywhere you look, yet over 30 percent of Silicon Valley residents are on public assistance and one-third of its schoolchildren are homeless.

Silicon Valley's 'prosperity paradox'

Silicon Valley is a land of extremes. At one end are California's wealthy and super-wealthy — the 76,000 millionaires and billionaires who call Santa Clara and San Mateo counties home.

Peter Thiel says other Silicon Valley insiders support Trump also

The billionaire tech investor gave a speech on Monday at the National Press Club in which he discussed his political values and support of the Trump campaign.

Silicon Valley throws virtually nothing at Donald Trump

In the past, Silicon Valley tech millionaires and billionaires have given money to Republicans and Democrats. However, the 2016 elections have been different.

Fewer perks for employees could be new normal in Silicon Valley

San Francisco - Okay, the $100,000 chrome panda stays. But a lot of the lavish perks that made internet file-sharing startup Dropbox one of the most sought-after places to work are being cut or eliminated.

Review: Widespread corruption permeates this week’s new releases Special

This week’s releases include new seasons of a couple of standout HBO shows; new and classic horror movies; screen veterans reminding audiences of their talents; and a couple of despondent films from Russia.

California appeals court restores state's teacher tenure system

Los Angeles - A California appellate court has restored the state's system of awarding job security to teachers after two years on the job.

Google takes 'some responsibility' for self-driving car/bus crash

Google was testing one of its' self-driving cars on Valentine's Day when the car struck a public bus on a street in Silicon Valley. It appears this is the first time one of the tech company's cars has caused a crash (albeit small) during testing.
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 Last year we had 24 000 participants in the Turkey Trot  said Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP St...
"Last year we had 24,000 participants in the Turkey Trot, said Silicon Valley Leadership Group VP Steve Wright. "This year we are anticipating 28,000," he said. Founded in 2004 on Thanksgiving Day, the annual Turkey Trot 5k walk and run and a 10k run, raises funds for those in need. Over its 9 year history so far the Turkey Trot has raised over $3.4 million.
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Chris Sacca has apologized publicly for making the tech industry  inhospitable for women .
Chris Sacca has apologized publicly for making the tech industry 'inhospitable for women'.
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U.S. Route 101 is an asphalt strip separating the wealth of Silicon Valley from East Palo Alto.
U.S. Route 101 is an asphalt strip separating the wealth of Silicon Valley from East Palo Alto.
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Silicon Valley has made great strides in working with the nation s agricultural sector.
Silicon Valley has made great strides in working with the nation's agricultural sector.
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 This year’s Silicon Valley Turkey marks the sixth year in a row that the Palmer Spine  which repl...
"This year’s Silicon Valley Turkey marks the sixth year in a row that the Palmer Spine, which replicates the human spine with foam segments that stretch nearly a block long, has provided “the backbone” of the event," said Chuck Bustillos, communications director at Palmer. "It and has become a big part of the Silicon Valley Turkey trot tradition," he said.
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Silicon Valley has entered the political arena in an attempt to halt Trump  aiding Rob Quist in his ...
Silicon Valley has entered the political arena in an attempt to halt Trump, aiding Rob Quist in his race for Congress in Montana.
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Photo from 2010  students and staff from Palmer College of Chiropractic West are honored to particip...
Photo from 2010, students and staff from Palmer College of Chiropractic West are honored to participate in the annual Turkey Trot. This will be their fifth year participating. Each year they dress up as a human spine, indicating that the outreach they do seeks to help the entire community. And, that the care they provide is more than just back aches. Many chiropractors' offices in the Bay Area have food drives throughout the year, not just at holiday time. The college encourages community outrea
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Dave Goldberg passed away last night
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President Barack Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside  Calif...
President Barack Obama joins a toast with Technology Business Leaders at a dinner in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011.
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Joanne Fedeyko  CEO  Connection Silicon Valley
Joanne Fedeyko, CEO, Connection Silicon Valley
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President Barack Obama talks with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a dinner with Tech...
President Barack Obama talks with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg before a dinner with Technology Business Leaders in Woodside, California, Feb. 17, 2011. Also pictured, left to right, are Carol Bartz, Yahoo! President and CEO; Art Levinson, Genentech Chairman and former CEO; Steve Westly, Founder and Managing Partner, The Westly Group; and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman and CEO of Google.
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Second Harvest CEO Kathy Jackson speaking at the 2013 kick-off rally for the holiday season.
Second Harvest CEO Kathy Jackson speaking at the 2013 kick-off rally for the holiday season.
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NO HOME: A homeless man sits on a milk crate on 16th Street in San Francisco s Mission District. Six...
NO HOME: A homeless man sits on a milk crate on 16th Street in San Francisco's Mission District. Sixty miles to the south, authorities in San Jose began Thursday dismantling one of the country's largest homeless encampment, displacing scores of residents.
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San Jose City Council presented Palmer Chiropractic College a special commendation award for over tw...
San Jose City Council presented Palmer Chiropractic College a special commendation award for over two decades of complimentary health-care services to the community through the college's outreach programs and internships. Seen here is Vice Mayor Madison Nguyen and Councilmember Rose Herrera presenting the Commendation to Dr. Andre KnustGraichen, D.C. who serves as clinical professor for the outreach clinic programs at Palmer.
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San Jose City Council member Rose Herrera speaking before the council making note of the commendation honoring Palmer Chiropractic College on Feb. 25, 2014.
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Joanne Fedeyko  CEO  Connection Silicon Valley
Joanne Fedeyko, CEO, Connection Silicon Valley
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