Major tech companies including Apple, Adobe, Google and Intel have settled a huge class action lawsuit alleging they colluded not to go after each others’ employees, effectively holding down salaries. Alison Stewart talks with Arik Hessedahl of Re/code about the economic and social tensions troubling Silicon Valley. Continue reading
A week before a self-imposed deadline for a review of National Security Agency programs, President Barack Obama sought Friday to assure leading Internet and tech executives that his administration is committed to protecting people’s privacy. Continue reading
The Obama administration hopes to fight global warming with the geeky power of numbers, maps and even gaming-type simulations. The White House on Wednesday announced an initiative to provide private companies and local governments better access to already public climate data. The idea is that with that localized data they can help the public understand the risks they face, especially in coastal areas where flooding is a big issue. Continue reading
Every weekday morning, dozens of sleek buses roll through the heart of San Francisco, picking up a cargo of workers commuting south to companies like Google, Facebook and Apple. But critics say the buses are clogging city bus stops and are symbolic of the disparity in wealth between the new tech workers and the long-time working class residents. Special correspondent Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading
It seems that Google Flu Trends, which launched to much hype in 2008, has been off the mark. Continue reading
Eight prominent American tech companies, including Apple, Facebook, Google and Twitter, sent an open letter to President Obama and Congress expressing concern about the way the U.S. government collects personal data online. Judy Woodruff talks to Brad Smith of Microsoft about their call to limit the scope of government spying. Continue reading
Google’s secret about a large construction project in the San Francisco Bay may finally be out.
Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden claim the NSA and its British counterpart tapped fiber-optic cables connected to Google and Yahoo data centers, gaining access to metadata from user accounts. Gwen Ifill talks to The Washington Post’s Barton Gellman about the legality of the NSA alleged actions. Continue reading