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Go Bears! Cal Fights Trump

California is an engine of entrepreneurship for the nation and the world, and the University of California, Berkeley, founded in 1868, is the jewel of an unparalleled statewide university system. Trump recently tweeted a threat to cut federal funding for…

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Tech Clashes with Politics in the Trump Era

The night before the coronation known as the United States Presidential Inauguration, one of tech’s power couples held forth on the future of digital government in the Trump era. Jen Pahlka, former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States,…

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Everyone a Humanitarian: Swissnex San Francisco

Disruption makes San Francisco’s startup culture tick, upending existing products or services with radically new technological solutions. But one night last week on a pier over San Francisco Bay, humanitarian and tech leaders joined forces to announce a different kind…

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Grounding Samsung: FAA Bans Galaxy Note 7

This weekend the FAA criminalized the latest Samsung smartphone. Following the evacuation of a Southwest flight due to a smoking Galaxy Note 7, the US Department of Transportation and the FAA jointly issued the emergency order, adding that: “Anyone violating…

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