Laura Sydell

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Apple Says It Will Create 20,000 Jobs In The U.S.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Apple says that it's bringing billions of dollars back to the U.S. and using it to create a new campus and create 20,000 jobs. Analysts say the announcement is a mix of politics and economics.


Apple Says It Will Create 20,000 Jobs With New Campus

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Apple says it will build a new campus and create 20,000 new jobs as part of a sweeping investment plan for the U.S.


Ex-Google Engineer Files Suit, Saying He Was Retaliated Against

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

James Damore, who was fired for writing an anti-diversity memo, has filed a class-action lawsuit against the company. He claims Google's top brass discriminates against conservative men.


Cybersecurity Researchers Find Major Flaws In Widely Used Computer Chips

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Major security vulnerabilities exist in the chips of most of the world's computers. The flaws were recently discovered and could make data in servers and individual devices vulnerable to hackers.


How A Female Engineer Built A Public Case Against A Sexual Harasser In Silicon Valley

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Niniane Wang, an experienced engineer with a startup incubator, says she was harassed by a male investor. She wanted to be certain that when she came forward, she wouldn't be ignored.


Struggling For Investments, Silicon Valley Women Reluctant To Speak Out On Harassment

Thursday, November 16, 2017

In Silicon Valley, it's difficult for women to come forward if they want to join the ranks of its richest. Some think the best way to fight harassment is to tread carefully and get to the top.


First Amendment Advocates Charge Trump Can't Block Critics On Twitter

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Some First Amendment advocates joined a suit against the president for blocking people from his Twitter account — and they are making a novel argument about the right to communicate in a digital age.


Once Dominant, Netflix Faces An Increasing Number Of Video Challengers

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

With more than 100 million subscribers around the world, Netflix is the premier video streaming service. But, as competition from Amazon, Hulu and others heats up, can Netflix stay on top?


Facebook, Google Spread Misinformation About Las Vegas Shooting. What Went Wrong?

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

The platforms promoted the name of a man falsely accused of being the shooter by surfacing less-credible sites. The companies say they're working on fixes, but analysts say the challenge is massive.


Russian-Linked Election Ads Highlight Scope Of Facebook's Power

Monday, September 25, 2017

Facebook is facing pressure after news that Russia was behind a vast number of ads that tried to take votes away from Hillary Clinton in last year's presidential election. People are now realizing the scope of the social media giant's power.


iPhone X's Face ID Inspires Privacy Worries — But Convenience May Trump Them

Monday, September 18, 2017

Advocates are concerned facial scan data could be stolen, or that a successful rollout could make consumers more comfortable with less innocuous, less accurate uses of facial recognition technology.


Apple Unveils Highly Anticipated iPhone 10 To Mark Device's Anniversary

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Apple staged a big event Tuesday to unveil new products. The iPhone 10 debuts on the 10th anniversary of the iPhone and costs $1,000.


Unlikely Allies Join Fight To Protect Free Speech On The Internet

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

After big tech companies took action to take down white supremacist content, there have been calls for the government to step in to protect free speech from the right and left.


Kyle Quinn Hid At A Friend's House After Being Misidentified On Twitter As A Racist

Thursday, August 17, 2017

A University of Arkansas professor falsely identified as a participant in a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville says the online reaction was frightening and felt like being chased by a mob.


Some Are Troubled By Online Shaming Of Charlottesville Rally Participants

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The "Yes, You're Racist" Twitter account uses crowdsourcing to help identify white supremacists. But sometimes it gets things wrong. And not everyone is happy about efforts at public shaming.


Colleges Have Increased Women Computer Science Majors: What Can Google Learn?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

About half of Harvey Mudd College computer science graduates are women, up sharply in the past decade. It and other schools found success by adjusting their curriculums and making other changes.


Google CEO Cuts Vacation Short To Deal With Crisis Over Diversity Memo

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

CEO Sundar Pichai says that he supported the right of workers to express themselves but that a senior engineer's memo had gone too far. The memo's author says he is weighing legal action.


Google Fires Engineer Who Criticized Diversity Efforts

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

The software engineer's internal memo created controversy after it was leaked. The memo, called "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," criticized the company's efforts to diversify its workforce.


Google Engineer's Criticism Of Diversity Programs Sparks Controversy

Monday, August 07, 2017

A Google engineer's critique of the company's diversity programs is stoking controversy. The male engineer wrote that women aren't suited for tech jobs for "biological" reasons. Google executives are now trying to tamp down the furor as the memo ricochets around the tech industry and beyond.


Apple Has Good Sales News For Wall Street

Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Investors expected a slowdown in iPhone 7 sales but they were up 1.6 percent year-over-year. Apple also enjoyed iPad and Mac sales well ahead of the overall industry for computers and tablets.