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Julia Horowitz

Julia Horowitz


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Bill Gates: Sorry about Control-Alt-Delete

Bill Gates is sorry that he made it so annoying to log in to your computer. The billionaire Microsoft co-founder admitted Wednesday that the Control-Alt-Delete function used to start up Windows computers is an awkward maneuver. “If I could make one small edit, I’d make that a single key,” Gates said Wednesday on a panel at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City. It’s a confession Gates has made before. In 2013, he blamed IBM for the issue. Related: Jack Ma: We need to stop training our kids for manufacturing jobs “We could have had a single...

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Tim Cook: I’m “personally shocked” there’s even a debate on DACA

CEOs of top U.S. companies have been very vocal this year. But Tim Cook thinks DACA is their most important battle yet. “I think it’s the biggest issue of our time currently, among all these big issues,” the Apple chief said Wednesday during a talk at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City. Cook has been an ardent supporter of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which protects young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children from deportation and allows them to work. President Donald Trump made the decision to end DACA earlier this month. He gave...

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Jack Ma: We need to stop training our kids for manufacturing jobs

Jack Ma knows artificial intelligence will change the world. The Alibaba founder and chairman doesn’t think we should be scared. But he does think we should be prepared for major disruptions to the job market. “In the last 200 years, manufacturing [has brought] jobs. But today — because of the artificial intelligence, because of the robots — manufacturing is no longer the main engine of creating jobs,” Ma said Wednesday in a speech at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York City. Moving forward, Ma said he believes the service industry will be the largest engine of job...

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Melinda Gates: VC industry ‘needs to clean up its act’ (+ video)

Melinda Gates first heard about the controversial memo written by an engineer at Google from her husband, Bill – the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft. “He basically said, ‘You’re not going to believe this,'” Gates told Poppy Harlow at CNNMoney’s American Opportunity breakfast in New York on Tuesday. In August, Google found itself at the epicenter of the debate over sexism in Silicon Valley when engineer James Damore claimed in a viral 3,300-word essay that women aren’t as well represented in the tech industry because they are biologically different than men. That perspective didn’t sit well with Gates. “When I...

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Tim Cook: Apple will invest $1.3 billion in Iowa

Apple will build a new data center in America’s heartland. CEO Tim Cook made the announcement from Des Moines, Iowa on Thursday. The company plans to build a $1.3 billion facility in Waukee, which is about 20 minutes outside the state’s capital. The project is expected to create 50 permanent jobs. Cook said the facility, which will run entirely on renewable energy, will help power Apple’s App Store. “This new data center will play a very important role in the App Store’s continued success. And as the App Store grows, we look forward to growing in Iowa,” Cook said....

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Fired Google engineer James Damore hires prominent Republican lawyer

James Damore, the Google engineer who was fired after he wrote an explosive memo on diversity, has retained an attorney. Harmeet Dhillon, a California representative for the Republican National Committee, confirmed Tuesday that Damore is her client. She’ll represent Damore in proceedings related to a complaint he filed against Google with the National Labor Relations Board. Dhillon declined to comment as to whether a lawsuit is in the works. Damore gained infamy earlier this month when his 3,300 word memo on Google’s diversity policies were widely circulated. CEO Sundar Pichai ultimately condemned parts of the essay, which claimed women...

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Salesforce CEO bemoans ‘horrors of the last week’

Marc Benioff kicked off Salesforce’s second-quarter earnings call with an urgent plea: “This hatred must end now.” The company’s CEO began what is usually a formulaic presentation to investors by commenting on violence at a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia and the terror attacks in Spain. “The world has watched with all of us the horrors of the last week taking place in the United States and Spain,” he said Tuesday. “The pure hatred that we have seen displayed is everything we all want to end.” Benioff went into particular detail about the events in Charlottesville, where...

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Facebook is building a new $750 million data center in Ohio

Facebook will build its next data center in Ohio. On Tuesday, the company announced that it will invest $750 million to build a new facility in New Albany, just outside Columbus. The data center will employ 100 permanent workers when it’s finished in 2019. Ohio Governor John Kasich said the project reflects the state’s desire to diversify what kind of jobs are available to its citizens. “Ohio, as we know, has a heavy reliance on manufacturing, and we’re for that. But we also believe that manufacturing in and of itself doesn’t get the job done,” Kasich, a Republican, said...

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Amazon Prime debuts discount for anyone on government benefits

Amazon is now offering a discount on Prime memberships for anyone on government assistance. Customers normally pay $10.99 per month or $99 per year for Prime subscriptions, which offers free two-day shipping on many products as well as access to streaming video and music services. Now anyone with a state-issued debit card for government benefits can get Prime for $5.99 a month. The aim is to make “savings more accessible” to everyone, according to spokeswoman Julie Law. She adds that delivery could make life easier for customers who may not have reliable access to transportation, and that Prime gives...

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