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Ten big Silicon Valley money players behind this November’s U.S. midterm elections

2018-08-21T03:04:40+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

A cheat sheet to the gusher of cash flooding the system in advance of Election Day. Tech resistance to U.S. President Donald Trump has reached its zenith. But the universe of Democrats who are willing to cut seven-figure checks to liberal causes is still very small. By Silicon Valley standards, the amount of money required [...]

SodaStream’s path to its $3.2 billion Pepsi deal

2018-08-21T03:04:38+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

The future of soda is carbonated water. As Americans try to eat healthier, junk-food brands are trying to become healthier, too. That’s part of the rationale behind Pepsi’s $3.2 billion purchase of refillable seltzer water maker SodaStream. While PepsiCo is expected to grow 2.3 percent this year, SodaStream recently increased its growth forecast for 2018. [...]

The internet’s favorite Goop critic, Dr. Jen Gunter, says ‘medical conspiracy theories’ are running amok online

2018-08-21T03:04:37+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Gunter is an OB/GYN and pain physician, but she became internet-famous for blogging about Gwyneth Paltrow’s wellness company. On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Kara talks with Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB/GYN and pain medicine physician, about how celebrity wellness brands have been overtaken by “medical conspiracy theories” and dangerous recommendations. [...]

Recode Daily: Have we broken Elon Musk?

2018-08-21T03:04:36+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Plus, Amazon aims at TiVo with its own DVR recorder; how TripAdvisor turned the travel industry upside down; you can buy Omarosa’s spy pen on Amazon. PepsiCo is buying SodaStream for $3.2 billion. The Israeli company sells devices for making carbonated water at home, sugary syrup optional. While soft-drink sales decline, SodaStream — which uses [...]

Startup adviser Elad Gil is worried that we’re losing our ability to be optimistic about tech

2018-08-21T03:04:35+00:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

One of his pupils was mocked for saying he wanted his company to make the world a better place; Gil’s advice? “Find better friends.” On the latest episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, startup adviser and Color Genomics co-founder Elad Gil talks about his new book, “High Growth Handbook: Scaling Startups from 10 [...]

If they think immigrants aren’t welcome, tech’s future leaders might never come to America

2018-08-20T03:04:34+00:00August 20th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Andrew Moore, the dean of Carnegie Mellon University’s computer science school, says this hasn’t happened yet — but he’s worried. On this episode of Recode Decode, hosted by Kara Swisher, Carnegie Mellon’s Andrew Moore talks about the future of tech education as fields like artificial intelligence and machine learning take center stage. Moore, the dean [...]

Inside Facebook’s plan to protect the U.S. midterm elections

2018-08-18T03:04:39+00:00August 18th, 2018|Categories: News, Social Media|Tags: |

Is it enough? Two weeks ago, on a hastily scheduled conference call with journalists, Facebook executives announced what many felt was inevitable: Someone, perhaps Russia, was once again trying to use the social network to “sow division” among U.S. voters, this time before November’s midterm elections. The “bad actors,” as Facebook called them, created bogus [...]