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San Francisco’s tech community reflects on mayor Ed Lee’s support after his death

San Francisco mayor Ed Lee died early Tuesday morning, leaving behind a conflicted legacy in a city known for innovation but afflicted with homelessness, income inequality, and rising housing costs. The champion of local tech and industry died of undisclosed causes at age 65 in the recently renamed Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, which had...CONTINUE READING
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Look out Apple, frenemy Microsoft is building its own Silicon Valley ‘Campus of the Future’

Microsoft is about to overhaul its campus…in Silicon Valley. The Redmond, Washington, tech company can be forgiven if, as Apple collects accolades for its stunning Steve Jobs Theater and Space Ship Campus in Cupertino and Amazon shops for space for its next cutting-edge headquarters, it seems a little like it’s waving from the side of...CONTINUE READING
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Who benefits most when kids learn to code? Tech companies.

Over the past five years, the idea that computer programming – or “coding” – is the key to the future for both children and adults alike has become received wisdom in the United States. The aim of making computer science a “new basic” skill for all Americans has driven the formation of dozens of nonprofit...CONTINUE READING
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Smart Google Doodle puts coding in everyone’s hands

Coding is for everyone. The idea of stringing together commands to make a program is daunting prospect for most, but that’s because many have never seen visual programming tools. Until now. Monday’s Google Doodle puts a super-easy visual programming tool on the search page and gently guides even the most programming-averse among us with straightforward...CONTINUE READING
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Y Combinator cuts ties with Peter Thiel

Silicon Valley startup accelerator Y Combinator has cut ties with Peter Thiel, BuzzFeed reported.  The billionaire PayPal founder joined the accelerator as a part-time partner in 2015. Since then, he’s become better-known outside the tech world for funding the lawsuit that took down Gawker and for his support of Donald Trump.  SEE ALSO: Silicon Valley...CONTINUE READING
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Twitter, high on 280 characters, more than doubles the length of display names

What good are 280 characters if you have to shout them from a measly 20-character display name? Just two days following the surprise announcement that Twitter would be doubling the character count allowed per tweet, the San Francisco-based company is back with another update — and you’d better believe it’s about yet even more characters....CONTINUE READING
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