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TV highlights: The season finales of ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ and ‘Veep’

Weekend of June 25-26, 2016 | Also Sunday: The BET Awards and ABC’s slate of game show reboots.

This Pizza-Making Robot Is Mesmerizing to Watch and Will Take All Our Jobs

30 minutes agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

It's already quite cheap to make pizza. It's not exactly a restaurant idea that required much further innovation when it comes to cutting costs. But a Silicon Valley start-up called Zume thought that pizza needed to be iterated, so they created a robot that can make pizzas. Way less expensive than paying a human to do it, right?

GM to spend $1 billion on self-driving tech center in Detroit

46 minutes agoTechnology : ReadWriteWeb

It’s not all happening in Silicon Valley. General Motors has created a new team dedicated to autonomous cars at its Warren Tech Center, based in Detroit. There are already several hundred employees working on the development of its self-driving system, alongside test drivers already active in San Francisco. Show More Summary

President Obama and Mark Zuckerberg offer up ways to help small businesses

President Barack Obama joined Mark Zuckerberg and other entrepreneurs from around the world for a panel presentation on Friday at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley to discuss how technology can empower small businesses SEE...Show More Summary

Sergey Brin: Don't come to Silicon Valley to start a business (GOOG, GOOGL)

If you're itching to start a company out of a garage, you shouldn't pick up and move to Silicon Valley, according to Google cofounder Sergey Brin. It's easier to start a company outside the Valley than in it, he said on stage at theShow More Summary

In Silicon Valley, Obama says young start-up executives are the antidote to a global divide

As global markets recoiled from Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, President Obama told a group of budding entrepreneurs that it was their job to bring the world closer together. Speaking to crowd of nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and reporters at the Global Entrepreneurship...

Why Facebook Is Right to Train Its Employees on Political Bias

Facebook is not a particularly diverse company. The majority of its U.S. workers are young men, more than 90 percent are white or Asian-American—an imbalance it shares with many other Silicon Valley technology companies. It’s a problem...Show More Summary

A running tab of what tech people think about whether we’re living in a simulation

Are we living in a simulation? For whatever reason, this is a hot topic in Silicon Valley these days. It all more or less started when Tesla Motors CEO (and soon to be SolarCity CEO — check one off for the simulation argument there) Elon Musk made a claim at the Code Conference that there’s such a high chance that we’re living in a simulation that it’s more likely we… Read More

Is Narcissism Ruining the Live Experience?

Alicia Keys recently joined the likes of Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Guns N’ Roses and many more who want you off your phone at their events by turning to Silicon Valley startup Yondr – a company dedicated to creating "phone-free spaces" at concerts, events and other places. They're not alone,...

The characters of HBO's 'Silicon Valley' are inspired by real people in the tech world — here they are

HBO's "Silicon Valley" gives a whirlwind tour of the triumphs, debauchery, and epic fails of the real tech world. It's a show so spot-on, the CEO of Snapchat once called it "basically a documentary." Earlier this month, superfan andShow More Summary

What It's Like to be a Female CEO in Silicon Valley

What is it like to be a female CEO in Silicon Valley? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights. Answer by Sarah Nahm, CEO at Lever, passionate advocate for Diversity in Tech, on Quora. Overall, a positive experience. Show More Summary

Behind the Music on Silicon Valley, a.k.a. ‘Nerd Swagger’

The plot of HBO’s hit comedy Silicon Valley is one you would expect from, well, a show named after the cutthroat high-tech and start-up oasis of the Bay Area. But you wouldn't know it from the soundtrack. And for the show’s music supervisors, Rudy Chung and Jason Alexander, that was ... More »

If You Want To Come To My Show, You’re Gonna Lock Your Phone In This Pouch, Say Artists

8 hours agoArts : Modern Art Notes

“The pouch might not look like the latest techno-bling out of Silicon Valley, but it’s become the go-to tool for a slew of artists?-?including Dave Chappelle, the Lumineers and Louis C.K.?- trying to reclaim their live performances without going all Adele on their fans. … ‘Because people still feel they still have their baby in […]

Video Entertainment: A Surprising New Revenue Stream For Car-Sharing Services

A Silicon Valley startup called Kiora has come up with a solution for providing Internet video entertainment as an option to car-sharing service passengers in Asia.

Musk-backed nonprofit AI research company developing household robot

SILICON VALLEY—OpenAI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence (AI) research company backed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, is developing its own robot to do basic household chores. OpenAI’s robot will be “off-the-shelf,” meaning the nonprofit will not manufacture the automaton. Show More Summary

Google, 'machine learning' and the future of coding

If you are not already, it's worth following the work of Steven Levy, a long-time technology journalist that has been covering Silicon Valley and the American technology sector for over 20 years (his work and criticism of Apple are particularly noteworthy). Show More Summary

Can Apple Teach Silicon Valley To Think Different About Health?

22 hours agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

Silicon Valley is doing what it does best – learning from experience, iterating, adjusting, trying again. And it’s not just Apple.

Tourists Flocking To Silicon Valley On 21st Century Tech Pilgrimages

"Folks are looking for a physical place behind the kind of dematerialized experience that they have online," explains a Stanford professor. [ more › ]

Ro Khanna maintains lead against congressman in Silicon Valley battle

Updates on California politics: Gov. Jerry Brown invited to tour Los Angeles homeless problem, Coastal Commission asks for emergency loan June 23, 2016, 10:55 a.m. Welcome to Essential Politics, our daily feed on California government and politics news. Here's what we're watching: Gov. Jerry Brown...

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