Politics

Tech CEO tells employees he’s obligated to accept any government contract regardless of morality

“I do not believe that it is appropriate, practical, or within our mission to examine specific government projects with the purpose of selecting which U.S. agencies we should or should not do business.” Barry Crist, CEO of Chef, in an email to employees. “And to be clear: I also find policies such as separating families …

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Brand marketers are more comfortable taking political stands even as the stakes rise – Econsultancy

According to the Duke University Fuqua School of Business twice-annual CMO Survey, more than a quarter of top marketers now believe it’s appropriate for their brands to take positions on political issues. That’s up significantly from February 2018, when the CMO Survey began asking respondents about this subject. At that time, just over 17% expressed …

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50 US states and territories launch antitrust probe into Google’s ‘potential monopolistic behavior’ – GeekWire

A Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. (GeekWire Photo / Nat Levy) Attorneys general from 50 U.S. states and territories launched an investigation into Google to find out whether the tech giant violates antitrust laws. A handful of them announced the probe Monday at a press conference on the steps of …

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White House lists security tech, AI and space among R&D priorities – GeekWire

By 2021, Astrobotic’s Peregrine lander should be ready to go to the lunar surface. Space exploration and commercialization are listed as priorities for federally backed R&D. (Astrobotic Illustration) Congress hasn’t yet approved a federal budget for the fiscal year that starts next month, but the White House is already setting an agenda for research and …

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Trump ushers in Space Command, with Space Force (or Corps) in the works – GeekWire

The official flag of the newly revived U.S. Space Command is unfurled at a White House Rose Garden ceremony, with Air Force Gen. Jay Raymond, President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Mark Esper looking on. (White House Photo / Tia Dufour) President Donald Trump today hailed the revival of the U.S. …

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If It’s a Streaming War We’d Like To Be an Arms Dealer, Says IAC CEO

“If it’s a streaming war we’d like to be an arms dealer,” says IAC CEO Joey Levin. “We want to send the product and services to people who are making video. Video is relevant not just to people building streaming services, which there are now endless amounts of that and endless amounts of capital, but …

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