Google Now Giving More Political Contributions Than Goldman Sachs

By: Friday October 17, 2014 8:08 am

So much for Don’t Be Evil. Google has now overtaken Goldman Sachs in campaign contributions this year. Google’s PAC, NetPAC, has given $1.43 million to candidates this year compared to Goldman Sachs’ $1.4 million. While the difference may be small, the symbolism could not clearer – Silicon Valley has become a major force in legally bribing [...]

Silicon Valley Meritocracy Myth Takes Another Blow As Qualified Minorities Not Hired

By: Thursday October 16, 2014 10:37 am

Silicon Valley’s image to the outside world is that most American of conceits – a meritocracy where people are rewarded for what they know not who they know. The meritocracy myth has taken a series of hits lately as major firms have disclosed that the companies are overwhelmingly owned and operated by white men with [...]

Silicon Valley Makes Another Attempt To Dodge Taxes With G20

By: Monday January 20, 2014 8:29 am

Silicon Valley likes to present itself as some hub of boot strapping entrepreneurs, nothing could be further from the truth. The entire economy is built on government subsidies and protection. As Steve Blank notes in his famous presentation The Secret History of Silicon Valley the place would not even exist without the Department of Defense [...]

Google Funding Tea Party Group That Helped Shut Down Government

By: Friday November 29, 2013 6:00 am

Don’t be evil? Remember when Google presented itself as a progressive tech company that was all about building a better future? Not so much these days. It seems the corporation has been shoveling cash to one of the most reactionary groups in American politics – Heritage Action For America. An off-shoot of the Heritage Foundation, [...]

NSA Reportedly Hacked Internet Companies At Weak Spot

By: Tuesday November 26, 2013 7:39 am

One of the open questions regarding internet companies like Yahoo, Google, and Facebook concerning the now revealed NSA spying program is how in the dark were they? No one is really buying their protestations of total innocence but there does seem to be some possibility that they were not completely aware of all the NSA [...]

Elon Musk Left Mark Zuckerberg’s Group Due To Group’s “Cynical Politics”

By: Friday May 31, 2013 11:00 am

Successful entrepreneur and South African immigrant Elon Musk disclosed that he left Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy group FWD.us out of disgust with the organization’s cynical political tactics. Musk made the disclosure during an interview at All Things Digital (start at 56:30). WALTER MOSSBERG: Since we just touched on immigration, can you explain what happened with [...]

Facebook Likes Tax Breaks

By: Monday February 18, 2013 9:02 am

So much for boot-strapping. Facebook Inc. is done with the pretense of Silicon Valley meritocracy and has moved on to Corporate American crony capitalism taking a multimillion dollar tax break according to Citizens for Tax Justice. Last year at this time, CTJ predicted, based on Facebook’s IPO paperwork, the company would get a federal tax [...]

Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Aaron Swartz

By: Sunday January 27, 2013 7:50 am

Today I want to tell you three American stories. The first story is about one of the most celebrated American entrepreneurs of all time – Steve Jobs. When Jobs was a young adult he and his friend Steve Wozniak started a business centered around an innovative piece of technology. This piece of technology was called [...]

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