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The Festival For Tech CEOs Who Are Too Rich for Burning Man

Much like the city in which it was originally founded , the annual Burning Man festival has gentrified , and its wealthier attendees have been criticized for building walled-off compounds and bringing private chefs in the name of comfort. That’s why a group of longtime Burners who also happen to be tech company millionaires decided to break off and start their own festival.

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Alissa Walker

May 2nd

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Former Google CEO Is Helping the Pentagon, Just as a Personal Thing, Yep, Definitely Not for Any Other Reason 

The Pentagon announced an unusual new program calling for hackers to test its digital security today, as well as a “Defense Innovation Advisory Board.” Google CEO and Alphabet Chairman Eric Schmidt will head the board—but, if you’ll believe Wall Street Journal sources, this is all for his own personal gratification, not a “company initiative.”

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Kate Knibbs

March 2nd

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Report: the Pope and Google Boss Eric Schmidt Will Have an Unusual Meeting Friday

According to The Guardian, leader of the online advertising world and CEO of Alphabet Eric Schmidt will have a ‘brief conversation’ this Friday with Pope Francis, presumably not about moving the @pontifex Twitter account to Google+. Self-driving popemobile: more likely.

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Chris Mills

January 14th

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Eric Schmidt: There’s Gonna Be a Lot of Alphabet Companies

When Google announced that its new parent company was going to to be called alphabet, the world shrugged . But according to Eric Schmidt, the company could grow in size and importance, and fairly quickly.

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Jamie Condliffe

October 14th

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Google’s Eric Schmidt makes thinly-veiled attack on Apple Music as elitist and a decade out of date

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Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, has made a thinly-veiled attack on Apple Music in a BBC op-ed on artificial intelligence. He described human-curated music selections as a decade out of data and an elitist approach.

A decade ago, to launch a digital music service, you probably would have enlisted a handful of elite tastemakers to pick the hottest new music.

Today, you’re much better off building a smart system that can learn from the real world – what actual listeners are most likely to like next – and help you predict who and where the next Adele might be … 

Schmidt said that using AI to do the job was less elitist and more democratic.

Apple has of course made much of the fact that it blends both algorithms and human curation to deliver what it believes is the best of both worlds.

You can’t do everything humanly curated, and you can’t do everything with algorithms. We have what we believe is the best of both.

Schmidt’s comments are somewhat ironic given that Google’s own streaming music service, Google Play Music, added a radio station back in June, with the company highlighting human curation of the tracks.

Our team of music experts, including the folks who created Songza, crafts each station song by song so you don’t have to. If you’re looking for something specific, you can browse our curated stations by genre, mood, decade or activity, or you can search for your favorite artist, album or song to instantly create a station of similar music.

Schmidt’s comments may well be influenced by the fact that Apple recently confirmed that it is launching an Android for Apple Music “in the fall.”

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Ben Lovejoy

September 14th

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Lawsuit against Apple, Google & others for ‘Do not hire’ agreements ends as settlement deal finalized

A class action lawsuit against Apple, Google and other tech companies for agreeing not to poach each other’s employees has finally been settled. Steve Jobs, Google’s Eric Schmidt and others had agreed in emails not to offer higher salaries to each other’s employees in order to reduce the risk of losing valuable employees. When the emails came to light, the 64,000 employees affected successfully argued that this had limited their earning potential.

After Apple’s originally settlement offers were rejected by Judge Lucy Koh as inadequate, the company increased its offer to $415M, which the judge agreed was fair. Reuters reports that Koh has now granted final approval of this sum.

Koh did, however, reject the $81M cut the lawyers in the case had demanded … 

Koh decided such an award would be an inappropriate “windfall” for the lawyers, and awarded about $40 million instead.

It’s of course not the first time that emails from Steve Jobs have gotten Apple into trouble. Such emails formed key evidence in both ebook and iPod antitrust cases.

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Ben Lovejoy

September 3rd

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Tim Cook only CEO taking part in today’s White House cybersecurity summit

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We learned earlier this week that Tim Cook would be speaking at a White House cybersecurity summit today, and it now appears he will be the only tech CEO to do so. USNews is reporting that CEOs of other top tech companies all declined President Obama’s invitation, sending lower-ranking execs in their place.

Unlike Apple’s Cook, other top executives at key Silicon Valley companies declined invitations to the summit. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Google’s Larry Page will not attend amid the ongoing concerns about government surveillance. Facebook spokesman Jay Nancarrow said Zuckerberg is unavailable to attend and that Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan will speak during a panel at the event.

It’s believed other CEOs consider refusing to take part to be the best way to express their objections to increased government surveillance of electronic communications, while Cook takes the opposite view: that it is important to speak up in defence of user privacy … 

Cook’s stance on data security mirrors the company’s approach to human rights issues in the supply chain, where Apple believes it can make the most difference by applying pressure for change rather than steering clear of problematic countries.

Cook has frequently spoken about Apple’s commitment to privacy, contrasting with ad-funded companies like Facebook and Google where “you’re not the customer, you’re the product.” Cook posted a letter to the Apple website last September, in which he stated that “security and privacy are fundamental to the design of all our hardware, software, and services.” Apple also has a dedicated privacy section on its website.

Cook has expressed a commitment to transparency in how it handles government information requests, promising an annual report on the requests received and Apple’s responses. The company last year also began notifying customers when law enforcement agencies request user data.

Apple has been criticized by the FBI for encrypting iPhone data in a way that means not even Apple can decrypt it. We have a feeling the White House may not like what Cook has to say today …


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Ben Lovejoy

February 13th

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The real questions Google Search wants to answer, but can’t yet

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For many Internet users, Google is synonymous with online search and is seen as the go-to place to get your questions answered. However, Google is still looking for new things to add to its search capabilities, as former CEO and current chairman Eric Schmidt outlined in a speech last week in Berlin where he talked about “innovation, technology, and the future of the Internet.”

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Chris Smith

October 20th

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Despite his industry-shaking feuds with Apple, Eric Schmidt calls Steve Jobs his hero

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If it seems like just yesterday that Apple and Google were at each other's throats, that's because they were — Tim Cook and Eric Schmidt have been trading blows in recent weeks in regards to privacy and security, with each executive claiming that their company is more secure than the other. The issue remains unresolved, but Schmidt took a break from the feud on Thursday night during a promotional event for his new book, How Google Works.

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Jacob Siegal

October 3rd

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Eric Schmidt swipes back at Cook, says Google is ‘far more secure’ than Apple

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The seemingly ongoing battle between Google and Apple has been well-documented, but it's always at its best when the CEOs start trading blows. In an interview with Charlie Rose last month, Tim Cook took Google to task for its data collection practices. Unsurprisingly, Eric Schmidt wasn't too pleased with Cook's representative of his company, so he took the time to respond on a CNN Money segment this week.

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Jacob Siegal

October 2nd

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