In Final Verdict, Jury Rules Against Pao On All Four Claims In Ellen Pao Vs. Kleiner Perkins

Was Ellen Pao’s gender a substantial motivating reason for Kleiner Perkins’ not promoting her to the levels of senior partner as well as general partner? [This is the gender discrimination element to the case.] Jury answer: NO Were Pao’s conversations in December 2011 and/or her January 4th 2012 memo to John Doerr, in which she complained about the alleged gender discrimination she encountered at the firm, a substantial motivating reason for her not being promoted to senior partner and general partner? [This is the retaliation part of the case.] Jury answer: No Did Kleiner Perkins fail to take all reasonable steps to prevent gender discrimination against Ellen Pao? Jury answer: An automatic NO, since it could only be answered if jurors answered yes to question 1 — after all, if there were no gender discrimination, the question would be moot.] Were Pao’s conversations in December 2011 and/or her January 4th 2012 memo and/or her filing of this lawsuit a substantial motivating reason for Kleiner Perkins’ decision to terminate Pao’s employment in October 2012? [This is also under retaliation.] Jury Answer: NO

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Cartoon of the Week – Tech Execs Take a Stand | @benioff

This week, Marc Benioff announced that Salesforce is cancelling all events in Indiana, in protest against the state’s new anti-gay law. Coined the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” the law allows individuals to use religious grounds as a defense when they are sued – and is aimed specifically toward instances where lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender individuals feel they were discriminated against. Much of the tech community is also part of the LGBT community, and we applaud Benioff for using his political power to support equality.

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Anyway, it’s worth looking at who Benioff happily does business with. The company has a branch based out of Beijing in the People’s Republic of China, a Communist-controlled country that is a human rights nightmare.

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Apple Safari users win right to sue Google over privacy

A group of users claim that Google bypassed security settings on the Safari browser to install tracking cookies on their computers in order to target them with advertising. Google said it was “disappointed with the court’s decision”. One of the claimants called it a “David and Goliath victory”. The case revolves around a so-called Safari workaround, which allegedly allowed Google to avoid the Safari web browser’s default privacy setting to place cookies, that gathered data such as surfing habits, social class, race, ethnicity, without users’ knowledge.

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Computer Economics reveals surprising data on IaaS, ERP and SaaS adoption

The latest Computer Economics report had some surprising data on IaaS, ERP, and SaaS trends. I cornered President Frank Scavo for some insights.

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VC BUBBLE: Slack hacked, compromising users’ profile data | Security ITfail

Slack was contacting a “very small number” of individual users who had suspicious activity tied to their accounts, or whose messages may have been accessed. Slack did not say how many users it thinks may have been affected in this way. A company spokeswoman declined to comment further. There’s been strong interest in Slack’s business chat app since it launched last year, and its user base now tops 500,000.

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VC BUBBLE: Slack: March 2015 Security Incident and the Launch of Two Factor Authentication Security ITfail

Slack maintains a central user database which includes user names, email addresses, and one-way encrypted (“hashed”) passwords. In addition, this database contains information that users may have optionally added to their profiles such as phone number and Skype ID. Information contained in this user database was accessible to the hackers during this incident. We have no indication that the hackers were able to decrypt stored passwords, as Slack uses a one-way encryption technique called hashing. Slack’s hashing function is bcrypt with a randomly generated salt per-password which makes it computationally infeasible that your password could be recreated from the hashed form. Our investigation, which remains ongoing, has revealed that this unauthorized access took place during a period of approximately 4 days in February. As soon as the evidence was uncovered, we started communication with the affected teams.  The announcement was made as soon as we could confirm the details and as fast as we could type. No financial or payment information was accessed or compromised in this attack.

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Big broadband firms want ‘unfettered power’ over Internet: FCC chief | NetNeutrality

“We should conclude that the biggest broadband providers in the land have one objective -– to operate free from control by their customers and free from oversight from government,” Wheeler said in a speech at Ohio State University.

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Why Apple Feels the Need to Defend Steve Jobs

The PR offensive is “purely an emotional issue, not a business issue,” says marketing consultant Regis McKenna, a longtime friend of Jobs who worked closely with him in the 1970s and early ’80s. While Isaacson’s book was almost universally considered far more positive than negative, he understands why Cook, Cue, and Ive felt so strongly about it having fallen short of their expectations. Call it an artifact of the perfectionism Jobs demanded for Apple’s products, he says. The executives “all take it personally, because they are all a reflection of Steve,” he says.  Those executives may well see this as their last, best chance to influence how Jobs is perceived in the future. While they probably had little choice than to talk to Isaacson—he was Jobs’s hand-picked biographer, after all—they agreed to speak to Schlender and Tetzeli after Jobs had died. Schlender, in particular, was a familiar and friendly face. He’s an artful writer who has covered Apple for more than 20 years.

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Chinese tech CEO equates Apple with Hitler | WHAT???

The post featured a cartoon portraying Adolf Hitler giving the “Heil Hitler” salute while wearing an armband commonly worn by Nazis, but in place of the swastika symbol is the Apple logo. The Hitler-esque character is standing in front of yellow caution tape, opposite a group of smiling kids on a backdrop of sunshine and wind turbines, who are meant to represent the Andriod OS. The graphic bears the headline “Freedom vs. Arrogance” and, beneath it, text which translates as: “How can we change so that we can improve the industry?”

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Apple’s Tim Cook to donate his wealth (after paying his nephew’s college fees)

Cook said that as far as personal finance goes, he wants first to take care of his 10-year-old nephew’s college fees, though that shouldn’t make too much of a dent in his estimated fortune of $785 million, current stock value included. The Apple CEO told Fortune he’s already made a number of donations to various philanthropic projects, adding that in the future he intends to make more contributions though in a more systematic fashion.

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How Facebook’s Chief Geek Will Meld Reality With the Oculus

“We are very interested in making this a social experience….The true magic of this VR technology will come when it’s not a solo activity, but a joint activity.”

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How Zuckerberg Is Feeding His Facebook Conglomerate

Facebook is no longer a single social entity out to conquer the world…The goal is to morph it into a platform teeming with useful, sometimes premium services. Most of those services will host ads or cost users money, and as those business models solidify on Messenger, Zuckerberg can migrate the few that work best onto the likes of WhatsApp and Instagram. That’s how he’ll justify the $19 billion he paid for WhatsApp in Feb. 2014, and the $1 billion he paid for Instagram in April 2012. Over time, Zuckerberg wants Messenger to become something that looks more like an operating system than an app, hosting everything from games and entertainment, to payment services and business transactions — all on mobile. One reason why: Messenger is simply growing faster than Facebook’s main app.

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Nuclide – a unified IDE | Facebook GitHub

Nuclide is the IDE for developing Hack-based web applications, providing auto-completion and inline error highlighting…Nuclide is a set of packages implemented on top of Atom, and we are working closely with GitHub to contribute upstream to the core project.

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Microsoft Clears Up Just Who Gets Free Windows 10

From one year after Windows 10 is launched, sometime this summer, you will be able to upgrade from Windows 7 SP1 or Windows 8.1 for free. But only if you are a specific kind of user.  The offer isn’t for everyone The free-upgrade offer is for consumers upgrading their own computers. It’s not available to to users of enterprise licenses of Windows: If you want to upgrade the machine on your desk at your big corporate job, the free offer won’t apply. Your IT department won’t get a bunch of free upgrades to give out; they’ll have to pay for them. Likewise, PC manufacturers won’t get free licenses for Windows 10 to install on new, unsold computers. For these guys, and in general, “in no way is Windows free,” Woodman said. After a year? Still free Woodman clarified for me that if you upgrade your PC to Windows 10 with the free offer, you won’t be socked with a payment demand after some arbitrary period. Windows 10 isn’t “freemium.” It won’t convert from a free upgrade to a paid or subscription-supported operating system. He told me, clearly, “Once you’re on Windows 10, you’re on Windows 10, and there will be no additional charge.”

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When Ariba/SAP Plays the Executive Card, What Should You Do?

SAP senior leadership would host the CIOs at a swanky event and whisper in their ear about integration risk, vendor viability, etc. – and then even offer to “give away” the software licenses (but with 20% annual maintenance costs applied to retail seat license costs of course). The best-of-breed competitors never had a chance.

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Facebook announces Nuclide, an OpenSource IDE based on GitHub’s Atom text editor

“Nuclide is a set of packages implemented on top of Atom, and we are working closely with GitHub to contribute upstream to the core project,” states Nuclide’s purpose-built website. Nuclide is one of several open-source tools for developers that Facebook unveiled at its F8 conference. Others include user segmentation tools Year Class and Connection Class.

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ITfail: Legal expert: Oregon playing high-stakes poker in Oracle lawsuit

But Oregon is running out of money. Since May, Oregon’s Department of Justice has nearly burned through its $2 million legal budget. It’s a budget that has to carry the DOJ through the end of this year, and the two sides haven’t even begun to argue the merits of the case. Yet the spokeswoman for the Department of Justice told KATU that the state is pressing forward, feeling confident after winning some early procedural rounds in court. “If they continue with this litigation, they’re now going to have to put their money where their mouth is,” Friedman said.

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Microsoft and Oracle are ‘not your trusted friends’, public sector bods

…with licence “audit reviews” in a bid to plug falling subscription revenue, according to research. Over one-third of the 436 councils surveyed across the UK have been subject to at least one software licence review in the last 20 months, according to a report from software licensing costs advice company Cerno. Of those, 60 per cent were found to be “under-licensed” and hit with a penalty of up to £50,000. Out of 132 universities, one quarter have been subject to at least one software licence audit in the last 20 months, it said. “This survey confirms considerable activity in license reviews by the major software vendors – principally Oracle and Microsoft – and, critically, the high incidence of penalty demands following the review,” said Robin Fry, co-founder of Cerno.

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BUBBLE VC: Magic Is Raising $12M From Sequoia At A $40M Valuation

Magic, an SMS-based on-demand delivery service that started as a YC company’s weekend project, is raising $12 million in Series A funding led by Sequoia, according to sources. Sources also say that the company, which is just a month old, is valued at $40 million pre-money. Magic lets users text a single number to get anything* delivered on demand. For an extra fee, of course. The company graduated out of Y Combinator this week after pivoting mid-session from Bettir, an app that helps monitor blood pressure. Magic started as a weekend project and after being posted to Product Hunt, blew up over the course of a weekend.

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BUBBLE VC: How Super Angel Chris Sacca Made Billions, Burned Bridges And Crafted The Best Seed Portfolio Ever

“Chris has found every hot startup in the Valley and found them all during angel rounds,” says Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who has invested in Sacca’s funds. “This is completely without precedent or equivalent.” The 39-year-old ranks third on FORBES’ 14th annual Midas List of tech’s 100 top investors.

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BUBBLE VC: Slack’s Valuation More Than Doubles to $2.8 Billion in Five Months

The growing popularity of workplace collaboration tool Slack has attracted a new group of investors eager to pay up for a piece of the startup. Slack has signed a deal with investors to raise up to $160 million in a funding round that values the company at $2.76 billion, according to people familiar with the matter. The round, which will include new investors Institutional Venture Partners, Horizons Ventures, Index Ventures and DST Global, is expected to close in the next few weeks, the people said.

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BUBBLE VC: DoorDash Raises $40 Million for On-Demand Delivery

DoorDash, which is about a year and a half old and has 65 employees and many more contract workers, now operates in eight markets, a number CEO Tony Xu said he hoped to double before the end of the year. The company currently only delivers food from restaurants. Xu said he wants to deliver other things, too. Xu wouldn’t give much in the way of details about how large DoorDash’s business is, but he claimed one in three households in the San Francisco Bay Area has ordered food from the service. He also said every market where the company has launched since the Bay Area has larger order volume.

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Google’s new CFO Ruth Porat negotiates sweet pay package

Ruth Porat will receive an annual salary of $650,000. Google has also agreed to pay her a one-time sign-on bonus of $5 million. Google has also agreed to make equity grants to Porat in the form of restricted stock units: a $25 million new hire grant with the first $5 million vesting in December 2015 and the remaining $20 million vesting on a pro-rata quarterly basis in 2016 and 2017 and a $40 million biennial grant in 2016. The Internet giant will assist Porat with relocation expenses and Porat will take part in compensation and benefit programs available to Google’s executive officers, Google said in a securities filing.

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Microsoft buys Office collaboration tool maker LiveLoop: Sources

Microsoft has purchased San Francisco-based LiveLoop for an undisclosed amount, according to sources. LiveLoop builds collaboration tools for Microsoft Office. Its first product was LiveLoop for PowerPoint, which is a PowerPoint plug-in that allows an entire team to collaborate on a document simultaneously. According to the explanation on the Web site, “LiveLoop converts presentations into Web URLs that can be viewed from any computer or phone *without* installing any software,” or using Web-hosting services for online meetings like GoToMeeting.

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