Google says it’s getting close to owning enough downtown San Jose properties for “viable” development

SAN JOSE — Google is nearing ownership of enough downtown San Jose properties and parcels to create a “viable” transit-oriented development near the Diridon train station, a top company executive told a key advisory group meeting this week. During a meeting of the Station Area Advisory Group, formed to gather and process citizen input about Google’s proposal to develop a massive transit village near downtown San Jose’s Diridon Station, Google executives offered the company’s first major presentation of its development philosophies and plans for downtown San Jose. The search giant also indicated it is creating a critical mass of properties where it could build a transit-oriented community downtown. “Just to… Read More

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Awkwardness ensues as top Democratic senator asks Mark Zuckerberg if he’ll reveal what hotel he stayed at last night

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois probed Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on his personal activities, like which hotel he stayed in while in Washington. Zuckerberg was hesitant to answer, which Durbin used to make a broader point about data privacy. WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg got into an awkward exchange with a top Democratic senator on Tuesday when the lawmaker began probing him about his own personal privacy. During the blockbuster hearing on Capitol Hill, Sen. Dick Durbin asked Zuckerberg, “Would you be comfortable sharing with us the name of the hotel you stayed in last night?” “Um,” Zuckerberg said before a long pause. “No.” The audience and panel of… Read More

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Mark Zuckerberg just renounced a core piece of Silicon Valley wisdom — and it could come back to bite Facebook (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg told US Congress that “I agree we are responsible for the content” on Facebook. It’s a stark claim from Zuckerberg, who has previously claimed that Facebook is not a media company, and that it takes no responsibility for what gets posted to the platform. Twitter, Google, and other tech companies have made similar claims. “I agree we are responsible for the content [on Facebook],” CEO Mark Zuckerberg told a joint session of the United States Congress today. With one short sentence, Zuckerberg rejected a long-time chestnut in Silicon Valley: that platforms aren’t responsible for the content posted by users. It’s a line that companies like Twitter, Google, and… Read More

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Zuckerberg claims no knowledge of Palantir’s involvement with the Facebook, Cambridge Analytica scandal (FB)

Senator Maria Cantwell tried to get answers from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the role secretive data mining company Palantir may have played in the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica scandal. News reports said that Palantir was a player that helped CA gather data on Facebook. Zuckerberg said during Congressional testimony on Tuesday that he didn’t know about that. It was a surprising admission given the close ties Facebook has with Palantir’s founder, Peter Thiel, who is a Facebook board member. One of the oddest and most uncomfortable moments in the questioning of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg by the Senate on Tuesday was when Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) started asking about Palantir. “Do… Read More

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The 20 best places to live in the South — the region that’s still the best place to live in America

U.S. News & World Report published its annual list of the 50 best places to live in America. The South had the most entries on the list, including the No. 1 city, Austin, Texas. Cities were ranked by metrics including desirability, affordability, and quality of life. U.S. News & World Report released on Tuesday its annual list of the 50 best places to live in America, comprising the metro areas with the perfect combination of affordability, a good job market, and quality of life. While every geographic region of the US was represented on the list, it’s the South that seems to have come out on top for the third… Read More

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