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Trump visa freeze delivers blow to U.S. tech sector

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:00 AM

The US tech industry has long relied on skilled immigrants to fill key positions of engineers, data scientists and other jobs in high demand

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump speaks during the daily briefing on the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, in the Brady Briefing Room of the White House on April 23, 2020, in Washington, DC. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

Staying safe, and sane, as Silicon Valley locks down due to the coronavirus

Mar 16, 2020 - 12:11 PM

Across Silicon Valley, streets have emptied as the pandemic takes hold, with tech employees working from home and avoiding leaving the house

EMPTY BUSES. An empty shuttle bus pulls into a mostly deserted Facebook campus in the Silicon Valley city of Menlo Park on March 12, 2020, as tech titans asks employees to work from home to fight the spread of novel coronavirus. Photo by Glenn Chapman/AFP

Trump escalates war on social media at White House 'summit'

Jul 12, 2019 - 9:51 AM

Trump claims that firms such as Facebook, Google and Twitter – who were not invited to the summit – discriminate against him and his supporters, even though his own Twitter account has nearly 62 million followers

US President Donald Trump looks on as the US attorney general delivers remarks on citizenship and the census in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

French luxury giants dive into Silicon Valley

Jul 29, 2018 - 2:21 PM

'If you really think about it, Steve Jobs had a disastrous dress sense,' says Paris School of Luxury co-founder Eric Briones

HERMES. This file photo taken on June 8, 2017 shows leather wallets displayed at Hermes leather workshop in Saint-Junien, central France. In May 2018 Hermes has opened its 34th US boutique in Palo Alto in the posh area of California. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Silicon Valley eyes Africa as new tech frontier

Jul 16, 2018 - 1:36 PM

With a population of 1.2 billion, 60% of which are under 24 years old, Africa represents huge growth opportunities for tech companies like Facebook and Google. The majority welcomes them but some also warn of cyber-colonialism

Illustration by Janina Malinis/Rappler

[OPINION] Silicon Valley, from ‘heart’s delight’ to toxic wasteland

Jul 12, 2018 - 3:02 PM

Silicon Valley might become this generation's Detroit if it can't reverse its moral decline, writes a pair of US professors

APPLE PARK. Aerial view of Apple Park, the corporate headquarters of Apple Inc., located in Cupertino, California. The roof is covered in solar panels with an output of 17 Mega Watt peak, making it one of the biggest solar roofs in the world. Photo by Daniel L. Lu, Wikimedia Commons, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license

Tech didn't spot Russian interference during the last election. Now it's asking law enforcement for help.

Jun 27, 2018 - 10:54 AM

Tech companies say they need help from law enforcement because the private sector is not always aware of threats picked up on by intelligence agencies

FACEBOOK. The Facebook sign and logo is seen in Menlo Park, California on November 4, 2016. / AFP PHOTO/JOSH EDELSON

Here's how staying home for the summer can be exciting too

Apr 25, 2018 - 4:33 PM

We got you, Team Bahay!

Reach Labs launches Silicon Valley Scholarship for Filipino students

Dec 30, 2017 - 9:31 PM

A deserving Filipino student will be chosen to attend free of charge Reach Labs' 2-month entrepreneurship program, which includes a trip to Silicon Valley

Photo from Reach Labs Facebook page

Roads of tech hub Bangalore among India's deadliest

Nov 16, 2017 - 10:50 PM

After 500 people have died so far this year navigating its pockmarked streets, tech hub Bangalore, is now the fourth-deadliest city in India for motorists

DEADLY ROADS. This photograph taken on November 1, 2017 shows auto-rickshaws negotiating their way along a bumpy, unasphalted stretch of road in Bangalore. Photo by Manjunath Kiran/AFP

Internet doors slammed on white nationalist extremism

Aug 17, 2017 - 2:34 PM

Internet titans that have contorted to balance free speech with odious content are standing firm this week against being used to glorify killing in the name of race

RIGHT WING. White nationalists, neo-Nazis and members of the 'alt-right' exchange insluts with counter-protesters as they attempt to guard the entrance to Emancipation Park during the 'Unite the Right' rally August 12, 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP

Cirtek expects higher profit on Quintel acquisition

Aug 01, 2017 - 1:00 PM

The listed technology firm also expects higher sales contribution from Quintel starting next year reaching about 100 million

CONSOLIDATION. Cirtek will start consolidating Quintel's operations into the company starting this month, which is expected to add $20 million to $25 million in revenues for the company. Image from Cirtek website

Cirtek buying Silicon Valley tech firm Quintel

Jul 30, 2017 - 11:50 PM

The transaction will give Cirtek a significant presence in the rapidly growing base station antenna market estimated to be more than 14 billion by 2020

ANTENNAS. Cirtek and Trillium International Funds have been shareholders in Quintel, innovative antenna solutions provider, since 2007. Photo from Quintel website

Growing chorus denounces sexist Silicon Valley culture

Jul 09, 2017 - 2:06 PM

Now increasing numbers of women are going public with complaints of gender based discrimination – in some cases leading men to step down

TECH WORLD. A view of Startup Alley during TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 - Day 3 at Pier 36 on May 17, 2017 in New York City. Noam Galai/Getty Images for TechCrunch/AFP

Elon Musk: tech dreamer reaching for sun, moon, and stars

Mar 05, 2017 - 9:35 PM

In a sector where entrepreneurs often speak of moonshots Musk is one of the biggest dreamers

Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks about the “Interplanetary Transport System” which aims to reach Mars with the first human crew in history, in the conference he gave during the 67th International Astronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico on September 27, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / HECTOR GUERRERO

Uber launches 'urgent' sexual harassment investigation

Feb 20, 2017 - 6:40 PM

A former Uber engineer claims that her manager made sexual advances shortly after she joined the company at the end of 2015

UBER. A picture taken on December 28, 2016 in Paris shows the logo of Uber.  File photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP

Facebook extends bereavement, family sick leaves for employees

Feb 08, 2017 - 4:47 PM

The social network adopts family leaves recognizing a need for workers to take a leave to care for a family member

COO. Sheryl Sandberg speaks onstage during The 2017 Makers Conference Day 2 at Terranea Resort on February 7, 2017 in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. Photo by Emma McIntyre/AFP

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Feb 01, 2017 - 8:41 PM

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Silicon Valley denounces Trump immigration ban

Jan 30, 2017 - 4:46 PM

The US tech industry fears the immigration ban could have an adverse effect on progress and innovation

SPEAKING OUT. Apple CEO Tim Cook is one of the Silicon Valley leaders to have spoken about US President Donald Trump's immigration law. / AFP PHOTO / Josh Edelson

Stunned tech sector ponders future under Trump

Nov 27, 2016 - 2:59 PM

After disbelief anger and grief the US tech sector is looking to come to grips with the presidency of a man described by many of its leading lights as a disaster for innovation

In this file photo, Donald Trump tours the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum on September 30, 2016 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP

Airbnb raises $555 million to grow globally

Sep 23, 2016 - 4:54 PM

Investors in the latest round of funding include Google and venture capital firm Technology Crossover Ventures

HOME IMPROVEMENTS. The living space rentals app sets foundation for growth with new funding. Image from Airbnb

Apple sued over iPhone 6 touch-screen freezes

Aug 30, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Apple faces a lawsuit for allegedly concealing a design flaw that causes iPhone touchscreens to fail

FREEZE. A lawsuit accuses Apple of allowing a design flaw go unaddressed. File photo by Justin Sullivan/AFP

How an Indonesian student scored a Google internship

Aug 23, 2016 - 8:15 PM

Here are 7 tips to score your dream internship from a University of Indonesia student interning at Silicon Valley

DREAM INTERNSHIP. Indonesian student Rakina Amni is an intern at Google. Rakina Amni

Filipinos in Silicon Valley: Build yourself, your network

Aug 03, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Filipinos working in the Twitter HQ in Silicon Valley say honing your skills and growing your contacts will get you to your goals

Ken Villa (L) and Jojo Antonio, both working for Twitter in Silicon Valley, shares advice for Filipinos looking to join the tech industry. Photo by Carissa Villacorta

Selamat tinggal, Snapchat? Instagram meniru fitur Snapchat dengan Instagram Stories

Aug 03, 2016 - 11:29 AM

CEO Instagram mengaku bahwa fitur baru ini memang terinspirasi Snapchat Stories: Snapchat berhak mendapatkan penghargaan

Rob Nail: A sci-fi future now

Jul 20, 2016 - 5:27 PM

Can you imagine a world where robots do basic jobs and allow people to work only 10 hours a week?

Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom: Pushing boundaries

Jul 10, 2016 - 10:00 AM

It’s a time of creative destruction and Emeline Paat Dahlstrom is near ground zero

Gawker in bankruptcy after sex tape case, finds buyer

Jun 11, 2016 - 9:36 AM

Following the bankruptcy filing the embattled US media group says it has reached a deal to sell its media brands to publishing group Ziff Davis

AIM, Dado Banatao team up for new startup incubator

Jun 07, 2016 - 11:10 PM

Aside from the AIM Dado Banatao Incubator the school also launches two new programs to reach out to young scientists and more entrepreneurs

Apple, Google locked in battle for supremacy

May 22, 2016 - 12:30 PM

Analysts say Google has been evolving from a pure search engine to a leader in mobile while Apple must find ways to keep its position as innovation leader

FOTO: Jokowi bertemu CEO perusahaan teknologi di Silicon Valley

Feb 18, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Jokowi berharap keempat perusahaan teknologi itu bisa ikut mengembangkan visi Indonesia menciptakan 1 000 technopreneurs pada tahun 2020

Presiden Joko Widodo memberikan kenang-kenangan kepada CEO Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg berupa bingkai dengn kalimat: "bersama kita wujudkan impian Indonesia dan impian dunia". Foto oleh Biro Pers Istana

5 lessons from the #BeTheBoss Awards winners

Feb 13, 2016 - 7:00 AM

PLDT Smart SME Nation is extending the grand prize of a Silicon Valley tour to all 15 finalists this February

Global tech money sets its sights on Southeast Asia, PH

Feb 01, 2016 - 1:09 AM

Big venture capital firms and investors are reaching out beyond traditional tech centers in search of more profits putting Southeast Asian entrepreneurs in a good position to scale up

Wawancara dengan Reinardus, orang Indonesia yang satu kantor dengan Mark Zuckerberg

Jan 05, 2016 - 9:53 AM

Seperti apa Mark Zuckerberg bekerja sehari harinya?

YANG MUDA YANG BERKARYA. Reinardus Surya Pradhitya adalah pemuda asal Jakarta yang berhasil menembus Facebook. Ia kini berkantor dengan pendiri Facebook Mark Zeckerberg di California, Amerika Serikat. Foto oleh Febriana Firdaus/California

Cirtek Holdings hires banker Dispo, Silicon Valley pioneer Banatao

Jan 04, 2016 - 4:38 PM

As it prepares for more deals Cirtek Holdings hires the former president of First Metro Investments Corporation and the founder of Tallwood Venture Capital

BEEF UP. Cirtek says Banatao’s (left) industrial foresight and Dispo’s (right) capital market expertise will be valuable to the firm as it expands here and abroad

PH 'father of semiconductors' shows APEC what innovation can do

Nov 22, 2015 - 3:27 PM

Dado Banatao grew up walking barefoot to school and ended up a Silicon Valley innovator At APEC 2015 he proves the innovation equation for inclusive growth

Pinoy Power! California tech lessons for PH entrepreneurs

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:30 PM

The key for the Philippines and all of ASEAN is not just a rash of investment in initial public offerings and hot tech stocks but for country policymakers to foster an entrepreneurial ecosystem to create consistent levels of innovation

Tech visionaries on the world of today and tomorrow

Oct 14, 2015 - 2:29 PM

The innovators behind Facebook Infosys and Baidu among others share their views on emerging tech trends and highlight the human factor that shapes them

TREND SPOTTING. Tech titans discuss how technology will shape the world's future on the 2nd day of the  Forbes Global CEO Conference 2015 (From left): Zhang Ya-Qin, Vishal Sikka, Eduardo Saverin, Gary Rieschel, Forrest Li, Rich Karlgaard. Photo by Alecs Ongca/Rappler

PLDT creates investment arm to connect with Silicon Valley

Oct 01, 2015 - 5:54 PM

PLDT Capital is investing up to 50 million this year to support its business units portfolio expansion in the Philippines Southeast Asia and Asia Pacific

DIGITAL PIVOT. PLDT Chairman Manuel Pangilinan says its newly formed investment arm PLDT Capital serves as an important pillar to sustain the telco's digital pivot. File photo from Rappler

India PM makes rock star appearance at Facebook

Sep 28, 2015 - 7:45 AM

UPDATED Modi s stop at Facebook is part of a tour of Silicon Valley ahead of the UN General Assembly where he will meet US President Barack Obama on Monday

MODI AT FACEBOOK. Narendra Modi addresses the crowd at a town hall Q and A in Facebook's Headquarters on September 27, 2015. Screen shot from Facebook video

P135-million zoo, theme park to rise in Pampanga

Sep 01, 2015 - 6:41 PM

The 20 hectare development is seen to employ about 140 workers in the next 5 years Clark Development Corporation says

NEW TOURIST ATTRACTION. The P135-million ($2.89-million) project will include provision of haven for wildlife animals and establishment of a theme park

5 reasons why you would want to visit the Google office

Aug 27, 2015 - 4:26 PM

Who ever said that going to work had to be a pain?

Use tech to scale up CSR

Jul 03, 2015 - 11:24 AM

Groups in the Corporate Social Responsibility space should not think of technology as something that s isolated from what s happening in the world today says technopreneur Manny Ayala

Rappler Talk: Inspiring the Filipino innovator

Jun 04, 2015 - 8:49 PM

Rappler talks to Elmer Sotto of PhilDev Foundation about a film on Filipino technopreneur Dado Banatao s rise from farmer s son to Silicon Valley superstar

[Executive Edge] From beauty queen to innovator

Apr 20, 2015 - 7:00 PM

Bb Pilipinas Universe 2006 Lia Andrea Ramos seeks to popularize the subscription box model in the country via her brainchild Glamourbox

Sachet effect and the digital economy

Apr 08, 2015 - 1:00 PM

3 prominent technopreneurs in the Philippines discuss the ins and outs of the local digital economy

Apple, Google call truce in smartphone patent war

May 17, 2014 - 10:50 AM

Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform

Mixed verdict in Samsung-Apple patent trial

May 03, 2014 - 9:00 AM

2nd UPDATE In August 2012 a separate jury in the same court decided that Samsung should pay Apple 1 049 billion in damages for illegally copying iPhone and iPad features

Obama meets Internet bosses on spying

Mar 22, 2014 - 8:44 AM

Officials say executives at the meeting include Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook Reed Hastings of Netflix Drew Houston of Dropbox Alexander Karp of Palantir and Aaron Levie of Box

We need to pull together to save oceans – Kerry

Feb 26, 2014 - 1:06 PM

Kerry: We don t yet have the political consensus or the urgency translated into political action

GREAT BARRIER REEF. An undated handout photo received from Australian Institute of Marine Science on October 2, 2012 shows bleaching on a coral reef at Halfway Island in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.Photo by RAY BERKELMANS/AFP/AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF MARINE SCIENCE