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7-year-old asks Google for a job; CEO writes back
A 7-year-old girl has already made it onto Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s radar by mailing a handwritten “job application” to the executive a few years early.Chloe Bridgewater from Hereford, England, was talking...
Google boss responds to girl's job application
Chloe Bridgewater, from Hereford in Herefordshire, sent the letter to Google's offices in Silicon Valley last Monday.In it, she said: "My dad said I can sit on bean bags and go down slides and ride go...
A 7-year-old wrote a letter to Google asking for a job—here's how the CEO responded
VISIT CNBC.COMX Careers CareersA 7-year-old wrote a letter to Google asking for a job—here's how the CEO responded Kathleen Elkins | @kathleen_elk 47 Mins Ago CNBC.com Courtesy of Andy Bridgewater 7-year-old...
What to do if you get a Centrelink letter
Labor is urging the government to suspend Centrelink controversial debt recovery services. The Government is trying to claw back $4 billion in welfare overpayments, and sending out 20,000 letters a month...
RIAA, newspapers ask Trump to limit fair use, toughen copyright
Stockmonkeys.com reader comments 24 Share this story President-elect Donald Trump is meeting today with some of Silicon Valley's top business leaders. Ahead of that meeting, content companies sent letters...
Apple letter hints at self-driving car
Apple has given its strongest hint yet that it is working on a self-driving car. WHEN it comes to talking about building a self-driving car, Apple has always borrowed the first rule of Fight Club — there’s...
Apple is “excited” about the potential of self-driving cars
Andrew Cunningham reader comments 0 Share this story Conflicting rumors of Apple's connected car plans have been swirling for some time. But a new letter written by Apple's director of product integrity...
Apple letter drops another hint it's working on its own car technology
Apple's interested in the world of cars, that much seems to be certain - but the details of what it's working on, when we'll see it and how much of a priority it is for the Cupertino company remain something...
Women Entrepreneurs Issue Letter to Next US President
Actress Jessica Alba is a supporter. So is the president and CEO of Mastercard. The co-founder of AOL and the CTO of Estee Lauder are also on board. What do they all have in common? They are among the...
U.S. letter reveals details of GM self-driving vehicle system
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - General Motors Co's semi-autonomous "Super Cruise" system will allow drivers to take their hands off the steering wheel for extended periods, but will stop the vehicle automatically...
Samsung’s tragic open letter fail
The full-page ad was used to publish an open letter. WHAT is it with tech companies and pretentious open letters published in newspapers? Samsung is the latest company to take part, with the Korean manufacturer...
Ridiculous letter tries to troll Microsoft
Slack has gone after Microsoft head on. SOME 35 years ago, Apple delivered a masterclass in passive aggressive trolling when it went after a direct competitor. Taking a full-page ad in the Wall Street...
Self-driving startup Comma.ai pulls plug on its car kit
[...] on Thursday, federal regulators sent Hotz a sternly worded letter ordering Comma to show that its system would not violate auto safety laws. The administration has been encouraging automakers to...
Modified Google Glass can teach you Morse code in four hours
Morse code is one of the more remarkable languages that humans have ever created. Designed in 1836, shortly after the telegraph was invented, it had a huge influence on early electronic communication...
Wells Fargo employees may have been creating fake accounts since 2005
Julian Ortiz reader comments 10 Share this story Wells Fargo employees were creating fake accounts in customers’ names without their authorization as early as 2005, according to a letter obtained by Vice...
Theranos sued by investor who accuses it of securities fraud
Theranos, the beleaguered Palo Alto blood-testing company, is being accused of securities fraud by a major investor who has sued contending “myriad deceptions, falsehoods and fraudulent conduct.” Partner...
Politicians spar over SpaceX explosion inquiry
Politicians are beginning to spar over the investigation of SpaceX's recent rocket explosion. A bipartisan group of 24 members of Congress has written a letter praising the role NASA, the FAA and the...
“Trek against Trump” urges voters to choose Hillary Clinton
Enlarge / LeVar Burton, who played Lt. Cmdr. Geordi LaForge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, is voting for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.Kevork Djansezian / Getty Images News reader...
UCLA freshman’s list of demands for new roommates goes viral
It’s a situation many of us can relate to: you’re coming into a new living situation, with roommates you don’t know, and you want to make sure you stake out some ground rules before you settle in.But...
Exclusive: Uber says Didi deal frees resources for key Indian market - letter
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - U.S. ride-hailing firm Uber said that the recent deal to fold its China operations into local rival Didi Chuxing would allow it to invest more in India, where it has recorded rapid...
Trump Would Stifle Innovation, Tech Execs Say
Ev Williams, Steve Wozniak and a who’s who of tech leaders signed an open letter, sharing concerns about the impact Trump could have on innovation. A Donald Trump presidency would be a "disaster for innovation,"...
10-year-old wins PhD-level fellowship after heartwarming application
A 10-year-old girl is proving that the best job pitches come from the heart.The French girl named Eva applied to the Paris Summer Innovation Fellowship seeking to build Thymio robots."The streets of Paris...
FDA slams Whole Foods' NE production plant on food safety
A worker at a Whole Foods prepares a ready-to-bake pizza.(Photo: Whole Foods) A Whole Foods kitchen that prepared food for 74 stores in the Northeast had water dripping from ceiling pipes on mushroom quesadillas,...
Sanofi seeks to replace Medivation board
Sanofi is sending a letter to Medivation Inc. shareholders seeking their support to oust the San Francisco drugmaker’s board after its unsolicited $9.3 billion takeover offer was rebuffed. Medivation...
Hobbit, Batman, Archer, Star Wars—the many faces of Love Letter
The original Love Letter in all its glory.Welcome to Ars Cardboard, our weekend look at tabletop games! Check out our complete board gaming coverage right here—and let us know what you think. Released...
Customers fight back against Netflix
Reed Hastings has been targeting by Netflix customer for enacting a VPN block. EARLIER in the year streaming giant Netflix announced it was going to begin efforts to block customers using a VPN from accessing...
Boosting the vote may be as easy as saying you’ll ask
flickr user: hjlWhen people think they’re being watched, they’re more inclined to behave themselves. This behavior pops up again and again: in blood donation, energy saving, and charitable giving. There...
Congress demands to know how many citizens are being spied on
Reps. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc. (left) and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah (center) are both signatories to a letter demanding answers about how many Americans have had their information caught up by NSA "upstream"...
Mysterious, unverifiable new letter surfaces: “Matthew Keys is innocent”
Matthew Keys spoke to reporters on April 13, 2016 after his sentencing hearing in federal court in Sacramento, California.Cyrus FarivarOn Wednesday morning, less than two hours before journalist Matthew...
Business News Roundup, April 15
On Thursday, both Bank of America and San Francisco’s Wells Fargo said their first-quarter profit fell as the banks faced slumping oil prices, low interest rates and choppy financial markets. Bank of...
Painkiller critics take aim at hospital surveys, procedures
More than five dozen nonprofit groups and medical experts sent a letter Wednesday to the Joint Commission, a nonprofit agency that accredits U.S. hospitals, asking it to revisit its standards for pain...
Amazon chief Bezos defends corporate culture in letter to shareholders
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - In a letter sent to shareholders on Tuesday, Amazon.com Inc's founder and chief executive, Jeff Bezos, defended the online retailer's corporate culture, which was the subject...
Nest is turning this smart home hub into an expensive paperweight
Two years after acquiring it, Nest has decided to completely shut down smart home hub maker Revolv, leaving users with a dead chunk of plastic.That is to say, not only will Nest no longer support the Revolv...
FBI to police: We'll help unlock iPhones when possible - CNET
The FBI has told local law enforcement agencies that it will provide technical assistance to unlock iPhones in criminal cases around the US when permitted by law.In the letter to local law enforcement,...
How a 'Batman v Superman' writer predicted Marvel's 'Civil War' 30 years ago - CNET
Enlarge ImageCaptain America issue 324, dated December 1986. Mike Zeck/Marvel He may be the guy who co-wrote "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", but 30 years ago David Goyer seems to have predicted the...
Apple asks for delay in iPhone data case
The letter came after U.S. prosecutors on Monday disclosed that "an outside party" had presented a possible way to open the phone in the San Bernardino investigation, which they said could eliminate the...
Facebook post excoriates Trump
One journalist’s open letter to Donald Trump gives voice to what countless US voters are feeling. IT’S not often we hear from the everyday voters, those directly affected by the upcoming US presidential...
Husband of San Bernardino survivor pens letter in Apple's favor
James Martin/CNET Apple has an unexpected ally in its fight against a court's order forcing it to unlock the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone -- a survivor's husband. Salihin Kondoker is the husband of...
Was this racist letter a hoax?
Stephanie Hicks, 19, has gone viral over a racist letter her father allegedly sent her. IT MAY be 2016, but reading this letter a young woman allegedly received from her father, you’d think it was the...
Democratic Lawmaker Asks FBI Director to Withdraw Apple Unlocking Case
A Democratic U.S. congressman on Tuesday asked the FBI to rescind its demand that Apple help unlock an iPhone linked to one of the San Bernardino shooters. U.S. Representative Ted Lieu argued instead that...
Yelp worker says she had to live on rice, water
A Yelp employee who complained about having to live in near-poverty conditions has a new problem—she needs a job. Talia Jane wrote an open letter to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on Friday seeking higher compensation...
‘I shouldn’t have to see homeless people on my way to work’: Another ‘tech bro’ sparks outrage
A San Francisco-area tech entrepreneur is facing intense public scrutiny after publishing an open letter stating wealthy people on their way to work, shouldn’t have to witness the “pain, struggle, and...
New RNA letter regulates gene expression
A new study finds that RNA, considered the DNA template for protein translation, often appears with an extra letter -- and this letter is the regulatory key for control of gene expression. The discovery...
EU regulators to examine Google issues raised in SNP letter
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union antitrust regulators said on Thursday they would scrutinize Google's tax deal with British tax authorities after a member of the Scottish National Party raised the issue...
TRAI slams Facebook, says you reduced consultative exercise into ‘orchestrated’ poll
Comments By: Tech Desk | Updated: January 20, 2016 9:40 am Net Neutrality debate: Facebook’s Free Basics ad campaign has been slammed by TRAI in a new letter. Telecom regulator TRAI has written a strongly...
GitHub developers express anger at lack of support, bug fix issues
Developers working on projects hosted by GitHub have expressed their frustration at being "ignored" and forced to endure a lack of support by the website. In an open letter sent to the popular code repository,...
Governments urged to support scrambling digital data
An open letter posted on Monday by Internet freedom advocates called on governments to back tough encryption of digital data to keep people's information private. The letter quickly gathered nearly 200...
Egg-less condiment can still be called mayo says FDA
Northamerica1000/WikimediaMayonnaise, the creamy, fatty condiment often slathered on sandwiches and fries, may now have a looser definition—at least in the eyes of the Food and Drug Administration. Generally,...
Chinese-backed electric carmaker picks Nevada for $1B plant
(AP) — Chinese-backed electric carmaker Faraday Future plans to build a $1 billion manufacturing plant in North Las Vegas, according to a letter the company sent Nevada officials Wednesday. The letter...
Vietnam PM Urges 'Pure and Clean' Internet
Vietnam's prime minister posted a letter online on Thursday urging the public to use the Internet responsibly and build a civilized web environment, in rare comments promoting cyberspace in a country renowned...
Yahoo investor: Spin off core business, not BABA
Activist investor Starboard Value asked Yahoo to drop plans to sell its stake in Alibaba due to tax concerns, and instead urged the company to sell its core search and display advertising businesses....
NY banking regulator unveils details about planned cybersecurity rules
New York State's financial services regulator on Tuesday unveiled details about potential new cybersecurity regulations for banks and insurance companies under its jurisdiction.The details were outlined...
Treat mental health like physical health, campaign urges
Eleven former health secretaries and ministers have joined 222 public figures -- including Kelly Holmes, Richard E. Grant and Alain De Botton -- in a call for mental health to be treated equally with physical...
Facebook making changes to its ‘real-name policy’ after criticism
Comments By: Tech Desk | Published:November 1, 2015 11:49 am Facebook is making some changes to its ‘real-name’ policy after facing criticism. (Source: Reuters) Facebook is making some modifications to...
Savetheinternet volunteers question Mark Zuckerberg over internet.org
Comments By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:October 30, 2015 11:24 am In an open letter to Zuckerberg, the savetheinternet team said it’s “a matter of distress” that Facebook through its internet.org platform...
Classic Steve Jobs disses you can put on your next resignation letter
If you've got enough chutzpah, try to pull this one off. It's a reverse psychology gambit that will at least score you style points when you respond to your termination letter or email. Hit reply-all companywide...
Volkswagen says 8 mln cars in EU affected by cheat software - letter
BERLIN (Reuters) - Volkswagen said 8 million diesel vehicles in the European Union were fitted with software capable of cheating vehicle emissions tests, according to a copy of the letter sent to German...
FAA Criticized for Missing Deadline for Setting Drone Rules
In a joint letter to the FAA, 29 aviation groups criticize the agency's delays in getting the drone rules in place. The Federal Aviation Administration is being harshly criticized by a coalition of 29...
Tinder demands removal of STD billboard: Report
Mobile dating app Tinder sent a cease-and-desist letter to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation asking it to remove a billboard that links the mobile dating apps to higher STD contraction rates, the Los Angeles...
BT pledges better broadband for UK
BT has hit back at rivals calling for its break-up, with a strategy to make the UK the fastest broadband nation. It revealed plans to connect 10 million homes to ultrafast broadband by the end of 2020...
Woman: After I rebuffed my Uber driver’s advances, he tried to rape me
EnlargeOre Huiying/Bloomberg via Getty Images reader comments 36 Share this story Further ReadingMan claims Uber driver “left him in a pool of blood” after refusing tripA woman in Minnesota has sued Uber,...
Uber denies targeting ex-engineer in claimed ‘smear campaign’
Susan Fowler, the former engineer whose detailed recounting of sexual harassment and management infighting at Uber prompted CEO Travis Kalanick to apologize for the rough-edged culture he created at the...
Uber says it’s not behind the phone calls to investigate Susan Fowler’s personal life
After a week of controversy — and heavy criticism from its employees, the media and some investors for allowing what one called a "toxic" work culture to thrive — Uber remains on the defense. Today, the...
Uber might genuinely be worried that #DeleteUber is working
alizasherman reader comments 1 Share this story Further ReadingEx-Uber engineer alleges sexual harassment, CEO reacts by promising investigationSocial media calls to #DeleteUber are getting the company's...
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