Trump dissolves business councils after CEOs agree to disband | Lawmakers push tech industry to deal with lack of diversity | Judge: LinkedIn can't keep startup from getting public profile data
August 17, 2017
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Trump dissolves business councils after CEOs agree to disband
President Donald Trump announced via Twitter that he was disbanding his American Manufacturing Council and Strategic and Policy Forum after more member CEOs withdrew in response to his remarks about protesters in Charlottesville, Va.
Reuters (8/16),  Bloomberg (8/16),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/15) 
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Lawmakers push tech industry to deal with lack of diversity
The controversy touched off by a male Google engineer who wrote a memo questioning the company's diversity policies is attracting the attention of several members of Congress, including Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who represents part of Silicon Valley. Khanna characterized the memo as "appalling and sexist" and said the matter "highlights how far the tech community needs to go to address gender and racial stereotypes."
Recode (8/10),  Medium (8/10) 
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Judge: LinkedIn can't keep startup from getting public profile data
LinkedIn can't bar data startup hiQ Labs from gaining access to information in public profiles, US District Judge Edward Chen said in granting a preliminary injunction requested by hiQ. "To the extent LinkedIn has already put in place technology to prevent hiQ from accessing these public profiles, it is ordered to remove any such barriers," Chen's order said.
Reuters (8/14) 
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Technology Trends
Over 200 bugs found in military bounty program
The US Air Force's "Hack the Air Force" bug bounty program found 207 security flaws, making it the most successful Defense Department bug bounty program to date, said HackerOne CEO Marten Mickos. More than $130,000 was given out during the program, with the program's top earner being identified as 17 years old.
The Hill (8/10) 
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Microsoft makes cloud maneuver with Cycle Computing buy
Microsoft makes cloud maneuver with Cycle Computing buy
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Microsoft has purchased the privately held, Connecticut-based Cycle Computing and intends to use the software company's CycleCloud service to ramp up its support for Linux-based, faster computing workloads. Microsoft said support will continue for Cycle Computing's customers using a competitors' cloud service, though newer Microsoft versions will be Azure-focused.
TechCrunch (8/16) 
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Career & Workforce Development
Survey finds many women in tech, life sciences aspire to C-suite
Nearly 29% of 212 women and 10 men who hold jobs in tech and the life sciences said in an Athena survey they aspired to C-suite jobs, close to 23% said unconscious bias at work was holding them back at work, while almost 22% said "lack of a mentor or sponsor," and close to 18% said "commitment to family" were barriers.
Xconomy (8/9) 
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