How tech workers became activists, leading a resistance movement that is shaking up Silicon Valley

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Employees at Apple, Google, Microsoft and other tech companies are discovering their power to bend the trajectory of multibillion-dollar corporations. (Fast Company)

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How Google’s DeepMind will train its AI inside Unity’s video game worlds

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Unity’s AI boss Danny Lange explains how the Google sibling will use reinforcement learning and virtual worlds to “evolve” smarter algorithms. (Read on Fast Company)

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This new tech makes it harder for ISPs to spy on you

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Web companies and browser makers are rolling out encryption that can obscure the identity of many–though not yet all–of the websites you visit. (Read more on Fast Company.)

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Quantum computing is almost ready for business, startup says


In launching its own online service, the Berkeley-based upstart Rigetti aspires to be the Amazon of cloud-based quantum computing. (Read on Fast Company)

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This San Francisco mini-mart is the hottest Amazon Go rival yet


Grab-and-go convenience comes to a full-scale market in a challenging part of town. (Read more on Fast Company)

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How California’s super-strict net neutrality law reached the home stretch

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It’s been a tough fight, with one near-fatal stumble, but California’s assembly just passed what are undoubtedly the strictest protections for net neutrality in the country–if not the world. (Fast Company)

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This high-tech 911 helicopter could be the next step to flying cars


Starting with an emergency dispatch service, a new startup aims to gradually develop technologies required to become the Uber of autonomous flight. (Fast Company)

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Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras put another nail in the DSLR’s coffin


The venerable camera brand aims for a comeback by adopting rival Sony’s strategy. (Fast Company)

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Zippin is the first Amazon Go rival to open an automated checkout store


A Bay Area startup has launched a small public demo in San Francisco that will grow into a full-sized AI-driven convenience store in the coming months. (Read on Fast Company)

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Across Silicon Valley, cities may tax big tech to help struggling renters


San Francisco, East Palo Alto, and Google’s home of Mountain View are each putting housing assistance proposals on the November ballot. (Fast Company)

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