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A new Silicon Valley manifesto reveals the bleak, dangerous philosophy driving the tech industry

A new Silicon Valley manifesto reveals the bleak, dangerous philosophy driving the tech industry

In 1993, Marc Andreessen was an undergraduate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he also worked at the US-government funded National Center for Supercomputing Applications. With a colleague, the young software engineer authored the Mosaic web browser, which set the standard for cruising the information superhighway in the 1990s.

Andreessen went on to cofound Netscape Communications, making a fortune in 1999 when the company was acquired by AOL for US$4.3 billion.

Since then, through his venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, the outspoken billionaire has become one of the most influential wallets in Silicon Valley. His investments – in companies including Facebook, Foursquare, Github, Lyft, Oculus and Twitter – have definitively shaped tech over the past 15 years. (He once described his approach as “funding imperial, will-to-power people”.)

Because of all this, it’s worth paying attention to Andreessen’s recent “techno-optimist manifesto”. Opening with the

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The ancient technology keeping space missions alive

The ancient technology keeping space missions alive

4 June 1996, European space port, French Guiana…

It took more than 10 years to design and build Europe’s four identical Cluster satellites for launch; and just 39 seconds to lose them all in an enormous fireball.

Their remains rained down over the South American jungle as the Ariane 5 rocket veered off course and exploded. VIPs who had been sipping champagne on the outdoor viewing gallery moments earlier were ushered back inside to avoid being injured by the falling debris.

The disaster was one of the European Space Agency’s (Esa) most visible and spectacular failures. But within months, work had begun on a replacement mission, Cluster II.

Designed to fly in formation to investigate the interaction between charged particles from the Sun – the solar wind ­– and the magnetic bubble surrounding the Earth, known as the magnetosphere, Cluster II ranks as one of the most successful and long-lasting

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Tech Firms Once Powered New York’s Economy. Now They’re Scaling Back.

Tech Firms Once Powered New York’s Economy. Now They’re Scaling Back.

For much of the last two decades, including during the pandemic, technology companies were a bright spot in New York’s economy, adding thousands of high-paying jobs and expanding into millions of square feet of office space.

Their growth buoyed tax revenue, set up New York as a credible rival to the San Francisco Bay Area — and provided jobs that helped the city absorb layoffs in other sectors during the pandemic and the 2008 financial crisis.

Now, the technology industry is pulling back hard, clouding the city’s economic future.

Facing many business challenges, large technology companies have laid off more than 386,000 workers worldwide since early 2022, according to layoffs.fyi, which tracks the tech industry. And they have pulled out of millions of square feet of office space because of those job cuts and the shift to working from home.

That retrenchment has hurt lots of tech hubs, and San

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Bridgestone Golf introduces Mindset visual technology

Bridgestone Golf introduces Mindset visual technology

Bridgestone Mindset technlogy in available on all Tour B models

Ryan Barath

Golfers are always trying to find different ways to improve performance and focus on the course. With the help of former world number 1 Jason Day and his long-time mental performance coach Jason Golfsmith, Bridgestone is excited to help golfers do just that with the launch of their new Mindset visual technology across their entire Tour B series of golf balls.

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Mindset is available across Bridgestone’s entire Tour B line up of golf balls

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“We have always believed that the only reason to sell printed golf balls was if they provided added value to consumers and Mindset is our first foray into the printed category,” said Dan Murphy, president of Bridgestone Golf. “It is designed to legitimately help players improve their focus and play better golf. We’re proud of this

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Hong Kong’s Technology Lifeline to Russia

Hong Kong’s Technology Lifeline to Russia

As the war in Ukraine continues into its second year, Moscow has intensified its campaign to strike Ukrainian targets with strategic bombers, lethal drones, and cruise missiles.1 To cut off Russia’s access to the critical components required to manufacture these weapons, the United States and its partners have imposed a wide array of sanctions against Russia’s defense industrial base. Despite Western sanctions, foreign-made technology continues to find its way into Russia’s war machine. Russia’s most consequential partner, China, has extended a critical helping hand to an increasingly isolated Russia, funneling over $500 million worth of microelectronic components needed to manufacture military gear into Russia’s defense industrial base in 2022 alone.2

While China’s support for Russia is widely reported, Hong Kong’s substantial contributions to Russia’s war efforts are less known. Recent reports have identified Hong Kong as a prominent node in Russia’s illicit procurement network, acting as a transshipment

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