Global cities from Seoul to Tel Aviv have welcomed Google with open arms, but in the bohemian Berlin district of Kreuzberg the Silicon Valley giant has found itself on the frontlines of gentrification trench warfare. Its new Berlin hub now in the making -- 3,000 square metres (32,000 square feet) hosting offices, a cafe and a coworking space in a once-derelict industrial building -- is set to be the latest outpost of California startup culture in Europe. But a campaign dubbed "Fuck Off Google" has begun organising monthly demonstrations at the site of the company's future "campus", set to open later this year. The blunt slogan has been daubed atop the layers of posters and graffiti that cover all available public wall space in artsy, multicultural and left-leaning Kreuzberg and adorns the bridges along its tree-shaded canal. "It's extremely violent and arrogant of this mega-corporation, whose business model is based on mass surveillance and which speculates like crazy, to set up shop … [Read more...] about Berlin’s punk-rock district charges into battle against Google
Nee Soon MP Louis Ng warned during his budget speech that the silence of public servants will be detrimental to Singapore. Lianhe Wanbao Good people should not be silenced, and especially so for public servants who have a duty to the people. During his Budget debate speech on Tuesday (Feb 25), Member of Parliament (MP) for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng raised the issue of lingering fear among public servants to speak up against their superiors and politicians. He also shared about the matter on his Facebook page. Mr Ng emphasised the importance of the public service as the heart of the entire system and that public servants play a crucial role. In reality, worry about being branded as troublemakers, angering bosses and consequences on appraisals and promotions have resulted in their inaction and silence. He cited Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s wish for Singapore to be blessed with a “divine discontent” – to be persistently unsatisfied and continuously driven … [Read more...] about MP Louis Ng calls for public servants to be fearless in speaking up against bosses
The disappearance of difficult-to-find Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya is not a simple police conspiracy to ‘protect’ the hi-so heir to the Red Bull fortune. There is a complex web of strategies by the Yoovidhya family to make sure he is difficult to track down – not just Boss but the whole family, and their money. The Bangkok billionaire family responsible for co-founding Red Bull, the sugary energy drink and world top-seller, uses offshore companies to hide the purchase of their jets and luxury properties. This includes the family’s fancy London digs where Boss was last seen, and photographed, by an Associated Press reporter. But, to be clear, the family are not doing anything illegal. Moving assets offshore plus some clever accounting can operate entirely within the law, an indication of how easily the biggest players can move their fortunes around and, usually legally, avoid paying a lot of tax and keeping their whereabouts secret. In the case of … [Read more...] about Heir today, gone tomorrow. Tracking down Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya.
A couple of months ago, Sophia Velastegui was approached with an exciting job offer: To become the general manager of Microsoft’s artificial intelligence product unit. She began the job in December. It was another pinnacle career move for the star engineer, named to Business Insider’s list of the most powerful female engineers of 2017. Before Microsoft, Velastegui worked at a number of tech companies: Most recently, she was at Doppler Labs, the smart headphone company that shut down in November. She’s also worked at Nest, then Alphabet’s smart home company, where she was in charge of the roadmap for the chips in the company’s smart home appliances. She also spent 5 years as a manager at Apple. Plus, she holds several patents and sits on the board of Georgia Tech’s College of Engineering. Velastegui tells us that after she appeared on our annual list, she was approached by a number of companies. She says she was even asked to come … [Read more...] about This engineer created a fool-proof plan to overcome shyness — and it led her to jobs at Apple, Google, and now Microsoft
Phil Harrison, a former PlayStation and Xbox veteran, is moving from the gaming space to the technology world and announced on Twitter that he is joining Google as a vice president and GM. Harrison spent over 15 years at Sony, from 1992 to 2008, where he helped the growth of Sony Computer Entertainment’s European arm, with a particular focus on the PlayStation hardware. After a few years of moving between companies, he landed at Microsoft in 2012, where he worked in the Interactive Entertainment Team for three years. Sony and Microsoft executives, like Xbox’s official evangelist Larry Hyrb, worldwide boss Phil Spencer, and Sony Interactive Entertainment’s global head Shawn Layden congratulated him on the move. More recently, Harrison invested in some augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) firms, like The Dream Reality, and although it’s not clear what exactly he will be doing at Google, there’s a good chance AR and VR will … [Read more...] about Google hired a video games industry veteran who worked for both PlayStation and Xbox