Silicon Valley http://www.kunc.org en Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play? http://www.kunc.org/post/silicon-valley-buying-spree-tech-bubble-or-strategy-play Over the past few months, the country's biggest technology firms have spent billions buying startups. Are we watching another tech bubble about to burst?<p>In this year's first quarter, Google and Facebook, alone, announced deals worth more than $24 billion on little companies that have almost no revenue. Those deals seem to have spooked Wall Street; last week, technology stocks plunged and the tech-heavy Nasdaq index fell nearly 1.2 percent Monday.<p>The case that this is a bubble is easy to make. Just take a look at <a href="http://www.oculusvr.com/" target="_blank">Oculus VR</a>. Mon, 07 Apr 2014 20:45:00 +0000 55256 at http://www.kunc.org Silicon Valley Buying Spree: A Tech Bubble, Or Strategy At Play? 'My Startup Has 30 Days To Live' http://www.kunc.org/post/my-startup-has-30-days-live Yesterday, an anonymous, soon-to-be-failed entrepreneur started a blog called "<a href="http://mystartuphas30daystolive.tumblr.com/" target="_blank">My Startup Has 30 Days To Live</a>." It's a good, bitter counterpoint to all the Silicon Valley hype.<p>In the <a href="http://mystartuphas30daystolive.tumblr.com/post/53839497912/in-30-days-my-startup-will-be-be-dead" target="_blank">first post</a>, the founder blames himself for his company's imminent failure.<p><blockquote><p>... when my startup fails, I can clearly say that I failed ... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 19:04:00 +0000 46343 at http://www.kunc.org 'My Startup Has 30 Days To Live' Can This Man Bring Silicon Valley To Yangon? http://www.kunc.org/post/can-man-bring-silicon-valley-yangon Like a proud father, Nay Aung opens up his MacBook Air to show me the Myanmar travel website he has built. But we wait 30 seconds for the site to load, and nothing happens.<p>"Today is a particularly bad day for Internet," he says. This is life in Myanmar today: Even an Internet entrepreneur can't always get online.<br /> Fri, 24 May 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Robert Smith 44765 at http://www.kunc.org Can This Man Bring Silicon Valley To Yangon? Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That http://www.kunc.org/post/profiled-tsa-theres-app More than a decade after 9/11, heightened security at U.S. airports has become routine, yet some religious and minority groups say they're unfairly singled out for even more screening. Well, now there's an app for that.<p>The mobile app is called FlyRights. Travelers who suspect they have been profiled take out their smartphone, tap a finger on the app and answer about a dozen questions. Then they hit "submit" and an official complaint is filed immediately with the Transportation Security Administration.<p>The app is the work of civil rights groups led by The Sikh Coalition. Sat, 28 Apr 2012 20:29:00 +0000 26413 at http://www.kunc.org Profiled By The TSA? There's An App For That From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education http://www.kunc.org/post/silicon-valley-new-approach-education Last year when Andrew Ng, a computer science professor at Stanford University, put his machine-learning class online and opened enrollment to the world, more than 100,000 students signed up.<p>"I think all of us were surprised," he says.<p>Ng had posted lectures online before, but this class was different.<p>"This was actually a class where you can participate as a student and get homework and assessments," he said.<p>The class was interactive. There were quizzes and online forums where teaching assistants, fellow students and Ng answered questions. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 06:58:00 +0000 25827 at http://www.kunc.org From Silicon Valley, A New Approach To Education