CNBC: How Black Users Aare Saving Clubhouse From Becoming A Drab Hangout For Tech Bros

Clubhouse, a social media app introduced in March,allows users to gather in virtual rooms where they can communicate with one another through the mics on their iPhones.

Because the app requires an invitation, early participants were mostly from the communities around its founder and funders — basically, wealthy Silicon Valley venture capitalists and workers in the tech industry.

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The Washington Post: CES 2021 Is Still Happening — Without Vegas, Crowds, Prototypes Or Germs

For one week every January, thousands of people pour into Las Vegas to see, touch and experience the latest tech innovations at the world’s largest technology show.

Now entering its 54th year in the middle of a pandemic, CES is trying to host its massive conference virtually. But what is CES without most of the things that make it interesting to begin with?

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San Francisco Chronicle: Three Tech Predictions For 2021 From San Francisco, The Industry’s Troubled Epicenter

Welcome back to Tech Chronicle. Resolve to make this fine newsletter one of your favorite subscriptions in 2021.

There’s little appetite for looking back, and 2020 is a year we’d just as soon archive. But amid the pain and sadness, some interesting trends materialized that are worth watching in the coming year.

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CIO: 20 Worthwhile Conferences For Women In Tech

Diversity is a hot topic in the tech industry — and because it’s discussed frequently, it might be easy to feel like things have already changed. But according to a recent Women in Technology report from IDC, only 42% of women feel their employer offered equal pay, compared to 75% of men who feel the same.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Meet The Startup That Acquired Uber’s Self-Driving Car Technology

Aurora Innovation is a company that likes to break barriers in Pittsburgh.

In 2007, one of its founders was part of a winning team for a competition that had autonomous vehicles navigating urban roads. In 2018, Aurora was the first startup to receive authorization from the state’s Department of Transportation to operate autonomous vehicles on public roads.

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NBC Bay Area: SF Tech Company Creates Digital Support Group For Nurses Amid Pandemic

Demand keeps rising for healthcare workers during the pandemic, and one San Francisco tech company that originally created a platform to help place nurses in hospitals is now working to help nurses support each other.

Incredible Health calls its digital platform a career marketplace for healthcare workers. CEO and cofounder Iman Abuzied said the company uses custom matching algorithms to get the right fit for jobs and to pre-screen nurses.

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The New York Times: The 2020 Good Tech Awards

Some years, I have to dig deep to come up with worthy honorees for the Good Tech Awards, my annual column that honors what I consider the most humane and altruistic tech projects of the year.

Not in 2020, though. This year, technology did more for us than ever — helping us work from home, set up remote schools, communicate with our loved ones, organize for racial justice, protect the integrity of an election and keep the economy running during a pandemic. And all over the world, technologists stepped up to help solve critical problems and keep us safe.

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Bloomberg: Not Everyone’s Leaving San Francisco

Hi, Sarah McBride here. Tech investor Shervin Pishevar tweeted out a picture of a golden sunset over the ocean last week. In the image, beachside skyscrapers stood visible in the distance. The caption read: “Siri, move me to Miami.”

The picture would soon be a billboard, Pishevar said, “coming to a city near you.” In recent months, Miami has been having a moment. Venture capitalist Keith Rabois said he was moving there, as did VC David Blumberg. Meanwhile Goldman Sachs is considering transplanting its asset management arm to South Florida and Elliott Management Corp. is moving its whole headquarters.

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San Francisco Chronicle: Salesforce’s Marc Benioff Is Betting $28 Billion On Bret Taylor. So Who Is He?

Everyone in Silicon Valley seems to know Bret Taylor.

Few outside do.

That’s going to change, as the software engineer turned corporate dealmaker assumes a growing role at Salesforce, a tech company whose marketing and sales tools have only become more vital during the pandemic.

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San Francisco Business Times: Businesses Step Up For STEM Education

On Dec. 4, the San Francisco Business Times hosted a panel on the state of science, technology, engineering and math education in the Bay Area.

The virtual event explored what schools, businesses and policy leaders are doing to invest in STEM education and help close the gender and minority gap in technology programs.

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