As Cook and Pichai leave China, Valley confronts rising internet tyranny in world’s second largest market

 It’s been a bad few months for internet freedom in China (and really a bad few decades, but who is counting?). The government brought into force a broad-ranging “cybersecurity law” earlier this year that empowers Beijing to take unilateral control over critical internet infrastructure, while also mandating that foreign companies keep all citizen data local…

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Jaguar partners with Tile to make sure drivers never leave without their wallets

Automakers Jaguar LandRover Ltd. today announced a partnership with Silicon Valley startup Tile Inc. to prevent drivers from leaving home, or any other place, without their essential, personal items. Tile, which has raised $ 13 million in venture funding to-date, makes small, waterproof tags that employ Bluetooth low energy radio and GPS technology to locate…

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Drifter Is A Waterproof Speaker That Lets You Leave Your Smartphone Behind

 While a waterproof, buoyant speaker seems like a viable option for boaters, fishers, and generally wet sport enthusiasts, most of them are powered by Bluetooth, meaning that a very delicate and usually non-waterproof smartphone needs to be within close proximity. But the folks at Freedom Audio (formerly FreshETech) don’t believe that should be the case,…

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Netflix Announces Its New ‘Unlimited’ Maternity And Paternity Leave Program

 A few hours after hitting its all-time stock price high today, Netflix has announced a new program for all employees. In a blog post, Netflix outlined its unlimited maternity and paternity leave program. Its “Chief Talent Office”, Tawni Cranz, said: At Netflix, we work hard to foster a “freedom and responsibility” culture that gives our…

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