Netflix Bows to Saudi Censors, Pulls Episode of ‘The Patriot Act’

The Los Gatos-based streaming giant yanked an early installment in the comedy series over its criticism of the kingdom’s monarchy.

C2SV 2016 Day 2: Uber CTO, Author Antonio García Martínez, Black Girls Code, Driverless Cars

The second day of C2SV took an introspective look at Silicon Valley, a land of immigrants, innovators and self-absorbed noobs.

Car and Driverless: Rollout of Autonomous Vehicles Presents Exciting, Existential Questions

Driverless cars have the ability to ease traffic, save lives and reduce pollution—but, of course, they come with a catch.

Recent Cases Highlight Silicon Valley’s Wage Theft ‘Epidemic’

A series of egregious wage theft cases show how Silicon Valley’s disruptive industries can open the door for employee abuse.

San Jose May Ease Up on Taxis to Level Playing Field with Uber, Lyft

San Jose lifted some rules for ridesharing services Uber and Lyft. Now the city will decide whether to extend similar treatment to taxis.

San Jose Taxi Company Beefs Up on Lobbyists to Fight Uber, Lyft

In a strategic advance earlier this year, Yellow Checker Cab owner Larry Silva made a calculated decision to hire many of the city’s most well-known lobbyists/consultants before Uber or Lyft made a move.

Rentseekers and The Free Market: Part II

I watched a piece on CNN the other day that really tied the room together, in terms of the battle over America’s energy future. Recently in this space, I’ve ranted about rentseekers—established industries backed by favorable regulations that stifle innovation and thrive by maintaining the status quo. This story rides a thru-line from social innovators, like Uber and Airbnb, to the heart of the solar energy revolution, and it exposes a dilemma at the core of our economy: The free market doesn’t really exist.