Northern California county to pay $10 million after shooting, paralyzing Silicon Valley software engineer

By OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ | The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO  — A Northern California county has agreed to pay nearly $10 million to settle a lawsuit by a Silicon Valley software engineer who was having a mental health crisis when a deputy shot him, paralyzing him from the waist down.

Placer County agreed to pay Samuel Kolb, 50, and his family $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit the family filed after a deputy shot him twice on Jan. 14, 2018, inside a North Lake Tahoe rental cabin where Kolb and his teenage son were vacationing, Kolb said.

“There’s a measure of relief in not having to go through this and not having to put my family through any more legal challenges. But I would trade all the money plus interest to have my old life back, to not have gone through this and put my family through this, to have

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Sparkle app is updated for Apple Silicon and macOS Big Sur with new design and SEO Assistant

Sparkle app for Mac is updated to version 3.0 with support for Apple Silicon and macOS Big Sur. The latest version of the Sparkle app offers a new design, SEO Assistant, and much more. Sparkle 3 is a website building and designing tool for Mac and offers several built-in tools such as SEO Assistant, payment buttons, shopping carts, faster websites, security, and quick technical support.

Recently, Apple launched its M1 Mac models, also known as Apple Silicon Macs, and released macOS Big Sur to the public. Both hardware and software are major upgrades by the company which bring faster performance with better graphics and battery life. At the WWDC 2020 event in June, developers were given the required support to build apps compatible with new Mac software and Apple Silicon, M1.

This update makes Sparkle 3 one of the first apps coming to new M1 Mac models: 13-inch MacBook Air,

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Silicon Valley is investing in climate tech, again

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The Big Idea

Silicon Valley lost billions of dollars investing in clean energy a decade ago. Now it’s back for more. Is it the next big boom, or bust?

Here’s the TLDR to our field guide on climate tech’s second shot.

Here’s Why

1⃣ Silicon Valley is abuzz over “climate tech,” startups dedicated to reducing emissions and pulling greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere.

2⃣ However, the clean tech boom a decade ago didn’t go very well.

3⃣ A new financing ecosystem has emerged and is trying to avoid the mistakes of the last boom.

4⃣ Critics say Silicon Valley is merely a distraction from the challenge of spending trillions of dollars to deploy mature technologies like solar, wind, and batteries.

5⃣ But this one is personal for many startup founders.

The Details

Video: Here’s how tech can improve the sustainability of buildings (CNBC)

Here’s how

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Apple silicon MacBook launch coming at Nov. 10 event: What to expect

  • Apple is holding a special event on November 10, where it’s widely expected to unveil the first MacBooks to run on its Apple silicon chip.
  • The move marks a big milestone for the Mac, giving Apple tighter control over the Mac’s hardware and software experience.
  • It also means all of Apple’s major products will run on the same architecture, so iPhone apps will be able to run on the Mac.
  • Apple is also rumored to be working on other products like over-ear headphones that could make an appearance at the event.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Apple announced its plan to start making its own computer chips for its line of Mac products, instead of using Intel’s, in June. Now, the company is holding another event where it’s expected to reveal more details about that shift — including the first laptop that will run on its new homemade

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Why Is Apple Switching To Its Own Silicon On New ‘Arm’ MacBook? It’s Not Complicated

Apple is promising one big upside.

Apple statement, June 22, 2020:

“Apple’s world-class silicon…is a scalable architecture custom designed for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch…

“Building upon this architecture, Apple is designing a family of SoCs for the Mac. This will give the Mac industry-leading performance per watt and higher performance GPUs — enabling app developers to write even more powerful pro apps and high-end games. “ [emphasis added]

Translation: better battery life — but with better (or equal) performance compared to Intel.

What users should notice most:

And battery life* is what the average user will notice.

Apple can tap into its inherent hardware-software integration advantage (control of both the OS and the silicon) to deliver the long battery life you see on the iPad.

The truth is, the MacBook has been falling further and further behind the iOS platform over the years.


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How Silicon Valley, Facebook salary cuts are shaping remote worker pay

To adjust pay, or not to adjust pay? That is the question employers are asking as they rethink their compensation strategies in response to the new era of remote work.

Social media site, Reddit last week became the latest in a slew of tech companies to take a decisive stance on the issue, announcing that it would not cut the pay of its 600 U.S. employees regardless of where in the country they choose to live.

The call contrasts with those from Facebook and Twitter, which have said they will cut the pay of employees who choose to relocate away from their head offices in the pricey San Francisco Bay Area. Payments platform Stripe said it will offer employees $20,000 to help with moving costs but will then cut pay by 10%. Meanwhile, Software maker VMWare said it could reduce relocating staff salaries by up to 18%.

That has sparked

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Silicon Roundabout dream fades with COVID-19 and Brexit

  • A decade ago today, UK Prime Minister David Cameron laid out his vision for ‘East London Tech City’, a promising new hub he hoped would draw plucky young startups and tech giants alike. 
  • The idea was to foster a Silicon Valley-style cluster in a trendy part of the UK capital.
  • The UK can boast the bulk of European venture capital funding and tech talent, but Cameron’s vision has not come to pass.
  • Alastair Mitchell, a partner at EQT Ventures and veteran of the area, told Business Insider that ‘Silicon Roundabout’ had failed to live up to expectations. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

On November 3, 2010, British Prime Minister David Cameron, months into his tenure as the country’s first Conservative leader in more than a decade, gave a speech outlining his plan to turn London into one of “the world’s greatest technology centers.”

“Right now, Silicon Valley is

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Global Semiconductor Silicon Wafer Market 2020-2024 | Emergence of Compact Consumer Electronic Devices to Boost Market Growth

The global semiconductor silicon wafer market size is poised to grow by USD 12.22 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 14% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Semiconductor Silicon Wafer Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The demand for high-performance devices, with reliable and highly-portable computing platforms and connectivity over wireless networks such as Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, and Bluetooth, has increased. This has increased the need for wireless computing devices such as tablets, smartphones,

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MacBook Air, 13- and 16-inch MacBook Pro reportedly first Apple Silicon Macs

Apple’s first Apple Silicon Macs, set to make their debut at a recently announced Nov. 10 event, could include both sizes of MacBook Pro and a new MacBook Air.

The Cupertino tech giant announced the Nov. 10 “One more thing” event on Monday, and Apple Silicon Macs are almost certainly on the docket. Which specific Macs will be the first to receive Apple-designed processors is still unclear.

Beyond being equipped with a new Apple chip thought to be based on the A14, the new notebooks reportedly won’t see any other major design changes. The new Apple chips could boost power efficiency, performance, and integration with the company’s broader ecosystem, however.

Earlier on Monday, a prominent leaker hinted that the Apple event could see the debut of two new 13-inch MacBook models. In this case, those could be the smaller MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air.

Well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has

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What to expect during the Apple Silicon ‘one more thing’ Mac special event on November 10

While Apple’s third fall 2020 “one more thing” event is largely expected to center on Apple Silicon Macs, there are still a few other things that could make an appearance. Here’s what to expect.

On Monday, Apple sent out virtual invitations to an Apple Event titled “One more thing,” most likely in reference to it being the third Apple Event in as many months.

The first, “Time Flies,” covered the launches of the iPad Air 4, the 10.2-inch iPad, the Apple Watch Series 6, and the Apple Watch SE. The second, “Hi, Speed,” saw the introduction of the iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max, along with the HomePod mini.

Given the subject areas covered so far for the iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and HomePod ranges, that leaves relatively few areas left for Apple to discuss during the next event.


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