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If you aren't a geek, my focus on health care and technology might seem less relevant than other news. But these segments, and media, could control your life:-)
Google's self-driving unit Waymo has filed a preliminary injunction against Uber, a few weeks after filing a lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing company of stealing trade secrets related to self-driving technology. The preliminary injunction asks for…
francine hardaway, PhDUber's culture has really caught up with it.
New York Times
– Mar 14, 2017, 2:30 AM
Insurers price their products by spreading out the cost of care for their customers. In general, older customers cost substantially more to cover than younger ones because they have more health needs and use their insurance more. By discouraging…
francine hardaway, PhDOlder people have always paid more for health insurance, because they are more likely to have pre-existing conditions. I'm for lowering the Medicare age to spread the risk.
A key Trump friend and ally is urging the president to dump Paul Ryan's Affordable Health Care Act and embrace something that sounds sort of like a lightweight version of a single-payer health care system. Christopher Ruddy, CEO of the conservative…
francine hardaway, PhDThe wild left and the wild right have similarities in how they feel about fixing health insurance. Which ISN'T fixing health care.
– Mar 12, 2017, 8:42 AM
It might surprise you to know that total healthcare spending in America is more than $10,000 for every man, woman, and child – annually.  This total includes the money paid by private insurance companies, the Veterans Administration…
One of the questions a VC gets most often is “what are you interested in?” Many investors have developed “themes” that become a shorthand used to discuss the types of deals they like. Sometimes, themes are predictive and…
Wall Street Journal
– Mar 13, 2017, 4:36 AM
Intel Corp. on Monday said it struck a deal to buy Mobileye N.V. for about $15.3 billion, the latest investment by a technology company in the future of self-driving cars. The deal values Mobileye at $63.54 per share, a 34% premium to its closing…
francine hardaway, PhDI guess they bought it for the data, but I think Intel is desperate for a big market, and they think self-driving cars is it.
J ust a handful of newsflashes have come home to me in such a way that I never forgot where I was when I heard them. Most were disasters, like the Challenger explosion or the attacks of September 11. In February 2010, I was sitting in my office in…
– Feb 8, 2017, 5:46 AM
Algorithms are instructions for solving a problem or completing a task. Recipes are algorithms, as are math equations. Computer code is algorithmic. The internet runs on algorithms and all online searching is accomplished through them. Email knows…
President Trump will direct the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday to shelve aggressive vehicle fuel economy targets that are a pillar of climate action and anti-pollution efforts in California and nationwide, according to a senior…
Phoenix got more than its share of love at Venture Madness, where several top Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and executives spoke on the final day about what an up-and-comer we have become in the tech world. Justin Kan, formerly of Justin.tv…