Sarah Mcbride

Recent and archived articles by Sarah Mcbride

21 Nov 2018 | 11:00 AM

Virginia struggled to build a startup hub, so it recruited Amazon instead

Three years ago, Arlington, Virginia, was pitching itself as the next Silicon Valley. Victor Hoskins, the county’s director of economic development, tried to lure entrepreneurs with cash prizes, free housing, office space and other incentives. Few showed up.

A "Welcome To Crystal City" sign stands in Arlington, Virginia, US. Proponents of the deal say it will raise Arlington’s profile, making it a more attractive place to start a tech company, and that Amazon will recruit people who will someday leave to start their own businesses in the area. — Bloomberg
20 Jun 2018 | 3:30 PM

IBM’s debating AI is here to convince you that you’re wrong

Artificial intelligence has proven itself adept at some of humanity’s favourite games, from chess to the much more complex board game Go. Now, a machine developed by IBM is challenging humans to debates about the future of medicine and the value of physical education.

4 Apr 2018 | 6:00 PM

YouTube shooting prompts Silicon Valley to review security risks

A shooting outside the offices of YouTube on April 3 prompted an outpouring of support from fellow technology workers, as well as a sense of dread over whether other corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley were vulnerable to similar attacks.

In an American age where shooting rampages have become increasingly common, openness can work against companies, said Harp. — Dreamstime/TNS
12 Mar 2018 | 7:00 AM

Glimmers of hope for women in the male-dominated tech industry

When Christine Betts arrived at the University of Washington in 2016, she planned to study economics. After an introductory computer-science course inspired her, she changed her mind.

Despite signs of progress at some schools, just 18% of undergraduate computer-science degrees go to American women, down from 34% in the early 1980s, according to government data. — AFP Relaxnews
8 Dec 2017 | 10:30 AM

Harassment rampant at startups; few have diversity plans: study

Half of technology entrepreneurs have either been harassed in the workplace or know somebody who has, according to a study published Wednesday by First Round Capital, a venture firm.

8 May 2015 | 1:10 PM

Hillary Clinton woos technorati, draws comparison to Eleanor Roosevelt

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton makes the final stop on Friday on a California fundraising tour where she has courted technology titans for her 2016 campaign and where one of her admirers tried comparing her to fellow former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

13 Apr 2015 | 11:55 AM

Clinton wins high marks for social-media launch

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Presidential contender Hillary Clinton tweeted, Facebooked and YouTubed her way through the first official day of her campaign in a social media strategy that earned her high marks among marketers.

7 Jan 2015 | 5:25 AM

Uber vehicles impounded in South Africa - executive

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Police in Cape Town, South Africa, impounded 33 Uber vehicles over the weekend in a dispute over what type of permits drivers should hold, an Uber executive said.

10 Nov 2014 | 10:15 AM

Breakthrough Prizes in science, math earn winners $3 million each

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Academia doesn't usually bring rich financial rewards.

17 Jan 2014 | 4:15 PM

A new university bets on a hybrid online-learning model

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Offering a twist on the learn-from-anywhere convenience of Internet classes, a new university is asking freshmen to take a large leap of faith.