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TECH 22 Jan 2019 | 12:00 AM

Microsoft pledged US$500mil for housing. Now what will Silicon Valley tech do?

Microsoft's promise to pony up US$500mil (RM2.05bil) for Seattle-area housing has Silicon Valley buzzing, full of hope that tech titans here will pour similar sums into the housing shortage in their own back yards.

TECH 14 Jan 2016 | 2:30 AM

Both immigrants and IT startups suffer in Swedish housing shortage

Despite its robust economic growth, Sweden is facing a housing shortage that affects rich and poor alike; immigrants are sometimes living five to a room and employees in the booming tech sector have also struggled to find suitable accommodation.

TECH 08 Mar 2018 | 1:30 AM

Facebook housing fund gets cash boost, now ready to start backing projects

More than a year after becoming one of Silicon Valley's first big tech companies to commit to creating more affordable housing, Facebook said that its Catalyst Housing Fund is a step closer to backing new units.

TECH 04 Oct 2017 | 2:00 AM

Google backs down from threat to cancel Mountain View housing

Google has backed down from a threat to deny badly needed housing in Mountain View if it isn't given more office space for its futuristic new "Charleston East" campus.

TECH 11 Feb 2019 | 11:29 AM

How Microsoft used US$500mil to shape the tech housing debate

Microsoft Corp made a big splash last month when it announced a US$500mil (RM2.03bil) initiative to tackle Seattle’s growing housing crisis. Less noticed was a detail that’ll be critical to making it work: Nine of the city’s largest suburbs agreed to join the effort.

TECH 21 Jul 2017 | 3:30 AM

Can Google, planning big San Jose campus, prevent traffic, housing woes?

The potential downsides to Google's planned campus in the heart of downtown check all the boxes on the list of Bay Area horrors: escalating traffic, overburdened transit systems, skyrocketing housing costs, displacement of lower-income people.

TECH 29 Mar 2019 | 5:30 AM

Facebook violated US Fair Housing Act with ad practice, HUD charges

US regulators say digital advertising practices at Facebook Inc violate housing law and they are reviewing whether ads placed by Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google also discriminate against those seeking a place to live.

TECH 12 Nov 2017 | 5:30 AM

Meet the US startups fighting Bay Area’s soaring housing costs

An emerging group of local entrepreneurs is taking up arms against the sky-high cost of living in the Bay Area, hoping to end once and for all the housing crisis crippling the region.

TECH 19 Jun 2019 | 10:00 AM

Google puts up US$1bil to ease housing headaches it helped cause

Google is pouring US$1bil (RM4.17bil) into easing the high-priced housing headaches that it and its Silicon Valley peers helped give the San Francisco Bay Area.

TECH 17 Dec 2017 | 3:00 AM

Google-backed massive housing and office plan wins approval

It's a Google town. Mountain View City Council has unanimously approved a sweeping redevelopment plan, clearing the way for Google and other developers to create a dense, city-like campus of offices and homes in a housing-starving region.