• Venture Capital Hits $16.5B In Q1
    During the first quarter of the year,1,800 companies raised $16.5 billion in venture capital, according to fresh findings from the National Venture Capital Association and PitchBook. “The absolute numbers sound big,” Inc. writes. “However, NVCA and PitchBook found that while the amount of capital invested in 2017’s first quarter was slightly higher than 2016’s fourth quarter, the number of companies swung to its lowest since Q4 2011.”
  • Women Still Scarce At VC Firms
    At venture capital firms in the United States, just a fraction (7%) of “decision-makers” are women, according to fresh analysis from Axios. Worse yet, “Women effectively control just 4.7% of all venture dollars raised in the past five years by U.S.-based firms,” Axios reports. For its findings, the publication said it identified 1,019 decision-makers at 227 U.S. venture capital firms, 72 of whom were women.
  • Tech Giants Support 'News Literacy'
    Facebook and Mozilla are contributing to a $14 million initiative to boost news literacy. As Poynter reports: “The News Integrity Initiative, which will be administered by the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, will unite an initial group of 19 organizations and individuals around the world to make journalism more informative and help news consumers understand it better.”
  • New H-1B Visa Guidelines Target Programmers
    Using the H-1B visa process, companies should now find it harder to bring foreign tech workers to the United States, according to new guidelines issued by The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services department. “The new guidelines … require additional information for computer programmers applying for the work visa to prove the jobs are complicated and require more advanced knowledge and experience,” Bloomberg reports. “The new policy is effective immediately.”
  • What To Expect In Gorsuch Hearings
    The confirmation hearings on Judge Neil Gorsuch should make for interesting TV. Since Republicans refused to even meet last year with President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Garland, Democratic activists have wanted their representatives to enact revenge.But will they? Aside from Dems up for reelection, and the GOP's ability to use what Donald Trump calls "the nuclear option," it may be tough to block his confirmation. The issue may be the opposing narrative.Gorsuch has spoken of an independent judiciary, but has not demonstrated any independence from the judiciary-bashing president who chose him. Democrats will also cite key rulings that …
  • Consumers Can Now Choose News To Match Theirs Views
    The modern media landscape is making it possible for readers to essentially choose their own adventures, Jim Rutenberg writes in The New York Times. “You don’t need an algorithmic feed to turn on Fox News or to catch Rush Limbaugh,” he writes. “But in the era of the curated digital news stream, the choose-your-news phenomenon has ‘ended up in a whole new place,’” he adds, citing a comment from ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos.
  • Bharara Was Investigating Fox News, What Happens To Investigation?
    The firing of U.S. attorney Preet Bharara may be a bonus for Rupert Murdoch, whose Fox News airs a pro-Trump narrative nighty. Bharara was in the middle of a high-profile federal investigation of Fox News. The probe, per sources, is looking into potential crimes, including whether Fox News executives broke laws by allegedly obtaining journalists’ phone records or committed mail and wire fraud by hiding financial settlements paid to women who accused Roger Ailes of sexual harassment. Given that Fox News is Murdoch’s most profitable division, the prospect of indictments is a serious problem. One of the lawyers on Trump's …
  • FCC's Pai Grilled About Trump's 'Media Is The Enemy' Claim
    Ajit Pai, the chairman of the FCC, was grilled by two senators Wednesday about whether he agrees with Trump's claimthat the media is the enemy of the American people. The unusual exchange came during a broader Senate oversight hearing on the FCC. It highlights legislators' concern about how Trump and his appointees will regulate the media industry he has attacked. Trump's administration has attacked critical outlets as "fake news" and blocked outlets, including CNN, from press briefings. He also said he would stop AT&T's deal to buy Time Warner.The FCC could prove crucial to Trump in this area. The agency …
  • Let's Admit It: Clinton's Emails Were Never About The Emails
    If Hillary Clinton's private email server outraged the Left and Right, why is everyone silent about Mike Pence and the Trump White House doing the same thing? It's post-election: It wasn't the emails; it was sexism. How do we know? Public Policy Polling found that in January, 42% of Donald Trump supporters said the president should have a private email server -- while White House advisors Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer and Jared Kushner are using email accounts set up through a private RNC email system. Gov. Pence used a private email server for state business and was hacked. Where are …
  • FCC Grants JCCs, Police Waivers To Track Caller ID Threats
    The FCC has granted an "emergency waiver" to Jewish community centers (JCCs) and their ISPs to allow JCCs and law enforcement to get access to the caller-ID info of "threatening and harassing callers."  Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) requested the waiver, citing 69 incidents at 54 centers since the beginning of the year.
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