Jun 1, 2017

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By Ina Fried
Ina Fried

I'm still at Code Conference. There's a ton to get to, so let's do it.

Techies still love Hillary even if Hillary isn't thrilled with tech

Hillary Clinton got the warmest reception of any Code Conference guest thus far, getting a standing ovation both before and after she spoke.

As for what came in between the ovations, we have a fuller recap here, but I was most struck by her sense of the role technology played in her defeat. The 2016 election, she said, was "the first time you saw the tech revolution really weaponized politically."

Asked whether Twitter is ultimately a good or bad thing for society, she called it a mixed bag.

"I think it has become victimized by deliberate efforts to shape the conversation and push it towards conspiracy, lies and false information," Clinton said. "I think it is the same problem Facebook faces."

And she called on social media sites to experiment more with active curation of content "instead of being overwhelmed by the challenge" and even if it means erring on the side of silencing some voices.

Politics dominate Day 2 of Code Conference

There was a lot of politics at Code on Wednesday. In addition to Clinton, Code featured Senator Kamala Harris and outspoken Republican Trump critic Evan McMullin.

There was a bit of time for tech though, including talks from Google CFO Ruth Porat, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes and Viacom/CBS executive Shari Redstone.

One common theme at the show was all the people stating they are not planning a run for office. In case you are keeping score, that list includes Marc Andreessen, Steve Ballmer and LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman, not to mention Clinton.

Mary Meeker: Internet data is becoming easier to search, organize

It is, of course, hard to pick just one Mary Meeker slide to focus on. Determined to do so, though, Sara Fischer and I were struck by this one, which focuses on how much more data is becoming accessible. Traditionally, a tremendous amount of digital information has been thought of as "unstructured," aka hard to search and organize.

Machine learning is increasingly changing that, as Sara writes. Nearly 10% of data is now structured, an amount that is seen growing to 16% by 2020 and 36% by 2025.

For more on Meeker (and her full 300+ page slide deck), click here.

Tech to Trump: Don't leave Paris

Apple, Facebook, Google, Intel, Salesforce, Adobe, Microsoft and HP are among the U.S. companies that have taken out an ad in newspapers today with an open letter to Trump arguing that withdrawing from the Paris agreement hurts the country's access to new markets for innovative eco-friendly technologies. Elon Musk tweeted that he would not longer be an advisor to Trump if he pulls out of the agreement.

Why it matters: It's the latest source of tension between Trump and Silicon Valley, where most companies care deeply about climate change and many have invested in energy-efficient technologies. Musk, as the CEO of electric-car company Tesla, has a clear interest in efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

Net neutrality fight falls to startups

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings said yesterday it's up to the next crop of startups to take on the net neutrality fight. "We had to carry the water when we were growing up and we were small, and now other companies need to be on that leading edge."

A few hours later, FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny and former FCC general counsel Jon Sallet urged startups at San Francisco's Galvanize co-working space to file comments at the FCC. (The first round of comments is due July 17.)

  • "The most important thing is for people who have genuine experiences to write in," Sallet said. "There is expertise in the startup community about what it takes to bring innovation to consumers that I don't think can be found elsewhere."
  • McSweeny said startups need to help explain to policymakers where technology is headed and why net neutrality is necessary for self-driving cars or the Internet of Things to work properly. "The future debate will highlight these new technologies."

While a number of startups have engaged through the efforts of the likes of Engine and YCombinator, It's still not clear which individual companies, if any, will take up the mantle that Netflix is leaving behind.

Take Note

On Tap: Code Conference wraps up in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. Speakers today include Intel CEO Brian Kranich, Revolution CEO Steve Case and Twitter COO Anthony Noto.

Trading Places: Uber's head of finance, Gautam Gupta, is leaving for a startup.

ICYMI: Speaking of Uber, the company told the Wall Street Journal it had a $708 million first quarter loss, on revenue of $3.4 billion ... Apple has started manufacturing a Siri-controlled smart speaker aimed to take on Google Home and Amazon Echo, Bloomberg reported. ... Samsung and Oculus have added Chromecast support to let headset wearers stream their VR session to a TV; Google has said it plans to add a similar feature to its Daydream product later this year as part of a push to make VR a less solitary experience. ... Samsung has again pushed back the launch of its Bixby voice assistant, the second such delay. ...

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Ina Fried

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