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Rep. Ro Khanna. Photo: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for MoveOn.org
Rather than letting tech jobs head jobs overseas, Rep Ro Khanna thinks he has a better idea: Send them to the Midwest.
As David McCabe reports, the Silicon Valley congressman is working with private industry as well as individual tech figures to build out a tech job-training program in a small Iowa town.
The big picture: Both lawmakers and the public at large are paying increased attention to the disparities between tech hubs like Silicon Valley and Seattle, which have enjoyed massive economic booms, and the rest of the country.
Details: Khanna, whose district includes part of the area south of San Francisco, will travel to Iowa this week to help roll out the initiative.
Yes, but: Most members of Congress focus on creating jobs in their own districts, not many states over. Khanna defends his work, saying his constituents will welcome it.
Canal Walk in Indianapolis. Photo: Education Images/UIG via Getty Images
Speaking of smaller U.S. areas finding a place in tech, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva has a story this morning on how Indianapolis has carved out a niche in software.
Indianapolis made headlines in 2013 when Salesforce acquired local software company ExactTarget. But the city’s software industry has a long history of success.
The big picture: There’s a growing effort to create and promote tech jobs in the heartland, but some cities like Indianapolis are already tech hubs in their own rights.
Read more of Kia's story here.
In July, Microsoft president Brad Smith called on Congress to govern the use of face recognition. Now, he's getting more specific.
Why it matters: Widespread use of the technology raises issues ranging from bias and discrimination to privacy and human rights. Smith says laws are needed to address each issue.
Speed matters: Smith said the time to act is now, calling on governments to pass laws by next year.
"Unless we act, we risk waking up five years from now to find that facial recognition services have spread in ways that exacerbate societal issues," Smith said in a blog post. "By that time, these challenges will be much more difficult to bottle back up."
Our thought bubble: The big question is whether Microsoft will restrict the sale of its facial recognition technology to companies and governments that commit to these principles. Microsoft, for its part, was less than clear on that front.
"We’re moving more deliberately with our facial recognition consulting and contracting work," the company said. "This has led us to turn down some customer requests for deployments of this service where we’ve concluded that there are greater human rights risks."
Qualcomm is once again trying to crack the PC market, this time with a dedicated chip.
What's new: The 8cx, as the PC-specific chip is known, is designed to offer better graphics performance, support for more memory and arrive on computers in the third quarter of next year.
In the past, Qualcomm has just used a version of its high-end smartphone chip. Several models have launched over the past couple years, but they have seen only limited release and decidedly mixed reviews.
"We’re not going to give up on the PC business."— Cristiano Amon, president, Qualcomm
Why it matters: Though a smaller market than smartphones, PC chips could be a nice growth area for Qualcomm, if it can grab significant share. But that's a big if.
History lesson: Back in the early 2000s there was another effort, Transmeta, aimed at challenging Intel by promising better battery life, albeit with some compatibility and performance trade-offs.
What they're saying:
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