Good morning, Austin and Happy Halloween! We've got some of the scariest most buzzed-about tech news to start your Monday:
Peter Thiel will defend his support of Trump during Monday "debate."
One of Silicon Valley's most high-profile supporters of presidential candidate Donald Trump is billionaire investor Peter Thiel. And for some reason he wants to have a public debate on Monday with reporters to discuss his support for Trump.
Recode reports that Thiel will hold a press conference on Monday to have a "give-and-take of debate," adding that it would not be "some completely contrived format."
The discussion will be live-streamed and is supposed to happen Monday at 11 a.m.
The floodgates open for the critical MacBook stories
The first reports about Apple's new MacBook Pro laptops were mostly glowing about how their new "TouchBar," which replaces the F1-F12 buttons, was revolutionary.
But after a few days to play around with the new laptop, we're seeing more critical stories come out. Engadget questions why more Mac laptops aren't touchscreen, like the iPad and some Windows-powered PCs are.
Charged Tech asks who Mac is targeting with its MacBook revamp and notes a host of problems with its line of "Pro" laptops and how the TouchBar will be used. And CNET has this headline: "Apple just handed Microsoft the keys to the kingdom."
Where are all the tech IPOs?
The Wall Street Journal interviews a top Silicon Valley banker and IPO expert Michael Grimes to talk about the dearth of tech IPOs this year.
Grimes says next year we're going to have "triple the current volume" of tech IPOs, with about 30 to 40 initial public offerings.
He said that tech companies were scared of going public after 2015, when most tech company shares were trading at 80 percent of their issue price.
Is Moore's Law ending?
The concept of Moore's Law says that computers designers can count on creating cheaper and faster chips every two years.
But efforts to do that have slowed in recent years, the Times says, throwing into question whether we've pushed up against the limits of Moore's Law.
But this article details the way researchers are coming up with alternative computing solutions that don't rely on silicon to improve computing power - instead its all about "better algorithms and new kinds of hardware circuits."
Check out 512tech's "Hacking Diversity" series
Over the weekend we unveiled the first part of our ongoing "Hacking Diversity" series, in which we explore how and why Central Texas tech leaders grapple with trying to improve the diversity of their workforce.
Learn more about the series, and find our articles, by clicking here.
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