Good morning, Austin! We have scrolled the internet to bring you the latest in tech news. Today it’s a lot about politics. Here’s what’s happening:
LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is using his billions to take on Trump
As Recode puts it: One of Silicon Valley’s growth areas in 2017 is politics, and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman is now its most active investor.
Hoffman is gearing up to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on campaigns, candidates and causes.
According to Recode, Hoffman has already spent millions of dollars in Virginia and tapped staff on the ground to study the states local elections, hoping to fund get-out-the-vote initiatives and other ideas that might work elsewhere in the country — all the while nudging its Republican-dominated legislature in the direction of Democrats.
Meanwhile, it’s lonely being a conservative in Silicon Valley
Bloomberg takes an interesting look at the lonely lives of Silicon Valley conservatives.
The takeaway : At liberal tech companies, those who disagree on politics say they’re more isolated than ever before.
And as President Trump stirs up culture wars at the same time as Silicon Valley faces a backlash for being so white and so male, conservatives in tech have their guards up like never before, the story says.
(For a round-up of the tech industry’s unified opposition to Trump’s DACA ruling, check here.)
Apple will make another big reveal on Sept. 12
Next Tuesday, Apple will unveil not only its latest products, but also provide a first look at its brand new campus.
The Steve Jobs Theater will be the day's focal point. Set apart from Apple’s main, donut-shaped headquarters in what will ultimately be gladed woodland to the southeast, the auditorium will host the press conference.
The campus, which reportedly cost $5 billion to build,puts a premium on collaboration. Unlike the way Apple has historically isolated unrelated teams from each other, the site features lots of pods for working socializing, and it has just one cafeteria to draw everyone together.
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