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Sep 08 2017
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Apr 19 2017

I took some of the papers, and, making short hints of the sentiment in each sentence, laid them by a few days, and then, without looking at the book, tried to complete the papers again. '[Franklin's] focus tended to be on how ordinary issues affect everyday lives, and on how ordinary people would build a better society. But that did not make him an ordinary man.feedback

Mar 27 2017

It does come down to Trump and his family to some extent. I think it's really important .... to have somebody like Jared Kushner, who is very smart, working on these things. But you kind of want more of a distancing and devolution from the all of the family businesses.feedback

Mar 27 2017

Last year, for example, a report revealed that the U.S. Department of Defense still uses floppy disks.feedback

Mar 27 2017 - Trump administration

The Trump administration probably has more of an opportunity because they are willing to kind of blow up the bureaucracy. That's what they really want to do.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Snapchat

Apple doesn't have an underlying social network to capitalize on this.feedback

Mar 21 2017 - Snapchat

I kind of thought Google Glass would work, so I'm the wrong person to ask. Apple is a company that executes well. It will be interesting to see if they can ... one, create a piece of hardware for augmented reality, and secondly, to somehow or another attach it to a social network.feedback

Jan 30 2017

They're doing the right thing morally, they're doing the right thing economically, and they're doing the right thing for their shareholders and their company. You can't have a thriving tech industry that's not integrated into the world economy. I think these meetings are just window dressings. Sure you have a meeting with the president when he asks ... but I don't thing it affects things much.feedback

Nov 16 2016 - Fake news

I sometimes wonder whether humanity can survive the internet. It's been such a wonderful 20-year, 30-year run on the internet, and now you see the proliferation of fake news, hate sites, that sort of thing.feedback

Nov 16 2016 - IPhone

It's much broader than just quick conversations that disappear. To me, the ultimate test of a tech company like this is not just, Do you have a cool service,' but 'Do you have a platform upon which other people can build good products and good services?' That's, of course, what made the iPhone so great, ... it became a platform. I think what they're doing with Snap now, is making it a platform.feedback

Nov 16 2016 - Artificial Intelligence

It sounds very reasonable until we try to figure out how to do that. As much as we think that machine learning and artificial intelligence and algorithms can sort out the wheat from the chaff, it's actually something that human judgment is better at. I would think we might want to go back to having some humans in the loop.feedback

Nov 16 2016 - Facebook

This is not one with an easy solution. There are all sorts of shades of truth, and frankly, I don't want anybody, whether it's Facebook or CNBC, telling me this is the only news I can hear. I want to have a wide range of choices.feedback

Nov 16 2016

Customers are going to value knowing what's true or not, and eventually it will sort out.feedback

Nov 16 2016

It certainly didn't affect ad rates at all, ... so I think that they're trying to get it right and we're in a new age here, and they're being open and honest. They're the ones who revealed this information.feedback

Oct 05 2016

Government can tap a phone with a court order, but can it tap an email with a court order?feedback

Oct 05 2016 - Wikileaks

We don't have one big national election system, so it's going to be a mess if the Russians keep hacking in [and] leaking material through WikiLeaks or other places.feedback

Oct 05 2016

We don't have rules of the road when it comes to cyber.feedback

Sep 23 2016

You really have to broaden this and have some collaboration between private industry and government entities to at least quickly roll up and share information about all hacks. So that if something happened in 2014 it can be spotted more quickly.feedback

Sep 23 2016

What really is a danger in cybersecurity is spearfishing, because if you know enough about a person, they can know the name of their boss, their wife, whatever, and say, Hey, would you open this attachment? That allows you into the system.feedback

Sep 23 2016

How do you have a doctrine that says, If you do this and you're a state actor, we will name you. These consequences will happen'?feedback

Sep 23 2016

What the government has tried to do is to take critical infrastructure .... like the electricity grid, and say, If you attack that, it could be an act of war. Well, are airlines critical infrastructure? Yes. Is our election system a critical infrastructure? In my mind, yes.feedback

Sep 19 2016

I don't think that they were doing it for any other reasons than simply to make more money right after a bonus structure went in that would have rewarded that for big executives.feedback

Sep 19 2016

[Wells Fargo] should have smelled something was wrong there, just like EpiPen and Mylan should have smelled something wrong with what they're doing: jacking up something that kids need.feedback

Sep 19 2016

It makes us wonder why corporate America can't keep its mind on the fact that it's not just about seeing how much money they can make for themselves but seeing how they can serve customers.feedback

Sep 19 2016

[With] the anger in this country against big institutions, against government, against business, this kind of strokes it.feedback

Sep 19 2016

When you're doing things like that, I wonder how do you go to sleep that well at night.feedback

Jan 31 2016

We have to take away the perverse incentives, especially in the tax code, that allow these things to happen. We have a very, very complicated tax code with all sorts of loopholes and deductions and I think across the board you have support for simplifying the tax code to about 25 percent, which I think would solve a lot of these problems.feedback

Jan 31 2016

We always have to balance the question of whether a corporation is supposed to be focused only on the short term return to the shareholder, or whether the corporation has other stakeholders. The problem is with a 39 percent (U.S.) corporate tax rate and $150 million to be made each year, if you do an inversion, the balance tips and people move jobs overseas.feedback

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