John Thompson Chairman of Microsoft


John W. Thompson joined the Microsoft Board in February 2012 and became independent chairman of Microsoft Corporation on Feb. 4, 2014.

Thompson is the chief executive officer of privately held Virtual Instruments, whose products are designed to ensure the performance and availability of applications deployed in virtualized and private cloud computing environments. Thompson is also the former chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp.

Since 2009, Thompson has been an active investor in early-stage technology companies in Silicon Valley.
During his 10-year tenure as CEO of Symantec.


David Drummond Chairman Google Capital


David Drummond currently serves as senior vice president of corporate development for Alphabet. He previously served as senior vice president of corporate development and chief legal officer of Google. He joined Google in 2002 and led global teams for legal, public policy, communications, corporate development/mergers and acquisitions, and product quality operations.

He also serves as chairman of Google’s investment arms, Google Ventures and Google Capital. David was first introduced to Google in 1998 as a partner in the corporate transactions group at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, one of the nation’s leading law firms representing technology businesses. He served as Google’s first outside counsel and worked with Larry Page and Sergey Brin to incorporate the company and secure its initial rounds of financing. David earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Santa Clara University and his J.D. from Stanford Law School. He serves on the board of directors of Uber Technologies, Inc., KKR & Co. L.P., and Rocket Lawyer Inc.

Youth competition at Google creating Black entrepreneurs


By Paige Mitchell

WINNERS—Front row, from left: Grayden Sabol, Sanaa Morris, Cheyenne Rhone, Nariah White, DeAndre Gordon, Caleb Kirkland and Maddison Angelone. (Photo by Rossano P. Stewart)

Entrepreneuring Youth has helped hundreds of youth ages 11-18 over the years by guiding and molding them into thinking and acting like entrepreneurs.

Twenty-seven aspiring young entrepreneurs representing 20 different businesses had the opportunity to compete for cash prizes and local notoriety as they presented their business ideas at Entrepreneuring Youth’s iPitch Competition at Google.


How the NSA is tracking people right now


From: Washington Post

How the NSA is tracking people right now Documents obtained by The Washington Post indicate that the National Security Agency iscollecting billions of records a day to track the location of mobile phone users around the world.

This bulk collection, performed under the NSA’s international surveillance authority,taps into the telephony links of majortelecommunications providers including some here in the United States.The NSA collects this location and travel habit data to do “target development” — to find unknown associates oftargets it already knows about.

To accomplish this, the NSA compilesinformation on a vast database of devices and their locations. Most of those collected, by definition, are suspected of no wrongdoing. Officials say they do not purposely collect U.S. phone locations in bulk, but a large number are swept up “incidentally.”

Using these vast location databases, the NSA applies sophisticated analytics techniques to identify what it calls co-travelers — unknown associates who might be traveling with, or meeting up with a known target.


Source: The Washington Post

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