Tech execs at White House field ideas for US dominance
Top executives from Google, Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Qualcomm gathered Thursday at the White House amid strained ties between President Donald Trump's administration and the tech industry and an ongoing trade war with China.
The White House described the Thursday meeting as a listening session to field ideas for securing American dominance in artificial intelligence, quantum computing, advanced manufacturing and faster wireless technology known as 5G.
IBM set to acquire North Carolina-based Red Hat in $34B deal
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — IBM announced Sunday it will acquire North Carolina-based open-source software company Red Hat in a $34 billion stock deal that the technology and consulting giant's chief executive says will advance the company to the next step in cloud computing.
Parents upset over surprise Ivanka Trump high school visit
NORWALK, Conn. (AP) — Parents of students at a Connecticut high school say they were upset when Ivanka Trump made an unannounced visit.
Some parents pulled their children from class on Monday, saying they were troubled they were not told in advance that President Donald Trump's daughter and senior White House adviser was paying a visit to Norwalk Early College Academy at Norwalk High School.
Greenwich, Stamford women among Fortune ‘most powerful’
Greenwich resident and PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi was again named the second most powerful woman in business in the 2017 installment of Fortune’s annual list, with Synchrony Financial CEO Margaret Keane the highest ranked woman on leading a Connecticut company, at 25th overall.
IBM Watson employees at various locations around the country found out Friday night they are losing their jobs.
Watson Health, one of IBM's bests for the future of the tech giant on cognitive computing and artificial intelligence, is laying off workers in its Watson health group. Among those losing their jobs are some workers in RTP, according to reports from employees.
IBM says it plans to hire 2,000 veterans over the next four years, part of the company's recent pledge to create 25,000 new jobs over the next four years.
IBM's jobs available web site currently lists nearly 3,400 jobs across 35 locations in 13 categories. More than 700 positions are available in North Carolina, the vast majority of which are spread across the Triangle.
The tech giant also says it will offer free training for veterans.
IBM’s top expect defends Trump role in letter to employees
Some IBM workers as well as thousands of other tech company employees at Google and elsewhere continue to speak out against President Donald Trump. But in a letter to IBMers, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty defends her continuing role as a member of a Trump advisory committee.
In a letter to the IBM "Team" titled "Engaging the World," Rometty wrote:
"Some have suggested that we should not engage with the U.S. administration. I disagree.
IBM, which has led US companies in patents for 24 years in row, topped all previous records in 2015 by being granted more than 8,000 patents.
The technology giant released its annual patent report earlier this week.
IBM CEO Ginni Rometty
In passing the 8,000 mark, IBM greatly outdistanced its nearest competitors of Samsung Electronics with 5,518 patents and Canon with 3,665 patents.
IBM chair and CEO Ginni Rometty quickly offered an olive branch to President-elect Donald Trump shortly after his upset victory. Now, some IBMers have signed a petition protesting the Rometty letter and threaten "to refuse participation in any U.S. government contracts that violate constitutionally protected civil liberties."
Tech leaders to make peace, or press their case, with Trump
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Silicon Valley leaders were among Donald Trump's most outspoken opponents during the presidential campaign. On Wednesday, though, many of them will come face-to-face with the president-elect for the first time since the election.
Tech leaders couldn’t beat Trump; they’ll meet him instead
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Technology leaders are about to come face-to-face with President-elect Donald Trump after fiercely opposing his candidacy, fearful that he would stifle innovation, curb the hiring of computer-savvy immigrants and infringe on consumers' digital privacy.