Reflections at memorial service for real-estate analyst Richard Wozny

Some people have asked me to post my reflection at the Thursday evening memorial service/celebration of life in Vancouver for real-estate analyst Richard Wozny. I’ve written several pieces in the past few months about him, as he struggled with terminal cancer. It was a privilege to have the family ask me to speak, and to meet Richard’s many friends and family. Here are my notes for my remarks: Marlene, Richard’s wife, has asked me to say a few words. Unlike most of you, I knew Richard less than a year. It was a privilege to know him – and, in a way, to be one of his messengers. I will… Read More

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Photos: Governor’s Office of Economic Development promotes tech industry at Capitol

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox joined key tech industry leaders and legislators at the Capitol for Tech Day on the Hill. Discussion topics included industry challenges, job creation and opportunities. According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, Utah had the greatest percentage of tech job growth in the nation in 2016 at 7.7 percent. Careers in software and information technology represent more than 73,000 jobs among more than 4,000 companies, according to the bureau. See the world through the eyes of award-winning photojournalists. Click through the gallery above to view the unique images our visual storytellers captured today. Don’t forget to follow the official Deseret News Instagram account for more… Read More

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Amazon, YouTube, Twitter weigh bids for NFL rights

By Scott Soshnick, Lucas Shaw and Spencer Soper Amazon.com, YouTube and Twitter are all weighing bids for streaming rights to “Thursday Night Football,” according to people with knowledge of the matter, providing the latest evidence of technology companies’ growing interest in live sports. The three are bidding as much as hundreds of millions of dollars for rights that will run for as long as five years, according to the people, who asked not to be identified discussing the negotiations. The National Football League is getting help in the talks from 21st Century Fox Inc., which acquired the TV rights to the games through 2022. The NFL is looking for a… Read More

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Facebook must stop tracking Belgian users, court rules

Facebook must stop tracking Belgian users’ surfing outside the social network and delete data it’s already gathered, or it will face fines of 250,000 ($312,000) euros a day, a Belgian court ruled. Facebook “doesn’t sufficiently inform” clients about the data it gathers on their broader web use, nor does it explain what it does with the information or say how long it stores it, the Brussels Court of First Instance said in a statement. The social network is coming under increasing fire in Europe, with a high-profile German antitrust probe examining whether it unfairly compels users to sign up to restrictive privacy terms. Belgium’s data-protection regulators have targeted the company… Read More

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Apple’s spaceship campus is so full of glass it hurts

There’s a saying about people who live in glass houses, but what about people who work in glass offices? Apple employees working at the company’s new spaceship campus are running smack dab into the new digs’ glass walls and doors. According to a couple of reports, some of them have cut themselves doing so, although there’s no official evidence of any injuries — at least not on OSHA’s website. Some well-meaning employees have gone as far as to place Post-it notes on the panes as a low-tech warning, Bloomberg reports, but that brings to mind another saying: Beauty is pain. Those sticky pieces were paper were taken down at design-minded… Read More

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Why stock prices rarely reflect companies’ true value

With the market finally delivering its long-overdue correction, it’s comforting to recall Warren Buffett’s statement: “Stock prices rarely reflect the true value of companies. When it does happen, it’s an accident.” Say again? What do stocks represent if not the value of the companies we have in our mutual funds and investment portfolios? In 2001, one of my weekly columns explained “marked to market,” which is the mechanism through which every single share of stock in a public company is valued from second to second throughout the day. The day’s “closing price“ is the price per share reported for the last sale of the day. All shares are effectively “marked,”… Read More

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How these Bay Area cities are paving the way for our autonomous car future

SAN FRANCISCO — Within two to three years, bicyclists in Emeryville and Los Gatos will be able to download an app to get more green lights at intersections. Patients at the Veterans Administration Palo Alto Medical Center will be hopping on an autonomous shuttle for appointments. And, within a few more years, BART riders in Dublin will have a driverless vehicle picking them up and dropping them off at the station. It’s all part of an effort to prepare the Bay Area for a future with self-driving cars, said Robert Rich, a planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the region’s transportation planning agency. When that future comes, cars will… Read More

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Ex-Googlers sell cancer-tech startup to drugs giant for nearly $2 billion

A two-man entrepreneurial team who attended an elite college together where they founded a startup they sold to Google for a reported $81 million have just sold a second company they founded together for nearly $2 billion. Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche and the former Google product managers’ cancer-technology firm Flatiron confirmed the $1.9 billion deal Thursday that Roche said would help it develop new cancer treatments and also facilitate its dealings with regulators. Flatiron, a privately held company backed by Google Ventures (now GV), sells data management and analytics software to cancer clinics, research centers and life-science companies. It has collaborated with the Food and Drug Administration and makes software… Read More

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Chinese New Year parade gets new leader of dancing group

There is a mini-brouhaha about who gets the coveted honour of leading the dancing group in the Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown. In recent years, the Hon Hsing Athletic Club, which was started on Pender Street in 1939, has been at the helm. This weekend, it’ll be a team from the Teo Chew Society of Vancouver, that was established in 1987 on Hastings Street. There are definitely many gossipy views circulating. One is the diplomatic version with different teams taking turns. Others include a heated meeting, a secret ballot and the influence of backers. The parade is a well-known Vancouver fixture, drawing thousands of well-wishers. This year, it’ll be… Read More

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Horgan defends pipeline stance despite rebuke from Trudeau

Premier John Horgan is defending the B.C. government’s position on Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion despite heated attacks from the provincial Opposition and a sharp rebuke from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Horgan was hammered during Thursday’s Question Period by B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson over Trudeau’s statements that Horgan is putting Canada’s national plan on climate change at risk by delaying the federally approved pipeline. Horgan didn’t address Trudeau’s comments directly, saying only that he is defending B.C.’s interests and countered why the Opposition wasn’t doing the same. “We announced on Jan. 30 our intention to consult British Columbians, to fill the gaps in science that have been acknowledged… Read More

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