As California fire season heats up, insurance companies drop long-time clients

Frances Mann-Craik loves living amid the trees along Highway 35. But her quiet life in the mountains above Silicon Valley is about to get a lot more expensive. Along with more than a dozen of her neighbors, Mann-Craik recently received a letter from Walnut Creek-based CSAA, a AAA insurer, informing her the company would not be renewing the fire coverage she’s had for nearly two decades. In an Aug. 20 letter sent two months before her coverage expires, the company said it had changed requirements for home insurance policies and that “based on the new requirements, we are no longer able to continue providing insurance coverage for your property.” CSAA… Read More

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The iPhone 11 Pro Max is another in a long line of confusing tech names

Hey tech industry, we need to sit down and have a talk. There are dozens of tech products that come out that can do genuinely amazing things, but the name is so obfuscated that a lot of everyday users have no idea what’s going on. Whether its the iPhone 11 Pro Max or Intel’s confusing simultaneous launch of Ice Lake and Comet Lake Ultrabook processors, keeping up with the latest in tech is getting harder by the minute. Hell, it’s literally my job to keep up with the latest in this industry, and I still get migraines whenever Intel puts out a processor with a name like “Intel Core i7-1068G7”.… Read More

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The CEO of NetApp talks about moving to the cloud, transforming the business, and the lessons he learned from his twin brother — who happens to be the CEO of Google Cloud (NTAP)

NetApp CEO George Kurian recalled his journey from India to Silicon Valley which he shared with his twin brother Thomas, the CEO of Google Cloud. He explains the parallel paths they are now on, as they lead two tech giants through a difficult transition. George Kurian is leading the transformation of NetApp from a traditional enterprise tech company to a cloud-focused data storage provider. Thomas is spearheading Google’s bid to become a bigger player in the cloud. George says their journey to America was not easy, but he has benefitted from having his twin brother, whom he calls his “best friend,” as a companion and soulmate. Click here for more… Read More

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This immersive exhibit about the intersection of tech and art is hidden underneath Chelsea Market in New York City — check out some the wild-looking work on display

Artechouse — a new exhibition space for projects at the intersection of art and tech — opened to the public on Monday in an underground boiler room at Chelsea Market in New York City. “Machine Hallucination” is the name of Artechouse’s current exhibition by Turkish media artist Refik Anadol. “Machine Hallucination” takes visitors into the mind of a machine: viewers stand in a vast room with moving projections on three walls and the floor. Artechouse also has an augmented reality “AR Bar,” where visitors can sip on interactive cocktails. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Artechouse, a new exhibition space for projects at the intersection of art and tech,… Read More

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The most incredible perks Silicon Valley workers can take advantage of, from free rental cars to travel stipends

Employees at Silicon Valley technology companies have access to some of the most extravagant employee perks around. Complimentary catered meals have become almost standard as tech giants compete to have the most appealing campus. Generous paid leave policies and concerts are growing more common, too. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. Silicon Valley employees work in some of the most luxurious offices as tech companies compete in an arms race of perks to attract top talent. Catered lunches and complimentary dining at company cafes is now the bare minimum which all tech giants must expand on. Some companies offer increased flexibility and extended leave, like travel stipends and bonuses… Read More

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