Katie Couric TCA Panel Blasts Harassment Culture’s “Rapey Playbook,” “Toxic Waste Dump”

Katie Couric came to TCA to talk about her NatGeo series America Inside Out With Katie Couric premiering in April, in which she looks at people shaping conversation about hot-button topics today.  Topics, she said, will include Confederate monuments in America, the weaponization of political correctness, gender equality and sexual harassment, the Muslim community, and “white working class anxiety.”
Saturday’s Q&A was all about sexual harassment, though Couric did not take…

Katie Couric came to TCA to talk about her NatGeo series America Inside Out With Katie Couric premiering in April, in which she looks at people shaping conversation about hot-button topics today.  Topics, she said, will include Confederate monuments in America, the weaponization of political correctness, gender equality and sexual harassment, the Muslim community, and "white working class anxiety." Saturday’s Q&A was all about sexual harassment, though Couric did not take…

Journalist Rips Silicon Valley Leaders as ‘Sheeple’ for Meeting With Trump

Recode’s Kara Swisher blasted Silicon Valley leaders for accepting an invite to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, calling the leaders “sheeple” who should be “ashamed of themselves.”

“Here’s what I am sure they said out loud about the Wednesday meeting, which will include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google CEO Larry Page and perhaps Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, along with other big names from Intel, Oracle, Cisco, IBM and more: ‘When the president-elect asks us to a meeting, we are duty-bound as American citizens to attend and reach across any chasm of difference for the good of our country,’” Swisher wrote.

Swisher then explained what she imagined they actually thought: “F–kf–kf–k — now I have to become a reality show star in a new episode of ‘The Apprentice: Nerd Edition,’ bowing and scraping to that luddite Trump, who will probably simultaneously berate us in person and bully us on Twitter later with a lot of poop emoticons.”

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The execs from world biggest tech companies — many of whom actively supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign — are scheduled to meet with Trump on Wednesday.

Swisher said “leaders of tech should be ashamed of themselves for lining up like sheeple” and “the lifestyles of the rich and famous of Silicon Valley are getting dicey these days as the dawn of the Trump administration is about to peek over the stormy horizon.”

CNN reported on Monday that “the tech industry and Trump administration could clash over some important issues like net neutrality and immigration.”

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The report also stated that the invitation was sent out by the Trump team and was signed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

Swisher called Kushner the “chief whatever.”

She concluded her message by saying, “Welcome to the brave new world, which is neither brave nor new. But it’s now the world we live in, in which it’s Trump who is the disrupter and tech the disrupted. Yeah, you can say it: F–kf–kf–k.”

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Recode’s Kara Swisher blasted Silicon Valley leaders for accepting an invite to meet with President-elect Donald Trump, calling the leaders “sheeple” who should be “ashamed of themselves.”

“Here’s what I am sure they said out loud about the Wednesday meeting, which will include Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Google CEO Larry Page and perhaps Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, along with other big names from Intel, Oracle, Cisco, IBM and more: ‘When the president-elect asks us to a meeting, we are duty-bound as American citizens to attend and reach across any chasm of difference for the good of our country,'” Swisher wrote.

Swisher then explained what she imagined they actually thought: “F–kf–kf–k — now I have to become a reality show star in a new episode of ‘The Apprentice: Nerd Edition,’ bowing and scraping to that luddite Trump, who will probably simultaneously berate us in person and bully us on Twitter later with a lot of poop emoticons.”

The execs from world biggest tech companies — many of whom actively supported Democrat Hillary Clinton during the campaign — are scheduled to meet with Trump on Wednesday.

Swisher said “leaders of tech should be ashamed of themselves for lining up like sheeple” and “the lifestyles of the rich and famous of Silicon Valley are getting dicey these days as the dawn of the Trump administration is about to peek over the stormy horizon.”

CNN reported on Monday that “the tech industry and Trump administration could clash over some important issues like net neutrality and immigration.”

The report also stated that the invitation was sent out by the Trump team and was signed by Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, chief of staff Reince Priebus and billionaire tech investor Peter Thiel.

Swisher called Kushner the “chief whatever.”

She concluded her message by saying, “Welcome to the brave new world, which is neither brave nor new. But it’s now the world we live in, in which it’s Trump who is the disrupter and tech the disrupted. Yeah, you can say it: F–kf–kf–k.”

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Disney, Google Won’t Purchase Twitter

Disney and Google are not going to make previously expected bids to purchase Twitter, according to Recode.

The tech website reported that Disney was “mulling” whether or not to purchase the company as recently as last week, but has decided not to move forward. Earlier on Wednesday, the site shot down rumors that Google was going to purchase Twitter.

“By the way, a lack of a Twitter bid by Google or Apple probably raises the likelihood that you are never going to see one from Facebook either,” Recode’s Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner wrote.

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As Recode points out, Disney appeared to be a natural fit because of the close relationship between Disney CEO Bob Iger and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, but it’s not happening. The site also noted that Apple is unlikely to make a bid and mentioned Salesforce as a potential buyer.

Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff appeared on CNBC Wednesday, and Jim Cramer suggested that Benioff should simply invent something better than Twitter instead of purchasing the existing company.

Benioff didn’t provide a specific answer and pointed to the success of his Commerce Cloud.

Twitter will be sold to somebody but Salesforce is currently the only known candidate. Various contenders in the media, private equity and telecom industries should start to emerge in the near future.

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Disney and Google are not going to make previously expected bids to purchase Twitter, according to Recode.

The tech website reported that Disney was “mulling” whether or not to purchase the company as recently as last week, but has decided not to move forward. Earlier on Wednesday, the site shot down rumors that Google was going to purchase Twitter.

“By the way, a lack of a Twitter bid by Google or Apple probably raises the likelihood that you are never going to see one from Facebook either,” Recode’s Kara Swisher and Kurt Wagner wrote.

As Recode points out, Disney appeared to be a natural fit because of the close relationship between Disney CEO Bob Iger and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, but it’s not happening. The site also noted that Apple is unlikely to make a bid and mentioned Salesforce as a potential buyer.

Salesforce chairman and CEO Marc Benioff appeared on CNBC Wednesday, and Jim Cramer suggested that Benioff should simply invent something better than Twitter instead of purchasing the existing company.

Benioff didn’t provide a specific answer and pointed to the success of his Commerce Cloud.

Twitter will be sold to somebody but Salesforce is currently the only known candidate. Various contenders in the media, private equity and telecom industries should start to emerge in the near future.

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