Today he's the cofounder of Qualtrics, working with his younger brother Ryan Smith, who is founder and CEO.The company was also founded with their father Dr. Scott Smith, a professor at Brigham Young University.While younger brother Ryan has always been the flashy, stylish frontman of Qualtrics, Jared was the behind-the-scenes product genius that built the first version of the product (as well as subsequent versions) that brought the company initial success.He had been working as a successful exec at Google before his brother prodded into joining Qualtrics instead.He got an internship at word-processing-software maker WordPerfect, which was bought by Novell.He worked his way up to product manager by age 18.
Oracle Chief Executive Officer Safra Catz put an Old Testament spin on her company's software copyright battle with Google as she told jurors about an encounter with her adversary's top lawyer at a bat mitzvah in 2012.Catz's testimony in San Francisco federal court was intended to buttress what Oracle claims was Google's brazen theft of Java code to build its Android operating system, and to begin to explain how that theft caused the database maker damages of $9.3 billion.Catz's message: Google undercut Oracle's licensing revenue by co-opting Java to develop Android into the operating system now used in 80 percent of the world's mobile devices.Google took a language designed to "write once, run anywhere" across different computing platforms and "forked," or split into two, Oracle's Java community of programmers, she said.AdvertisementGoogle lifted and employed the code so that it would only run on Android, leading smartphone manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, ZTE., and Motorola to adopt that platform, which the search engine company offered for free, and to cease paying Java licensing fees to Oracle, Catz testified."They use Android instead of taking a copy of our software."
When you think of artificial intelligence these days, it's easy to think of the chat bots that the tech industry seems obsessed with.And chat bots as they exist today are pretty underwhelming.But Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff says that AI is way bigger than that, and is really the next big thing after mobile and social changed the tech world over the past five years.Smart computers that can think, talk, reason, and predict will be able to do more than just search Google for us or order a pizza.They will eventually do stuff we haven't even imagined yet.Benioff, talking to analysts during Salesforce's quarterly conference call, called this the "AI-first world.It's an email inbox that takes a salesperson's email and calendar info and the customer data in Salesforce's cloud to help salespeople prioritize their work.He's not alone with this vision.IBM CEO Ginni Rometty has been preaching this concept for a while.She calls it cognitive computing and believes that smart computers are going to be part of every decision humans make and eventually change who you are.IBM's AI tech is called Watson, and it's already being used for everything from personalized health to powering human-like robots.Google chairman Eric Schmidt predicts that AI and machine learning — i.e., computers that can teach themselves stuff — will be what drives all the next huge successful startups and IPOs in the next five years.He compares AI to the mobile revolution that gave us Uber, Snapchat, and others.The prime example of Google's AI engine is Google Now and Google Photos.Cortana is its flagship example — you don't count Tay, the Twitter bot that quickly turned racist and was unplugged.
Two buildings at the site between Ravenswood and Oak Grove avenues will be demolished, and former tenants Iberia restaurant, Los Salonez and Cindy's Nail Spa 2 have already relocated or shuttered their businesses.According to Pike & Co., the 25,000-square-foot building will be built to a LEED Platinum rating, the highest standard issued for energy-efficiency by the U.S. Green Building Council.AdvertisementThe Schmidts are known for their work on sustainability and climate change issues through their Family Foundation and the 11th Hour Project.Pike & Co., as well as Lane Partners and Hillspire, declined to divulge details about the acquisition, referring to a news release."Maybe looking at opportunities where we can perhaps provide facilities for them to reach into the community."Following the Schmidts' purchase, Sares Regis Group of Northern California was made the project's development manager.The project includes a secure bicycle storage room with showers in the first level of a two-story underground garage; two public electric vehicle charging stations on a public right of way; three public bike racks along Alma; and an indoor-outdoor conference room separated by a large, operable glass wall.
At the core of the conflict is a fundamental culture clash over "open source," or code that's made freely available, without copyright, for any use people can find for it.Open source is a pillar of the software industry, with a huge and thriving community of developers and companies who rely on it to various extents.It could mean a big payday for Oracle, and a total shift in the industry.What is open source?The core concept of open source, as former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer once infamously noted, is akin to communism.Open source presents the opportunity to avoid reinventing the wheel, and instead focus on building a viable product.For instance, a scientific paper that Google wrote in 2003 became the genesis of Yahoo's Hadoop data analysis software in 2006.Which brings us back to Oracle v. Google.Where Google got into troubleThe testimony in this lawsuit tells the whole story.When Google was first building Android around 2005 and 2006, it knew that Apple was building something good with what would become the iPhone.To get their operating system out the door faster, Google decided that instead of building certain crucial pieces itself from scratch, it would use Java — a well-established technology that lots of would-be Android app developers were already familiar with.Alphabet chairman and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt testified in this case that he went to Sun Microsystems now owned by Oracle , the original developer of Java, to try to properly license Java for $30 to $40 million.Those talks fell apart, apparently because Sun was worried about giving up control of the mobile space.Android cofounder Andy Rubin further testified that Google didn't believe that the parts of Java that they used were copyrighted though he's in hot water over an email he sent that suggests otherwise .Originally, Google was claiming that Oracle could not copyright APIs, or application programming interfaces, which are the "hooks" that lets software and websites talk to each other.
They built Android from scratch, using new Google technology, and adapted technology from open sources.Android was a remarkable thing, a brand-new platform for innovation."Van Nest focused on four key witnesses: former Sun Microsystems CEO Jonathan Schwartz, former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, former Android chief Andy Rubin, and Alphabet CEO Larry Page.Van Nest completed the circle by noting that Google was following standard industry practice, another factor he urged the jury to consider as weighing in favor of fair use."As long as you write your own implementing code, that's fine.Google presented its case first; it has the burden of proof since its defense is limited to "fair use."
Robert Van Nest showed the jury a menu with only hamburger written on it and likened it to the packages, or APIs, of Java programming code Oracle claims Google stole to build its Android operating system.The exhibit also showed two burgers, one simple and the other garnished.The message: putting the word burger on a menu isn t unique -- it s what s behind the word, how you build your burger, that counts.Van Nest backed up his theme by reminding jurors in San Francisco federal court that Sun Microsystems, which developed Java, blessed and appreciated Google s use of the free and open code.He cited testimony from two key witnesses, Eric Schmidt, the Alphabet Inc. chairman who served in the 1990s as Sun s chief technology officer, and former Sun Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Schwartz.Having adopted the hamburger comparison Schwartz used in his testimony, Van Nest quoted the ex-Sun CEO saying  absolutely, yes, when asked whether Sun marketed not just Java, but specifically the APIs as free and open.That finding, from a 2012 jury verdict and appeals court ruling, set the stage for the current trial over whether the copying was justified under the legal doctrine of fair use.Some of the evidence shows Google was worried that failed licensing negotiations would trigger a lawsuit.Oracle lawyer Peter Bicks reminded jurors that Google has the burden of proof to show its fair use of the code, and loses if it hasn t. He pointed to exhibits shown at trial that he said contradict Google s witnesses and prove that the search engine company, while fully aware of the copyrights, was under competitive pressure to release Android and copied the code to get its operating system to market.
Google market share in the US currently stands at 63.8 percent, with Bing including Yahoo s search volume coming in at 33.5 percent, according to January 2016 comScore data.Most of us think of Google as a search engine, and we tend to think of that as a website where you go to a search box and enter a search query.This suggests that the search engines themselves hold a somewhat broader view of what they do — one that isn t tied to a search box, or even the use of search commands in one given application.Now let s broaden that to think about it from a user perspective.Hence, content creators may focus more and more of their energy in these areas and start relying less and less on the traditional web for their income.To illustrate, of those that have the Facebook app installed, a full 48 percent consider it their number one app.
iPhone 6s Galaxy S7 Eric SchmidtIt normally shouldn t matter what smartphone a person chooses to use, but when the executive chairperson of one of the biggest tech conglomerates in the world says they use a product from the competition, well, it kind of does.He admitted his iPhone-using-ways during an interview, but still professed a little love for Samsung.DON T MISS: New photo leak shows big differences between iPhone 7 and 7 PlusIn a fireside interview with CNBC at Startup Fest in Amsterdam on Tuesday, Schmidt did say that he was an iPhone user, but that he also owns a Galaxy S7.Apparently, that s the first and only feature that came to his mind when recommending the Galaxy S7 over the iPhone.What s interesting is that Schmidt did not recommend the Nexus 5X or the Nexus 6P over the iPhone, which are Google s latest Nexus handsets.Of course, many could point out that Schmidt must use an iPhone just to keep a close eye on the competition.
Photograph: Michel Porro/Getty ImagesDespite having been the chief executive of Google for 10 years where he oversaw the launch of Android, and now the executive chairman of Google s holding company Alphabet, Eric Schmidt uses an iPhone.Schmidt revealed at Startup Europe Fest in Amsterdam, where he shared the stage with Apple s chief executive Tim Cook, that he was an iPhone user, much to the audience s amusement.Schmidt tried to save the day saying that he also has a Samsung Galaxy smartphone – again not a phone made by Google, but at least it s an Android device: The Samsung is better, has a better battery.When an audience show of hands revealed more people had an iPhone than an Android, Schmidt said pointedly: So much for the Android monopoly in Europe.Whether Schmidt has a personal dislike for the devices and operating system his company creates is unclear.As late as 2014 Schmidt was spotted using a BlackBerry, because he liked the keyboard .
What do you do if you re the executive chairman of Alphabet and let slip that you have an iPhone?Eric Schmidt this week admitted that he uses an Apple smartphone and, of course, swiftly turned used incident as an opportunity for tech bantz."The Samsung S7 is better, he said loudly and clearly at Amsterdam's Startup Europe Fest.And those of you who are iPhone users know I'm right."Tim Cook or Jony Ive saying they have a Galaxy or HTC or LG or Xperia?CNBC
But the startup already has more than 30 employees and has enlisted a number of big-deal executives as investors, including Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, Box CEO Aaron Levie, StumbleUpon/Uber co-founder Garrett Camp, Thrive Capital/Oscar co-founder Joshua Kushner and Palantir co-founder Joe Lonsdale.We asked another investor, First Round s Josh Kopelman, about why he backed Forward.Kopelman said:Today s healthcare experience is virtually unchanged from my grandfather s experience fifty years ago.Also an investor: CrunchFund — which is backed by TechCrunch-owner AOL and, like TechCrunch, was founded by Michael Arrington.Post-acquisition, Aoun worked on artificial intelligence efforts within Google, but he planned to leave before being persuaded to stay on by CEO Larry Page, with a new job — director of special projects.When we reached out to Aoun for comment, he confirmed that he s left Google and is working on Forward, but he said it s too early to offer further details.
Alphabets Chairman Eric Schmidt has acknowledged that many already knew: His everyday mobile is an iPhone and not a Androidlur. Earlier this year circulated a photo where Eric Schmidt, former Google Alphabets Chairman, can be seen taking a photo with his mobile - an Iphone. At an event in Amsterdam asked a reporter from CNBC Schmidt how things really are, and he replied that he has both an iPhone 6S and a Galaxy S7, but he prefers the Samsung phone. - Samsung S7 is better. Those of you who use iPhone know that I'm right. Several sites have pointed out that it is a bit strange that Schmidt prefer an Android mobile from Samsung, and not one of Google's own Nexus phones.
Michael Slaby, who worked on both of Barack Obama s presidential campaigns, founded a company in 2013 called Timshel that offers Democratic political candidates software to reach supporters, raise money and host grass-roots events.Backed by Alphabet Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt, Chicago-based Timshel is working with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton s campaign, which has paid more than $460,000 for the services, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission.On the Republican side, companies include Targeted Victory, a digital advertising company co-founded by Zac Moffatt, who served as digital director for Mitt Romney s 2012 presidential bid, and i360, a data and technology firm backed by the Koch brothers, Charles and David.To survive and grow many startups have sought to broaden their client base.The same technology that helps political campaigns reach specific groups of voters and donors can be put to work for a car dealer trying to contact new customers or a movie studio seeking publicity, Mr. Moffatt said.Blue State Digital Inc., a Democratic digital media and technology company founded by veterans of Howard Dean s 2004 presidential run, started out with a pure political focus, but made a concerted push to broaden its client base in 2008, said founder Joe Rospars, who worked as chief digital strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns.
What do you do if you re the executive chairman of Alphabet and let slip that you have an iPhone?Eric Schmidt this week admitted that he uses an Apple smartphone and, of course, swiftly turned used incident as an opportunity for tech bantz."The Samsung S7 is better, he said loudly and clearly at Amsterdam's Startup Europe Fest.And those of you who are iPhone users know I'm right."Tim Cook or Jony Ive saying they have a Galaxy or HTC or LG or Xperia?CNBC
When Alphabet Inc. Chairman Eric Schmidt looks to the near future, he sees breakthroughs in health and technology that will change the world.For example, Schmidt said he s looking forward to advances in genetics, thanks to technology that will improve gene sequencing, and more personalized and efficient health care as the medical world becomes increasingly digitized.The government should play a role in accelerating these developments as they ve done in the past, he said, pointing to initial public investment in Silicon Valley that allowed it to become the high-growth area it is today.Government spends an enormous amount of money on the wrong things, he said.I would just like to have a little bit of it on these things which are moonshots, enormous-scale things that can benefit the country.The company is still run by the two founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, who are demanding and have only become more so since the reorganization, he said.Under the Alphabet organization, the chief executive officers -- who are called characters and have a lot of independence -- are under pressure to prove they can build businesses and have incentives to deliver value, Schmidt said.Schmidt also pointed to Tel Aviv as a contender to become a hotbed of technological innovation.
View photosMoreA woman holds her smart phone which displays the Google home page, in this picture illustration taken February 24, 2016.Google relied on high-profile witnesses like Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt to convince jurors it used Java to create its own innovative product, rather than steal another company s intellectual property, as Oracle claimed.A trial in 2012 ended in a deadlocked jury.Shares of Oracle and Alphabet were little-changed in after-hours trade following the verdict.A flood of copyright lawsuits has failed to materialize in the two years since that federal appeals court ruling, suggesting Oracle's lawsuit will not ultimately have a wide impact on the sector.Under U.S. copyright law, "fair use" allows limited use of material without acquiring permission from the rights holder for purposes such as research.
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google's parent company, says that he can't imagine any reason why Alphabet would ever choose to spin out any of the subsidiaries it created when it blew up its corporate structure last fall.Alphabet businesses include Google proper, its internet access business  such as Fiber , longevity research division Calico, smart home product maker Nest, its urban innovation division Sidewalk Labs.At Bloomberg's Breakaway Summit on Wednesday, an attendee asked Schmidt when Alphabet would consider breaking off companies, whether to consolidate its own overall mission or because a subsidiary would be better off alone.Schmidt responded definitively: Not happening."Our architecture allows for expansion — remember, there are 26 letters and then we can move to complex numbers, or Cyrillic letters, things like that.The model is incredibly expandable and the CEOs are highly independent and heavily incentivized to deliver real value and shareholder value and I don't see any reason to break it up.You never say never, but I think it's about as unlikely as anything I could imagine."If they don't do well, they'll suffer the consequences...." he said, without outlining what exactly those consequences were.Schmidt also rejected the notion that siloing its different focus areas would lead to less innovation, arguing that founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin would make sure that Alphabet is still working on the next "moonshots.
Google won a major legal victory against fellow tech giant Oracle on Thursday when a federal jury ruled that the search giant was within its rights to use Java programming code to build its Android operating system.The unanimous decision, reached after three days of deliberation and a two-week trial studded with tech-world luminaries, means the case before U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup is over for now, though Oracle was expected to appeal the verdict and the battle could conceivably wind though the legal system for years.We believe there are numerous grounds for appeal and we plan to bring this case back to the Federal Circuit on appeal, Oracle attorney Dorian Daley said.Oracle s attorneys claimed Google had basically stolen the code and then used it to generate billions of dollars in advertising revenue thanks to its new Android operating system powering millions of smartphones around the world.Google was able to convince the jury of eight women and two men that it had done nothing wrong when it used some of the Java code to create Android, even though the material was copyrighted.At one point during deliberations, the jurors were stymied by a jury-room computer that was overwhelmed by the millions of lines of code that Oracle s lawyers had included as evidence for them to consider.Along the way, they heard from some of Silicon Valley s true tech giants, including Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google s parent company, Alphabet, and Google co-founder Larry Page.And that would have helped persuade jurors that it was therefore protected under the legal concept of fair use.Alsup then issued an order finding that the Java source code at issue was not entitled to copyright protection as a matter of law because use of code was functional and therefore not copyrightable.However, an appeals court reversed the district court on the central issue, holding that the structure, sequence and organization of an API was copyrightable.The case was remanded to the district court for reconsideration of the fair use defense.After winding through the legal system, including a brief sojourn at the U.S. Supreme Court, the case came back to Alsup s courtroom with Oracle seeking an injunction against Google to stop it from using Java in Android going forward.
Jim Christie, Reuters — A U.S. jury handed Alphabet s Google a major victory on Thursday in a long-running copyright lawsuit against Oracle Corp, saying the law allowed Google s use of Oracle s software to create its Android smartphone operating system.The jury unanimously upheld claims by Google that its use of Oracle s Java development platform was protected under the fair-use provision of copyright law, bringing the trial to a close without Oracle winning any of the $9 billion in damages it requested.In a retrial at U.S. District Court in San Francisco, Oracle said Google s Android operating system violated its copyright on parts of Java, a development platform.Alphabet s Google unit said it should be able to use Java without paying a fee under fair use.A trial in 2012 ended in a deadlocked jury.The trial was closely watched by software developers, who feared an Oracle victory could spur more software copyright lawsuits.However, investors saw little risk for Google.Shares of Oracle and Alphabet were little-changed in after-hours trade following the verdict.After the first trial, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled that the elements of Java at issue were not eligible for copyright protection at all.However, a federal appeals court disagreed in 2014, ruling that computer language that connects programs — known as application programing interfaces, or APIs — can be copyrighted.In the two years since that federal appeals court ruling, however, a flood of copyright lawsuits against tech companies has not materialized.That could suggest Oracle s lawsuit will not ultimately have a wide impact on the sector.Under U.S. copyright law, fair use allows limited use of material without acquiring permission from the rights holder for purposes such as research.During retrial, Oracle attorneys deemed Google s defenses the fair-use excuse.The retrial, which lasted about two weeks, featured testimony from high profile executives including Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, Chief Executive Larry Page, and Oracle co-CEO Safra Catz.
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