We’re only hours into what is a now Donald J. Trump’s ascendancy to the Presidency and already Silicon Valley’s investor class is losing its collective damn mind.
TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington had it just about right when he retweeted the Drudge Report.
A Trump win is antithetical to a Silicon Valley culture that prides itself on (rigthtly or wrongly) on meritocracy, openness, and rationality. Beyond that, many in the Valley have a problem with Trump’s blatant bigotry, misogyny, xenophobia, and homophobia.
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As news agencies called more and more states for Donald Trump Tuesday evening, Canada’s informational website on immigration and citizenship began experiencing repeated outages, presumably due to a surge in traffic. Wonder why.
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A Nevada judge denied the Trump campaign’s request for an order to isolate ballots in Clark County that were allegedly cast after polls closed.
At an emergency hearing Tuesday afternoon, Judge Gloria Sturman said the Trump campaign’s lawsuit raises privacy concerns for the poll workers whose identities the campaign was requesting, saying she feared they would be the subject of “harassment.” Sturman also said Clark County officials are already required to preserve the records the Trump campaign was asking to preserve.
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They’re concerned that his personal tweets sometimes backfire.
Have you noticed that many more of Donald Trump’s recent tweets are obviously from his staff, rather than from the presidential candidate himself? It’s not because he’s busy on the campaign trail. According to the New York Times, Trump’s team “wrested away” control of his Twitter account. While there’s no official reason given, it’s said to be out of concern that Trump’s off-the-cuff online remarks are doing his campaign more harm than good — a late-night insult or inaccurate statement would come back to haunt him in the next debate or Clinton ad.
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In the history of the Obama campaign’s storied analytics operation, the effort to model the results live on Election Day, before the votes were tallied, was undoubtedly a low point.
“That was the worst 12 hours of my life,” said David Shor, a senior data scientist at Civis Analytics who was in the “Cave” — the Obama analytics boiler room — on Election Day of 2012. By late morning, some in the Obama team concluded that President Obama was losing Ohio.
This year, Election Day could be the worst 12 hours for all of us.
In a first, rather than wait for election results to be tallied at county courthouses and to be announced by The Associated Press or the TV networks, a company called VoteCastr will project the results in real time. The results will be published on Slate and Vice.
It might make you want to throw up.
A lot can go wrong, as it did for the Obama team.
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North Carolina could decide both the presidency and control of the Senate, so it’s a good thing that it counts its vote quickly on election night.
It might need to count all of them before we know the results up and down the ballot. It’s that close.
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The long presidential campaign is down to the final six days, and the candidates are preparing their final strategies.
To win in Florida, Clinton needs to generate Obama-level enthusiasm, CBS News’ Nancy Cordes reports. Especially from African Americans, who made up a quarter of the state’s early voting electorate when he was on the ballot in 2012.
So far this year that rate is off by about 7 points.
“The African American vote right now is not where it needs to be,” President Obama said on the Tom Joyner Morning Show on Wednesday.
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PENSACOLA, Florida “It’s feeling like it already,” Donald Trump said of winning the White House, less than a week before votes would be tallied.
And then the GOP nominee seemed to lapse into an internal monologue.
“We’ve gotta be nice and cool,” Trump said at his last rally of the day. “Nice and cool. All right? Stay on point, Donald. Stay on point. No sidetracks, Donald.”
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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called on the FBI Friday to release all information in its renewed investigation into her use of a private server while secretary of state after discovering new emails – apparently during the probe of former Rep. Anthony Weiner’s sexting – in a stunning turn of events just days before the presidential election.
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In the midst of his frenzied run for the White House, Donald Trump has frequently taken detours – once to another continent — to promote his own business interests. Tuesday morning was one of those pit stops rooted in brand enhancement, as the GOP nominee began his day at Trump National Doral, his golf course near Miami, Florida.
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