Google's new cloud chief has a culture clash ahead of him after 22 years at Oracle

Thomas Kurian, who was named the new head of Google’s cloud on Friday, is facing an instant culture clash when he starts at the internet company. Google and Oracle, where he spent 22 years, are embroiled in a bitter legal dispute. 
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California hopes to get the jump on fires by expanding its high-tech early warning camera system

PG&E, the parent company of the Pacific Gas & Electric utility unit, is expected to become a major player in the early warning camera expansion, CNBC has learned.
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Harvard Business School Conference Marks 10th Anniversary of 2008 Global Financial Crisis

BOSTON—On October 29 and 30, Harvard Business School marked the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis that rocked the US and world economies in 2008 with a two-day conference that brought together in Klarman Hall, the School’s new convening center, an extraordinary lineup of experts, many of whom had played key roles in the events that unfolded a decade ago, including former US Treasury Secretary Henry “Hank” Paulson (MBA 1970); Tim Geithner, then president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and Paulson’s successor at Treasury; and Harvard University professor Lawrence Summers, who served as Director of the National Economic Council from 2009 to 2010.


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PayPal and Square quietly grow small business lending using data as their edge over banks

“The magic of this whole equation is data,” said Karen Mills, a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and former head of the U.S. Small Business Administration during the Obama years. “They have much better knowledge of when the small business really needs the money, everything they sell goes through their payment software, and they have more collateral.”
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