At last night’s Palo Alto City Council meeting, council members held a public hearing to decide whether to approve or reject AT&T’s plans to install 20 new antennas on city utility poles after four residents had filed appeals against the plans.
Stanford has an indispensable role in the economic well-being of the mid-peninsula. Stanford employs 9,823 staff members, 1,903 faculty members and provides business for countless contractors. Companies founded by alumni — Google, Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and VMware, to name a few — provide a huge chunk of non-Stanford private employment and create demand for myriad businesses to serve their needs. Stanford also provides many public goods for little or no charge, including but not limited to a spectacular art museum, a state-of-the-art hospital, hiking trails and a fantastic football team. Nevertheless, surrounding communities invariably view Stanford’s attempts to expand its facilities with extreme trepidation, extracting large financial concessions from the University and forbidding the same types of development that made their towns prosperous and exciting places to live.
A week ago, I had an experience that raised fresh questions for me about the digitally interconnected nature of the Stanford campus. One of my classes required some collaboration for a group project, and the night before an assignment was due, one of my peers proposed that we all meet to discuss logistics — but via Gchat, not in person.
President John Hennessy further expanded his reputation and his wallet last week when Qualcomm, the world’s largest maker of mobile-phone chips, agreed to buy Atheros Communications, which Hennessy co-founded, for $3.1 billion in cash.
Historic Silicon Valley… Three-strikes project win… SLAC dedication… Jared Cohen to Google… Hospital expansion… Andrew Luck training… Prop. 8 stay… iPad costs… CEO truthiness… Romance research… Outside Lands… Billionaires… Stanford news from around the Web for Monday, Aug. 16, 2010.