Dave Goldberg, the chief executive of the online survey and research company Survey Monkey who was married to the Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, has died aged 47. The cause of his death was not immediately known. Goldberg's brother, Robert, broke the news in a Facebook post on Saturday. "It's with incredible shock and sadness," he wrote, "that I'm letting our friends and family know that my amazing brother, Dave Goldberg, beloved husband of Sheryl Sandberg, father of two wonderful children, and son of Paula Goldberg, passed away suddenly last night." Goldberg married Sandberg, the author of the bestselling book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, in 2004.
It's a common question asked by our letter writers directly or indirectly, most often in response to an election endorsement by the L.A. Times editorial board. That figures, as endorsements typically make only one recommendation on issues that split readers into two camps where the choice is between yes or no, Candidate A or Candidate B. Letter writers taking the side that wasn't endorsed tend to tell us when they disagree. So it went with the L.A. Times' April 13 endorsement of Heather Repenning in the race for an open seat on the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education. This time, we heard exclusively from people who expressed deep disappointment that the editorial board did not endorse Jackie Goldberg, the former teacher, L.A. City Council member and state legislator running to serve on the school board once again. I was shocked and disappointed that the L.A. Times did not endorse Goldberg.
Apart from the death of Swedish DJ Avicii being mourned by many people from the music industry, it left one particular person emotionally shattered -- Avicii's ex-girlfriend, Emily Goldberg. "'Come on babe, don't give up on us. Choose me, and I'll show you love.' Those are lyrics from a song Tim wrote for me. I wish I could have lived up to them.
In an excerpt from his new book Talking to Robots, David Ewing Duncan imagines looking back from a future where memories can be permanently stored with the help of a technology called Memory Bot based on an actual conversation he had with Ken Goldberg, Tiffany Shlain, and Odessa Shlain Goldberg. Yes, there really was a time when people were expected to preserve memories on their own. A time when you would share with your four-year-old daughter a stunning sunset and it wouldn't be automatically recorded as a neural-meme. You felt so very close to your little one and she to you, only to have that moment vanish forever. Maybe you took a selfie, but that never really captured the whole experience.