It “is not unusual for Silicon Valley’s big companies to have deep military ties. And the internal dissent over Maven stands in contrast to Google’s biggest competitors for selling cloud-computing services — and Microsoft — which have aggressively pursued Pentagon contracts without pushback from their employees.” NYT: Google Will Not Renew Pentagon Contract That Upset Employees.

+ Should tech companies avoid military contracts or should they make money while empowering America’s armed forces? Code for America’s Jennifer Pahlka has given that topic a lot of consideration, and writes about it thoughtfully here. The Problem with Dull Knives: “Having poor tools doesn’t make us fight less; it makes us fight badly.”