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Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Exacerbated by Lack of Women Engineers, Says Google Exec

Volkswagen Emissions Scandal Exacerbated by Lack of Women Engineers, Says Google Exec

According to a Google exec, the Volkswagen emissions scandal could have been avoided or at least mitigated if there were more female engineers working for Volkswagen. Managing Director and VP Sales & Operations for Google UK and Ireland Eileen Naughton was speaking at the Geena Davis Institute’s symposium on Gender in Media in London when she made the comments. Here’s …

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Silicon Valley’s VC World Is Even Less Diverse Than the Non-Diverse Companies It Funds

Silicon Valley’s VC World Is Even Less Diverse Than the Non-Diverse Companies It Funds

There’s a striking lack of diversity in the tech world, and this is a well-documented fact. The biggest names in the business – Facebook, Google, Twitter, etc. – have all put out diversity reports over the past few years that show this, and all have made pledges to do better. Silicon Valley is pretty white, and pretty male – especially …

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Facebook’s Facial Recognition Is Getting So Good It Doesn’t Need Faces

Facial recognition technology, when deployed on a site like Facebook, is both convenient and disconcerting. Amazing but creepy. If you upload a lot of photos, Facebook’s facial recognition technology is great. Ain’t nobody got time to tag. As it stands, Facebook’s facial recognition tech is pretty good. Apparently, it’s about to get scary good. New Scientist reports on a new …

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Uber’s Self-Driving Research Car Spotted in the Wild

Uber is in the early stages of developing “mapping, safety, and autonomy” systems, and its first vehicles tasked with doing so have just hit the road. Where? In Pittsburgh, where the Pittsburgh Business Times spotted a black Ford with a rather conspicuous set of tech on its roof – a LIDAR system that looks quite similar to the one sported …

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Obama Urged to Reject Encryption Backdoors in Tech-Backed Letter

President Obama is about to receive a letter signed by dozens upon dozens of companies and organizations, urging him to resist giving government agencies access to citizens’ personal data via backdoors in encrypted devices. “We urge you to reject any proposal that U.S. companies deliberately weaken the security of their products. We request that the White House instead focus on …

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Elon Musk Isn’t Against Flying Cars, He’s Just Worried About Them Falling on Your Head

The everyday futurology musings of Tesla and SpaceX founder Elon Musk continue to entertain. See: thoughts on self-driving cars and artificial intelligence. This time he’s talking flying cars. Speaking with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson on his StarTalk show, Musk outlined some of his concerns with the idea of flying cars (via Inc). “If there are flying cars, then well obviously …

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Google Glass Is Far from Dead, Says Eric Schmidt

If you think Google Glass is dead, Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt would like to tell you you’re wrong. “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google,” Schmidt recently told the Wall Street Journal. “We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks …

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Watch a Guy Watch His Son’s Birth Live in Virtual Reality

If you don’t pay attention to the incredibly odd promo image above, Samsung has done something pretty cool – for the first time (it’s claiming), someone has watched a birth live-stream in virtual reality. Make no mistake, this is a six minute ad for Samsung’s Gear VR. But it is a neat use of the technology. It might pull at your …

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Apple Donates $50M to Further Racial & Gender Diversity in Tech

Fresh off its big smartwatch event, Apple is donating more than $50 million to groups that help promote diversity in the workplace. Specifically, Apple is donating to the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, a non-profit that aims to help students at HBCUs, or Historically Black Colleges and Universities. The fund’s mission is to “partner with our member-schools to increase access, retention …

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Gigaom Shuts Down, “Unable to Pay Its Creditors”

Prominent tech blog Gigaom is shutting down, after it revealed it “recently became unable to pay its creditors”. Here’s what Gigaom management had to say Monday evening: Gigaom recently became unable to pay its creditors in full at this time. As a result, the company is working with its creditors that have rights to all of the company’s assets as …

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Marriage Equality Is Good for Business, Facebook, Apple, Google, and More Tell Supreme Court

Bans on same-sex marriage are bad for business. That’s the message of a new amicus brief filed in the US Supreme Court. The brief is signed by many major tech companies – as well as companies from industries all across the spectrum. It includes 379 supporters in all. The Supreme Court will hear arguments in multiple cases involving same-sex marriage …

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Google, Uber Moving in on Each Other’s Turf?

It’s possible that Google and Uber, two companies which, at least historically, have been friendly, are developing a bit of a rivalry. Uber has announced a “strategic partnership” with Carnegie Mellon University that will see the creation of the “Uber Advanced Technologies Center” near the school’s campus. “The center will focus on the development of key long-term technologies that advance …

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Magic Johnson Offers His Expertise To Improve Diversity In Silicon Valley

The lack of diversity in Silicon Valley recently made headlines as statistics on their racial and gender make-up were revealed, showing a largely white and Asian workforce. Former basketball player turned businessman Magic Johnson is now offering his expertise to companies like Google and Apple in order to help them increase their employment of African-Americans and Hispanics. Johnson is an …

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Wireless Birth Control Could Hit the Market by 2018, Thanks to Bill Gates

The concept of implanting birth control that lasts for years is nothing new, but the idea of implanting remote-controlled birth control that can work for a decade and a half sure is. But if things go according to plan, that kind of technology could be on the market in the next few years. The MIT Technology Review reports on MicroCHIPS, …

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Selfie, Hashtag, and More Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

If you’re set to have a kid anytime after today, you should quietly weep for it–it’ll never grow up in a world where the word “selfie” isn’t in the official Merriam-Webster dictionary. The famous Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary is adding over 150 news words this year, and they’ve just announced a handful of them. The list of new words includes some …

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Steve Jobs Tops CNBC’s ‘First 25’ List, As He Could Really Rock a Turtleneck

CNBC has been around for 25 years now, and in honor of that, decided to come up with what they call the “First 25,” or the 25 people “to have had the most profound impact on business and finance since 1989.” In other words (CNBC’s words), “the 25 most transformative leaders, icons and rebels of the past-quarter century.” And due …

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Apple’s Original Macintosh Computer Turns 30

A couple of days ago, we reflected on the 30th anniversary of Apple’s famous “1984” ad – you know, the creepy one that aired during the Super Bowl and was directed by Ridley Scott. That ad’s purpose was to usher in a new age in personal computing, at least according to Apple. The subject of that famous ad was the …

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New York Lawmaker Pushes for Google Glass Ban for Drivers

If Brooklyn Assemblyman Félix Ortiz has is way, New York highways will be a Google Glass-free zone. The Democrat has introduced legislation to ban the use of Google Glass for those operating a motor vehicle. It would be a expansion upon the state’s current handheld cellphone ban and Ortiz says that it is part of his “crusade for public safety.” …

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A Fairly Ridiculous Amount of People Still Own VCRs

The list of “things that killed the VCR” is pretty lengthy – I mean, just start naming semi-recent technological advancements in the way human beings consume TV and movies and you have your list right there. Digital cable, DVDs, Netflix, DVR – the VCR, though perfectly useful in its time, is simply a relic of the past. Right? Well, not …

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New York City’s Smoking Ban to Include e-cigarettes

Since 2002, New York City has banned smoking in bars, restaurants, places of employment, government buildings, parks, and other public places. Now, over a decade after that law was enacted, the NYC Council has decided to add e-cigarettes to the ban. In a 43-8 vote the city approved the measure to ban electronic cigarettes from all public buildings – and …

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New iPhone Christmas Ad a Sad Commentary on Culture

Worried about being criticized over the dependency on technology? How about having to give a reason for those inseparable elongated moments with your smart phone? It’s okay, for Apple knows what you’re really doing. In a 90-second commercial titled “Misunderstood” aired yesterday, Apple shows a family getting together with the focal point on the seemingly self-isolating teenage son; he stares …

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Wireless EV Power Stations Are Coming to NYC Streets

What if you could charge your electric vehicle by simply parking it on the side of a city street – no cords, no hassle. That’s the vision of HEVO Power, whose wireless EV charging technology is coming to a city near you in the future – but first it’ll debut in New York City. According to Wired, HEVO is planning …

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Boston Dynamics’ WildCat Is Another Galloping Terror

Boston Dynamics, the company that’s singlehandedly trying to hasten the fall of humankind with its incredible robot technology, has just unveiled the WildCat – the next generation of its Cheetah robot. “WildCat is a four-legged robot being developed to run fast on all types of terrain. So far WildCat has run at about 16 mph on flat terrain using bounding …

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Tesla Plans Self-Driving Car, Elon Musk Looks for Autopilot Engineers on Twitter

Although Google is the company that’s garnered the most attention when it comes to driverless automobile technology, they’re not the only ones looking to make a big push into the market – a market that is expected to grow quickly over the next couple of decades. Tesla is making a move to develop their own self-driving cars, and CEO Elon …

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SpaceX’s Grasshopper Rocket Now Moves Sideways, and It’s Incredible [VIDEO]

Elon Musk’s SpaceX is doing some incredible things with its Falcon 9 test rig, codenamed “Grasshopper.” Last month, we saw it launch 325m into the air, stall and seemingly float in midair, and then land back on its launch pad. It was truly an amazing sight to see. Now, Grasshopper is hopping – to the side. SpaceX just posted a …

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Twitter Acquires Tech Training Company Marakana to Help Run New ‘Twitter University’

Twitter wants to make sure its engineers are some of the best around, and in order to assure that they’ve just acquired an open source training company to help. The company is Marakana, a company that has developed courses for Android, Java, HTML5, Scala, Python, Hadoop, jQuery and others over the past 10 years. Marakana also boasts that they have …

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Kite Patch Looks to Make You Invisible to Mosquitos with Wildly Successful Crowdfunding Campaign

When it comes to defending yourself against one of life’s greatest nuisances, mosquitos, you’re pretty much limited to a few unappealing options. You can just stay inside – that usually helps. But what’s the fun in that? You can light citronella candles and torches – but does anyone really think that works? Of course, you can spray yourself with deet …

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Tech Sales Techniques Need to Change, Say Analysts

As technology evolves at an ever more-rapid pace, companies are struggling to keep up with changing markets. The tablet market is only a few years old and still growing, but companies are already preparing to release smart watches and other wearable computer products, convinced that they will be the next big tech market segment. Though the technology innovation at companies …

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Ilya Segalovich Dies: Yandex Co-Founder Was 48

On Saturday afternoon Ilya Segalovich, co-founder of the “Google of Russia”, Yandex, was taken off life support and passed away. That ended a battle with terminal metastatic gastric cancer that began nearly a year ago. Early reports indicated that Segalovich had died on Thursday, July 25th. The company put out a statement lamenting Segalovich’s unexpected death. But shortly after, company …

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Yandex Co-Founder Ilya Segalovich Dies at 48 [UPDATED]

UPDATE: Yandex CEO Arkady Volozh has clarified an announcement made by his company earlier today that Segalovich had died. According to him, he is actually in a coma: “We want to clarify an earlier statement that the company put out. We have since learnt that Ilya is in coma and on life support although not showing any brain function. Our …

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