Thrifty, Yet Nifty

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:43am
The Nokia Lumia 635 is among the first wave of handsets to launch with the latest update of Windows Phone 8.1 software out of the box. At only $130 or less, it's one of the best options for low-priced 4G phones.

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The Week’s Best Trailers: Giant Grizzly Bears and a Little Light BDSM

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:43am
This week at the trailer house, we get so many random goodies it's like a care package from your most eccentric aunt.

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Watch a Computer Send Messages by Blasting Smoke Rings at Lasers

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 6:43am
It's the miracle of wireless telegraphy, as interpreted by that guy from college who could do cool tricks after bong rips.

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Ebola Outbreak Continues To Expand

Slashdot - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:36am
symbolset writes in with the latest about an ebola outbreak spreading across West Africa. The World Health Organization (WHO) continues to monitor the evolution of the Ebola virus disease (EVD) outbreak in Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. The current epidemic trend of EVD outbreak in Sierra Leone and Liberia remains serious, with 67 new cases and 19 deaths reported July 15-17, 2014. These include suspect, probable, and laboratory-confirmed cases. The EVD outbreak in Guinea continues to show a declining trend, with no new cases reported during this period. Critical analyses and review of the current outbreak response is being undertaken to inform the process of developing prioritized national operational plans. Effective implementation of the prioritized plans will be vital in reversing the current trend of EVD outbreak, especially in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

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Why Pinterest's Workforce Is The Future Of Tech

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:25am

Pinterest’s tech department is twice as female as Twitter’s, and more so than the departments at Facebook and Yahoo, the numbers show.

On Thursday, Pinterest released its diversity numbers indicating the company’s gender and ethnicity makeup. The release is a followup to Pinterest tech lead Tracy Chou’s Medium post, Where are the numbers?, urging tech companies to reveal their diversity statistics.

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In the release, Chou notes, “We’re not close to where we want to be,” but Pinterest is still doing scores better than fellow technology companies when it comes to gender. The overall company is 40% women and 50% Caucasian.

With a tech team that's  21% female, Pinterest has twice as many women in its tech department as Twitter, percentage-wise. Meanwhile, both Yahoo's and Facebook’s tech teams are a little better at 15% women.

Along with a 50% Caucasian workforce, 42% of Pinterest's employees are Asian, with a smattering of other ethnicities making up the remaining 8%.

Headed by CEO Ben Silbermann, who is biracial, Pinterest has a good track record of promoting non-white employees to management positions. Chou is Asian and Justin Edmund, a highly visible product designer is among the non-white Pinterest employees.  

Pinterest's 19% female leadership ratio remains as dismal as other top tech companies, lower than Facebook's 23% female management. 

Pinterest is making the most obvious strides is the intern department. This year, 32% of the tech team interns the company has hired this year are women, compared to last year's 29%.

Out of all the major technology companies, Pinterest has the largest female audience. 

The report noted that Pinterest contributes toward tech organizations for women and girls, including Girls Who Code. As resources for women increase, we suspect more tech teams will begin to look like Pinterest's. 

Photo by Pinterest HQ

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