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Over the summer, a handful of tech giants released diversity reports that showed their respective companies weren’t diverse at all, with white males occupying the majority of positions from the engineering ranks to the C-suite. At Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Yahoo, males constituted 80 percent or more of employees. After that data became public, many of these companies vowed to do better. “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard… continue…

The Weirdness of Microsoft Garage

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Back in the day, Microsoft employees had to hide their iPhones, lest senior management see them toting a competitor’s device. Nor was that the only case of Microsoft showing a corporate aversion to rival products: Former CEO Steve Ballmer refused to launch Office for the iPad, for example, for nearly four years after Apple’s bestselling tablet made its debut. But under new CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has made some pretty big changes in how it interacts with outside platforms and… continue…

Facebook’s Plans for a Jetliner-Sized Drone

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Facebook’s made no secret of its intention to eventually launch unmanned aerial vehicles—also known as drones—into the atmosphere. Once circling the earth at an extremely high altitude, those vehicles will “beam” the Internet down to under-served countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa. In order to remain aloft for extended periods of time, the vehicles will rely on solar power. Although relatively lightweight, they’ll also be the size of a 747, according to Facebook Connectivity Lab Engineering Director Yael Maguire,… continue…

Things Just Got Way Harder for the Next Pebble

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Wearable electronics, long the subject of considerable hype from the tech press, now seem on the verge of entering the mainstream. Samsung, Apple, Google, Motorola, and other tech giants all want consumers to strap a “smart watch” to their wrist; Google continues to push Google Glass, its augmented-reality headset; and Facebook bet $2 billion that Oculus Rift, its latest acquisition, can guide the future of virtual reality. Wearable electronics becoming the Next Big Thing could present loads of opportunities to… continue…

Will Microsoft Wreck ‘Minecraft’ by Acquiring It?

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Microsoft is reportedly in discussions to purchase the studio behind the popular game Minecraft for $2 billion, according to The Wall Street Journal (which drew its information from an anonymous source). Markus Persson, who goes by the online handle Notch, wasn’t expecting to set the video-gaming world on fire when he released the Minecraft beta in 2010. The game was a side-project, something he cobbled together in his free time. Once the game became a hit, he quickly grew ambivalent… continue…

Google Employees Used Perks to Live House-Free

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In a bid to keep its employees on campus for as long as possible, Google’s Mountain View headquarters offers a variety of perks, including free food, gym facilities, and dry cleaning. But according to Business Insider (which drew its sourcing from a Quora thread), some employees are using those perks to never leave the office. “[One] guy lived in the camper for 2-3 years. Showered at the gym. Did his laundry on campus. Ate every meal on campus he could,” wrote… continue…

Business-App Developers: Pay Attention to Oculus Rift

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Those who know about Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset, assume that the company (along with third-party developers) will devote the bulk of its time and attention to gaming. After all, the firm boasts legendary game developer John Carmack as its CTO, and every video it produces seems to focus on the device’s ability to deliver an immersive gaming experience. With Oculus’s reputation on the rise (thanks in large part to its acquisition by Facebook), other companies… continue…

The Average Tech Worker in San Mateo Makes WHAT?

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The average tech worker in San Mateo County, California made $291,497 last year, according to a new analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data. There’s just one catch: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was responsible for more than $80,000 of that average, thanks to his decision to exercise $3.3 billion in Facebook stock options last year. Once you cut him from the mix, the average tech worker’s salary in San Mateo drops to “only” $210,000, which is nonetheless more in… continue…

Tech Giants’ Diversity Reports Show an Industry Not Diverse at All

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Last week, Apple became the latest tech company to issue a diversity report, following in the footsteps of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and others. In a statement accompanying the data, Apple CEO Tim Cook voiced his displeasure about his firm’s makeup, which is overwhelmingly white and male: “I’m not satisfied with the numbers… They’re not new to us, and we’ve been working hard for quite some time to improve them.” Upload Your ResumeEmployers want candidates like you. Upload your resume.… continue…

What It’s Like to Work at Microsoft, Facebook AND Google

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  Dima Korolev has worked at Google, Facebook and Microsoft, so he’s got a unique perspective on the strengths and weaknesses of each company as an employer. He worked on search quality and Gmail reliability at Google for a couple of years, then went to Microsoft, again working on search quality and also airfare prediction. After that, he moved on to Facebook, where he spent about a year working on spam issues. Then he decided he’d be happier working for… continue…