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Facebook, Box, Pinterest Launch Women Mentorships

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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…

5 Programming Languages Marked for Death

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As developers embrace new programming languages, older languages can go one of two ways: stay in use, despite fading popularity, or die out completely. We predict the following languages will likely die: Perl There was a time when everyone seemingly programmed in Perl. But for those of us who used the language regularly, there was something about it that didn’t seem right. One programmer I knew called it a “piecemeal” language, because it seemed as if the creators had just… continue…

Watch Twitter’s Hilarious Recruitment Video

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A couple years ago, Twitter decided to have a bit of fun with its employee-recruitment process, producing a hilarious parody of those cheesy recruitment videos we’ve all sat through: It takes a very special kind of company to laugh at itself in public. You can’t imagine, say, IBM uploading a three-minute mishmash of corny graphics, bad editing and worse acting to YouTube. But Twitter has always prided itself on having a bit of iconoclasm in its DNA—it’s a “disruptive” firm,… continue…

Twitter, Pinterest Release Diversity Numbers

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Twitter and Pinterest have become the latest brand-name tech companies to unveil gender and ethnic portraits of their workforce. The story they tell is pretty much the same as what we’ve seen in the previously released numbers of Facebook, Google and Yahoo. Overall, 30 percent of Twitter’s employees are women. However, the number shrinks to 10 percent when you look at the company’s tech team and 21 percent when you look at its leadership. In terms of ethnicity, 59 percent… continue…

How Twitter Can Earn You That Next Great Job

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Using Twitter to Get a Tech Job from Dice There’s a lot of demand these days for qualified tech pros, but there are also a lot of tech pros out there hunting for jobs. Twitter can prove an effective tool for standing out from the crowd. This handy guide offers tips on everything from using the social network to better attract the attention of tech employers, to creating the right mix of personal/professional Tweets, to crafting a profile that shows… continue…

Twitter Stopped Encryption Project: Report

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According to The Verge, Twitter halted a project that would have cloaked direct messages and other non-public communications. continue…

Twitter’s Rumored New Design Hints at Need for More User Data

Why would Twitter so radically change its interface? The answer, of course, is money. continue…

Satiric App Grimly Tweets of Survival Following Bombings

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A new app, ‘I Am Alive,’ Tweets news that the user survived a bombing; the author thought it was simply satire until 4,000 people started using it. continue…

Facebook 10 Years Later: From Dorm Project to Giant

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In the beginning, Mark Zuckerberg probably didn’t think thefacebook.com would radically change the Web. Boy, was he wrong. continue…

Facebook Isn’t In a Death Spiral

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A new study suggests that Facebook, like a highly infectious disease, will “burn out” over the next few years. That’s probably not the case. continue…