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You Can Use Facebook’s New App… If You’re Famous

Posted In Living in Tech
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Facebook has a new mobile app for sharing updates and photos. The one catch: it’s only for famous people. Facebook Mentions allows “actors, athletes, musicians, and other influencers” (in the words of the app’s iTunes page) to “discover and join conversations on Facebook.” Celebrities—or, presumably, their assistants and handlers—can use the app to monitor conversations among fans, host live Q&A sessions, and start conversations with other influencers. Click here to find app-developer jobs. The app will only work for those… continue…

Silicon Valley Recruiters See Wide Demand for Tech Skills

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What’s New This Quarter What does the Silicon Valley workforce really look like? If Google, Yahoo and Facebook are indication, it’s very white and male. In May, Google revealed that only 2 percent of its workforce is black, 3 percent Hispanic, and 30 percent Asian; 30 percent is female. “Simply put, Google is not where we want to be when it comes to diversity,” Senior Vice President Laszlo Bock said in a blog post. The census, which covered 26,600 Google… continue…

Yahoo’s Diversity Report Shows Lack of Women in Tech, Leader Roles

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Women are a significant minority at Yahoo, according to its newly released diversity report. Women make up 37 percent of Yahoo’s global workforce, while men compose 62 percent (roughly 1 percent of employees either said “Other” or didn’t disclose their gender). Women only occupy 15 percent of Yahoo’s technical jobs, and 23 percent of its leadership positions; They’re better represented in non-tech roles, where they make up 57 percent of headcount. Yahoo declined to break out its gender percentages by… continue…

Yahoo Acquires Blink. Who’s Next?

Posted In Looking in Tech
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Facebook may have missed out on acquiring Snapchat, and Yahoo seems determined not to make the same mistake: Blink, a Snapchat clone that allows users to send disappearing messages to one another, just announced its acquisition by Big Purple. “We’re excited to announce that as of May 13, 2014, Blink is joining Yahoo!” read a message on Blink’s official blog. “We built Blink because we believe everyone should be free to show the same honesty and spontaneity in their online… continue…

FISA Data Release by Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft Means Squat

A “range” of government data requests, posted after a six month lag, tell users as little as possible about federal requests for information. continue…

Yahoo Fends Off Email Hacking Attempt

Posted In Cloud
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Yahoo described the attack as “a coordinated effort to gain unauthorized access to Yahoo Mail accounts.” continue…

A Yahoo Trolls for Google Alumni

Posted In Looking in Tech
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It’s no surprise that Yahoo would want to mine Marissa Mayer’s old stomping grounds for new talent. At least one of its employees is doing just that, somewhat brashly, according to Re/code. A Yahoo employee posted a cattle call for Java FE, BE and C++ experts on Xoogler, a group for Google corporate alumni. When you think about it, it’s a smart move: Go after your competitors’ former engineering talent if you can’t get enough of its current employees. Xoogler… continue…

Yahoo’s Moment of Truth Approaches

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Having somewhat stabilized her company, CEO Marissa Mayer needs to show that Yahoo is relevant and capable of growing its bottom line. continue…

David Pogue and Yahoo’s “Normals” Problem

Yahoo’s tech-media strategy isn’t just divisive; it fails to recognize the incredible variety of technology fans. continue…

Internet Giants Demand New Rules for Cyber Spies

Posted In DataCenter
Letter from Google, Microsoft, Facebook et al. demands U.S. government limit online surveillance to preserve liberties and revenue streams. continue…