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Tech Workforce Diversity At Facebook Similar To Google And Yahoo

Slashdot - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 2:47pm
theodp (442580) writes Facebook is mostly white dudes, writes Valleywag's Sam Biddle, cutting to the chase of Facebook's inaugural disclosure of diversity figures. "We're serious about building a workplace that reflects a broad range of experience, thought, geography, age, background, gender, sexual orientation, language, culture and many other characteristics," said Facebook, which has a tech workforce that's 15% female and only 1% Black. By contrast, Wikipedia's Baseball Color Line article notes that "by the late 1950s, the percentage of blacks on Major League teams matched or exceeded that of the general population." So, is it surprising that the company whose stated mission is "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected" is having problems connecting with the general population in 2014?

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Intel MIC Run-Time Offload Library Close To Entering GCC

Phoronix - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 2:42pm
Intel's MIC run-time offload library will likely be added to the GNU Compiler Collection in the very near future...

Average chump in 'bank' phone scam is STUNG for £10,000 - study

El Reg - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 2:27pm
Get Safe Online launches campaign against 'social engineering'

UK consumers have lost more than £21m to "social engineering" scams where fraudsters impersonated bank employees and tech support since the beginning of the year, according to GetSafeOnline.…

Intel cuts ribbon on UK Internet of Things Ignition Lab

L'Inq - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 2:23pm

Centre will spur innovators to collaborate with Intel on end-to-end IoT solutions

Intuit Beats SSL Patent Troll That Defeated Newegg

Slashdot - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 2:08pm
Last fall, Newegg lost a case against patent troll TQP for using SSL with RC4, despite arguments from Diffie of Diffie-Hellman key exchange. Intuit was also targeted by a lawsuit for infringing the same patent, and they were found not to be infringing. mpicpp (3454017) sends this excerpt from Ars: U.S. Circuit Judge William Bryson, sitting "by designation" in the Eastern District of Texas, has found in a summary judgment ruling (PDF) that the patent, owned by TQP Development, is not infringed by the two defendants remaining in the case, Intuit Corp. and Hertz Corp. In a separate ruling (PDF), Bryson rejected Intuit's arguments that the patent was invalid. Not a complete victory (a clearly bogus patent is still not invalidated), but it's a start.

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LOHAN laid bare in intimate interview

El Reg - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 2:01pm
Spaceplane head honcho Lester chews the fat with DIY Drones

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Ofcom: British public now read more news online than in newspapers

L'Inq - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 1:58pm

UK audiences shift to finding news on apps and websites

DOH! Google’s internet of things vision is powered by… Mac OS

El Reg - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 1:36pm
This dogfood tastes of Apple

Few companies have as all encompassing a vision as our friends at Google. From handsets and cloud apps, to airships via, ad sales and Chromebooks, this is the company that reckons anything you can do, it can do better. Or at least do with an ad on it.…

Samsung Gear Live vs LG G Watch specs comparison

L'Inq - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 1:31pm

We compare the features of the two Android Wear smartwatches

Hospitals Begin Data-Mining Patients

Slashdot - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 1:29pm
schwit1 (797399) sends word of a new and exciting use for all of the data various entities are collecting about you. From the article: You may soon get a call from your doctor if you've let your gym membership lapse, made a habit of ordering out for pizza or begin shopping at plus-sized stores. That's because some hospitals are starting to use detailed consumer data to create profiles on current and potential patients to identify those most likely to get sick, so the hospitals can intervene before they do. Acxiom Corp. (ACXM) and LexisNexis are two of the largest data brokers who collect such information on individuals. They say their data are supposed to be used only for marketing, not for medical purposes or to be included in medical records. While both sell to health insurers, they said it's to help those companies offer better services to members.

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NVIDIA's Performance Counters Closer To Being Exposed By Nouveau

Phoronix - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 1:25pm
The work by open-source student developer Samuel Pitoiset taking part again in Google's Summer of Code is continuing to show signs of progress. Pitoiset is the one that's been working towards an open-source version of NVIDIA's NVPerfKit with exposing NVIDIA's performance counters on Linux using the open-source Nouveau driver...

Apple outs 16GB iPod Touch with iSight camera for £159

L'Inq - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 1:06pm

Firm hasn't given up on music players yet

It's a Brit Apple supplier BORG: Two become one £80m fruity tech titan

El Reg - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 12:58pm
Jigsaw24 swallows Square Group

Private equity-backed Jigsaw24 has swallowed fellow Apple supplier Square Group for an undisclosed sum to create a circa £80m powerhouse in the fruit-branded channel.…

What enterprise mobility means for my business

El Reg - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 12:56pm
Customers speak at Windows Phone conference

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Neanderthals Ate Their Veggies

Slashdot - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 12:48pm
sciencehabit (1205606) writes Scientists excavating an archaeological site in southern Spain have finally gotten the real poop on Neanderthals, finding that the Caveman Diet for these quintessential carnivores included substantial helpings of vegetables. Using the oldest published samples of human fecal matter, archaeologists have found the first direct evidence that Neanderthals in Europe cooked and ate plants about 50,000 years ago.

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O2 starts taking orders for the LG G3

L'Inq - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 12:23pm

Flagship Android smartphone starts shipping in the UK

REVEALED: Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 firms... 10 declined

El Reg - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 12:22pm
SEC filings from SanDisk slurp

+Analysis  Fusion-io shopped itself to 11 companies and only got one offer.…

Making an Autonomous Car On a Budget

Slashdot - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 12:07pm
cartechboy writes Tired of waiting for self-driving cars from the automakers? If 2017 and 2020 just feel too far away there's now a solution. It's called Cruise, and for $10,000 it'll turn your current ride into a self-driving car. Kyle Vogt started the company and recruited a team of engineers and roboticists from MIT to work on autonomous vehicles. Cruise plans to market the hardware as something that can be retrofitted to existing cars using roof-mounted sensors near the windshield, actuators to operate the controls, and a trunk-mounted computer that manages everything. The idea is that drivers can merge onto the highway and simply hit the "Cruise" button on the dashboard. This will engage the system and basically turns the car on autopilot. The system can use the steering, brakes, and throttle to keep the car in its lane. Currently the first system, called RP-1, only works on current-generation Audi A4 and S4 models. RP-1 is currently available for pre-order with the launch set for near year.

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I/O: New Google design language will RULE OVER 'DROIDS

El Reg - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 11:57am
Android devices will be living in a 'Material' world

Google has unveiled a new look for the next version of Android, Android L, dubbed "Material Design". So what, you ask? Well, Android runs on around 70 per cent of the world's smartphones.…

Paypal’s two factor authentication flaw is open to hackers

L'Inq - Thu, 26/06/2014 - 11:57am

Presumably that makes it twice as bad

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