Social Media in Turkey, Diversity at Facebook, and the crazy Pokemon Go EULA.
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It’s not unusual to see countries in a time of political crisis block the internet, social media, and the liek in an attempt to crush dissent. The events that happened in Turkey over the weekend, which i dont pretend to understand, show the other side of the coin – how a government can take to social media asking its citizens to fight back over a coup in progress
Women and minorities are under-represented at Facebook but the WSJ reports that Facebook puts the blame on the talent-pool. Facebook’s workforce is 4% Hispanic, 1% Black and 33% female, up 1% from last year.
And one of the symptoms of a non-diverse tech workforce is expressed in emoji.
In the last year, emoji have added different skin tones to the cute little faces we use everyday, and now Google have addressed the fact that female emoji were generally seen in pretty old fashioned sterotypical roles, getting their nails done, or doing their hair. Google have submitted new emoji to the Unicode Consortium showing women as doctors, scientists, chefs and mechanics
Google was developing a VR headset in the same space as Oculus and HTC but has nixed the project. This is ‘Another sign that Google is putting its eggs into mobile VR’, according to recode.
All is doom and gloom at the good ship Cupertino as Apple’s arch rival, Samsung, saw it’s flagship overtake the iPhone in sales last quarter
The EULA for Pokemon Go contains a whithering clause in which players surrender their right to sue and instead have recourse to a “system of secretive, one-sided shadow courts paid for by corporations where class actions are not permitted and the house always wins.” However, users have 30 days to send an email to developer Niantic to opt out.
A federal appeals court has ruled Microsoft and other companies cannot be forced to turn over customer emails stored on servers outside the United States, handing a victory to privacy advocates.”
Science with Gibbo
The Juno probe, named for the wife of the Roman God Jupiter, arrived at Jupiter this month (July 4 is the accepted date).
Its mission is study Jupiter, of course.
But then thing that has space geeks geeking isn’t just the science. It’s that the four Galilean moons, the ones that could be seen by the earliest telescopes, are all named for mistresses of Jupiter — Ganymede, Callisto, Io and Europa.
So now Juno’s in town to give him what for.
According to NASA “The god Jupiter drew a veil of clouds around himself to hide his mischief, but his wife, the goddess Juno, was able to peer through the clouds and see Jupiter’s true nature.”
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