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Google’s Diversity Chief: Mamas Don’t Let Their Baby Girls Grow Up To Be Coders

theodp writes: Explaining the reasons for its less-than-diverse tech workforce, Google fingered bad parenting for its lack of women techies. From the interview with Google Director of Diversity and Inclusion Nancy Lee: “Q. What explains the drop [since 1984] in women studying computer science? A. We commissioned original research that revealed it’s primarily parents’ encouragement, and perception and access. Parents don’t see their young girls as wanting to pursue computer science and don’t steer them in that direction. There’s this perception that coding and computer science is … a ‘brogrammer’ culture for boys, for games, for competition. There hasn’t been enough emphasis on the power computing has in achieving social impact. That’s what girls are interested in. They want to do things that matter.” While scant on details, the Google study’s charts appear to show that, overall, fathers encourage young women to study CS more than mothers. Google feels that reeducation is necessary. “Outreach programs,” advises Google, “should include a parent education component, so that parents learn how to actively encourage their daughters.”

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Reports: Charter to buy Time Warner Cable for $55 billion



Time Warner Cable didn’t take long to recover from the breakup of its deal with Comcast.

The second-largest cable TV provider in the U.S. is close to a deal to be acquired by Charter Communications for $55 billion in cash and stock, according to reports from Bloomberg and CNN Money. The deal also reportedly include the acquisition of Bright House Networks, another cable tv provider.

The new deal comes about a month after Comcast withdrew its bid for TWC due to regulatory scrutiny. That deal valued TWC at around $45 billion. However it ran into complications when the Federal Communications Commission voiced concern over how many broadband Internet customers the combined company would have. Most American only have one choice for this kind of service Read more…

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Bitcoin Might Be The Next Big Thing In The Remittance Market

bitcoin rainbow Since its inception in 2009, bitcoin has been disrupting the money exchange market and the currency industry. As the remittance market is moving from brick and mortar retail network to digital, bitcoin might be the next technology to keep reducing and easing money transactions. Read More

Largest Eruption In the Known Universe Is ~100 Times the Size of Milky Way

StartsWithABang writes: At the center of almost every galaxy is a supermassive black hole (SMBH); at the center of almost every cluster is a supermassive galaxy with some of the largest SMBHs in the Universe. And every once in a while, a galactocentric black hole will become active, emitting tremendous amounts of radiation out into the Universe as it devours matter. This radiation can cut across the spectrum, from the X-ray down to the radio. At the heart of MS 0735.6+7421, there’s a >10^10 solar mass black hole that appears to have been active for hundreds of millions of years, something unheard of!

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See Kim and Kanye’s first wedding dance to ‘All of Me’



It’s been exactly one year since you weren’t invited to the wedding of a century between Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

To celebrate the humble event, Kim’s momager, Kris Jenner, shared a video of Kimye’s first wedding dance to John Legend’s “All of Me.” John Legend is there playing the song live because did you really think Kim and Kanye’s first dance would be played off of an iPod?

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Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan had an adorable ‘Buffy’ reunion



Vampire slayers who craft together, stay together

Actresses Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan, who played Buffy and Willow, respectively, in the hit ’90s teen show Buffy the Vampire Slayer, reunited this past weekend to practice witchcraft — just kidding, they made crafts

Geller posted pictures of the duo at a party thrown by Hannigan for her daughter’s birthday.

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12 reported missing in Texas and Oklahoma as new storms strike



At least 12 people were reported missing on Monday after floodwaters swept homes, cars and people away in parts of Oklahoma and Texas over the weekend. Making the situation worse, a large area of damaging thunderstorms gathered strength in Central Texas on Monday afternoon, sweeping eastward with time toward Dallas and Oklahoma City

Among the missing are three members of one family in Wimberley, Texas, according to KIII-TV.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared states of disaster for 24 counties in Texas on Monday morning.

More rain is falling on Monday in some of the areas that were hardest hit by flooding over the weekend, such as the communities of Wimberley and San Marcos, Texas, where the Blanco River transformed from a gentle trickle to raging rapids in a matter of minutes on Sunday. Wimberley is located between San Antonio and Austin. Read more…

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Memorial Day moments around the United States



Iraq War veteran, retired Pvt. Rocky Bishop is embraced by his daughter Cyndney, 6, while visiting the grave of his grandfather, Korean War veteran James Bishop, with his other daughter Hannah, 4, at Georgia National Cemetery, in honor of Memorial Day.

Image: David Goldman/AP

The last Monday of May is Memorial Day in the U.S. — a day meant to honor those who have fallen in battle

While Monday is the official day of remembrance, parades, gatherings and reenactments have taken place all weekend. There were moments commemorating the Civil War, which ended 150 years ago, as well as more recent conflicts Read more…

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Privacy Behaviors Changed Little After Snowden

An anonymous reader writes: An article in Communications of the ACM takes a look at how Edward Snowden’s revelations about government surveillance have changed privacy behaviors across the world. The results are fairly disappointing. While the news that intelligence agencies were trawling data from everyday citizens sparked an interest in privacy, it was small, and faded quickly. Even through media coverage has continued for a long time after the initial reports, public interest dropped back to earlier levels long ago. The initial interest spike was notably less than for other major news events. Privacy-enhancing behaviors experienced a small surge, but that too failed to impart any long-term momentum. The author notes that the spike in interest “following the removal of privacy-enhancing functions in Facebook, Android, and Gmail” was stronger than the reaction to the government’s privacy-eroding actions.

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Watch this rugby player miss a high five, hit himself in the face



Athletes are generally known for their impressive coordination. But these Hurricanes rugby players may go down in high-five hall of fame for their complete lack of palm-to-palm contact while celebrating their team’s 29-5 Super Rugby win over the Blues.

High five, beard! Good work today


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