Microsoft CEO ‘humbled’ by backlash to equal pay comments, outlines diversity plan

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is not done addressing the criticism over his recent remarks that women in the notoriously sexist technology industry shouldn’t be “asking for a raise” but should instead be “having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along.” After making those comments in early October at a conference celebrating women in tech, and then walking back them back on Twitter and in an internal email, Nadella is taking even more steps to apologize and emphasize that he is committed to greater gender equality at Microsoft. In a memo Nadella sent to Microsoft employees this week, obtained by Geekwire, he says the feedback he received on his comments was a “humbling and learning experience.” Nadella…

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Android 5.0 Lollipop’s Easter egg is a Flappy Bird clone

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Every version of Android has featured a variety of hidden treats and features, commonly called “Easter eggs.” Android 5.0 Lollipop, which is due to arrive on devices in the coming weeks, might have the most ambitious Easter egg of all: it has a knock off of the Flappy Bird game accessible via a series of taps in the phone’s settings menu. In place of the 8-bit bird and Mario Bros. pipes are the Android mascot and lollipop obstacles that you must avoid.

The Flappy Bird-like game is available on the developer preview of Android 5.0 Lollipop, as demonstrated in the video above by YouTuber Sam Nalty. There’s no reason for us to suspect it won’t be in the final version of the software however, so those with Nexus device will likely be able…

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Tumblr’s new OS X app lets Yosemite users share from anywhere

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Tumblr has launched an official app for OS X today, one day after the release of Apple’s latest desktop operating system. It’s available for free in the Mac App Store right now, and Tumblr wants you to know that it does two things, and two things only. First, it’s a web wrapper for the Tumblr website. So what you get here is really no different than loading up the site in Safari or Google Chrome. It’s simpler and faster though, so if you spend tons of time on Tumblr, you can now run it separately from your typical web browsers — and stick to those for Facebook, Gmail, and whatever else.

But Tumblr on OS X is definitely worth downloading for its sharing features. The app takes full advantage of Yosemite’s expanding sharing, which lets…

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The beautiful skyward action of the Red Bull Air Race in photos

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I grew up around an open-wheel racing community, so I was looking forward to my time with the Red Bull Air Race. I was extremely curious to see how it compared to the race fans I know and the earthbound competitors I’ve watched for years. And while many people immediately thought of Red Bull’s comedic Flugtag when I told them where I was going, what I experienced couldn’t have been more different.

What I found was an impressive community of highly-skilled pilots, expert crew members, and the…

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Twitter’s Music Strategy: No App, Just Better Listening

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beats-studio-wireless-review-macro-enclosure-1500x1000 Done Music is a special kind of content, and people discover it on Twitter. That’s why building a music experience outside the main Twitter app was a boondoggle, and treating music like any other piece of media within Twitter sells it short. These insights have led Twitter to a better strategy since killing off the Twitter Music app, according to a source at the company: Just improve the… Read More

Tumblr Debuts Its First Desktop App On The Mac App Store

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screen800x500 On the heels of the release of Apple’s new Mac OS, OS X Yosemite, blogging platform Tumblr has just rolled out its first official desktop application with the launch of a Tumblr app for the Mac App Store. The app allows users to post to their personal Tumblr blogs from anywhere on the Mac, whether that’s content like links, images or videos you stumble across online, or files you… Read More

I survived a flight with the Red Bull Air Race

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“You’ll be flying in the front seat,” I was told on a clear, sunny morning in Las Vegas. My pilot Petr Kopfstein — who was about to hold my stomach (and my life) in his hands — said it with an easy smile, so I responded with a laugh. I thought he was joking.

He wasn’t.

The Red Bull Air Race series was started in 2003, pitting a dozen of the world’s fastest pilots against each other in timed laps where they maneuver around 82-foot-tall inflatable pylons. But while other sports sponsored by…

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The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 are now available for pre-order

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Following yesterday’s iPad event, Apple has, as promised, placed the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 up for pre-order in the Apple Store. They’ll begin shipping next week.

The Air 2, the company’s thinnest iPad ever, is priced at $499 for the 16GB, wifi-only version, $599 for 64GB, and $699 for 128GB. The iPad mini 3, which is similar to the mini 2 apart from the addition of Touch ID, comes in silver, space gray, or gold, with a base, 16GB model selling for $399.

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White House will name Ron Klain as ‘Ebola Czar’

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The Obama administration will name Ron Klain as “Ebola Czar,” reports CNN. Klain, a former White House official and general counsel of Revolution, an investment group, will be responsible for coordinating the government’s response to Ebola within the US.

“It may be appropriate for me to appoint an additional person.”

Until now, CDC director Tom Frieden had largely been responsible for overseeing Ebola interventions in the US. But a series of blunders at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas — the hospital where Thomas Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the US was being treated — prompted questions over Frieden’s abilities to direct Ebola interventions while keeping up with his other responsibilities.

“It may be…

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This MasterCard with a built-in fingerprint sensor is coming in 2015

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MasterCard has announced the world’s first contactless payment card that uses your fingerprint to authenticate payments. It’s partnered with Zwipe, the company behind this biometric technology, on a card that will only permit charges if your thumb is resting on the built-in sensor. You can wave it near an NFC reader for contactless payments, and it’s also fully compatible with chip terminals. Fingerprint data is all stored locally inside the card’s secure element and is never transmitted to MasterCard. And since biometric authentication obviates any need to enter a PIN, Zwipe says this is fundamentally more secure than the chip and PIN system. The company already ran a pilot with Norway’s Sparebanken DIN bank, but the prototype card used…

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How to secure the world’s most-wanted video files

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Laura Poitras’s CitizenFour arrives in theaters this weekend, offering an inside look at the Snowden leaks and the eight days Snowden spent in a hotel room in Hong Kong as the first stories were published. The leaks themselves required intense security measures, but editing and distributing the film has presented a challenge of its own. CitizenFour contains two separate stories which were held back until the film’s carefully orchestrated premiere: one on industry infiltration in China and Germany and another on Snowden’s girlfriend, Lindsay Mills, and her new residence in Moscow. Countless other secrets left behind in the editing room, and had to be protected throughout the process.

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Google rolling out new Search update to downrank ‘most notorious’ pirate sites

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Google and the copyright lobby have been, to some extent, enemies for years — they probably will be as long as Google is an index for the web and the web contains pirated media. But as the company’s grown up, it’s partnered with the music industry to root out piracy (or pay royalties) on YouTube; it’s set up its own book, movie, and music store with Google Play; and last year, it put up a report detailing its attempts to fight copyright infringement and assuring rightsholders that YouTube and Search made up only a small portion of pirate traffic. This year, it’s taking the same tack, with a few new details.

Google’s report outlines some of the information it regularly releases in its transparency reports, including the huge jump in DMCA…

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‘The New York Times’ wants you to help decode ads from the age of Don Draper

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If Mad Men has taught us anything —aside from the fact that the blatant sexism and racism of postwar America hasn’t improved very much with time— it’s that the 1960s were a golden age of advertising. Back then, companies didn’t have fancy tracking algorithms capable of automatically turning you into an unwitting spokesperson for a giant tub of lubricant. No, instead they had to rely on creative copywriters and visual artists to make ads that popped, even in black and white. If you want to see a bunch of the work from this era, head on over to Madison, an aptly named new online archive from The New York Times that collects a bunch of vintage advertisements that printed in the newspaper throughout the decade. Many are bizarre and…

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Apple Begins Taking Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And Mini 3

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Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 11.07.17 AM Apple revealed new iPad models on Thursday, and they all go on sale starting today via Apple’s online store. Today is just the beginning of pre-sales, with iPads officially shipping to pre-order customers and arriving in stores sometime “late next week,” according to Apple. Pricing for the new iPad mini, which is essentially the same as the existing model with Touch ID added… Read More

Former Google attorney Michelle Lee nominated to run US patent office

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Former Google patent chief Michelle Lee has been nominated by President Obama to run the US Patent and Trademark Office, potentially placing a tech-industry leader in a key position as the government continues to work toward reforming the patent process and stamping out trolls. Lee is currently the USPTO’s deputy director and was previously running its Silicon Valley office, having come there in 2012 after nearly a decade at Google as an attorney and head of patents. She also holds degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT. Her nomination to director still needs to be approved by the Senate. Businessweek reports that the lead position has been vacant for nearly two years.

Bringing reform to the US patent system has…

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Amazon Brings Grocery Delivery To Brooklyn

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logo-amazonFresh-splashLanding Amazon announced this morning it’s bringing its grocery delivery service AmazonFresh to Brooklyn, confirming earlier reports of a New York area expansion. Initially, the service will be available to Prime members in Park Slope, but the company says it will soon expand the service to additional zip codes in Brooklyn. There’s no word yet on when AmazonFresh will arrive elsewhere in… Read More

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