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Diverse hires are often treated as though they should consider themselves lucky to be hired, even when they have the same (or better) skills than the people they beat out during the hiring process. Being told that you were hired simply because of what you brought to the table demographically isn’t good for morale, and it doesn’t speak well to a company-wide commitment to change culture.

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Fresh Air tech contributor Alexis Madgrigal writes that Pinterest could be a competitor with Google search: 

Pinterest is mostly known as a place people go to find things to buy or make. The company likes to say that Pinterest is about planning your future, but it’s also just about seeing – visually — a bunch of interesting stuff on a theme, all in one place. So there are boards for wedding planning and child rearing and men’s linen suits, but also for kittens and model airplanes and mountains. Some boards are just a mood like “monumental” or “cute” or “adventurous.”

Despite this popularity, Pinterest has never attracted the same kind of press or adulation as the companies that grew up around the same time — businesses like Instagram, Uber or even Dropbox. Pinterest just isn’t seen as a hardcore technology company that will follow the path of Google and Facebook. To some people, it doesn’t feel like a world-shaping product. “It’s just a digital scrapbook,” people say.

But Internet companies are valuable in large part because of the kind of data that they possess. And Pinterest possesses some really, really interesting data. The first part of it is that they are a repository of things that people would like to have or do. They’re a database of intentions. And that has got to be valuable to marketers and advertisers.

But it goes deeper than that. What Pinterest has created — almost unintentionally — is a database of things in the world that matter to human beings. While Google crunches numbers to figure out what’s relevant, Pinterest’s human users define what is relevant for a given topic. And because of that, they could become a legitimate competitor to Google, the world’s most valuable Internet company.

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Because its editors are mostly male, an open-source map that provides data to companies like Foursquare and Craigslist may contain more strip clubs than day care centers.
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fastcompany:

Because its editors are mostly male, an open-source map that provides data to companies like Foursquare and Craigslist may contain more strip clubs than day care centers.

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Google blocked in China ahead of Tiananmen massacre anniversary

Obstruction of Google services are believed to be part of a massive government effort to stifle conversation around the Tiananmen Square massacre which occurred on June 3 and 4, 1989, during which at least several hundred protesters were killed by the Chinese military.

The so-called “Incident”—launched in part to protest inflation, limited career prospects, and govenrment corruption—has since been disguised as a “counterrevolutionary riot” by the Chinese government, and hidden from new generations of Chinese.

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Hate the url bar? Here’s how to get rid of it in Google Chrome

Brace yourselves—it looks like URL has to die.

A recent version of Google Chrome, Google’s popular web browser, has relegated the hypertext transfer protocol, better known as “http://” to a permanent redundancy in your internet experience, replacing it with that thing you always type anyway—a simple domain address.

If you can handle the change, the new feature can help you forget http:// ever existed.

[goodbye url]

Provocative ads use Google to show how we really feel about women.
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Provocative ads use Google to show how we really feel about women.

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