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Provocative Documentary ‘CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap’ Asks, “Where Are All the Women in Tech?”

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Early in Robin Hauser Reynolds’s new documentary CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap (which premiered yesterday at the Tribeca Film Festival), Pixar director of photography and general badass Danielle Feinberg tells a story from when she was a teenager, taking a class in mechanics, in which they would take apart a broken lawnmower and put it back together, trying to fix it in the process. She was the only girl in the class. At the end of the project, they all lined up to try (and fail) to start their lawnmowers; she went last, and the kick of watching it roar to life is a feeling she still holds on to. It’s thrilling to buck expectations and thrash stereotypes — even if, in the case of computer science, said expectations and stereotypes are so confounding.
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Cindy Sherman Emojis, Apple Watches, and Ireland’s One-Day Legalization of Ecstasy and Ketamine: Links You Need To See

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Vanessa Bayer is once again flexing her formidable PR skills as Above Average‘s Janessa Slater, and this time she has some “Sound Advice” for Sleater-Kinney. Slater (not to be confused with Sleater) advises the band to do things like carry forth Susan B. Anthony’s famous message: “Be a girl, get dressed up, be pretty.” Watch Sleater-Kinney’s faces as they discuss the technicalities of indecent exposure and whether or not men should be buying women lobster dinners.
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How the Internet Turns Justine Saccos Into Hester Prynnes

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While people abusing the Internet’s power of anonymity to be cruel, and terrorizing through comments sections and social media, isn’t what anyone would call news (see: Amanda Hess’ award-winning “Why Women Aren’t Safe on the Internet,” Gamergate, etc.), a pair of articles in this weekend’s New York Times survey the damage in a way that suggests the Internet is in dire need of a code of ethics. With just one tiny misstep — or even just a misunderstanding — any one of us could become Hester Prynne for 15 minutes.
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Kanye West’s Secret Weapon Is His Versatility

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Late last year, in what seemed like a lost bet with his label Def Jam, Kanye West did a nationwide commercial radio tour. I’m not talking about the next-level Zane Lowe BBC interview everyone raved over, I’m talking about Kanye going to pop and “urban”-format radio stations with cheesy DJs in nearly every major market where his Yeezus Tour stopped. Some of these interviews made headlines, but mostly the DJs were intimidated by Kanye and let him ramble on about whatever he damn well pleased, be it Adidas or Kardashians.
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Maj Isabelle Olsson, Lead Industrial Designer of Google Glass, on Wearable Technology

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“Perfection is attained not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away,” wrote Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. At last weekend’s annual Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, lead industrial designer of Google Glass Maj Isabelle Olsson referred to the above quotation from the author who wrote The Little Prince to explain her inspiration behind the “look” of Google Glass. Appropriately, the title of her talk was “Google Glass: Less Is More.”
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Flavorpill LA’s Favorite Games from E3

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E3 2013 has come and gone, bringing with it all the usual hullabaloo that makes gamers go nuts. New systems were announced, and by now, everyone knows Sony dominated, Microsoft stumbled, and Nintendo just went about its business. All had great consoles, games, and peripherals, and though fans and news outlets keyed in on the major games, we thought we’d focus on ones that aren’t getting as much attention as they deserve.
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Why Is Frank Gehry So Desperate to Align Himself With Facebook?

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For a while, rumors have been circulating that Facebook would be relocating from a Midtown Manhattan office at 335 Madison Ave to the downtown tech stead of Silicon Alley. Yesterday, Serkan Piantino, head of Facebook’s New York engineering team, confirmed the news, announcing that they would be taking up 100,000 square feet of space on two floors of an existing building at 770 Broadway.
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