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Best Tech Events This Week (Next Billion, FinTech Hackathon, Capital On Stage, StrategyHack, NY Tech, DevPong, Engadget Expand)

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This is a guest post from Gary Sharma (aka “The Guy with the Red Tie”), founder and CEO of GarysGuide and proud owner of a whole bunch of black suits, white shirts and, at last count, over 40 red ties. You can reach him at gary [at] garysguide.com.

My friends Justin Brown & Mark Bakacs are founders of a hot new startup, Ideapod (a platform for ideas). Think TED but more interactive! Every week, a leading thinker will ignite a new conversation. This week it’s Amir Dossal, founder and chairman of Global Partnerships Forum. Topic: What if everyone had access to the web? Read More

Post Post-Race

Let’s Talk About Race: Pattern-Matching Is As Real In Tech Media as It Is In Silicon Valley

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Twitter attempted to have a conversation about race and the tech industry yesterday. The loudest voices?  White men on either side of the argument shouting each other down. What got obscured along the way was just how much pattern-matching plays into the lack of diversity in the tech industry and the people who cover it and how that holds all of us back.

They almost made Jamelle Bouie’s point for him.

In a feature for The Magazine, Mr. Bouie examined why the mastheads of tech blogs like The Next Web, The Verge, Engadget and Gizmodo were overwhelmingly white and male. Rather than “overt racism,” he found a prohibitive combination of dependence on unpaid internships–and the network effect of a wired boys club whose members sometimes seem to be talking solely for each other’s benefit. Read More

Tech Blogs

As Tech Blogs Turn: Will AOL Sell Engadget and TechCrunch?

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When it comes to tech blogs, your granny’s favorite dial-up provider, AOL, is always good for some surprising news. Tonight Sarah Lacy’s PandoDaily is reporting possible new drama in the offing. According to Ms. Lacy, “two independent sources” have confirmed that AOL is considering selling off both Engadget and TechCrunch. “The two would likely be sold together as AOL Tech,” writes Ms. Lacy, “possibly including smaller assets like TUAW and Joystiq.” Read More

Blog Lords

The Verge: How the Engadgeteers Broke Free of Aol and Built the Site They’d Been Dreaming Of

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The Verge launched yesterday in the early a.m. without a hitch: a sleek tech news site complete with longer analysis, forums, a product database and a Q&A with insanely-popular Apple blogger John Gruber to ensure a nice inaugural traffic boost.

“For me, this was an idea that was forming for a long time,” said Josh Topolsky, former Engadget editor and current editor and co-founder of the new site. The editor—Jimmy Fallon’s gadget consultant and electronic musician—was getting notes from co-workers as he spoke to Betabeat this morning by phone (“26, 27 editorially-focused employees? Okay, I’m being told it’s 29″).  Read More