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Is That a Gadget in Your Pocket? Objectifying 25 Male Tech Writers

Sluttin' it up at CES.

News of the first annual Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day swept across the web this morning following an article penned by one of the event’s founders, gaming and social media reporter Leigh Alexander. “From booth babes to harassment, snide comments to double standards, women have often had a hard time feeling comfortable around the tech industry,” she wrote. In order to demonstrate “the absurdity of objectifying people you claim to agree with or support intellectually,” she’s encouraging female tech writers to give gendered compliments or make sexist proclamations to men about their work.

Though the actual Objectify a Male Tech Writer Day isn’t until February 1st, Betabeat–comprised primarily of female writers–could hardly contain ourselves. Here are 25 gendered comments for 25 of our favorite male tech writers. Read More

Parodies

Tech Blogger Jon Mitchell Claims He Is @NextTechBlog [Updated]

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ReadWrite‘s Jon Mitchell says he is @NextTechBlog, and he is “not stopping.”

@NextTechBlog is a funny Twitter parody of the most ridiculous aspects of tech blogging and it has been an understandable source of intrigue since it was created–just who the hell is behind all those dead-on tweets satirizing tech blogging’s sometimes endless cycle of hype and silliness, anyway?

Spencer Chen attempted to determine the author’s identity with some logical inferences based on thought process and tweeting style, but it turns out his guess, AllThingsD senior editor Mike Isaac, was probably wrong.

Not only will @NextTechBlog continue, Mr. Mitchell is doubling down: Read More

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Booting Up: The Queen’s Tablet Edition

(Photo: Phone Arena)

Gmail has improved its search capabilities, making it possible to now search for emails by size or specific date parameters. This should make finding all those embarrassing emails you sent to your ex even easier. [Gmail Blog]

NY Senator Charles Schumer proposed an initiative yesterday that would create two new high school diplomas that focus on promoting high-tech industries. Gotta start ‘em young? [Press Connects]

The Queen of England prefers the Galaxy Note over the iPad for some unknown reason. [CNET]

Here’s something to alarm you before 9 a.m.: Mat Honan, the Wired writer who was famously hacked, on why passwords are basically useless in protecting your personal information. [Wired]

Americans are too prudish to get into the spirit of fancy butt-washing Japanese toilets. :( [Priceonomics]