Tech has a serious diversity problem — so General Assembly (GA), the New York City private vocational school for programming and engineering, is now opening an “Opportunity Fund” to give scholarships to women, veterans, African-Americans and Latinos.
The first contributors to the fund are Google, Microsoft, Hirepurpose and Nas. Read More
Snapchat has added another 4000 square feet to their L.A. offices, which are located a block from the beach. How nice for them. [The Hollywood Reporter]
In a collision of nerd culture comparable to Sean Parker’s LOTR-meets-Game of Thrones-meets-Harry Potter wedding, Warner Brothers and Microsoft Advertising have teamed up to create 3D printer templates of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug props, PSFK reports.
If you have a Google Chromebook on your holiday shopping list, Microsoft is trying its best to Scroogle-shame you from buying one. The computer company released a new television ad yesterday with the stars of something called Pawn Stars that tries to convince the public that Chromebooks are crap.
Microsoft, a company allegedly run by adults, has opened an online shop dedicated to anti-Google products. The ‘Shop Scroogled’ outpost contains a variety of interesting and not dorky gifts decked out with slogans lambasting the search giant’s privacy practices.
Sometimes, people have a hard time understanding how to leave you the Christ alone when you’re in a crappy mood. But since technology is constantly striving to be better than people, a new pair of earbuds can not only detect your bleak mood, but lift you out of the mean reds through the power of pop ballads.
Without texting or snapping, operating a motor vehicle down a highway at 70 miles per hour is pretty boring. What else is there to do aside from be on your phone? Well, the brain trust at Microsoft believes that you should pay attention to the road, so in all three dozen of its Windows phones sold, it’s installing a feature that turns off all the useful parts of your phone.
Three of the top 20 investors in Microsoft want Bill Gates gone as chairman. They worry he’s blocking the company from evolving and limits the power of the new CEO to make “substantial changes.” [Reuters]
Lines like “I found myself pressing the skip button on iTunes Radio more often than Pandora,” doesn’t bode well for Apple’s fledgling service. [Wall Street Journal]
The Washington Post is officially under Jeff Bezos’ control. [Washington Post]
Zynga founder Mark Pincus is “pretty bored with all games.” At least he acknowledged playing Running with Friends? [WSJ]
Sam Biddle shows how easy it is pretending to be a venture capitalist and gamed AngelList for fun. Hopefully this is just funding a second season of Start-ups: Silicon Valley. [Valleywag]
Last month, longtime Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced that he would be leaving the company within a year, and so the goodbyes began. The Verge reports that yesterday Mr. Ballmer held his final company meeting as CEO, and it sounds like he went out playing the role of Steve Ballmer, Tech Industry Character, to the hilt.
Microsoft took some time off from its Labor Day BBQ to announce that it had acquired the handset and services arm of Nokia. [New York Times]
CBS and Time Warner, two gigantic babies masquerading as multi-million dollar companies, finally reached a deal that allows CBS programming to return to Time Warner. It hit your TV last night at 6pm EST, but unless you watch Two Broke Girls (lol), you probably didn’t notice. [The Verge]
Apparently growing bored of life on his lush New Zealand compound, Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom has started his own political party, and–yes–he’s President of it. [TorrentFreak]
Here’s a cool interactive graphic from the Times about the next great startup. Snapchat is included, of course. [NYT]
Jeff Bezos intends to use his bajillions to create a new “golden era” at WaPo. [Washington Post]