XX in Tech
As a pretty avid Xbox aficianado and also a person with two X chromosomes, this Betabeat reporter was unsurprised to read in the New York Times today about the seriousness of sexism in gaming culture. We gave up using a mic on Xbox Live long ago, the slew of vicious insults hurled at us just for having a girly voice not worth it when we could happily kick friends’ asses on local co-op mode, no slurs necessary.
But the Times‘s piece hammers home just how rampant the degradation is, and it’s pretty jarring. In one video clip embedded in the article, a female gamer’s coach threatens to “smell her” as punishment for losing a round in Cross Assault. It’s not the creepiest thing we’ve ever seen, but it comes damn close.
Disrupt Juice Cleanses
When your corporate budget doesn’t allow for an all-expenses-paid team building exercise at Burning Man, where you can spend a week rolling around naked in desert dust, tripping on peyote you got from a guy named “Smelly” and communing with the ghost of your dead grandmother, the New York Times has another solution: juice cleanses! The natural way to hallucinate (via starving).
NASDAQ cops to “arrogance” and “overconfidence” in the lead-up to the Facebook IPO. [Wall Street Journal]
When will people learn that you can’t sue Google for linking to something embarrassing? Otherwise the search engine would be worthless. [TechDirt]
Teens lie about what they do on the Internet. In other news, the sun rose in the east this morning. [TG Daily]
Conde Nast mags including Wired and The New Yorker are cooling on Flipboard, just as the Times ramps up its relationship. [AdAge]
A team of scientists managed to hack RSA’s supposedly ultra-safe SecurID 800 security device, which we assume means more than a few Wall Street IT pros are being pulled into emergency planning meetings right this minute. [Ars Technica]
Microsoft buys Yammer, to the surprise of absolutely no one. [Microsoft Blog]
How does one properly convey just how miffed you are by a newspaper’s attempt to make money? By starting a blog post thusly, “Fuckers I am so sick of reporting on incremental tech news for fucking two years now.”
So began TechCrunch blogger Alexia Tsotsis’ invective-laced late-night rant about the New York Times decision to bring its paywall over to Flipboard, written, if Ms. Tsotsis is to be believed, “in between the downing of tonight’s two bottles of wine.”
I Can Haz Sad
If you spend a ton of time watching videos or frantically switching between programs or obsessively checking your email, you might actually be depressed–at least according to a study from the Missouri University of Science and Technology published in this weekend’s New York Times Sunday Review.
Sriram Chellappan, an assistant professor at M.U.S.T., believes that your Internet behavior can paint an accurate portrait of your mental state, but his findings may surprise you. Or…maybe they won’t, depending on your daily pill regimen.
XX in Tech
Upon navigating to the front page of the New York Times website this weekend, we were happily surprised to discover that a piece about women in technology occupied the feature spot. “Nurturing a Baby and a Startup Business” chronicles the difficulties of juggling motherhood and a booming business, through the lens of a handful of New York’s lady-driven startups: The Knot, Rent the Runway and Gilt Groupe, to name a few.
What Is This I Can't Even
The old Grey Lady sure has outdone herself. Today the New York Times treated us to “Bachelorville’s Big Fish,” about the Valley’s population of wealthy, eligible bachelors who, it is universally acknowledged, must be in want of a wife. Even better: It’s complete with a slideshow by the oh-my-God-are-you-serious name of “Dating Profiles of High-Tech, High-Worth Bachelors.” We’re sure that many of these gentlemen are lovely, but really?
Rather than get our knickers in a twist re: gold-digging and its inherent objectionability, we’ve decided to take a different tack and respond to each “dating profile” with a popular song. To wit:
It's Zuck's World We're Just Living In It
Facebook is heightening its presence in New York and is looking to expand from its Madison Avenue digs into a bigger office better equipped for its influx of engineers. According to Crain’s New York, sources say the execs at Facebook are considering an office space in the former New York Times building at 229 W. 43rd street.
There we were, idly checking our Twitter feed over brunch, when out lept the lede for the Times‘ piece on Kleiner Perkins, Ellen Pao, and Silicon Valley sexism. The opening line: “MEN invented the Internet.” [New York Times]
Ladybeat considered a takedown, but there’s no way we could top what Xeni Jardin has already written. [Boing Boing]
At least they didn’t drag “brogramming” into this. [news.com.au]
Elsewhere on the Internet, Facebook is working on ways for kids younger than 13 to use the social networking site with parental supervision. That’s going to end well. [Wall Street Journal]
Basically admitting the U.S. government was behind Stuxnet is going to have foreign policy fallout. [Ars Technica]
Here’s how Groupon wound up turning down that enormous acquisition offer from Google. It all seems so long ago and far away. [Wall Street Journal]
Alley vs. Valley
The New York Times published a new technology feature yesterday which elucidates what readers of Betabeat probably already know: guys, tech is booming in New York.
This is, of course, in part due to our proximity to the media, fashion and finance industries. But New York is also the victim of Silicon Valley’s vice grip on the pool of talented engineers. We were unsurprised by the Times‘s findings, not only because we report on similar trends here at Betabeat, but also because the paper of record has written this story “at least 18x,” Skyped one Betabeat writer.