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This is just stupid. Yes, it sucks that Mozilla just promoted a Prop. 8 supporter to CEO. But using that to call for a boycott of Mozilla and instead support Apple, Google, and Microsoft? Mozilla is the only non-profit org. with a first class browser, and one of the most powerful forces working for a free and open internet. They are working on an inexpensive smart phone platform that's targeted at the developing world — not to make buckets full of money, but to make technology accessible to a wider audience. Mozilla sponsors events aimed at increasing diversity — including hella queer diversity — in tech. Way, way more than three of the richest corporations in the world.  Now I want to boycott okcupid for being a corporate shill.
Follow @calebgarling If you try to access OKCupid from Mozilla's Firefox browser, the second most popular in the world behind Google Chrome, the dating site will stop you before you can cruise your...
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Please urge the DOJ to file civil charges! Here's what I wrote when I signed: "Tonight's verdict foreshadows a bleak future. What could Trayvon Martin have done differently that could have protected his life? What advice can we give black and brown boys about how to react in similar situations? Every child, every human has the same right to life, but that's not the message passed down this weekend. Please file civil rights violation charges as soon as possible … please make it clear that everyone's life is valuable." #trayvon #justice  
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Yahoo!'s acquiring Tumblr was all over the news, but I didn't hear about this until today. Apparently, last week a bunch of Automattic (wordpress.com) shares went on sale for $50 million. This values Automattic at around $1 billion — pretty close to Tumblr's purchase price. But they're still independent and going strong.
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For those who haven't seen this already, here's an article on setting up Chromebooks (like your new Pixel) for development.  Found this after looking for information on js-git and saw a tweet by @creationix about crouton. #io13  
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Pixel specific instructions for crouton: https://github.com/dnschneid/crouton/wiki/Chromebook-Pixel

btw, the copyright on crouton reads: crouton (including this eloquently-written README) is copyright © 2013 The Chromium OS Authors.

And, indeed, the github repo is owned by one of the google chrome hardware engineers.
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*Man, Instagram for Android received a TON of hate yesterday, and not because of it being a hipster app, but it being "FOR POOR PEOPLE!"

Check out today's video and please SHARE!

Instagram on Android & the HATE...OMG!
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We're turning Black Friday into Make Everything Day at LOL Oakland Maker Space!
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LOL - Oakland Maker Space and Oakland Sol are cohosting an Allied Media Conference report back on Saturday, July 20! Whether you were there and are excited to share what you have learned or you weren't able to make it but want to find out what happened, please come by!
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Women's bike ride: Clitoral Mass Oakland is taking place this Saturday, 12 noon to 7 p.m. (actual ride is from 2-4 p.m.)
http://clitoralmass.org/blog/2013/5/7/route-for-clitoral-mass-oak
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Women and people of color hack night (and every Monday) at LOL at 7 p.m.! 
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+Jen-Mei Wu I miss you guys too!! Dev Bootcamp's fun -- in the first week, I made a Sudoku solver, a Boggle solver, and a binary search tree (mostly while pairing of course). But I definitely miss the diversity/creativity at LOL hack nights.
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Changing my gender to male on Google+ improved my What's Hot experience Google+ has updated how they distribute content to users through Explore

Earlier today, +Kimberly Chapman told me about a little experiment she'd done. She'd opened a tab on her browser and directed it to plus.google.com/explore, a stream that enables you to see the hottest content on Google+. In another tab, Chapman changed her gender on her Google+ profile from female to male, and then loaded the Explore page into another tab.

The difference was astonishing. "As a girl, I get stupid warm-fuzzy meaningless shit," Chapman writes on a post (http://goo.gl/ZDBxT). "As a guy, I get nerdy stuff. This is not okay. I get that [What's Hot] algorithms are based on what people click, like, share, comment on, etc. Fine. But I challenge anyone to give me one good reason why there should be such a drastic difference in less than ten seconds by simply changing my gender, other than institutionalized sexism about what girls and guys apparently like."

I tried the experiment myself just a moment ago. Below are ten posts that graced my screen, organized into pairs. I have paired them based on their placement on my stream and no other factors. The example image shown below, for instance, shows a post with a quote and one with a bar graph -- the quote was the fifth post on my Explore stream when I was female and the bar graph was the fifth post on my Explore stream when I was male.

Note that I have not changed anything other than my profile. And despite my extensive interaction with the social network, when I'm female, gadgets might as well not exist. When I was male, I saw two posts referencing #io13 , but there was no mention of the event when I was female. In fact, the closest thing to tech news I got as a female was an article about how to become an influencer on Pinterest. Needless to say, this article didn't show up when I was male.

Neither did the nausea-inducing feel-good quotes on pictures. 

+Yonatan Zunger, Chief Architect of Google+, responded to the issue, saying: "What's Hot is based both on properties inherent to the post -- how people have reacted to it when they saw it, +1's, reshares, and so on -- and on properties of the viewer, especially profile info. Gender is one of those signals, as are quite a few other things. From what I can tell, gender is having a relatively large effect on the result set, because our models (based on people's actual responses to seeing these things) seem to show a pretty sharp gender difference in response."

He agreed the model is too gender sensitive, adding that a team is currently working on content recommendations that better reflect individual user preferences. He assures users that "there was no human editing to say that women like X and men like Y."

UPDATE: At 13:08 Pacific, Zunger commented on this post saying that   further discussion with the What's Hot team has revealed that the system that populates Explore is using an old-generation algorithm, which is known to have been very gender sensitive.

"The system that populates the actual What's Hot posts you see in your [Home] stream is the more modernized system, with a lot more subtlety in its model, and it does not have the same level of gender sensitivity," Zunger added. "It's still aware of it, but it's a small feature, not a big one."

Google+ plans to upgrade Explore to the new algorithm. Thank you, Google+ team for being responsive about this issue. We look forward to seeing how this algorithm continues to evolve to serve us more and more of the content each of us wants.
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So glad someone solved this issue. What's Hot was sucking badly.
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Yesterday (or the last time I paid attention), most of the people who had me in their circles have met me in person. Today, not so much. So if you saw me on a shared circle and are wondering who I am ... 

Since G+ is feeling like Twitter today, I'll just take my about from there:

Asian American vegan woman writer/activist. Cycles, cooks, codes, skates, surfs, paddles, occasionally hangs out with femme sharks but is more of a manatee.
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