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Interesting research on several counts.  Wikipedia fares well in terms of the proportion of articles that are about women.  But ...

- articles about women are much more likely to link to articles about men than vice versa.  Guys still don't link!  (cc +Shelley Powers )

- articles about women tend to emphasize the fact that they are about women by overusing words like “woman,” “female,” or “lady” while articles about men tend not to contain words like “man,” “masculine,” or “gentleman.” Words like “married,” “divorced,” “children,” or “family” are also much more frequently used in articles about women, they say.
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Hee. Some folks have long memories ;-)
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Facebook apologized to "the affected community of drag queens, drag kings, transgender, and extensive community of our friends, neighbors, and members of the LGBT community", clarified that their policy is "authentic names" (and that Sister Roma and Lil Miss Hot Mess are indeed "authentic")  and said that they're working on improving the process.   (via +Wizzy Gynoid )

EFF points out that dropping any policy would be better -- but, if Facebook's determined to keep it, has some suggestions.

https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2014/10/dear-facebook-sorry-start-now-lets-see-solutions

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Don't fuck with drag queens. #nymwars #mynameis
Sister Roma and the gang are headed back to Menlo Park this morning, and according to sources reached by Valleywag, Facebook is planning to apologize.
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Everything old is new again. 
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Three years after killing G+'s momentum and driving many of their early supporters away ...
 
When we launched Google+ over three years ago, we had a lot of restrictions on what name you could use on your profile. This helped create a community made up of real people, but it also excluded a number of people who wanted to be part of it without using their real names. 

Over the years, as Google+ grew and its community became established, we steadily opened up this policy, from allowing +Page owners to use any name of their choosing to letting YouTube users bring their usernames into Google+. Today, we are taking the last step: there are no more restrictions on what name you can use. 

We know you've been calling for this change for a while. We know that our names policy has been unclear, and this has led to some unnecessarily difficult experiences for some of our users. For this we apologize, and we hope that today's change is a step toward making Google+ the welcoming and inclusive place that we want it to be. Thank you for expressing your opinions so passionately, and thanks for continuing to make Google+ the thoughtful community that it is.
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Yes, it is about time. Felt really bad after helping to beta test G+ to get thrown out and banned because of my pseudonym/stage name/ radio show name.

I outlined a lot of the crap I went through  on my CNI Radio blog on blogger (while I was trying to do all they wanted, still getting banned, finally being let back in, and then banned again, and no recourse, and finally giving up). At least they didn't take my blogger blog away during that time. But I did lose access to every other Google property including my pictures in Picasa. Not that I kept many on Picasa, but that's not really the point.

http://bambicniradio.blogspot.com/

Started here:

http://bambicniradio.blogspot.com/2011/07/google.html

And ended here:

http://bambicniradio.blogspot.com/2012/08/i-have-given-up-on-google-plus.html

I am glad they finally changed their mind .... after 3 yrs. 
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VP of Engineering David Besbris will replace him. 
The high-profile and powerful exec at the search giant will leave immediately, but has no plans to land elsewhere as yet.
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One interesting thing is that Google's treating people with "thousands of followers" differently by setting their defaults to getting email only from their circles (as opposed to the hoi polloi who by default get mail from everybody).  Wow, it's almost like they know that this will expose people to a bunch of mail they don't want and so made special provisions for the "influentials" don't get bothered!
 
Got both Gmail and Google+? Soon, anyone who also has both will be able to send you a message through Gmail, or you can send to others. How it all works. Yes, there are some safeguards.
Google has announced that soon, anyone with both a Gmail account and a Google+ account will be able to message anyone else with a Gmail account and Google+ account, even if they don’t know their email address. Spam city! Potentially, but Google has some safeguards built it that it hopes will keep this as a […]
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"Google was so good at being Google! Why did they decide they want to become FacebookTV?"
The choice between having to use Google+ and never commenting on YouTube again is laughably easy for me. I invested so much into my YouTube channel, and they're taking that investment and threatening to throw it away if I don't also start investing in Google+. No thank you Google, ...
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well said!
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Kathy Sierra leaves Twitter.

This month is the 10-year anniversary of my first online threat. I thought it was a one-off, then. Just one angry guy. And it wasn’t really THAT bad. But looking back, it was the canary in the coal mine… the first hint that if I kept on this path, it would not end well. And what was that path? We’ll get to that in a minute.

Later I learned that the first threat had nothing to do with what I actually made or said in my books, blog posts, articles, and conference presentations. The real problem — as my first harasser described — was that others were beginning to pay attention to me. He wrote as if mere exposure to my work was harming his world.

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I now believe the most dangerous time for a woman with online visibility is the point at which others are seen to be listening, “following”, “liking”, “favoriting”, retweeting. In other words, the point at which her readers have (in the troll’s mind) “drunk the Koolaid”. Apparently, that just can’t be allowed. ❞
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La plus ca change ...
 
New article: Facebook is re-enacting the Google Plus #Nymwars  and appears to be going after LGBT performers first. I think it shows just how clueless about user safety Facebook really is. Some people are looking at Plus as a safer option....
Facebook is enforcing its "real names" policy, insidiously outing a disproportionate number of gay, trans and adult performers -- placing them at risk for attacks, stalking, privacy violations and more.
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Skud's take on what google+'s announcement SHOULD have been (also via +Peter da Silva  +Edward Morbius).
 
So Skud wrote this. And well, it says a lot?
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Hear hear. It looks like the most important message still hasn't quite got through.
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Mozilla Executive Chairwoman Mitchell Baker said that Eich’s ability to lead the company that makes the Firefox Web browser had been badly damaged by the continued scrutiny over the hot-button issue, which had actually been known since 2012 inside the Mozilla community.

“It’s clear that Brendan cannot lead Mozilla in this setting,” said Baker, who added that she would not and could not speak for Eich. “The ability to lead — particularly for the CEO — is fundamental to the role and that is not possible here.”
And the inevitable conclusion surrounding the controversy over his donation to an anti-gay initiative.
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It was previously known outside the Mozilla company, too, for some of us anyway.  I guess the board figured it was old news (and perhaps they expected Eich to handle the matter better if it came up again).  They don't seem to have expected a boycott by a popular app developer, public calls for resignations by employees, or OK Cupid's die-in-a-fire response.  Well, I don't know that anyone expected that last response, especially its strong closing: "OkCupid is for creating love. Those who seek to deny love and instead enforce misery, shame, and frustration are our enemies, and we wish them nothing but failure."  
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Happy New Year, all -- wishing everybody a great 2014!
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My brother +Greg Pincus new book The 14 Fibs of Gregory K. is out now (yay!!!), so he's decided to celebrate with a double giveaway: a copy of The 14 Fibs AND, since pie is a big part of the 14 Fibs, a copy of Gesine Bullock-Prado's amazing cookbook Pie it Forward. Both authors will sign/personalize our respective books to whoever wins 'em - you can have them both made out to you, or the cookbook to a child you love and 14 Fibs to you... or vice versa!

To join in (and for the full rules), check oug Greg's blog Gottabook at http://gottabook.blogspot.com/2013/09/double-giveaway-14-fibs-of-gregory-k.html
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