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Engineer: Google Proved My Point by Firing Me

James Damore says company can't tolerate opposing views

(Newser) - The Google engineer who wrote a controversial memo about why so few women work in tech also complained in that same memo that Google had an "ideological echo chamber" and oppressed opposing views. "My firing neatly confirms that point," writes James Damore in a Wall Street Journal... More »

Male Engineer at Google Just Wrote a Long Memo on Women

They're just not suited to tech, he argues, and reaction is swift

(Newser) - The hot talk of the tech world is a controversial memo written by an engineer at Google who argues women aren't suited to jobs in technology because of biological and psychological differences with men. The document, "Google's Ideological Echo Chamber," is in wide circulation internally and... More »

Google, Facebook Don't Crack Top 5 Highest-Paying Companies

Ever heard of AT Kearney?

(Newser) - If you're offered a job at any of these companies in the US, you best take it. According to 24/7 Wall St , they're the highest-paying employers. The top 10, all within the consulting or tech industries, along with the median total compensation per year: More »

Tech Firm Offers Employees $10K to Move Away From SF

New hires can get 'de-location' package

(Newser) - Tech company Zapier says San Francisco is a fantastic city—and it would like to encourage its employees to move far away from it. In a blog post , CEO Wade Foster offers a $10,000 "de-location" package to new recruits who are struggling with the cost of living in... More »

Tech World Blasts 'Un-American' Travel Ban

Google donates $2M to fight it

(Newser) - Google has joined a host of other tech companies condemning President Trump's Muslim travel ban, which affects employees across the tech world who come to the US through high-skilled immigration programs. CEO Sundar Pichai says the company will donate $2 million to four groups, including the ACLU and UNHCR,... More »

Secret Snapchat Filing Suggests Major IPO on Its Way

Initial public offering could be valued at between $20B and $25B—maybe more

(Newser) - Two years ago, Alibaba stunned the tech world, and the stock market in general, with the biggest initial public offering ever valued at $168 billion . Now Snapchat—technically Snap Inc. , as of September—looks to want in on the mega-IPO game: Sources tell Reuters the company has confidentially filed for... More »

Yelp Worker: I Had to Live on Rice and Water

Talia Jane says she got fired for complaining about wages

(Newser) - A Yelp employee who complained about having to live in near-poverty conditions has a new problem—she needs a job. Talia Jane wrote an open letter to CEO Jeremy Stoppelman on Friday seeking higher compensation and detailing her struggles to afford food, rent, and transportation in San Francisco, and got... More »

Tech Investor Found Dead in High-End Condo

Jay Greenwald was only 51

(Newser) - A highly regarded tech investor was found dead in his New York condo Saturday after apparently overdosing on drugs, the New York Daily News reports. Jay Greenwald, 51, was reportedly fully clothed and face-down on his bed near empty pill bottles when a housekeeper discovered him and a female companion.... More »

Rising Tech Star Finds Herself in the Hot Seat

Questions arise about her company's revolutionary blood-testing technology

(Newser) - A 31-year-old tech billionaire and Stanford dropout has gone from gracing the covers of magazines to defending her revolutionary blood-testing company against charges that its work is inaccurate and misleading, the New York Times reports. According to the Wall Street Journal , Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos 12 years ago because she... More »

Apple Unveils Thinner iPad Air 2

But no big surprises emerge out of Cupertino

(Newser) - Those who want a shiny new iPad for the holidays will have the option of shelling out $499 for the newly unveiled iPad Air 2, reports the Verge . The device is 6.1mm thick, down 18% from its predecessor, and Apple calls it the "world's thinnest tablet."... More »

It's Time to Destroy Nerd Culture

Pete Warden: Nerds have won, but they've become bullies themselves

(Newser) - Pete Warden is a self-described nerd with two decades in the computer industry to back up the claim. In an essay at Quartz , however, he no longer sounds very proud of it. Nerds, he points out, just aren't what they used to be. Twenty years ago, they were the... More »

Software Update Prevents iPhones From Making Calls

Apple quickly pulls iOS 8.01 amid complaints

(Newser) - Apple had to quickly yank an update to its mobile software today after the upgrade caused more problems than it was supposed to fix, reports the Verge . The company released iOS 8.01 this afternoon, hoping to get rid of widely reported bugs with iOS 8. But about an hour... More »

Silicon Valley Milestone: Oracle CEO Larry Ellison Steps Down

But he'll stay with company he founded as chairman

(Newser) - Larry Ellison is stepping aside as CEO of Oracle, the business software maker he founded in 1977. But he's not going far: Ellison will reclaim the title of chairman and is also taking the role of chief technology officer. Oracle says Ellison wants to focus on product engineering, technology... More »

High-Tech Workers Make How Much?

In San Mateo County, Calif., they averaged $291K

(Newser) - Want to earn coin? Try being a high-tech worker in San Francisco. Their average salary leaped nearly 19% last year to $156,518, topping all cities nationwide in that job sector, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Now consider San Mateo County (which includes part of San Francisco), where last year'... More »

Tech Exec Shoots CEO, Kills Self

He was upset over demotion, police say

(Newser) - An exec "despondent" over being demoted at a Chicago technology firm shot his boss and killed himself during a one-on-one meeting yesterday, police say. ArrowStream CEO Steven LaVoie, 54, was shot twice as he struggled for the gun with former chief technology officer Tony DeFrances, reports the Chicago Tribune... More »

Female Yahoo Exec Accused of Sex Harassment by Female

Woman claims she was coerced into sex, then fired when she put a stop to it

(Newser) - Sexual harassment complaints aren't uncommon in the tech industry, but a new one at Yahoo is making headlines because of an unusual twist: A female executive is accused of coercing a female subordinate into sex. The lawsuit filed by engineer Nan Shi says that her boss, mobile exec Maria... More »

Stop Bashing Silicon Valley Nerds

They've become scapegoats: Noah Smith

(Newser) - Silicon Valley has taken some serious heat lately on many fronts; in fact, as Noah Smith puts it on Bloomberg View , it's effectively been branded the new "Mordor." Among its evils: "venture capitalists who trick bright young people into throwing their lives away on hopeless startups;... More »

The Internet's Workforce Is Faceless

We've forgotten that huge deals have a human toll: George Packer

(Newser) - Early 20th-century America had its factory workers; later decades had store employees. But today's Internet economy hides the faces of its workers, writes George Packer in the New Yorker . "Amazon’s workforce is made up mainly of computer engineers and warehouse workers, but when you think of Amazon... More »

Tech Milestone: Apple Outsells All Windows PCs

Company's products hit the mark for first time

(Newser) - Apple has an industry milestone to celebrate: In the fourth quarter, its computers outsold PCs that run on Windows for the first time globally, reports analyst Benedict Evans . He's not talking Macs only—Apple computers include iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads. The development illustrates the "scale of mobile,... More »

It's Time to Re-Embrace 8-Hour Workdays

Tech industry in particular revels in long days: Nathan Pensky

(Newser) - It's like a "badge of honor" in the tech world for employees to put in long days under the mantra of "always connected" or "entrepreneurship as lifestyle," writes Nathan Pensky at Pando . And while such dedication might be necessary in the short term for a... More »

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