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Facebook Algorithms Tilt Job Ads by Gender
Facebook Algorithms Tilt
Job Ads by Gender
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Facebook Algorithms Tilt Job Ads by Gender

Researchers say practice may perpetuate imbalances in jobs and fields

(Newser) - Employers who want a demographically balanced pool of job applicants might not be getting it, despite their best efforts. Facebook often shows job ads to whichever gender already dominates that position or industry, researchers have found. The findings suggest bias remains in the site's algorithms, the Wall Street Journal ...

Cover Letter Is So Popular That LinkedIn Had to Shut It Down
Cover Letter Is So Popular That
LinkedIn Had to Shut It Down 
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Cover Letter Is So Popular That LinkedIn Had to Shut It Down

Ryan Lowry, 20, has autism, but his viral open letter on job site has opened floodgates of support

(Newser) - Making your cover letter stand out can be a tough task, but Ryan Lowry managed to do just that during his job search. Per CNN , the 20-year-old from Leesburg, Va., recently posted a handwritten open letter on LinkedIn seeking an opportunity in IT or animation, noting his "unique sense...

Thanks to COVID, an 'Extremely Difficult Decision' at LinkedIn

Company to lay off 6% of its workforce due to pandemic

(Newser) - An "extremely difficult decision" has been made at LinkedIn, and employees found out about it this week: The company is cutting nearly 1,000 jobs, or 6% of its workforce, the Wall Street Journal reports. "LinkedIn is not immune to the effects of the global pandemic," CEO...

She's Accused of Torching Cop Cars. An Etsy Review Did Her In

FBI finds, arrests Philly woman via creative internet sleuthing

(Newser) - "Every Internet user leaves a digital trail." That's how, per Ars Technica , law enforcement tracked down a woman accused of torching two police cars after a peaceful George Floyd protest in Philly last month. ABC News reports that, per a criminal complaint, Lore-Elisabeth Blumenthal, 33, was arrested...

Here Are the 10 Fastest-Growing Jobs in America

LinkedIn's annual report is out

(Newser) - The "jobs of tomorrow" are here—or, at least the ones that look the most promising for 2020. LinkedIn has published its third annual "Emerging Jobs Report," which took all public profiles of LinkedIn members who've held a full-time job over the past five years, then...

Report: China Using LinkedIn as Spy Tool

German intelligence finds 'broad attempt to infiltrate parliaments, ministries, and administrations'

(Newser) - German officials may want to offer some of their LinkedIn contacts endorsements for "espionage" and "subterfuge." Per Reuters , the country's BfV intelligence service has revealed that Chinese intelligence operatives are setting up fake social-media accounts and attempting to connect with senior diplomats and politicians not only...

Confession: Russian Spies in NYC Want More 'Drama'

Foreign operatives like Evgeny Buryakov often spend their days at meetings and on LinkedIn

(Newser) - A Wall Street analyst in the Bronx who spent much of his time attending mundane meetings, filing reports, and networking (including on LinkedIn) turned out to be a Russian spy—just part and parcel of the undercover espionage operations that burrow into place in New York City, as reported in...

LinkedIn Founder Offers Up to $5M for Trump Tax Returns

Reid Hoffman says he'll make huge donation to veterans' charities

(Newser) - A crowdfunding effort to get Donald Trump to release his taxes is offering the same reward Trump dangled when he wanted to see President Obama's birth certificate: a large donation to charity. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman has thrown his support behind Marine Corps veteran Pete Kiernan's plan, offering...

Microsoft Buying LinkedIn for $26B

Deal expected to close this year

(Newser) - Microsoft has just announced one of the biggest deals in its history, per the Telegraph . The company says it will buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion in cash, or $196 per share—a 50% improvement on its closing price Friday, reports the Wall Street Journal . Microsoft says LinkedIn will "...

Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest Hacked

Group says they found his password in LinkedIn leak

(Newser) - Hackers have managed to embarrass Mark Zuckerberg, but not Facebook: A group calling itself OurMine Team claimed responsibility after the Facebook founder's Pinterest and Twitter accounts were hacked on Sunday, reports the New York Daily News . The hackers said they had found Zuckerberg's details in last month's...

117M LinkedIn Users Just Had Passwords Leaked

They were stolen way back in 2012

(Newser) - In 2012, hackers posted 6.5 million stolen LinkedIn passwords to a Russian forum, TechCrunch reports. It turns out, that security breach was much bigger and much worse than possibly anyone realized. According to Motherboard , 117 million LinkedIn emails and passwords taken as part of the same breach were just...

LinkedIn OKs Settlement Over Nuisance Email; Notifies Its Users Via ...

Why yes, more email

(Newser) - If you were the subject of a class-action lawsuit over your habit of cluttering your users' inboxes with nuisance emails, well, perhaps you might find another mode of communication to notify them that they might be eligible for a payout in aforementioned lawsuit. Not so LinkedIn, which sent out just...

Hillary Clinton Needs a Job, Joins LinkedIn

She's an ex-secretary of state, as well as a 'dog person,' per her profile

(Newser) - She's been first lady, secretary of state, and now a 2016 presidential candidate; she's also a "dog person," "hair icon," and "pantsuit aficionado." Meet Hillary Clinton via her new LinkedIn page , which launched today, the Washington Post reports. Also included in her...

Facebook Plans 'At Work' Version

Company wants to become key part of office life

(Newser) - Bosses may soon be demanding that employees get on Facebook and do some work. The social media giant is getting ready to roll out a workplace version of its site called "Facebook at Work," insiders tell the Financial Times . The site—which will compete head-to-head with Google's...

Beijing Tense on Massacre's 25th Anniversary

LinkedIn accidentally censors Tiananmen content

(Newser) - A quarter-century after pro-democracy protesters were massacred in the heart of Beijing, Chinese authorities are doing their best to make sure nobody marks the anniversary. Security in the city is very tight, scores of police and paramilitary troops are patrolling Tiananmen Square, and foreign reporters have been ordered not to...

US, Internet Giants Cut Deal on Data Disclosure

Companies can say how often they give up your information

(Newser) - The government and leading Internet companies today announced a compromise that will allow those companies to reveal more information about how often they are ordered to turn over customer information to the government in national security investigations. The Justice Department reached agreements with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, and LinkedIn that...

Tech Rivals Unite to Nag World About Spying

Google, Microsoft lead charge

(Newser) - What's big enough to bring together such competitors as Google and Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple, Facebook and Twitter, plus AOL and LinkedIn for good measure? The NSA spying drama. Those companies are publicly asking the world's governments to limit such spying, and have detailed their ideas on a...

Hackers Post 2M Facebook, Google, Yahoo Passwords

Most common one? '123456'

(Newser) - Some 2 million user credentials for Facebook and other top services have appeared on a Russian-language website, likely thanks to malware installed on users' computers, experts tell the BBC . They believe a crime ring was probably behind the dump, which claimed to include 318,121 Facebook usernames and passwords, along...

LinkedIn Sued for 'Hacking' Users' Email Accounts

One woman says site emailed 3K contacts in her name

(Newser) - You know those LinkedIn invites from random people in your past that are always clogging up your inbox? They might be more sinister than they appear. A group of LinkedIn users is suing the professional networking site, claiming it hacked their email accounts and harvested the addresses of their contacts...

Coming Soon on LinkedIn: 14-Year-Olds

Site hopes teens will use it to choose colleges

(Newser) - Your LinkedIn feed could soon be full of such awesome networking connections as "paperboy" and "babysitter": The site is dropping its minimum age next month, and come Sept. 12, 14-year-olds will be able to sign up, the Wall Street Journal reports. Why 14? That's the legal age...

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