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Tech Diversity’s Big Problem: How To Find 10,000 Black Engineers

ibtimes.com — For tech companies looking to diversify their ranks, it's going to get worse before it gets better. While the number of engineering degrees issued by U.S. universities increased 6 percent in 2014, the percentage of African-American students earning those degrees actually decreased to 3.5 percent in 2014 from 4.3 percent in 2013, a worrying sign for Silicon Valley companies that have made public commitments to improve on diversity.

Rock Steady | Variety

variety.com — Is this a good enough table? Chris Rock isn't quite sure. It's in a relatively secluded corner of the patio of the Polo Lounge, but the spot is striking an uneasy balance between shabby chic and flat-out neglect. A decrepit vine of no particular note climbs the pink cinder-block partition behind him.
Oct 21, 2015

My 2005 Variety profile of Chris Rock, the LAST time he was named Oscar host. variety.com/2005/scene/vpa…

Oct 21, 2015

Last time he was Oscar host, Chris Rock told me Hollywood was only offering him 'black comedian' roles: variety.com/2005/scene/vpa…

President Obama Warns China: State Cyberattacks On Business Are 'Acts Of Aggression,' US Mulls Retaliation

ibtimes.com — President Barack Obama gave a stern warning to Chinese President Xi Jinping on the eve of his state visit next week that the U.S. will consider any instance of state-sponsored industrial espionage an "act of aggression."

My Worst Tech Decision: Xbox, Apple Watch, PSP, Windows Phone, Sonos And More

ibtimes.com — We've all made them: really bad technology decisions we wind up regretting. Maybe it's the Microsoft Zune you bought in 2005; the Windows Phone you bought because you wanted to be different; or that time you decided to leave your Wi-Fi open, well, just because. Bad tech decisions aren't necessarily about bad tech.

TV Upfronts: Every Network's A Winner! (Please Don't Read The Fine Print)

businessinsider.com — The message from the TV networks this month: No slump here! They're now claiming that they've sold $9.23 billion in "upfront" sales for the comming year, up from $9.12 billion last year. Each broadcast network is reporting that they're getting higher rates for their ads, even as overall ratings shrink.

FIFA Boycott: Sepp Blatter Was Re-Elected, But Don't Expect World Cup Sponsors To Walk (For Now)

ibtimes.com — Hyundai and Kia Motors are "extremely concerned." Visa said its disappointment is "profound." Coca-Cola said the controversy "tarnished the mission and ideals" of FIFA. But as Sepp Blatter wins a fourth term as president of FIFA, sponsors are in a bind: pull out of an extremely valuable global event, or risk having your own brand tarnished by a scandal that could drag on for years.
May 29, 2015

Sepp Blatter Was Re-Elected, But Don't Expect World Cup Sponsors To Walk (For Now) ibtimes.com/fifa-boycott-s…

Vox Media Buys Tech Blog Re/Code For Influence, Growing Events Business

ibtimes.com — Vox Media, home of websites SB Nation, The Verge, Eater, and Vox.com, has been about size. Today it bought influence, adding Re/code, the tech news site founded by Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, in an all stock deal the terms of which were not disclosed. Re/code is small by traditional publishing metrics.

Verizon's AOL Deal Is All About Data-Driven Advertising And Web Video

ibtimes.com — In financial terms, Verizon Communications' $4.4 billion deal for AOL Inc. is a relatively small bet, much smaller than the last time AOL was involved in a pact that promised a marriage of content and distribution: the disastrous $162 billion merger with Time Warner in 2000.
May 12, 2015

There is a good reason for Verizon to keep Huffpost even if it loses money ibtimes.com/verizons-aol-d…

Apple's New iPhones: Everything You Need To Know About iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

ibtimes.com — Justin Sullivan/Getty Images With typical Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stagecraft, CEO Tim Cook attempted to show the world that it can still innovate with two bigger, thinner and faster iPhones designed to breathe new life into Apple's smartphone business.

What's Next For Comcast? After Failed TWC Merger, Cable Giant Faces Regulated, Cord-Cutting Future

ibtimes.com — Comcast is officially in a box. The Philadelphia cable and entertainment giant learned this week the limits being placed on it by the U.S. Department of Justice and FCC, and is preparing to formally drop its $45 billion bid for Time Warner Cable, according to multiple news reports.
Apr 23, 2015

What's Next For Comcast? After Failed TWC Merger, Cable Giant Faces Regulated, Cord-Cutting Future ibtimes.com/whats-next-com…

Apr 23, 2015

RT @learmonth: What's Next For Comcast? After Failed TWC Merger, Cable Giant Faces Regulated, Cord-Cutting Future ibtimes.com/whats-next-com…

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