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Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Pinterest vows to boost workforce diversity

Companies have increasingly detailed their workforce diversity numbers — we’ve seen them from Facebook, Google, and more. Some companies have more favorable numbers than others, but most of them are paltry at best, and progress is slow. Pinterest has pointed toward that slow progress, and today announced detailed plans and timelines for increasing its own workforce diversity. Pinterest is perhaps the first tech company to detail such precise hiring goals, which includes several improvements targeted for 2016 and more for beyond.

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July’s once in a blue moon: rare ‘extra’ moon visible tomorrow

July’s once in a blue moon: rare ‘extra’ moon visible tomorrow

Tomorrow brings with it a blue moon, which, you may be disappointed to find out, isn’t actually a blue-colored moon. Rather, it is an “extra” full moon that only happens in some years, hence the term, “Once in a blue moon”. This year, 2015, is one of the special years with an extra full moon, in that every month has had (and will have) one full moon, which is typical, with the exception of July. In total, 2015 will have had 13 full moons instead of 12.

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California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

California issues $75K bounty for drone pilots interrupting firefighters

It seems several instances recently of private drones preventing firefighters from dealing with California forest fires have frustrated authorities enough that they're issuing rewards for information on the pilots. San Bernardino County officials are now offering $75,000 in total to catch the drone pilots involved in obstructing three different fires — $25,000 for each incident. The drones not only got in the way of firefighters' aerial efforts, but actually delayed their response in stopping the fire, in turn causing more damage.

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Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Nike’s developing an ice hat to keep your head cool

Feel too hot after your summer runs but don’t like pouring water on your head? Nike’s developing an alternative, a yet-unnamed ice hat of sorts that will chill your head more effectively, and without the mess. It’s more of a shrouded helmet than a hat, featuring a large hood-like component with a neck piece and face mesh. It is being developed in conjunction with Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, and its design goal is to reduce an athlete’s overall body temperature by rapidly cooling down one’s head.

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Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Twitter starts blocking overt plagiarism

Can't think of anything original to tweet? If you ever feel tempted to pilfer someone's clever quip or cheesy joke, be prepared to feel the sting of public shame. Twitter has started replacing those tweets with a boilerplate message letting others know the content was scrapped from elsewhere, and that the original content creator has issued a complaint. Take a look around Twitter and you might notice the message yourself — and you’ll also notice that many of the illicit tweeters are spam accounts, meaning this new banhammer might prove doubly useful.

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SlashGear is now on SmartNews for super-fast reading

SlashGear is now on SmartNews for super-fast reading

With more and more people reaching for their phone to get the latest news, we're excited to announce that you can now find a SlashGear channel in SmartNews. We've been big fans of the app for some time now: not only is it clean and east to read, it's fast too, something that's important when you're on the move. It's available for both iPhone and Android.

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IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s Watson will analyze your personality

IBM’s supercomputer Watson is trying its hand at discerning personalities, and it bases its guesses on text samples. A demonstration of the technology allows anyone to copy in their own snippet of text and get an assessment based on it — whether your own will prove accurate is another matter. This is the latest example of computers learning to predict and analyze; we saw a different example yesterday via a neural network that is learning to write.

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GMO rice has high yield, cuts greenhouse gas emissions

GMO rice has high yield, cuts greenhouse gas emissions

A new genetically modified rice has been developed, and though only a single gene has been altered (in this case, borrowed from barley), it has a significantly increased yield while cutting methane emissions. The new GMO rice was tested three years in fields, and the results show it was overall effective, but particularly so when grown in the summer time, a time during which researchers saw methane emissions drop to 0.3-percent from the 10-percent that was produced by regular non-modified rice.

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Uber scores temporary victory as NYC backs off cap plans

Uber scores temporary victory as NYC backs off cap plans

Uber. Some people, many of whom drive taxi cabs for a living, hate it, but the ridesharing service persists in both retaining and growing a large user base, and many want to see its service expand into their region. New York City is one of the places where Uber operates, and it does so with a user base that grows as the city grows. That made a recent plan by New York City's mayor to cap the number of Uber cars on the road at any given time a problem, and after backlash the plan has been temporarily halted.

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University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

University of Michigan opens fake city for testing self-driving cars

Concerns about the safety of self driving cars have largely been excessive, but that doesn’t mean caution is not necessary, and that all cities are open to having such vehicles tested on their public roads. Enter the University the Michigan and, as it had previously teased, the official launch of its new simulated city that spans 32 acres and includes by urban and suburban environments. The city is called Mcity, and it was made entirely for testing self driving vehicles.

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