Google diversity figures show little change – BBC News

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A new report from Google has revealed that little has changed despite a commitment to increasing diversity among staff employed by the tech giant.

Overall nearly 70% of Google staff were men, as has been the case since 2014.

In the US almost 90% were white or Asian, 2.5% were black and 3.6% Latin American.

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Dixons Carphone admits huge data breach – BBC News

The interesting element in this story is that it has taken more than a year for Dixons to admit to this breach. Is there evidence that Dixons sought to protect the customers involved by contacting them immediately?

My concern is that only a partial breach of data nevertheless add to the richness of the data accumulating on individual people which is gathering in the wrong hands.

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The lastest episode from our podcast ‘Offcuts’ is now available. https://audioboom.com/…/6873234-episode-4-extended-special-… This final episode in the season focuses solely on the phenomenon of RuPaul’s Drag Race – beginning with a fan-scholar discussion with undergraduates (starts 1 min 45s): Jinx Jae-Hood, Patrick Kane and Gerardo Nieves; and ends with an extended discussion on the show with Dr Christopher Lloyd (Lecturer in English Literature, University of Hertfordshire) (starts 37 mins 45 secs)

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Social media copies gambling methods ‘to create psychological cravings’ | Technology | The Guardian

They are trying to grab users’ attentions,’ said Dr Mark Griffiths of the International Gaming Research Unit, ‘to make social media users create a routine and habitually check their screens.’ Photograph: amenic181/Getty Images/iStockphoto

Social media platforms are using the same techniques as gambling firms to create psychological dependencies and ingrain their products in the lives of their users, experts warn.

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