1. Renowned children's book author Maurice Sendak would have turned 85 years old today. Google created a "Google Doodle" to honor him. It's so great.
2. Last week Mother Jones came out with a chart expressing the gender gap in Silicon Valley. There, women make 49 cents on the dollar, way less than the national average. So, really we shouldn't be surprised by the photo that Dan Ackerman snapped of the men's bathroom line at Apple's World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). But somehow, the starkness of the image is just so arresting.
WWDC explained in one photo. twitter.com/danackerman/st… read more
The theme of Walmart's annual shareholder meeting last week seemed to be worker-manager harmony: all is at peace in the Walmart kingdom.
While spokespeople, special guests and official materials did not explicitly address the labor unrest currently rippling through the company's supply chain, labor activists and striking workers said the company's focus on employee satisfaction was an indirect response to the recent strikes and protests. read more
1. On Wednesday we found out the government acquired the phone records of Verizon customers. Yikes, but also, tip of the iceberg. Thursday it was revealed that Verizon was in good company: Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, AOL, Skype, YouTube and Apple. And in Twitter fashion, the Tweeps made funnies. Meta.
Instant parody accounts are my favorite excuse for a police state.
— Ana Marie Cox (@anamariecox) June 7, 2013
While the nation's intelligence agencies experience a moment of uncomfortable transparency, the role private industry played in the brewing U.S. surveillance programs remains opaque. It's still unclear what companies like Google and Microsoft knew about the National Security Agency (NSA) and FBI's program that tapped into their servers to troll through emails, video, and other items, much less what data they turned over to the NSA. read more
1. If you're from Minnesota you drink "pop" and if you're a New Yorker you throw back "soda." If you're from the Northeast you wear "sneakers" and if you're from everywhere else you rock "tennis shoes." Buzzfeed has these great heat maps showing who says what where. read more
A little over a year and a half ago Republican Governor Jan Brewer "greeted" President Obama on the Phoenix tarmac. Her "greeting" yielded a photo that would go on to be a viral sensation and fiery conversation starter. But now there is reason to believe that if the president were to disembark Air Force One in Arizona today, their reunion would be plenty warm. read more
Less than a month ago, the big question was how much data the Justice Department had collected from journalists' phone records. Now government watchdogs and critics are wondering: Whose phone records does the administration not have? read more