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  1. World’s Longest Hoverboard Flight Achieved Over Water Despite How Hoverboards Really Work

    FAKE, obviously.

    Catalina Alexandru Duru has set the record for the farthest flight ever on a real life hoverboard—until Marty McFly arrives from the past in October, I guess.

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  2. Twitter Promotes Transphobic Tweets From 4Channer Impersonating Feminist Activist

    Today in "total garbage."

    Twitter has recently amped up efforts to prevent harassment, but terrible tweets promoted yesterday from a duplicate account indicate several areas where the platform still needs major improvements. [TW for transphobia, suicide and graphic language.]

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  3. Hasta La Vista, Privacy: Meet NSA’s Very Own Skynet Program

    I know now why you spy.

    In a stunningly surprising-yet-not-surprising move, The Intercept revealed that the NSA has named one of its metadata gathering programs Skynet. You know, the horrifying computer system in that one movie that tries to end humanity as we know it? The one that creates super powered cyborgs that kill humans? The thing that allowed us to create the "Governator" nickname? Yeah. That Skynet.

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  4. Women in STEM Step Out To Draw Attention To The Gender Gap And Historical Erasure

    It's no secret that women have had their contributions to science and tech erased from the annals of history (just look at poor Rosalind Franklin), and that - though things are slowly improving - ladies still have a difficult time in the tech world. This week, quite a few rad women in STEM are speaking out about these injustices.

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  5. Tech Company’s #ItWasNeverADress Project Challenges Preconceptions About Women

    Ok, but what color is the cape?

    Gendered restrooms have a history as a breeding ground for transphobia and toxic gender norms, but tech company Axosoft's #ItWasNeverADress campaign is trying to turn the traditional triangular female symbol into a hero for noncompliant, pioneering women everywhere.

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  6. “Make Your Voice Heard and Don’t Hold Back”: An Interview with Period App Pioneer and Clue CEO Ida Tin

    Ida Tin is the founder of Clue, a period and ovulation tracker that helps users monitor their cycle and better understand their own bodies. In an email interview, Tin took time out of her busy schedule to talk to us about being a woman in tech, taking charge of one's own health, and the benefits of using an app like Clue.

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  7. Humanoid Robot Helps Customers in Tokyo Department Store

    Uncanny valley, anyone?

    Toshiba Corp. has unveiled their humanoid robot in an upscale department store in Tokyo to provide audio guidance to customers.

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  8. New Website Helps Moms Find Work-From-Home Tech Jobs

    Where's my super suit?

    You already know women are super underrepresented in tech companies. Stay-at-home moms in particular aren't hired often, if at all, and that's a problem. In order to deal with this issue, two women have started a job site that gives women the chance to work remotely in the field, or in any field really!

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  9. Startup Tech Company Denies Female Programmer a Job Because of Her Looks

    *Incoherent rage yelling*

    Oberlin senior Elizabeth Bentivegna is currently interviewing for post-grad jobs and experiencing some of the double standards and gender-based discrimination that comes with being a woman in tech.

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  10. Karlie Kloss Starts #KodeWithKarlie Scholarship Foundation To Teach High School Girls To Code

    Karlie Kloss is a model, but she's also huge into tech, investigating the potential of cookie delivery by drone and vocal in her love of code. Now, with the Flatiron School, Kloss has started the #KodeWithKarlie scholarship program, giving twenty girls in the US free tuition to Flatiron Pre-College Academy's Introduction to Software Engineering course.

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  11. Amazons X-Ray Feature Lets You Learn About The Actor, Character, and Even Song That’s On Screen

    Where there's movies there's hope, and need for an actor's history.

    Have you ever watched a movie and go, wait, where do I know that person from? Well, Amazon has a solution for that. It's called the X-Ray, and it will answer all your questions.

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  12. Internet Naming Group Thinks the Dot Sucks Domain Rollout.Sucks

    .sucks.sucks

    The Internet naming group, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), is unhappy with how everyone.sucks.

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  13. New Google Technology to Wage War on Internet Spoilers by Tapping Into Your Viewing History

    Spoilers!

    Spoilerphobes, rejoice! Google has just patented a system that will block out Internet spoilers for shows you watch automatically. It's hard to know how well it will work out in practice until they've got the system up and running—or maybe we do know the future, but we don't want to spoil it for you. Yeah, let's go with that.

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  14. Awesome Pen Helps Folks With Parkinson’s Disease Write Again

    Putting pen to paper.

    Parkinson's Disease is a chronic illness that makes day-to-day activities difficult. When those with Parkinson's try to write, their hands cramp up and the writing gets smaller as a result. Well, scientists have invented this nifty pen that fixes that.

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  15. Microsoft Has a New Program to Hire People With Autism

    Microsoft is making a push into an area of diversity that doesn't often receive a lot of attention with a new initiative for the company to hire people with autism.

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  16. Little Girl’s Amazing 3D-Printed Arm Only Cost $50

    Now it won't cost you an arm and a leg for an arm or a leg.

    When Faith Lennox was born, she had no circulation in her left forearm and doctors were forced to amputate just below the elbow when she was only nine months old. Kids like Faith outgrow prosthetic limbs quickly and they're very expensive - but now 3D printing has changed all of that.

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  17. Reddit CEO Ellen Pao Isn’t Done Fighting Gender Discrimination After Courtroom Defeat

    Ellen Pao, the Reddit Interim CEO who recently lost a gender discrimination case against former employer Kleiner Perkins, isn't done fighting for gender equality in the workplace. She knows all too well that it's an uphill battle, and she's got some encouraging words for women facing similar situations.

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  18. Wonderful Nerds Put Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet on Display at National Air and Space Museum

    We (don't) see what you did there.

    The National Air and Space Museum has taken 12-year-old humor and done with it what most kids can only aspire to. Yes, they really had someone up on an industrial lift mime cleaning Wonder Woman's invisible jet and talked about the process of putting it on display. I had myself convinced I'd never use the word "adorkable" to describe something, and then I saw this.

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  19. Casting Call for “Girlfriends of Silicon Valley” Is Pretty Much the Worst

    Nope, there wouldn't be.

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  20. Apple’s Tim Cook Says Pro-Discrimination “Religious Freedom” Laws Like Indiana’s Are Dangerous

    Our country's constitution guarantees its citizens the right to freely practice their religion so that we may all avoid discrimination. That's what's so troubling about Religious Freedom Restoration Act legislation in Indiana and elsewhere that opens the door for people to use their religion as a reason to discriminate, and Apple CEO Tim Cook, like many others, is concerned.

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