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Pinterest Throws Down the Gauntlet on Hiring Women and People of Color By Setting Numbers for Their Goals

Lots of tech companies talk a big game about wanting to hire more women and more underrepresented minorities, but fewer report how exactly they're going to accomplish it, or even what their actual number goals are. Well, Pinterest has stepped up to the plate and announced exactly how many women and people of color they want to join their ranks by next year.

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New Market Research Shows The Annual Median Income of Tumblr Users Is… $80K?

Shhh, LinkedIn. No one cares 'bout your $80K plus.

If your dash is at all similar to mine, you'd have no reason to suspect that Tumblr's user base is particularly privileged, financially speaking—but then again, it's difficult to gauge a community's wealth from its knack for curating cat videos and pizza tattoos.

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Things We Saw Today: Resisting This Borg Eye Patch Is Futile

State your demands.

$14. From Fashionably Geek. You know what to do.

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Pinterest Hacked to Contain Many Butts

hold on to your butts

I mean, probably it was hacked to contain "More Butts," since there were probably already some butts on the site already, but still, over the last couple of days the incidences of butts on the site for some users became alarmingly high.

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Pinterest Hacked and Invaded by Butts

What if your Pinterest board already had a bunch of butts?

No. Your Pinterest friends didn't all just suddenly decide they're really into butts. The site was hacked, and the result appears to be a bunch of spam about weight loss and butts. Or maybe your friends just like butts now. Go ahead and ask them. Thanks to groundbreaking legal case Becky v. Mix-a-Lot, they cannot lie about it.

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Astronaut Karen Nyberg Talks About Taking Pinterest to Space

It Came From Outer Space

At its launch, Pinterest was immediately labeled as an inherently Feminine social media site in its method, largely, it seems, because its early user base, unlike a lot of other social media communities, was predominantly female. In fact, that's the opposite of most other social media communities. And it wasn't because its captcha service asked "Are you male? (Don't lie.)" and then excluded all the men. Tech sites around the web wrote articles about how men found Pinterest confusing, how the site revealed that stereotypes of the feminine were founded in reality, and went out of their way to reassure men that Pinterest could be used for manly things. Which is part of why I'm subversively pleased at the idea of a female astronaut using Pinterest to get people excited about science and space exploration.

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Pinterest User Credits Hitler Quotes to Taylor Swift, Reddit Responds in Kind

Finally! A reason to use Pinterest we actually understand.

It seems to happen every few months. A picture of a historical figure with a quote credited to them gets passed around the Internet, then someone points out that it wasn't them who said it. Then someone posts a snarky "Don't trust Internet quotes -- Abraham Lincoln" pic. This is like that, but way better.

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Redesigned Pinterest Heard You Like Pins, So They Got Some Pins For Your Pins

Pinterest is all about pinning things to other things, so with their newly launched redesign, they wanted to make it easier for users to find more pins to pin. The redesign was tested out on a handful of users in a closed beta, and will now begin rolling out to users via invite as early as today. So what can you expect from the new Pinterest? Pins. So. Many. Pins.

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Parks and Recreation Wedding Album’s the Best Use of Pinterest Yet

We're not saying Pinterest is for the birds, but the social media platform definitely attracts a certain kind of material. If it's not cute pictures of animals, inventive uses for leftover cardboard boxes, or something to do with fashion, it probably doesn't belong on Pinterest. That said, someone over at NBC has totally figured out this social media thing. A recent Parks and Recreation episode saw Ben Wyatt and Leslie Knope tie the knot in their own haphazard way, and NBC put up a faux wedding album for the characters on Pinterest.

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Start the Year Off With a Bang by Following Us on Social Media

It's a brand new year, and it's essentially a brand new Geekosystem. Our four editors -- which is one more than we've ever had before -- are ready and willing to take on the world of geek. From privacy policy shenanigans and foxes stealing phones to Star Trek and Adventure Time, Geekosystem runs the gamut of interests. In short, we cover the Internet and the things the Internet likes. We are become Internet. In order to keep up with all our shenanigans, you should follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. That is, if you don't already.

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Pinterest Acquires Punchfork, Which is Basically Pinterest

Pinterest, a social network that lets people share things like recipes, has acquired Punchfork, a social network that lets people share recipes. This marks Pinterest's first acquisition of another company, which is a big step in any young Internet startup's life. It seems like only yesterday we were all clamoring to understand what exactly Pinterest was, but now it's all grown up.

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The Social Network: Pinterest Sued by Man Claiming Investor Stole His Ideas

Okay, maybe the lawsuit being levied against Pinterest isn't entirely like the one famously involving Facebook, but it's close enough that people will inevitably make comparisons. It's also not like Facebook was the first company sued for allegedly stealing ideas from an earlier enterprise. Either way, Pinterest and one of the company's investors, Brian Cohen, are now embroiled in a lawsuit with Theodore Schroeder, who alleges that Cohen took ideas from a company the two were previously involved in and used them to catapult Pinterest to the top of the social network pile. See? Pretty familiar.

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Things We Saw Today: Vegan Nazgul Cupcakes

Things We Saw Today

Also Ents and Hobbits. (justJenn Recipes)

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Pinterest Adds Secret Boards, Oddly Not Associated With Hidden Planks of Wood

Pinterest, the social media platform mostly populated by women and consisting of things you can buy and adorable animals, functions by allowing users to "pin" different images to various interest boards that they create. For example, I might create a board titled "James Plafke's so dreamy" and only include adorable pictures of my managing editor. All of these have been public, though, which means private matters can't really be pinned. For everyone that wants to only reveal their interests privately, the social media company has now introduced secret boards.

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Pinterest Cracks Top 50 U.S. Websites With Over 25 Million Visitors That Just Want to Buy Things

Pinterest is quickly showing every other social media platform how it's done. comScore, an Internet analytics company, noted back in February that Pinterest was the fastest independent site to hit 10 million monthly unique visitors they'd ever measured. As we move into November, it looks like the social media company has only continued to grow since then. The latest report from commScore gives a list of the top 50 United States websites for September, and Pinterest just hit the list at number 50 with 25.3 million unique visitors.

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Things We Saw Today: New Pictures From the Set of Iron Man 3

Things We Saw Today

Mustard Iron Man and 4th of July themed Warmachine standing around. Or maybe just their suits. It's hard to tell. (Daily Mail)

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Pennsylvania Paper Pins Local Mugshots to Pinterest, Sees 58% Increase in Arrests

In our ever-increasingly technology dependent world, social media has become a force with which to be reckoned. Our old institutions are still trying to bridge the gap, but the good folks in Pottstown, Pennsylvania certainly seem to understand our evolving world better than most. After a local paper, the Pottstown Mercury, started pinning mugshots to Pinterest, the local police have seen a 58% increase in arrests.

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The Fall of Pinterest: When the Lady Internet Battles the Dude Internet, We All Win [Video]

the internet is serious business

Finally, Pinterest has provided some safe, high ground for women on the internet to talk about kale, crafts, and dresses while the rest of the web is littered with rude memes, semi-nude girly pics, and trolls. But now, men want their piece, and they are storming our castles, m'ladies! Clearly they have no idea what they're up against. College Humor proudly present: The Fall of Pinterest. (via Laughing Squid)

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How Not To Pinterest [By Comediva]

Elsewhere on the internet

I'm not a big Pinterster myself (although The Mary Sue does have its own Pinterest!) but this whole thing reminds me of those times when a person finds my Tumblr for the first time and likes or reblogs seven things in a row. On the one hand, I'm glad we share interests. On the other, I was just given a creepy snapshot of another person's browsing history. And it was creepy. Kind of like this video.

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