Barista's edition for Tue 16 December 2014

Girls Who Code Expands To Get More Young Women In Computer Science Majors

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The computer science gender gap struggle in Silicon Valley is real. A mere 17 percent of Google's tech workers are women. It's 15 percent at Facebook. Similar stats can be found at most of the larger tech companies. Girls Who Code is trying to reverse those digits with an announcement of a major expansion in partnerships today.

full article at TechCrunch →

25 of the Most Interesting Photos of Earth From Space This Year | WIRED

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There are a lot of satellites surrounding our planet, observing and imaging its surface. But some of the sharpest, most capable among them belong to Digital Globe. Now, the company has released 25 of their best shots of 2014 for you to judge. Digital Globe's new flagship satellite, WorldView-3 was launched earlier this year with...

full article at Wired →

Anti-Islamophobia hashtag #illridewithyou trends worldwide during Sydney siege

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It's been a dark day for the people of Sydney, but as fears grew that the siege taking place in the city centre could prompt anti-Muslim actions, people took to social media with expressions of support for the community.

full article at Mashable →

With 3D Printing, Medical Devices Are Cool Again

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Editor's note: Dr. Michael Patton is co-founder and CEO of Texas-based Medical Innovation Labs. The recent and successful human implantation of a 3D-printed vertebra at Peking University in China captured the public's imagination. I read the news (and its quick spread) as evidence that medical devices are, dare I say, cool again.

full article at TechCrunch →

Tales From The Grumpy Programmer: What Old Farts Can Teach You

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For instance, how not to fall into a hole.

full article at Readwrite →

Skype can translate spoken Spanish to English in near real-time

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Microsoft started rolling out a new feature for Skype on Monday: Skype Translator will translate communications from users using different languages in near real-time - that is, as you're chatting. At first, Skype Translator will work with spoken English and Spanish, as well as forty written languages over instant messaging.

full article at Gigaom →

Some 100,000 or more WordPress sites infected by mysterious malware

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About 100,000 or more websites running the WordPress content management system have been compromised by mysterious malware that turns the infected sites into attack platforms that can target visitors, security researchers said.

full article at Arstechnica →

Skype Translator debuts to help you 'speak' multiple languages

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Microsoft's Skype software will start translating voice calls between people today. As part of a preview program, Skype Translator makes it possible for English and Spanish speakers to communicate in their native language, without having to learn a new one.

full article at Theverge →

A financial joke devised to poke fun at Putin comes true

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The Russian ruble is a joke. Rather, the currency's relentless slide has made it the butt of jokes. Here's one: What do Vladimir Putin, the oil price, and the ruble's value against the dollar have in common? They are all 62. A series of brutal trading days for oil and the ruble brought them together today just...

full article at Quartz →