From Elon Musk to Tim Cook, tech leaders hardly follow women on Twitter

Until Tuesday, the Tesla boss didn’t follow any women on Twitter. The heads of Apple, Google, and Microsoft aren’t much better

Confusing the real world with the slice of reality reflected by one’s social media accounts is a mistake political reporters and partisans make every day. Algorithms and selection bias have conspired to drastically narrow the world wide web for must of us.

But for many of the tech industry’s moguls, the world reflected in their Twitter timelines is bizarrely similar to the bizarre societies they have created in their companies: very, very male.

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US to give up control of the internet’s ‘address book’ after years of debate

Stewardship of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority has moved from the US government to an international group, but not everyone is happy about it

As of Saturday morning the internet – or at least the bit of it that manages the network’s “address book” – is no longer controlled by an American organization but by an international group.

The move inspired much heated pre-election rhetoric as the 1 October deadline drew near – chiefly from a group of US Republican governors, who backed unsuccessful last minute court action to delay the transition on the grounds that it wasn’t in US interests.

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The Guardian and virtual reality

As virtual reality moves into the mainstream, this is how the Guardian is using it to advance our journalism.

This is the year that virtual reality (VR) is expected to move into the mainstream. New headsets backed by all the major tech players are coming to the market, encompassing everything from high end headsets with laser tracking to cardboard. Now more people than ever can have a go for themselves and experience a multitude of different worlds.

The launch of Daydream, Google’s platform for high quality mobile VR, is another milestone for virtual reality. As these technologies move forward they bring with them more potential for journalism and storytelling.

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Yahoo secretly monitored emails on behalf of the US government – report

Company complied with a classified directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of NSA or FBI, say former employees

Yahoo last year secretly built a custom software program to search all of its customers’ incoming emails for specific information provided by US intelligence officials, according to people familiar with the matter.

The company complied with a classified US government directive, scanning hundreds of millions of Yahoo Mail accounts at the behest of the National Security Agency (NSA) or FBI, said two former employees and a third person apprised of the events.

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