Mon October 6, 2014

Hewlett-Packard Will Split Into Two Companies

Originally published on Mon October 6, 2014 4:30 pm

Meg Whitman, the current president and CEO of Hewlett-Packard, will lead one of the two companies the tech giant is creating by dividing its corporate services and printing/PC units.
Richard Drew AP

Computer giant Hewlett-Packard, a stalwart through decades of shifts in America's technology landscape, is dividing itself into two companies in its most drastic attempt yet to adjust to new markets.

The ailing company that was founded 75 years ago in a Palo Alto garage was synonymous with Silicon Valley.

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Mon October 6, 2014
Author Interviews

How The Cold War And George Orwell Helped Make The Internet What It Is

Originally published on Wed October 8, 2014 9:42 am

In the early days, Walter Isaacson says, computers were "big ol' things with vacuum tubes" that took up entire rooms. For example, the electric analog computer named ANACOM (shown here in 1950 at Caltech) weighed 6,000 pounds and filled 13 cabinets.

The story of how the digital age came to be involves a cast of more than 40 people, ranging from a 19th century English countess to California hippies. In his new book, The Innovators, Walter Isaacson profiles many of those characters, focusing on how their collaborations helped bring us into the digital age.

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Mon October 6, 2014
All Tech Considered

The Forgotten Female Programmers Who Created Modern Tech

Originally published on Sat October 11, 2014 10:39 am

Jean Jennings (left) and Frances Bilas set up the ENIAC in 1946. Bilas is arranging the program settings on the Master Programmer.
Courtesy of University of Pennsylvania

If your image of a computer programmer is a young man, there's a good reason: It's true. Recently, many big tech companies revealed how few of their female employees worked in programming and technical jobs. Google had some of the highest rates: 17 percent of its technical staff is female.

It wasn't always this way. Decades ago, it was women who pioneered computer programming — but too often, that's a part of history that even the smartest people don't know.

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Sun October 5, 2014
All Tech Considered

Fortune-Tellers, Step Aside: Big Data Looks For Future Entrepreneurs

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 7:39 pm

A venture capital firm is using the power of big data to target entrepreneurs before they even create startups.

With predictive analytics, Amazon can figure out what you'll buy next, Netflix knows what you'll watch next and Target can guess if you're pregnant.

In the world of venture capitalism, some firms have used predictive analytics to try to figure out which startups to invest in to make a quick buck.

And one firm is taking things one step further (or, actually, backward) by using an algorithm to try to find entrepreneurs before they even start a company.

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Sat October 4, 2014
All Tech Considered

After Pulling Ads, Intel Tries To Stay Out Of #Gamergate Debate

Originally published on Sun October 5, 2014 7:52 am

Chip maker Intel recently pulled an advertising campaign from a gaming site amid pressures from supporters of the online #Gamergate movement.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

In the latest sortie in the #Gamergate debate – a complicated and confusing battle over ethics and misogyny in the video game industry – Intel, one of the world's largest chip makers, is facing backlash after pulling an advertising campaign from a gaming site.

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