It's not that different for girls. Photo by mariahagglof on Flickr. Some rights reserved
A burst of 7 links for you to chew over, as picked by the Technology team
Google's Marissa Mayer: Girls Can Be Geeks, Too >> Newsweek
"..one of the things I care a lot about is helping to remove that stigma, to show girls that you can be feminine, you can like the things that girls like, but you can also be really good at technology. You can be really good at building things."
PC Repair Rip-Offs: Don't Get Gouged by Fix-It Services >> PCWorld magazine
"These aren't scams, to be sure--as far as we know, these are all legitimate services from legitimate businesses. But the actual value of these services - relative to the work involved and the likely benefit to the consumer - can be highly questionable in many cases."
Facebook Track and Cookies >> termid
"Numerous websites have implemented the Facebook Like button to let Facebook members share their interests, therewith promoting websites or news items. It is, thus, an important business tool for content providers. However, this article shows that the tool is also used to place cookies on the user's computer, regardless whether a user actually uses the button when visiting a website. As an alternative business model this allows Facebook to track and trace users and to process their data. It appears that non-Facebook members can also be traced via the Like button."
Oh, Facebook, just when you're starting to be nice, we find you not being so nice.
Apple to ship 5-6M Verizon iPhones in Q1 2011 >> Vator.tv
"Apple is gearing up to ship 20-21m iPhones next quarter, an increase of 1-2m from the company's previous goal of 19m units, according to unnamed sources with Taiwan-based component suppliers who spoke to DigiTimes. Among those shipments will be the CDMA iPhones for Verizon, set at 5-6m units."
One Time Only: Scientist-on-Scientist TSA Smackdown >> The Atlantic
Got your Taylor series expansion of exponentials ready? Then it's time to read two scientists disagreeing about whether the US TSA's X-ray backscatter poses a risk or not.
2011 will be the year Android explodes >> Fortune Tech
"In 2011, we might see half a billion phones sold worldwide. Smartphones will likely blow by traditional computers next year as the way most of the world gains access to the Internet."
Putin Orders Russian Move to GNU/Linux >> opendotdotdot
Translated from the original Russian report: "Prime Minister Vladimir Putin signed a plan for transition of power structures and the federal budget [to] free software. According to the document, the introduction of Linux in government should begin in II quarter 2012."
Is it to annoy Microsoft, or to protect the Russian government against hacking, or to protect the Russian government from Microsoft investigations over licensing, or to cut costs?
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