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Firefox fights back

a massive overhaul due November 14, is ready for battle. Its main rival is Google’s Chrome, which accounts for 54 percent of browser usage today as measured by webpage visits using PCs, tablets and phones. Apple’s Safari has 14 percent, while Firefox has 6 percent, according to analytics firm StatCounter. Chrome lured tens of thousands of us away from Firefox ... Read More »

High School Students Compete In ‘Microsoft Office Championship’

An anonymous reader writes: This week the L.A. Times described a 17-year-old from Virginia who’d spent several hours a day perfecting his technique in Microsoft Excel, “one of 150 students from 50 countries competing in the Microsoft Office Specialist World Championship” at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. “At stake: cash, prizes and the clout that comes with being the best ... Read More »

Google Engineer’s Leaked ‘Gender Diversity’ Essay Draws Massive Response

An anonymous reader writes: An engineer at Google’s Mountain View headquarters circulated a 3,400-word essay internally that argued a “moral bias” exists at Google that’s “shaming dissenters” and silencing their voices against “encroaching extremist and authoritarian policies.” It attributes the gender gap in technology to biology-based differences in abilities (such as “speaking up” and “leading”) and different personality traits (including ... Read More »