Google wages war on unconscious racism, sexism in the workplace

Laszlo Bock, Google's executive in charge of human resources, has argued that a diverse work force could be good for Google's business.

Farhad Manjoo   Google's leaders say they are unhappy about the firm's poor gender diversity, and about the severe underrepresentation of blacks and Hispanics among its workforce.


Multimillionaire Evan Thornley's gender pay gap comments at start-up conference cause stir

Entrepreneur Evan Thornley caused a stir with comments at a start-up conference.

Ben Grubb   Australian technology entrepreneur and former Victorian MP Evan Thornley says he "stuffed up" when he remarked at a Sydney technology start-up conference that he paid women less than men.

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Australian women shun technology courses as tertiary IT enrolments fall

Judith Gammie  has gone back to uni to study computer science and set up a group for women in IT on campus.

Craig Butt   Enrolments in tertiary information technology courses have been falling, as local female students recoil from the sector's masculine reputation.


Apple Watch a triumph for Melbourne app creator

Belle Gibson, creator of the app The Whole Pantry.

Rachael Jones   A cancer diagnosis, family adversity and hard work, did not stop Belle Gibson collecting her reward last week.

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IT crowd shrinking as VCE enrolments plummet

IT student Cora Brewster.

Craig Butt   Enrolments in Year 12 information technology subjects have hit a 20-year low, with more and more girls turning their backs on the subject.

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Technology job applications on the rise

IT workers have to compete with 35 applicants per job.

Sylvia Pennington   More candidates than ever for every IT job is good news for the sector, according to recruiters who see it as a sign the technology market continues to enjoy a modest recovery after several years in the doldrums.

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40 job applications a month? There's an app for that

David Lumley says his system will help job seekers concentrate on the four applications a month that matter.

Sylvia Pennington   Out-of-work Australians may be able to apply for 40 jobs a month with a few clicks very soon.

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SAP opens $60m centre, adds weight to youth unemployment debate


Lia Timson   German software developer SAP has committed an extra $60 million to its Australian installations, unveiling a new mission control centre and innovation lab in Melbourne.

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Dr Who? Dogged teen builds K-9

A school project, volunteer aid, Dr Who tribute: K-9 as developed by VCE student Adam Lloyd.

Katie Cincotta   As Dr Who fans await the debut of the 13th doctor, a young fan is regenerating an old character.

Women in IT

Girl coders: the antithesis of the anti-social misfit

River City Labs hosted a Rails Girls event last week.

Sylvia Pennington   An anti-social misfit tapping feverishly before a screen of green zeros and ones in the half dark … it’s the image that comes to mind for many when asked to visualise a computer programmer hard at work on the tools.

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Women in tech

Changing the world one tech girl at a time

TechGirls visit Google in New York City.

Matthew Hall   For Nataly Ayyad, a 15-year-old from Bethlehem in the Palestinian Territories, the past month’s experiences have changed view of the world and, potentially, her life.

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Cisco Systems to cut 6000 jobs

Cisco has had to make more adjustments to counter sluggish sales.

Steve Johnson   Cisco Systems on Wednesday said it was laying off thousands of employees as it struggles with sluggish sales and a range of fierce competitors.

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Apple joins Google, Facebook and reveals diversity report

Apple store.

Christina Warren   "As CEO, I'm not satisfied with the numbers on this page", says Apple CEO Tim Cook. "They're not new to us, and we've been working hard for quite some time to improve them."


How Steve Jobs conspired with Google to limit the careers of Apple workers

Steve Jobs

Dan Levine   US judge says there is "substantial and compelling evidence" that late Apple co-founder "was a, if not the, central figure" in an alleged conspiracy involving Google, Intel and Adobe.


Five Aussie women with apps to their name

Amber Blumanis

Sylvia Pennington   We meet five Australian women who found there "wasn’t an app for that" and decided to create their own.

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IBM's cognitive computer chip apes brain architecture

An IBM-led research team unveiled a record-setting computer chip that mimics the brain's architecture

Geoffrey Mohan   The Pentagon has long sought what the Wizard of Oz could not manufacture: a brain, or at least an electronic cognition machine that operates as closely as possible to the speed and efficiency of the human cortex. A coalition of IBM's research institutes and several universities and government labs delivered a preliminary answer Thursday to that request.

Digital economy

Australia's technology sector outpacing US, UK: report

APPTITUDE: a new report shows apps have contributed to Australia's economy.

Paddy Wood   Australian tech dreamers needn’t jet off to Silicon Valley. According to a new report, growth in the local tech sector has outpaced that in the US and the UK over the past six years.


Everyone can be a headhunter

Rob Fanshawe is the latest online disruptor to take a tilt at the recruitment industry.

Sylvia Pennington   Technology is making it harder for traditional recruiters to keep exclusivity on the job market.

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Twitter admits to diversity problem

Twitter's diversity report is out.

Twitter says it has been hiring too many white and Asian men to fill high-paying technology jobs, just like several other major companies in Silicon Valley.

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Big Apple leads technology-sector investment to boost jobs

Flatiron School tech students

Matthew Hall   As Australia’s federal government looks to make controversial budget cuts to education, innovation and science research, New York City is partnering with schools and private companies to fund training and jobs.

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