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First POST: Lifestyles

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, September 30 2014


  • According to Google's Eric Schmidt, co-author of the new book "How Google Works" on the company's innovative management methods, women who want to work and get ahead at great companies should take care of the kids and then log on at 11pm to keep doing their day job, too. To wit, as he says in an interview with Brian Bergstein of Technology Review, responding to a question about "work-life balance" and his book's notion that people should be "overworked in a good way":

    In the book, we mention the women we work with who have a terrible burden, if you will, of working in a startup: it’s intense, but then they also have the majority of the family duties, typically. Somehow, they’re able to get through it with help and so forth. We observe in the book that, for example, they’ll go quiet for a few hours while they’re busy taking care of the family or whatever it is they’re doing, and then they emerge at 11 o’clock at night, working hard to make sure that their responsibilities are taken care of. These are impressive leaders by any measure.

    Actually, in the book, the anecdote says working mothers come back online around 9pm, but "they have made their lifestyle decisions."

  • Speaking of overwork and being tone-deaf, here's the Uber blog from a few weeks ago praising teachers who are moonlighting as Uber drivers.

  • Tor may soon be coming to Firefox browsers, writes The Daily Dot's Patrick Howell O'Neill, speculating in an informed way about a recent post by Tor executive director Andrew Lewman about the anonymity tool being integrated into a major web browser.

  • The CloudFlare hosting service just doubled the number of sites on the web that support encrypted connections, from two million to four million. As Matthew Prince, CloudFlare's co-founder and CEO, writes on the company's blog:

    Having cutting-edge encryption may not seem important to a small blog, but it is critical to advancing the encrypted-by-default future of the Internet. Every byte, however seemingly mundane, that flows encrypted across the Internet makes it more difficult for those who wish to intercept, throttle, or censor the web. In other words, ensuring your personal blog is available over HTTPS makes it more likely that a human rights organization or social media service or independent journalist will be accessible around the world. Together we can do great things.

  • Microsoft is expanding its online polling efforts from Xbox users to web browsers and users of its as-yet unlatched Cortana service, which is the company's answer to Apple's Siri mobile assistant, The New York Times's Alan Schwarz reports.

  • Quantcast tracks the demographics of Internet users who visit sites that have installed its trackers, and the resulting data suggests that Twitter users lean Democratic and Pinterest users lean Republican, reports Jaime Fuller for the Washington Post.

  • Security researcher Frederic Jacobs on why the FireChat mesh network currently being used by thousands of people in Hong Kong isn't quite ready for prime-time, security-wise.

  • More than one-half of the world's population will have some form of Internet access by 2017, the ITU projects.