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Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal

Rapper Dr. Dre is an executive at Apple, now.
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Rapper Dr. Dre is an executive at Apple, now.

The evidence of a lack of gender parity in technology keeps stacking up; this week we saw the fraternity-day emails of Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel and the diversity and gender breakdowns that Google's been reluctant to share. Let's get right into your week in review:


Bros in The Valley: As companies like Google and Snapchat seek to lead the new information age, they are looking pretty backward when it comes to equality and diversity. Google's figures show the company is 70 percent male; African-American and Latino employees don't register above 5 percent. Meanwhile, Snapchat's Spiegel's emails detail his tactics for getting girls drunk and jokes about "peeing on" women and "shooting lasers at fat chicks." He apologized. Time Magazine writes "the days of Chief Executive Bro are numbered."

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The Google Car: The search giant has manufactured a prototype driverless vehicle and it looks like a cross between a Smart car and that Little Tikes plastic car you might have had as a kid. No steering wheel, and it goes about 25 mph. But as Venture Beat writes, a partnership with Ubercould make this viable as smarter, greener transportation in the future.

Billion - Dollar Beats: Apple made it official, announcing its $3 billion dealto buy Dr. Dre and music industry veteran Jimmy Iovine's Beats Music. Dre and Iovine are joining Apple in unspecified executive roles. The news led to a lot of Monday morning quarterbacking about whether Steve Jobs would have made a deal like this, but both sides seem to be pleased as punch, for now.


WSJ: China Hacking is Deep and Diverse, Experts Say

In the wake of last week's U.S. indictment of Chinese hackers, a well-reported piece detailing the reach of Chinese cyber-espionage.

Longform: Valleywag's Sam Biddle

The journalist who broke the Snapchat CEO's emails talked with's podcast about covering modern-day Silicon Valley. Biddle describes an industry of "overgrown, entitled manchildren pulling price tags out of the ether."

The Official Microsoft Blog: Microsoft demos breakthrough in real-time translated conversations

Remember the universal translator imagined in Star Trek? Microsoft showed off the Skype Translator, doing near real-time audio translation from English to German and vice versa, and said it would be available as a Windows 8 beta app by year end.

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Elise Hu is a host-at-large based at NPR West in Culver City, Calif. Previously, she explored the future with her video series, Future You with Elise Hu, and served as the founding bureau chief and International Correspondent for NPR's Seoul office. She was based in Seoul for nearly four years, responsible for the network's coverage of both Koreas and Japan, and filed from a dozen countries across Asia.