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Indonesia's 'discriminatory, cruel and degrading' test for female police recruits

The Indonesian police continue to use a "degrading" invasive physical test to check for female recruits virginity, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has claimed.<p>A manual examination is used to physically check for an intact hymen in the recruits, the report alleges.<p>It is, according to the report, a …

Nigel Farage’s new friend in Europe: ‘When women say no, they don’t always mean it’

Dapper in bow tie and blazer, Nigel Farage’s new European ally likes to welcome a woman to his grey-walled, grey-carpeted Brussels office by stooping to kiss her hand. There is a danger, though, that he will follow up this display of old-fashioned courtesy by sharing some old-fashioned views about …

Internet traffic jams are widespread in the US, and are probably about to get a lot worse

It's not just Netflix and Comcast that are to blame<p>Earlier this week the research consortium M-Lab released a big report on the way data moves through the guts of our internet infrastructure. It focused on interconnection points, the shared equipment nodes where different networks exchange data so …

The homepage is dead, and the social web has won—even at the New York Times

Traffic to the New York Times homepage fell by half in the last two years, according to the newspaper’s internal review of its digital strategy. Here’s the very stark chart:<p>That’s not necessarily a reflection of any problems at the Times but the reality of how news is now distributed on the …

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5 Lessons Every Startup Founder Should Learn

No matter your education, founding a company is going to school you. Take these lessons to heart before you get hit with the books.<p>Your idea is probably not new<p>There are very few new ideas. Whatever idea you have come up with, someone else is already working on it, because most ideas and companies …

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Threat Stack nets $1.2M to protect your cloud servers

Threat Stack, a Cambridge, Mass. startup, now has $1.2 million in seed money to fund the launch of its intrusion detection and forensics product for …

Gigaom | Broadcasters are missing out on a ton of data–it’s time to take TV online

Advertisement<p>Steven Spielberg and George Lucas made a big commotion at a talk recently when the two predicted the imminent “implosion” of the film …

Associated Press Invests in Bambuser for Crowdsourced News Footage

The use of social media has become vital for the news-reporting agencies and outlets of the world. Mix that in with the ubiquity of mobile phones, …

How Google’s ‘enhanced ad campaigns’ are driving up online ad costs

For years, it’s been a truism: online advertising is cheap. For pennies or fractions of a dollar, you could reach thousands of consumers, paying only for those who clicked and, sometimes, only for those who buy.<p>Those capabilities aren’t going away, but for the first time in years, the prices you …

Media revenues will be mostly digital by 2015: survey

Consumer use of technology is transforming media and entertainment companies with almost 60 per cent of their revenues expected to come from digital sources by 2015, a new global survey says.<p>The rise of tablets, widespread use of smartphones, social media and faster Internet connections are pushing …

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The 'Unorthodox' Way PayPal Co-Founder Max Levchin Hired The Best Talent In Silicon Valley

At First Round Capital's CEO Summit, he revealed his hiring secrets.<p><b>Many of the people Levchin hired were friends of current employees.</b> "Peter [Thiel] sat me down and he made me write down every smart person I knew in college personally," Levchin told the audience. "It turned out to be a list of …