Today’s Tech Sightings:
A filmmaker whose daughter wanted to drop out of her computer science major because she was one of only two girls attending resulted in a documentary about gender inequality in the U.S. tech and science sectors. The film, called CODE: Debugging the Gender Gap, explores the lack of American female and minority computer science engineers and the roots of the problem.
If you are hopelessly addicted to your latest tech toys, you might want to consider how they are adversely affecting your health.
People suffering from tremors and Parkinson’s Disease have some welcome help this Thanksgiving holiday. Lift Labs, which was recently acquired by Google, makes special attachments for spoons and forks that stabilize the utensils to allow patients to eat without embarrassing tremors.
Sony, which appears to have been hacked, is reportedly on lockdown after a hacker group called #GOP blackmailed the company.
The European Union’s top digital markets official warned Monday that Google antitrust probes should not be rushed, as sponsors of a parliamentary motion to rein in Google played down suggestions that the company should be splintered.
Cybersecurity company Symantec has uncovered a sophisticated malware-based tool called “Regin” or Backdoor Regin used by government agencies (though it’s not clear which country’s government) for mass surveillance. It turns out Regin has been in use since 2008 and has been detected in 10 countries, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Mexico.
Attendees at China’s ‘World Internet Conference’ got a taste of the country’s Internet ambitions when the director of the Cyberspace Administration of China said at the opening ceremony that “cyberspace should also be free and open, with rules to follow and always following the rule of law.” Skeptics who witnessed the controlled summit environment worry that talk of a free and open Internet is just that – talk.