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Friday, August 30, 2013

Today’s Scuttlebot: Skype a Decade Later and Why There Aren’t Enough Women in Tech

Every day, The New York Times’s staff scours the Web for interesting and peculiar items.

Here’s what we noticed today:

Skype a Decade Later
GigaOM |  On Skype’s 10th birthday, an argument for why Microsoft is muffling the Internet calling service. - Nick Wingfield

This Is Why There Aren’t Enough Women in Tech
Valleywag |  An eye-popping collection of horror stories from women who pursued computer science in college. - Damon Darlin

Twitter Executive to Leave
Bricoleur |  Alex MacGillivray, Twitter’s general counsel, announced that he was planning to step down. - Ashwin Seshagiri (Related Bits post.)

Google Acquired WIMM Labs to Bolster Its Own Smartwatch Plans
GigaOM |  Move over, Glass. Google’s smartwatch ambitions get more serious. - Claire Cain Miller

New Faces of Android: Inside Google’s Management Shuffle
The Verge |  An inside look at what the departure of Hugo Barra, “a rare friendly face” at Android, means for Google’s mobile team - Claire Cain Miller

Role Models Who Reach for the Stars
The Financial Times |  Is Marissa Mayer doing a disservice to women by describing herself as a geeky coder who never intended to lead? - Claire Cain Miller (Subscription required.)

In the Serengeti, Getting Close to Lions With Technology
Fast Company |  A new interactive feature from National Geographic partly uses robots with cameras to capture lions from the Serengeti in their element. - Ashwin Seshagiri

Facebook Tests ‘Trending’ Section in News Feed
The Wall Street Journal Digits Blog |  Two months after introducing hashtags, Facebook is experimenting with ways to make them useful in a trending section. - Ashwin Seshagiri

Covering the Syria Crisis
Syria Deeply |  Journalists and technologists tell you what you need to know about the crisis in Syria, melding quick hits and long reads - Somini Sengupta