The Switchboard: Like Google, Facebook’s workforce is dominated by white men

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Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Merger mania in media? Cable companies could be just the start. "Rumors are rife that Time Warner is negotiating with Brooklyn-based Vice Media, the magazine-turned-media company now known for producing edgy documentaries that air on HBO,"  writes The Post's Cecilia Kang. "Viacom could rejoin CBS, which it split from nearly a decade ago. Univision may be seeking a buyer and has been in talks with Time Warner and CBS, according to the Wall Street Journal."

Everything you need to know about Google's I/O keynote. "The show began with an enormous Rube Goldberg device that ran across both physical space and an enormous screen," according to Wired. "It was the merger of physical and digital, and extremely complicated. But it gave way to a pleasant all-digital video of a ball bouncing through all sorts of apps, websites, photos and real world experiences. This is about Google everywhere."

Here’s what Facebook’s workforce looks like. "Like its peers, the company’s workforce is heavily male, with very few Hispanic and black employees," according to Quartz. "The gap is particularly wide when it comes to people in senior leadership and technology jobs."

What the Aereo decision means for TV watchers. "The Supreme Court's ruling against Aereo is a huge deal," I write, "not because it'll upend the TV industry, as some may have hoped, but because of the disruption it won't cause. What is (was?) Aereo, and what does the decision mean for the way we watch TV? Read on for more."

Cabbies snarl traffic in downtown D.C. in protest against ridesharing services. "Several hundred horn-honking D.C. taxicabs descended upon downtown Washington during midday on Wednesday," reports WAMU, "shutting down several blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest to protest what they view as unfair competition from unregulated, on-demand 'ridesharing' services."

Brian Fung covers technology for The Washington Post, focusing on telecommunications and the Internet. Before joining the Post, he was the technology correspondent for National Journal and an associate editor at the Atlantic.



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