Tech Talent Shortage

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November 4, 2021

1_TOP NEWS

The Cost of Too Few Tech Workers


The shortage of tech talent that businesses are facing isn't only about developers and data scientists, ZDNet reports. Companies are struggling to hire workers across the IT sector as a whole, ranging from computing infrastructure to security. A new report from analyst Gartner says businesses think that talent shortage is the biggest barrier to the adoption of nearly two-thirds of new technologies.

2_BUSINESS

Why Facebook Became Meta


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the company changed its name to Meta Platforms Inc. to reflect growth opportunities beyond its namesake social-media platform in online digital realms known as the metaverse, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Over time I hope our company will be seen as a metaverse company,” he says. The Washington Post outlines five things to know about his vision for the metaverse.

3_WORK

How Remote Work Is Changing the Suburbs


Many American suburbs undergoing a transition as a consequence of the Covid-19 pandemic, Recode reports. Remote workers who are leaving urban areas still want a city lifestyle. As a result, suburban communities are adding more urban amenities, like trendy stores, coffee shops and food co-ops.

4_DESIGN

The Next Chapter for Responsive Web Design

For over a decade designers have been building layouts for the web with responsive web design, an approach that adapts screens to a variety of devices and screen sizes—one whole screen at a time. Very soon, however, this approach to responsive design might be considered as outdated as using tables for page layout in the ’90s, Francois Brill writes on UX Collective.

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5_STARTUPS

Funding Flows to Start-ups Founded by Women


Startups with a female founder raised more than $40 billion through September, almost double the amount invested in companies founded by women in all of 2020 or 2019, the New York Times reports. Still, those investments represented only 18 percent of the $239 billion raised by all venture capital-backed companies through September.

6_TECHNOLOGY

Why Zillow’s Algorithm Woes Are a Warning 


Zillow Group’s unexpected decision on Tuesday to shutter its home-buying business, a move that will result in 2,000 employees losing their jobs, represents a big loss for the algorithms that powered its nascent iBuying business. It is a warning sign to other businesses that rely heavily on algorithms, GeekWire reports, adding that research has long showed these computer models are loaded with biases and flaws.

7_PRIVACY

Facebook's About-Face on Facial Recognition 

Facebook this week said it plans to stop using facial-recognition software that could automatically recognize people in photos and videos posted on the social network, CNN reports. It marks a major shift both for the tech industry and for a company known for collecting vast amounts of data about its billions of users. Facebook, now known as Meta, also said it plans to delete the data it had gathered through its use of this software.

8_IDEAS

Can Social Media Be Fixed?  


Revelations about Facebook, Instagram and TikTok have highlighted the problems posed by the biggest social media sites. What would it take to reform the platforms and limit their harm? The Wall Street Journal posted a dozen essays on that question by experts from government, business, academia and tech journalism.

9_GEAR

High Marks for the New Pixel 6


The new Pixel 6, which retails for $599, is worth every penny, Android Authority says. It is the "most well-rounded smartphone Google has ever produced" with upgraded cameras and a superior software experience. "The Pixel 6 is incredibly easy to recommend to anyone looking for a Galaxy S21 or iPhone 13 alternative."

10_SAY WHAT?

Pricey Heavy Metal


Buying cubes of tungsten, a metal 1.7 times as dense as lead, in recent months has become fashionable among crypto aficionados, The Verge reports. Recently, a cube that's 14.545 inches across and weighs one ton sold to a group of anonymous crypto investors for roughly $250,000. Some speculate that for these investors, the density of the cubes makes for a pleasing contrast with the immaterial nature of cryptocurrency.

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