Monday news roundup 7/28

Icahn gets 3 seats on Yahoo’s board. We’ll see if what happens at the shareholder meeting on Friday.  Check your tech RSS feeds during the day on Friday to see if there is any news.

We talked about a couple of gender-related items.  A study in Science (the journal) found that the difference in math scores between girls and boys had disappeared. Interesting. Let’s see if that translates to more women in mathematical, tech, and computer science careers. And a NY Times piece on the Blogher conference dealt with the glass ceiling that exist for women bloggers to rise to the top blogger lists. Good discussion about these issues in class. Students had good insight into the cultural and social factors that can create gender disparity.

Another NY Times piece dealt with literacy. How are our Internet activities affecting literacy?  For better or worse. The article was balanced, showing the naysayers who think that Internet and mobile communications are ruining language, and those who are excited about the new ways that young people are using technology to communicate.