Occupation Changes in San Francisco

Headcount Change 05 to 14

San Francisco is going through a face change, where people are being evicted to make room for the new workers. There is demand for finding residence in SF, while many many regulations restrict construction of new residences. Since tech giants (Google, Apple, Facebook) started to offer shuttle services to their employees for a better commute between […]

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Some Diversity Comparisons In and Out of Tech Industry

Select tech race/ethnicity

Diversity in Silicon Valley has been topic of much discussion recently. There is no need to look at the statistics to know tech industry is suffering (severely) from lack of diversity. To fulfill my curiosity, I decided to add up the numbers from some random companies I was interested in. The results for both gender and […]

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Iranian Identity and Issue of Flags

modern Tehran? Angel?

When you are from middle east, everything has a political flavor to it. And when you try to get people together and represent all, all these small differences suddenly erupt!  I was in New York this week and was able to attend the annual “Persian Parade” event in Manhattan. It was definitely something of interest […]

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Censoring Iranians: different intentions, same results

As I had noted before, average internet user in Iran faces a good amount of censorship. Some of it comes from internal agencies in Iran who”judge” what is appropriate and what is inappropriate  for Iranians. And sometimes it is the websites and companies deciding that Iranians should not have the privilege of accessing certain information of software. […]

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Google: Engineers vs. Brand Loyalty

Almost a month ago Google changed its Google Reader product by removing one of its core features: social sharing. This feature allowed you to share items you had read in Reader with your ‘friends’ in Reader community. You could also follow them, comment on their items and so on. Since your comments and notes were […]

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Internet Privacy: fact or fiction?

Reading a news article on Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) being forced to take down University Toolkit for violation of GPL license, I started to think how deep our privacy is being violated. As Brian Kerb of Washington post describes in his article, the University Toolkit is essentially a monitoring software, just identifying people […]

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