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Read This: 'Wikipedia Is Male-Dominated. That Doesn't Mean It's Sexist.'

The gender imbalance among Wikipedia contributors is not even news. The Wikimedia study came out in August 2009 and was covered by the Wall Street Journal at that time. In the 17 months (which the Times rounds down to "about a year") that this report has been searing the Times' consciousness, the paper has come up with exactly zero new facts to explain the contributor imbalance. Instead, the...

Best Tablets of CES: Xoom, VIA, Tab and PlayBook Lead the Way

We're quickly coming up on a year since the iPad was released, and while opinions may have been divided early on, there's simply no questioning now that Apple's take on the tablet PC singlehandedly made that long-failing device category suddenly viable. Apple didn't invent the tablet; it was simply the first to craft one that was compelling enough to finally win over consumers. Along the way, it...

Slate Thinks Facebook Killed the Christmas Card

Share Once upon a time, long before the age of e-mail, text messaging and fire, early man used to send these things called "Christmas cards." Every winter, just after the last woolly mammoth had been slain and right before the annual yuletide feast, many humans would pull out their "address books," and begin writing a series of seasonal missives to friends and cave people with whom they hadn't...

Verizon Collaborating With Google on a New Android Tablet

Verizon Wireless has apparently decided to get in the tablet game, with a little help from Google. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Verizon chief executive Lowell McAdam confirmed that his company was collaborating on a new tablet with Google, though he was noticeably light on the deets. McAdam simply told the Journal,"We're looking at all the things Google has in its archives that...

Slate's Web Tool Tells How Isolated or Open-Minded Your Politics Are

Last week, we discussed the findings of a recent paper by Matthew Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro, who examined the news-reading tendencies of liberal and conservative Web surfers. In their study, Gentzkow and Shapiro found that, contrary to popular belief, liberals actually spend a considerable amount of time on news sites traditionally labeled as conservative, and vice versa. Slate has come up...

Google May Be Leading a Second Wave of Tablets

Now that Apple has jumped into the tablet arena, everyone else is clamoring to capitalize on the new found attention being garnered by the form factor. We already know that HP has one in the works, and Microsoft has been teasing us with the drool-inducing Courier for months now. Even Dell and Nokia are getting in on the slate craze, and we spent some hands on time at CES with many lower profile...

HP Reminds Us They Have a Tablet, Too

Apple may have made a big splash with the iPad this weekend, but HP wasn't about to sit quietly on the sidelines and let the Cupertino boys hog the spotlight. We first caught a glimpse of the HP Slate at CES, and the manufacturer (with a little help from Adobe) has yet to pass up a chance to take pot-shots at Apple's netpad-light, over-sized iPhone, toy-tablet device. The latest comes in the...

How to Run Your Ad on Fox News for $100

Share As the autonomy of individual Web surfers has grown, we've come to expect to be able to instantly broadcast a message, post a video, or direct-message celebrities on Twitter. The last frontier, though, was supposed to be TV, the only media nook in which there still seemed to be some distance between us and the people on the other side of the screen. Unlike posting a video of yourself to...

Apple, HarperCollins in e-Book Talks, iPhone OS 4.0 and iLife Getting Updated?

While many of the details about Apple's release of its rumored tablet device have remained shrouded in a miasma of mystery, The Wall Street Journal reports that the company is in talks with one major book distributor about a potential e-book partnership for the product. According to sources close to the negotiations, Apple and HarperCollins Publishers are currently hammering out the details of...

Apple Event to Put Tablet Rumors to Rest on January 27th?

It's official, invitations have hit inboxes, and Apple fanboys around the globe are getting all hot and bothered. What's going on? January 27, Apple will be holding an event to show off its "latest creation." Will it be the long rumored iTablet? Will that tablet just be an over-sized iPhone? Or will Apple simply add a touchscreen to its iMac line up, throwing fanboys into a rage? Maybe Apple...

Drowning in the CES Pool of Slate PCs

We're sure someone out there has already dubbed this the year of the tablet, and it's hard to blame them. Gadget makers all over CES were showing off slate and tablet devices of every stripe, some running NVIDIA's Tegra platform and Android, and some using Intel hardware to push Windows and Linux. But through the chaos, clear trends were forming, dividing lines being drawn. There were also a...

New Frontiers in Etiquette: High School Photos, Tagging and Facebook

In the past, we've discussed the evolution of tech etiquette, being sure to address the frontier of Facebook politesse. After reading a recent op-ed piece on Slate.com, though, we've had one particularly prickly Facebook phenomenon on our minds: tagging pictures. Facebook user and Slate contributor Brian Braiker asserts that he is not what he calls a "digital native," one of those who have...

Ex-Governer Spitzer to Pen Weekly Column on Economy and Regs

The Web can be a place for reputation resurrection. Just ask disgraced former Wall Street analyst Henry Blodget or now disgraced former New York Governor Elliot Spitzer. No, Spitzer will not be writing a relationship advice column. His new column, called 'The Best Policy,' will be appearing weekly on online news and commentary site Slate. In it, he'll address the economics and financial...

AT&T Announces Four Phones Focused on Texting

If you're into that whole SMS craze and you're on AT&T, you're in luck -- four times over. The carrier's gone ahead and announced not one, not two, but four QWERTY-equipped dumphones yesterday, including a dual slider and a Pantech being billed as "the world's thinnest device with a full QWERTY keypad." First up, the Pantech Matrix is available now in your choice of blue or green, with red...