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Last week’s Google I/O conference provided a glimmer of hope for gender equality in the tech world. A far from perfect 23% of conference attendees were female, but when you compare that with just 8% in 2013, it would appear things are improving.
Monday – Start Your Calls
One of the Patriot Act’s most-hated features – the warrantless bulk data collection of all Americans – has expired, for today at least. The Senate is expected to approve the Freedom Act, aka warrantless wiretapping with a friendly face, later this week. Xiaomi’s Mi.com officially begins selling activity trackers and more after last week’s soft launch. The governments of Cuba and the U.S. will formally announce the reopening of embassies this week. Happy 35th birthday to CNN – you don’t look a day over 80.
Tuesday – Health and Wealth
Chinese mobile giant Huawei is holding a U.S. press event today where they are expected to unveil a smartphone for American markets. The American Red Cross launches its first Giving Day, a 24-hour fundraising campaign. Conservatives will unveil their proposed replacement to ObamaCare – while the plan will likely go nowhere, it should help Republican candidates field questions about the issue.
Wednesday – Union Label
Gawker Media employees and the Writers Guild of America East plan to hold a unionization vote today. It’s the 50th anniversary of the first U.S. space walk. The sixth season of Jerry Seinfeld’s Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee debuts. Get ready to bro out –Entourage hits theaters and the Stanley Cup Finals begin.
Thursday – More Sports
Sure, FIFA might be in disgrace, but the 2nd Annual World Cup Tech Challenge kicks off at Microsoft’s Mountain View Campus. Hong Kong residents will hold a candlelight vigil to commemorate the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre. “Narrative” MMO Wander launches on the PS 4 and PC – players can assume the form of a giant tree, if that’s what they’re into. If the hockey championship isn’t enough for you, the NBA Finals begin tonight.
Friday – Got a Horse Right Here
The Labor Department releases its May jobs report today. The LG G4 will be available in AT&T stores – optional leather backing will cost you an additional $40. It’s the deadline to submit to Hatch – Twitter’s “first startup competition”. The big winner will take home $25,000. The Belmont Stakes are run on Saturday – the spellcheck-killer American Pharoah could be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. The Governors Ball Music Festival kicks off in NYC and the Melissa McCarthy movie Spy debuts.
Now go forth (and make it through the week).
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