How high can women techies climb

The way Tina Huang tells it, the path to her resignation from Twitter Inc was a Kafkaesque experience. She said she was denied a promotion, led to believe her coding skills were inferior, asked to take a leave of absence, and scolded for taking that leave.

Two years ago, she sued, contending that the company systematically thwarts the advancement of female engineers. Since then, she’s been gathering data on gender and pay for her peers there and says she can prove Twitter stacks the deck.

New London pollution tax comes into force

Drivers of the most polluting vehicles will face an extra daily charge for driving into central London on weekdays from Monday in a bid to improve air quality in one of Europe’s most polluted cities. London mayor Sadiq Khan announced the new £10 ($13.2) charge — which will be on top of a daily £11.50 congestion charge — in February, after the European Union ordered Britain to cut air pollution. “As mayor I am determined to take urgent action to help clean up London’s lethal air,” Khan said in a statement.

Bots assess candidates’ suitability

Now bots will decide whether you are fit for that dream job. Deployment of bots in assessing the suitability of candidates is catching up in the recruitment sector.

Bots are playing a ma­jor role in tactical work like recruiting concierge. They are running interview prep class, handling talent community management and responding to candidates, finds a global survey by KellyOCG.

Renewable energy threatens the biggest science project

The world’s bi­ggest scientific experiment is on course to become the most expensi­ve source of surplus power.

Components of the 20 billion-euro ($24 billion) pr­o­ject are already starting to pile up at a construction site in the south of France, where about 800 scientists plan to test whether they can harness the power that ma­kes stars shine. Assembly of machine will start in May.

Bangalore to build bridge between innovators and consumers

The country’s tech capital Bangalore is now spearheading a new initiative to build a bridge between innovating and consuming geographies around the globe.

Countries like Taiwan, Israel, Japan and Korea are very high on the tech innovation index, while BRIC countries are mostly users of innovation and therefore high on tech consumption index. The lead players in innovation index are not able to monetise all their innovations, while countries like India have a large pool of entrepreneurs who are hungry for innovative, quickly doable and marketable ideas.

Bidding war heats up for $5b Amazon HQ2

It’s the prize of a lifetime – a $5 billion investment creating 50,000 well-paid jobs that everyone wants, but only one US city will get.

From East to West, from North to South, metropolises across the United States are locked in a frenzied bidding war desperate to woo Amazon into favouring them as the site of the e-commerce giant’s second headquarters.

Google launches advanced Gmail security for high-risk users

Alphabet’s Google Inc said on Tuesday it would roll out an “advanced protection pr­o­gramme” to provide stron­ger email security for some users such as government officials, political activists and journalists who are at a higher risk of being targeted by sophisticated hackers.

Pricey high-tech features define new Smartphone wars

The front lines of the battle for smartphone do­minance ov­er the coming years have gro­wn clearer after Chinese tec­hnology firm Huawei presented an AI-powered phone designed to go head-to-head with Samsung and Apple.

Features needed to prop­el a device into the top end are growing increasingly co­mplex and expensive to develop, meaning only the co­mpanies with the deepest expertise and pockets can hope to compete.

Mittal gives $25m to Harvard University

Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has donated $25 mi­l­lion to the prestigious Harvard University with an aim to increase engagement with India and other South Asian countries.

The donation will establish an endowed fund for the South Asia Institute at the university.

The institute spearheads Harvard’s engagement with South Asian countries, including India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as diaspora populations from these countries, the university said in a statement.