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ISIS claims responsibility for Barcelona terror attack
BARCELONA — A white van that plowed through a pedestrian walkway in a trendy tourist spot, killing 13, and an explosion at a private house are both believed to be the work of a terrorist cell targeting points in Spain, authorities said Thursday.The van attack happened in the popular Las Ramblas tourist district, injuring at least 100 others in addition to those who were killed. It’s the latest in a chilling trend of vehicular terrorism that requires little organization, manpower or technological know-how. Vehicles have been used to plow into pedestrians in the United Kingdom twice this year, including a June attack on London Bridge that killed eight people and a March attack on Westminster Bridge where four pedestrians and one police officer were killed. In late December, a truck plowed into a Christmas market in Berlin, killing 12 people and wounding nearly 50 others.
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Google engineer’s anti-diversity manifesto goes viral
SAN FRANCISCO — A document written by an unnamed senior software engineer at Google suggesting the company encourage “ideological” rather than gender diversity, is generating anger within the company and in Silicon Valley.Titled “Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber,” the male author wrote that women don’t make up 50% of the company’s tech and leadership positions not because of sexism but because of differences in their preferences and abilities. He also writes that the company’s focus on diversity tends to alienate conservatives, which he believes is bad for business as conservatives tend to be more conscientious, a trait that is required for “much of the drudgery and maintenance work characteristic of a mature company.”