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The Weekender: TED, a $2,800 compact camera, and the double standard for women in tech

The Weekender: TED, a $2,800 compact camera, and the double standard for women in tech


The best of the week gone by

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Welcome to The Verge: Weekender edition. Each week, we'll bring you important articles from the previous weeks' original reports, features and reviews on The Verge. Think of it as a collection of a few of our favorite pieces from the week gone by, which you may have missed, or which you might want to read again.

  • Feature

    Inside TED: the smartest bubble in the world

    TED is much more than a collection of 18 minute lectures — for those who attend the conference, it's a gathering of ideas and cultures. But putting all those minds in the same space may reveal as much of a disconnect as it does a collective brilliance.

  • Review

    Sony RX1 review: shooting like a pro with a pocket-sized camera

    Most camera manufacturers have led us to believe the Sony RX1 isn't possible. It's small and light, but it has a sensor inside you'd typically only find on a huge and heavy DSLR for professionals only. This $2,800 camera is out of most people's price range, but the RX1 could be the first sign that the DSLR is dead. Dan Seifert spent a week shooting Barcelona to find out if Sony's finally cracked the code.

  • Report

    'Well, that's our first murder of the night': watching an election from halfway around the world

    Modern technology and a global network of volunteers have given us an unprecedented real-time look at this month's Kenyan elections as they unfolded. Russell Brandom spent an evening at the Ushahidi project's Washington, DC office to find out how cellphones have become invaluable tools in the battle to keep the polls safe.

  • Feature

    Money matters: why women founders struggle in Silicon Valley

    Raising capital in Silicon Valley isn't easy for anyone — but for female entrepreneurs, the situation is even worse. The classically male dominated field is putting up obstacles for women, and even in 2013 some venture capitalists aren't taking them seriously. When will the tipping point to equality finally come?

  • Report

    Can a NASA game jam inspire the next space breakthrough?

    It's unusual for a government agency to hold a "game jam," an event that encourages developers to whip up new game concepts in just a couple caffeine-fueled evenings — but that's exactly what NASA is doing this weekend.

  • Review

    Sonos Playbar review: wireless audio invades your living room

    Sonos speakers sound good, and offer a level of simplicity and connectedness that no other setup can match. But the company's new Playbar is its first speaker designed to live where we all want the best sound — our living room, and our TV. Thomas Houston adds the Playbar to his Sonos setup to see if there's finally a great, simple, wireless audio system on the market.

  • Report

    Tampon subscription startups boom as women seek to ease their 'time of the month' pain

    Not every high-tech service has to sell high-tech products; one entrepreneur is discovering that a subscription service for basic monthly needs can be a hit. Adrianne Jeffries reports.

  • Editorial

    Beware of broken glass: the media's double standard for women at the top

    As Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg make headlines, guest columnist Elizabeth Spiers takes a look at how and why their moves are being criticized in ways that a male executive's moves likely never would be.