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Computer engineer Barbie needs men to code for herMattel apologizes for a book in which Barbie needs programming help from men, Walmart stores are scammed into price-matching fake Amazon listings, and Facebook launches yet another app.
Barbie can be a computer engineer. If only she didn't need men to do all her coding. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your cnet update. [MUSIC] If you want to encourage young girls to study science and math and become computer engineers, you may not want to use a Barbie book for inspiration. The internet is abuzz right now over a 2010 Barbie children's book. Titled, I can be a computer engineer. See the problem with the story is that in the book, Barbie doesn't know how wo program and instead has two guys program for her. And in the story, she also infects her computer and her sister Skipper's computer with a virus. And she goes to her computer programmer friends to recover the files. This blew up online after screenwriter Pamela Ribon wrote a hilarious take-down of the book, and now the Internet is doing what the Internet does best, taking matters into their own hands and rewriting the dialog. In light of all this, Ms. Hill has issued a statement about the book. The vice president of global brand marketing for Barbie said, "The portrayal of Barbie in this specific story doesn't reflect the brand's vision for what Barbie stands for. We believe girls should be empowered to understand that anything is possible and believe they live in a world without limits. We apologize that this book didn't reflect that belief. All Barbie titles moving forward will be written to inspire girls' imaginations and portray an empowered Barbie character. Well, I'm glad to hear that. If you have your own ideas about how this book should have been written, there's a site where you can insert your own text into the book, to give girls the inspiration to protect our cyber world of tomorrow. In the meantime, there are a few other text stories for all you boys and girls out there. Facebook has created yet another standalone app, but this time it's just for Facebook Groups. Facebook isn't forcing you to download it like it did the messenger app. If any young girls grow up to become Facebook engineers, I hope you stop this madness of unnecessary Facebook apps for separate functions. And in other news, some people are taking advantage of a new price matching policy at Wal-Mart. And had tricked stores into selling PlayStation four game consoles for as low as 50 dollars. This holiday season, Wal-Mart is promising to match Amazon's prices, but some grinches out there had cheated and created bogus amazon seller accounts. Listing PS4s for a fraction of their $400 price tag. People are now tweeting about getting away with this cheat. I'm sure Wal-Mart and other stores will wisen up and change the policies to avoid the scam. That's your tech news update, you can head to my blog post for links on where you can write your own. Feminist hacker Barbie Book and email us with your new Barbie story. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]