Internet Week 2013 kicked off a month early with a sneak preview of Vice Motherboard’s discussion series, “Sex, Drugs, Drones & Code” at Design Within Reach’s Soho studio in New York City.
Karen Zuckerberg, mother to Mark and Randi, wrote a blog post yesterday on Randi’s new website, Dot Complicated, laying out her favorite tech products, including Facebook and its Messenger app.
Yelp Users Punish Iowa Dentist Who Was Legally Cleared for Firing ‘Irresistible’ Assistant (SocialTimes)
Although an Iowa dentist prevailed in a legal battle and was eventually cleared of discriminatory employment practices although he fired an assistant for being sexually “irresistible,” his Yelp users have begun using Yelp as an outlet to let the dentist know they don’t approve. One user simply posted the AP story about the dentist, James Knight, as a review. Dozens of users have found it “useful.”
The Zuckerberg family has learned the hard way that Facebook’s privacy settings can’t stop friends and followers from sharing pictures that were meant to be private. Shortly after Christmas, a family photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, his sister Randi Zuckerberg, and other members of the family gathered around the kitchen island for some holiday poking on their smartphones made its way to Twitter, then BuzzFeed and other media outlets.
When my twin boys were first born, I took a hiatus from Facebook. My partner went as far as posting a status update –an overly cheerful announcement that the boys were born at 10:03 a.m. –and left it at that. Most of the responding comments were those of congratulations, but there were a few that exposed the truth of what was happening –like “Oh… God, isn’t that kind of early?” “Are they okay?” or “How’s mom?”
A full-page ad for the Demand a Plan initiative pushing gun control that appeared in the New York Times this morning featured signatures from a who’s-who list of tech luminaries and others.
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Google Begins Testing Its Augmented-Reality Glasses (The New York Times / Bits)
Yesterday, Google gave people a clearer picture of its secret initiative called Project Glass. The glasses are the company’s first venture into wearable computing. The glasses are not yet for sale. Google will, however, be testing them in public. Cnet A video of this augmented-reality experiment was posted by Google on YouTube showing someone wearing the glasses as he made his way around a variety of Manhattan venues, receiving up-to-the-minute updates as information streamed into his glasses. The Wall Street Journal / Digits Instant walking routes on maps, video chat, voice notes and a camera may be included in the glasses, Google suggests. Wired / Epicenter It’s also a timely means for Google to remind the public that its engineers have visions that transcend the current spats with Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, the DOJ and the European Union. Read more
Bravo has given the green light to two new reality shows for tech-savvy viewers. “Our Affluencers are passionate about our content, and are the first to try new technologies and engage in social media,” said Frances Berwick, president of Bravo Media and Style in a statement. Here’s what they’ll be trying out in the near future.
ESPN journalist Erin Andrews didn’t plan on becoming an advocate for stricter Internet security.
Then again, she never expected to be filmed in the privacy of her hotel room, either, by a complete stranger, who was holding a cell phone up to a peep hole, in the sick hope she’d walk by. (It was later discovered he had been stalking her and had creepily caught 14 additional women on tape).
In conjunction with Facebook, ABC News produced a special this morning on the tragedy in Tucson. The 15-minute report streamed live on ABCNews.com at 11amET and was anchored by Christiane Amanpour and Dan Harris in Tucson. Another special will stream tonight at 7pmET anchored by David Muir, following “World News.” Randi Zuckerberg of Facebook took part in this morning’s stream and talked about how the shootings are playing on Facebook. Harris also asked her how sites like Facebook often host some of the hatred and rhetoric which is at the center of the discussion today.