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Betsy Isaacson
Betsy Isaacson is a Technology writer for the Huffington Post. In 2012, she graduated from Harvard University.

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Former 'Chief Evangelist' For Apple Takes Same Title At Startup

(2) Comments | Posted April 17, 2014 | 2:19 PM

Guy Kawasaki might have the same job title he had 30 years ago, but his days of working for a benevolent dictator are over.

The author and entrepreneur was the "chief evangelist" at Apple under Steve Jobs in the 1980s, a title he's revived for a new job at a...

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BlackBerry's Next Move May Be A Phone That Keeps You Healthy

(10) Comments | Posted April 15, 2014 | 4:43 PM

Prophecies abound of BlackBerry's demise, but the Canadian smartphone company is still making investments -- including collaborating with Patrick Soon-Shiong, founder of health care IT company NantHealth and mobile innovator NantMobile, to create what Soon-Shiong calls a "novel" smartphone.

Soon-Shiong and BlackBerry's plans are...

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Critical Security Bug 'Heartbleed' Hits Up To 66 Percent Of The Internet

(605) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 5:08 PM

As much as 66 percent of the web may have been compromised by a newly revealed security flaw called Heartbleed.

So named by the researchers who discovered it, Heartbleed is a bug that affects an important Internet security protocol called SSL. Specifically, it affects one particular...

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Nicolas Ronco, Veteran Midday Napper, Shares His Tips For Your Best Nap Ever

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Nicolas Ronco grew up in Tunisia, a country with a tradition of midday naps. Living with no air conditioning, he says, midday naps were "pretty much the only way to survive the heat." Even now, he recalls going to Africa and seeing lions and wildebeests napping "a few feet away...

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Seth Godin's New Site HugDug Is Linking Product Reviews To Charitable Giving

(1) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:45 PM

Product review sites are a staple of our online landscape. You can review hotels, electronics, and even mattresses, and a persuasive review can drive (or inhibit) sales of an item. Now, HugDug, a new product review site, is looking to harness the power of popular product recommendations, with...

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The Captivating TV Phenomenon That'll Have You Watching A Fireplace For 8 Straight Hours

(17) Comments | Posted March 13, 2014 | 11:29 AM

Would you ever tune into seven hours of footage of a train rolling through the countryside? Or 100 hours straight of a Norwegian grandmaster playing chess? Then you're the target audience of "Slow TV," a genre of television popular in Norway. "It has a relaxing effect,"

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These YouTube Videos Supposedly Induce Insomnia-Curing 'Brain Orgasms'

(3) Comments | Posted March 11, 2014 | 9:21 AM

Imagine listening to someone speaking slowly, or watching someone gently crinkling cellophane, and suddenly your head starts to tingle and a sensation of total relaxation washes over you -- it's what's sometimes known as "goose looping," or "attention-induced head orgasm."

It's a sensation that also goes by autonomous...

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Traduzimos as emocionantes cartas online de jovens russos LGBT

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2014 | 1:23 PM

O presidente russo, Vladimir Putin, diz que a intransigente legislação antigay de seu país, que estigmatiza a homossexualidade e foi alvo de críticas internacionais durante as Olimpíadas de Inverno em Sochi, foi promulgada para proteger as crianças da Rússia.

Mas as novas leis criaram um clima de medo e violência...

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Verizon CEO Wants To Charge You More If You Use Too Much Internet

(763) Comments | Posted February 27, 2014 | 7:22 AM

Netflix streamer? File sharer? If Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam gets his way, you may soon start paying more for broadband.

At an investor's meeting on Monday, McAdam used his closing comments to clarify Verizon's position on net neutrality, or the rule that internet service providers (ISPs) should treat...

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Read The Heartbreaking Online Letters Of Young, LGBT Russians

(44) Comments | Posted February 25, 2014 | 6:30 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the country's fierce anti-gay legislation, which stigmatizes homosexuality and was the subject of international criticism during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, was passed in order to protect the nation's children.

But the new laws have stoked an environment of...

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BitTorrent Wants You To Know It's A Legitimate Business

(108) Comments | Posted February 17, 2014 | 8:12 AM

BitTorrent Inc., the 110-person company behind possibly the most infamous piracy-enabling filesharing format on the web, wants you to know that it's not what you think it is.

For the uninitiated, BitTorrent's eponymous protocol lets people easily share large computer files with each other. And since it launched

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The Sketchy Way You Can Still Download Flappy Bird

(7) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 3:32 PM

You can't get the wildly popular mobile game Flappy Bird through the normal channels anymore. Worry not, though, the Internet will not let this game die!

Over the weekend, Flappy Bird's creator, Dong Nguyen, removed the app from the Google Play and iOS App Stores.

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The 9 Freakiest Robot Animals In The World

(4) Comments | Posted February 10, 2014 | 8:25 AM

Why build an entirely new robot when you can just copy nature?

That's the idea behind biomimicry, or engineering robots that imitate lifeforms. For example, when scientists are trying to find ways to propel an aquatic robot through water or give an airborne robot flight, they might look...

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Why AT&T's New Patent Is Terrible For The Internet

(180) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 8:48 AM

A newly published patent from AT&T would allow the company to bill customers not just based on how much they use the Web, but also what they use the Web for.

Patent US 20140010082 A1, which is still in the application stage, describes a setup in which AT&T...

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More Than 1 Million People Want Net Neutrality Back

(40) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:57 PM

The battle to preserve Internet freedom got a shot in the arm this week with a dramatic demonstration by activists in front of the Federal Communications Commission.

The move sent a strong signal that the uproar over a recent federal court ruling striking down net neutrality, or the...

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Online Video Could Be So Much Better -- Just Ask Martin Percy

(4) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 11:52 AM

Ever seen an interactive film? If not, take a quick jump to Martin Percy's "Lifesaver," a BAFTA- and Webby-nominated emergency procedural in which you race the clock to try to save a stranger's life.

Done right, interactive video offers a whole new window on story telling -- one...

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The Deep Web Is Filled With Drugs, Porn And ... Book Lovers(!)

(7) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 8:54 AM

When the FBI arrested the mastermind behind “Silk Road,” the world’s largest online black market for drugs, they gummed up a beloved tradition of the marketplace’s devoted fans: The Silk Road book club.

The Dread Pirate Roberts, founder of Silk Road, began his drug bazaar’s...

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Netflix's Battle For Net Neutrality Could Look Like This

(33) Comments | Posted January 27, 2014 | 11:07 AM

If the war over net neutrality is going to be fought in the court of public opinion, as Netflix suggested last week, then the company could learn a lot from one of its most pernicious rivals: BitTorrent.

Netflix said in a warning to investors that if Internet service...

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The Videos The Chinese Government Doesn't Want You To See

(10) Comments | Posted January 22, 2014 | 1:46 PM

When the Chinese government mandated earlier this week that anyone who uploads an online video must also post their full name, the rationale seemed reasonable enough: "To prevent vulgar content, base art forms, exaggerated violence and sexual content in Internet video having a negative effect on society," China's...

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