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Let's Empower Local Microfinance Solutions

Joyce Kim | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Joyce Kim

But as the tech world continues to develop sleeker financial technology, let's not forget about the potential for sustainable progress and pervasive change in microfinance, for the people who need it most.

10 Largest Billion Dollar Acquisitions in Tech [Infographic]

Jonathan Long | Posted 02.20.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Long

Every tech startup dreams of being the next billion dollar acquisition success story. Tech startups are being acquired at an incredible rate -- companies want to own a piece of the "next big thing" and they are not afraid of throwing money at something they feel will be a home run.

Verizon's Super-Cookies Are Spying on You Right Now

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.03.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The Electronic Frontier Foundation thinks Verizon could be violating a federal law requiring phone companies to keep customer data confidential. My take on all of this is that if nothing else, it's a clear violation of our personal rights.

Bitcoin Belongs to the People, Not the 1% Super Rich

Dr. Behzad Mohit | Posted 01.30.2015 | Technology
Dr. Behzad Mohit

We must not allow this new "Freecoin" to be owned or bought and sold with real money. For the moment that a currency becomes interest-bearing and is subject to transaction and storage charges, it becomes a tradable commodity itself and it loses its equalizing value.

This Is How Insanely Obsessed We Are With Our Smartphones

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 01.30.2015 | Technology

If only this cartoon about smartphone obsession weren't so real. "Mr. Selfie" is here to show us that life is passing us by as we fixate on our lit...

What Happened to Snapchat's Best Friends Feature and What It Means for Your Relationship

Brian Hanley | Posted 01.28.2015 | Technology
Brian Hanley

With the Best Friends feature gone, we can no longer rely on the fear of getting caught to act appropriately. We must hold ourselves accountable for our actions. It doesn't matter who's watching.

7 Cool Ways to Have Fun Online While Protecting Your Privacy

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.23.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

I've got to be connected -- we all do today. And I've always loved tech -- particularly the helpful kind built by entrepreneurs who respect and honor their customers.

How to Restore Trust in News

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2015 | Media
Craig Newmark

It's hard to trust the news overall when many major stories are ignored by news outlets. It's hard to trust the news when the press does so little fact-checking.

Tech Startup Funding in Midwest? Cincinnati Says No Problem

Jason Grill | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Jason Grill

As 2015 gets underway there is no doubt that the startup sector is succeeding outside of Silicon Valley and the northeast region of the United States. Much of this growth and entrepreneur success is coming from the country's heartland.

Patriotism & History: Lessons from Sony

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.20.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Sony is a weakened company today, more by their response than by the hack itself. They squandered a remarkable opportunity to turn lemons into lemonade and deny any win to the hackers while honorably admitting their mistakes in data security.

Top 10 Holiday Gifts for the Tech-Lover

Melanie Raposo | Posted 02.17.2015 | Technology
Melanie Raposo

Baby, it's cold outside, but inside the holiday shopping frenzy is heating up. As you race to get your last-minute gift-buying done, here are 10 great options to consider for the tech-lover on your list:

Wordplay Run Amok: Et Tu, TRUSTe?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.14.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

TRUSTe did a bang up job establishing themselves as the must have credential that sites paid them well for. You offer eye candy and a pretty little logo to provide a sense of security. Truth in advertising however, requires more than stamps. It demands in this case, annual inspections and that is what TRUSTe promised.

Facebook's MarkZ Bytes the Cooked Apple

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.11.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

I'm an online privacy advocate. I do dozens of radio interviews every month on the subject. I attend and speak at symposiums such as the GMIC SV Conference last week. I am also CEO of Sgrouples Inc., which recently launched the world's private communication network, MeWe.

The Business of Renewable Resources

Brian Kennell | Posted 02.10.2015 | Business
Brian Kennell

If businesses adopt a circular paradigm that tracks the environmental impacts of their products throughout their entire lifecycles, we can help alleviate climate change and ensure we have enough natural resources to use in perpetuity.

Most Delicious? Oreos Versus Tracking Cookies

Mark Weinstein | Posted 02.07.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

You would think that cookies and technology together would make the most awesome partners since chocolate and peanut butter, right? If only...say it ain't so!

Wicked Audio Raven Headphones Review

Jonathan Handel | Posted 02.06.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Handel

They look cheap, feel flimsy and sound muddy, but at under $30 for an on-ear headphone you could do worse. That's the downside for the Wicked Audio Raven. The upside? That low price and the fun colors.

The Secret Lives of LinkedIn Users

Brian Hanley | Posted 01.25.2015 | Comedy
Brian Hanley

I have over 1,250 LinkedIn connections. Most people would consider me an active LinkedIn user. Still, I don't have the faintest idea what I'm doing on LinkedIn. In search of answers, I surveyed hundreds of fellow users.

Harman/Kardon Esquire Mini Review

Jonathan Handel | Posted 01.24.2015 | Technology
Jonathan Handel

If you're looking for an elegant, light-weight, very small speaker and decide that the Esquire Mini isn't for you, the only other choice I know of with premium materials and build quality is the Soundmatters foxL DASH7.

Europe Declares War on Google!

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.24.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Word leaked out on Friday in Brussels that The European Parliament is going to call for the break-up of Google. That must be a tough pill to swallow for Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.

How Facebook Is Shaping Who Will Win the Next Election

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.21.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

Facebook is in a peculiar and unenviable position -- no matter what its intentions are, even minor decisions will have political impacts.

Interstellar: Imperfect Epic Addresses Big Questions About the Future, Time, Human Nature, and Space Exploration

William Bradley | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Christopher Nolan's first film since the massive success of his Dark Knight Trilogy is a big movie about the future with with big ambitions, big themes, big images, and big questions about human nature, time, and president-day attitudes and policies. Or lack of same.

Could Lyft and Uber Put Public Transit Out of Business?

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 01.17.2015 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It is likely that these services will just exacerbate the differences that already exist in the quality of public transit in different areas. The localities that invested and ran their systems well won't be as impacted. In the areas where frustration is higher, the problems will surely become worse when revenues and ridership decline.

4 iPhone Apps You Must Try Now

Shayla R. Price | Posted 01.14.2015 | Technology
Shayla R. Price

The App Store is bursting at the seams with shiny, new apps that will upgrade your iPhone for little or no money. It's time for you to improve your mobile experience and make your life easier. Here are my must-have app picks for your iPhone.

Obama Heroically Wages Internet War, But Misses World Wide Web Target

Mark Weinstein | Posted 01.12.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Obama's speech focused on a free and open Internet within our borders that doesn't speed up or slow down content delivery. What's interesting about Monday's statement is for all its good, it turns the discussion away from a global perspective to a domestic one.

Hacking the Law: Apps That Protect Legal Rights

Ray Brescia | Posted 01.10.2015 | Technology
Ray Brescia

What these apps can do is improve the access of low- and moderate-income individuals and families to critical legal assistance when they need it most: i.e., when they are being denied heat, are facing foreclosure or are facing a natural or man-made disaster.