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Wordplay Run Amok: Et Tu, TRUSTe?

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.25.2014 | 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 11.21.2014 | 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 11.18.2014 | 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 11.12.2014 | 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 11.10.2014 | 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.

Analysis: Bold Action Required on Renewal of the Information Technology Agreement During APEC Summit

East-West Center | Posted 11.09.2014 | Business
East-West Center

In the end, Ernst concludes, both the U.S. and China have a strong interest in finding a compromise during the APEC Summit. From the U.S. perspective, a mini ITA-2 without China would be an oxymoron. Not only is China the world biggest smart-phone market, it is also by far the most important market for U.S. semiconductor firms.

The Shot Heard Round the World Wide Web

Mark Weinstein | Posted 12.14.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

The privacy revolution is here!

Women in Tech You Need to Know

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.30.2014 | Women
Craig Newmark

Recently, I asked my folks to contribute names of impressive women in the STEM field who really have their boots on the ground. We got some really good responses, and have compiled an abbreviated list in no particular order.

Apple vs. Google: The Privacy Revolution Rumble

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.30.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

In the grand scheme of things, a public tiff between Apple and Google emphasizes how important online privacy has become in the eyes of industry titans and the masses their products cater to.

Technology Companies Need To Take Responsibility And Give Us A Better Default

Tarun Wadhwa | Posted 11.05.2014 | Technology
Tarun Wadhwa

It's no longer a surprise to hear that a major company has had their customers' personal information compromised. Every day identity theft becomes mor...

OKCupid, That's OKStupid

Mark Weinstein | Posted 11.02.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

I believe we have already and will continue to see real change in the coming years as users take back the Internet and hold service providers more accountable for their actions.

Google Mates With an Emu

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.25.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Part instant messaging client, part Siri-type virtual assistant, Emu can monitor everything you are talking about when you chat. Objectively, such an app sounds useful. But that's not the reality here, not when there's profitability involved based on your private data.

Europe Declares War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 10.05.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

What will become of this suit? I suppose it could be dismissed but based on Schrems track record, I doubt it. And if people continue to join the suit, then this case will become less a thorn in the side for Facebook and more the privacy shot heard round the world.

Teaching Today for 21st Century Skills

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 10.01.2014 | Technology
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

It is estimated that over the next 10 years there will be two million unfilled ICT-related jobs globally, correlating with a projected talent gap of 8...

12 Secret Reasons Why People Like Your Posts on Social Media

Brian Hanley | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Brian Hanley

After all, the two of you haven't spoken in months. Why emerge from the woodwork now? Did she really like Game of Thrones, or was it rather your attention that she sought, and succeeded, to garner?

The Dog Days of Summer and 99 Days of Facebook Freedom - Woohoo!

Mark Weinstein | Posted 09.22.2014 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

At the end of the day we are not customers to Facebook rather we are products that offer cash potential to advertisers (their true customers) based on every online move we make. Facebook knows it. We know it. Zuckasaurus knows it.