Today MIT released the results of its investigation–led by MIT professor Hal Abelson–into the university’s actions in the controversial case of Aaron Swartz, evaluating the facts and ultimately denying wrong-doing. The report suggests that the school didn’t target Mr. Swartz, but it didn’t go out of its way to do a damn thing for him, either.
The report, which is almost 200 pages long, outlines what MIT did when and outlines alternate courses. For example, MIT could have gone to greater lengths to provide documents to the defense, weighed in on prosecution publicly as JSTOR did or taken into account what a shoddy law the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act is. Perhaps most painfully, as Lawrence Lessig argues, MIT could’ve cast doubt that Mr. Swartz’s access Read More
Beware Google Glass owners: your high tech face computer could end up costing you a ton of money (besides the $1,500 price tag, that is). Analysts predict that the wearable pieces will become a financial burden if you decide to tether the Wi-Fi enabled device to your cell phone, effectively draining the hell out of your data plan.
It's All About the Bitcoins
While you’re out spending your Bitcoins on fancy cocktails at swaggy midtown haunts, other cryptocurrency champions have been working to set up the BitGive Foundation, a non-profit that will solicit donations from the Bitcoin community and make gifts in its name. The goal of the charity, which will be helmed by Connie Gallippi, Read More
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Exit This Way
Bitly, the New York-based link-shortening and data analytics service, announced two big changes at the executive level this week. Yesterday, chief scientist Hilary Mason, who is arguably Bitly’s most visible employee, announced she would be moving on from the company to become the first ever data scientist in residence at venture firm Accel Partners. Though she’s been an advisor to Accel’s Big Data Fund since 2011, Ms. Mason is leaving Bitly to join Accel full time, where she will help to advise portfolio companies and evaluate potential investment areas.
Turning to the stranger next to you to smack-talk the MTA when your train is delayed may be incredibly gratifying, but it doesn’t do much to improve mass transit.
A new app is seeking to change that, the Chicago Tribune reports. Known as I’m Struck, the app enables you to pen a rage-filled screed and email it to an elected official in hopes that he or she will put the creaky, smelly train wheels of change in motion.
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Welcome to life after Bravo: Hermione Way, erstwhile Start-ups: Silicon Valley star, is now the face of Vibease, a company that purports to make the first “wearable smart vibrator.” They’ve just launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $15,000, and they’re already at $13,695.
Ignore the fact that “Vibease,” when you say it out loud, sounds like it has something to do with bees. Vi-BEES.
Back in April, Twitter cofounder Jack Dorsey said he’s “not even thinking” about an IPO, but the company might have other plans. A job listing for a financial reporting manager, with duties that make it sound like the company is past the IPO brainstorming stage, has been floating around LinkedIn.
Life in the Fab Lane
Fab just raised $150 million from investors including Tencent, and supposedly there’s another tranche of the Series D coming. And yet, according to AllThingsD, the company has just laid off more than a hundred of its Berlin-based employees, something like 15 percent of Fab’s total workforce, and an additional 36 are being asked to relocate to New York.
In an interview with AllThingsD, CEO Jason Goldberg spins the layoffs as part of Fab’s flash-sale-free future, swears the company is still committed to Europe and says the new investors knew this was a possibility:
Zynga has seen three of its top execs depart the struggling gaming company within the past month. [Bloomberg]
There’s nothing weird about Bob Mansfield’s name from being scrubbed on Apple’s exec page. Rumor has it that he was so successful that he can do whatever he wants at the company. [Daring Fireball]
Instagram is so nonplussed about Windows Phone users sharing pictures through a third-party knock-off app called Instance that they’re supposedly deleting them as soon as they appear. [TNW]
Spotify’s music discovery feature is going to suck less if this leaked video is to believed. Even better, the new releases section might return too. [Gizmodo]
Vimeo, Redbox Instant and even HBOGo might soon appear on your Google Chromecast making for one very useful dongle. [GigaOM]