Adrianne Jeffries

Adrianne Jeffries has been a reporter for the New York Observer since December 2010 and the editor of Betabeat since January 2012. She has written for newspapers, magazines, and blogs in three states, and is a ReadWriteWeb alum.
Blog the Public

Unreliable Narrators! TechCrunch Blogger Inserted ‘Random Information (Sometimes Even False)’ Into Posts

Mr. Siegler. (Photo: LinkedIn)

The blogosphere is a brave new news world, but it’s generally assumed that blogs that report the news adhere to basic journalistic standards—like not deliberately inserting bits of misinformation into their virtual pages. Right?

Former TechCrunch blogger MG Siegler took a dig at bloggers who rewrite others’ reporting. “I used to love to plant one really weird bit of random information (sometimes even false) into stories to catch the rewrites,” he tweeted earlier today. There’s that TechCrunch swagger. Read More

This for That

Is This ‘Warby Parker for Hearing Aids’ Disruptive, or Too Good to Be True?

audicus feature

Audicus isn’t the first company to sell hearing aids over the Internet, but it’s aiming to be the most stylish. The New York-based startup launched a redesign last week with a mixed metaphor—”Audicus Brings a Fresh Breath to Hearing Aids”—and the ambitious goal of bringing cheap, attractive hearing aids to the masses.

According to Audicus, only 25 percent of Americans with hearing loss use hearing aids due to the fact that they’re embarrassing and expensive. “Audicus addresses both these issues. It makes hearing aids cool and discreet, while bringing down the price by up to 80% through its novel online model. As such, it aims to take on a dusty industry that has been slow in innovating, and in the process make hearing technology far more accessible,” says a press release. Read More

Digital Divides

Pinterest Is 79 Percent White


Is social media segregated? A new report by the BBC suggests it may be. “The Internet mirrors and magnifies everyday life. All of the divisions that exist in every day life, including those by race and class, actually re-emerge online,” Microsoft researcher Danah Boyd said.

When a new site pops up, the race of early adopters can determine the demographic of users for years. Pinterest is 70 percent female and 79 percent white, according to the BBC. By contrast, black and Latino users are overrepresented on Twitter versus the general population. Read More

One Nation Under Internet

‘The Internet’ Doesn’t Do Anything

(Photo: Twitter.com/iamweswilson)

Today a group of academics, entrepreneurs and other interested parties published something they call the “Declaration of Internet Freedom” prompted by recent attempts to legislate the series of tubes. The Declaration has the virtue of brevity with just five points: expression, access, openness, innovation and privacy. It also boasts a long list of name-brand supporters including the American Civil Liberties Union, the Cheezburger network, the Harry Potter Alliance, TechStars and the NY Tech Meetup.

“Our goal is to spark a global discussion among Internet users and communities about the Internet and our role in it,” Sascha Meinrath and Craig Aaron of the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute and Free Press wrote in a manifesto published by Slate today.

It’s funny to see things like Declarations and Bills of Rights being written with the Internet in mind, because people have long referred to the network as if it were a nation-state. Never mind that the Internet’s users and communities include governments, household appliances, hedge funds and citizens of developing countries; Americans who work and play in the knowledge economy have long been guilty of the fallacy of grouping Internet users into one constituency, one group of united interests, one hivemind. The Internet hates rich people. The Web killed SOPA. The Internet rallied to help a verbally-abused bus monitorRead More


Booting Up: Can’t We All Just Get Along Edition

(Photo: Flickr/victoriapeckham)

Nasdaq and Facebook are in a fight. [Dealbook]

Twitter and its developers are also in a fight. [Aaron White]

The fight between Apple and a Taiwanese firm that trademarked the term “iPad” is over with a $60 million settlement. [AP]

But the dispute between Apple and Samsung continues. [Digital Trends]

Amazon Web Services, which hosts as much as 1 percent of the Internet, had an outage Saturday. [Wired]

Then the extra atomic “leap second” wreaked havoc on sites like Reddit, Yelp, Gawker and Foursquare. [BuzzFeed]

“If these names mean nothing to you, trust me: these are famous, successful YouTubers.” [New York Times]

Betabeat Investigates

Playing the Mystery Startup Guessing Game: Which New York App Wants to ‘End Loneliness’?

Mr. Waxman. (Photo: Twitter)

Would you answer this mysteriously vague job listing? “Hackers seek hackers in NYC for absurdly fun + challenging startup” is the title of this ad for a Y Combinator startup that claims to already be funded by “some of the best investors in the world” and is now seeking “social hackers.” The ad, a repeat of a listing posted back in April, is at the top of the Hacker News forum. Read More

One Phone to Rule Them All

The Most Popular Camera Used on Flickr? The iPhone.

The cops will help you find it.

Flickr just released its quarterly stats report, which reveals a few fun facts. Did you know that there are now 7.2 billion photos on Flickr, with users uploading 2,500 new photos a minute? Did you know that there are 228,207,499 Creative Commons-licensed photos on Flickr?

Most interesting, though, were the stats about camera choices among Flickr’s community. The most popular camera is the iPhone 4, followed by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, followed by the iPhone 4S, followed by the Canon EOS Rebel T2I and Nikon D90.

That’s a lot of play for the iPhone 4’s 5-megapixel camera and the iPhone 4S’s 8-megapixel camera on a site that attracts a lot of professional photographers as well as amateurs who take themselves pretty seriously. Read More