For the Love of God Think of the Interns

Here’s What Tech Companies Pay Their Interns; Prepare to Cry

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When most kids decide on their summer internship, they have to ask themselves tough questions: Can I afford to take an unpaid internship? And which potential offer is most likely going to lead to a job down the road?

Young coders, however, are more likely to wonder if $20,000 for the summer is really that much better than $19,000.

When Jessica Shu, a 19-year-old wunderkind at Cornell, was weighing her options for the summer, she wanted to be damn sure of her options. After digging around Reddit, asking colleagues and messaging around, she compiled a list of what Silicon Valley’s hottest companies are offering their interns — or at least were last summer — and posted it to Hackathon Hackers, a student coder community. Read More

Privacy is Dead

People Trust Social Media Less Than Any Other Form of Communication

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No matter how much Facebook messes with our emotions and pressures us to give up our data to their advertisers, they’ve hardly done anything serious enough to drive us away. Most people trump it up to apathy — we don’t care how much we’re violated if we get to use the service for free. But a new study poses another possible answer.

Last week, Pew Research Center released a report on privacy in the “post-Snowden era” and how Americans see government surveillance, social media sites and advertisers. Unsurprisingly, 91 percent of everyone surveyed believe “consumers have lost control over how personal information is collected and used by companies.” Read More

Crime and Punishment

Fugitive Accused of 4 Murders Tracked Down Through Facebook

The Glendale police worked with the LAPD to track Mr. Rodriguez down. (Facebook)

An alleged four-time murderer was featured on America’s Most Wanted, but it was Facebook that ultimately led to his arrest.

A police officer in Glendale, CA tracked down one of the LAPD’s most wanted fugitives after spotting him in various Facebook photos, the L.A. Times reports. The fugitive, Eduardo Rodriguez, has reportedly been on the run for around 12 years, and stands accused of four murders and two attempted murders, all related to gang activity. Read More

The Dark Side

The Case For Browsing Facebook With Tor

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On Friday, Facebook announced that they’d opened up their network for access through Tor, the browser that allows you to roam the Internet anonymously. Tor users, privacy activists and members of the media (guilty) scoffed at the idea — why access Facebook anonymously if Facebook insists on plastering your real name on every interaction?

That’s a question best answered by the Tor Foundation themselves. On Friday, they posted on their official blog explaining why there are still plenty of good reasons to use Tor while checking Facebook, no matter what you’re doing there. Read More

Facebook

You Can Now Use Facebook Through Tor, Still Can’t Actually Be Anonymous

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People are starting to wake up to the fact that using Facebook is like selling your quantified soul to an advertising giant, and Facebook clearly realizes that they might want to adjust their course lest they creep us all out eternally. Unfortunately, everything they do in the name of progress is anything but.

Today, Facebook announced in a post that they’ve built a direct route to using Facebook through Tor, the popular tool for browsing the Internet without being tracked. So this means you can use Facebook anonymously now? Of course not. Read More

Facebook

Facebook Creates ‘Safety Check’ Tool for Natural Disaster Survivors

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Nowadays, when natural disasters strike, Facebook users often take to the social network to alert their loved ones that they’re okay.

To facilitate this type of communication, Facebook has created Safety Check, a tool that lets users alert their friends and family of their status in the wake of earthquakes, hurricanes, and other natural emergencies. The company announced the new service in a blog post yesterday. Read More

Ello

Ello Finally Rolls Out Privacy Features, Races To Finish Beta and Secure the Site

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The past week has been a gauntlet for the team behind Ello, the elegant Anti-Facebook, as the seven founders to hold tight to the reins of what is likely the fastest growing social network in history. Perhaps the biggest upset around Ello, besides cynical griping about their business model or manifesto, is the fact that even as Ello explodes in popularity, it’s still in beta — a totally unfinished product.

As of today, Ello has checked off the first couple of boxes on their most-wanted features list — the first updates to the site since their sudden acceleration. Since shoring up user privacy is Ello’s new top priority for building out new features, today’s additions are “blocking” and “muting,” both triggered by a little icon next to a user’s Friend/Noise buttons. Read More

Expert Thoughts

Do you write for Reddit, Yelp or Facebook? You should own it too…

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Most of us do contribute to some sites like this.  We write reviews, post pictures, and make lengthy or funny comments.  We even recruit new users for them by inviting our friends, family, and our co-workers to join them.

In other words, we are the reason these sites are so popular.  We are the reason these sites are so valuable.

Our contributions are the reason people come to these sites day after day, so why don’t we get some ownership for our contributions. Read More