privacy wars

Sell Hack Swears It Didn’t Mean to Steal LinkedIn’s Info

(Photo: LinkedIn Blog)

After receiving a cease-and-desist letter from LinkedIn, the programmers behind Sell Hack are apparently feeling contrite.

Sell Hack is a free browser plugin that enables users to access the email addresses of LinkedIn members to whom they aren’t connected — something even Premium LinkedIn users can’t do. LinkedIn was pretty peeved upon learning about Sell Hack. They issued a statement asking users who downloaded Sell Hack to delete it, and implying that such third-party programs could be used to sell information. Read More

Privacy is Dead

Uncover LinkedIn Users’ Contact Info With This Free Plugin

(Photo: LinkedIn Blog)

In case you needed a reason to delete your LinkedIn account, there’s now a browser plugin that will allow anyone with an Internet connection to find your email address through the corporate social network.

Called Sell Hack, it “allows you to ‘hack into’ LinkedIn’s system and reveal the contact info of any person you like,” Yahoo reports. It’s compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Read More

Tech Beat

Honest Buildings Launches iPad App

Screenshot of the new Honest Buildings app

Connection engine Honest Buildings has launched a free iPad app for real estate service pros who have submitted projects on the website so they can share their work in real-time on-the-go to prospective clients, Commercial Observer has learned.

“We kept getting examples of people’s work in the PDF two-page document that every vendor in the real estate industry has to showcase what they have,” said Riggs Kubiak, the company’s CEO. “We thought we could drastically improve that experience.” Read More

startup rundown

Startup Rundown: Catchafire Has Spread to LinkedIn, and Now You Can Take Bitcoin Class

All the cool bars use DASHboards. (Dash)

Dash goes deeper No, we don’t mean the Kardashian store. We mean the other Dash—the one that lets restaurant and bar patrons pay for their food and drinks through their phones, at designated establishments. The company has just released DASHboard, which they describe as “an iOS app for bartenders and waiters that works in conjunction with Dash—like the back-end app that Uber drivers use.” Using DASHboard, restaurants and bars can learn all sorts of strategically helpful information about their customers, like visit frequency and date of birth, so they can bring you free molten chocolate lava cakes and stuff. Read More

All the jobs

10 Fun Ways To Rid Your LinkedIn Profile Of Meaningless Buzzwords

Experts. (Photo: Shermanave.com)

If you, like Kanye West, actually use LinkedIn for job opportunities and not as an avenue for stalking people you can’t find on Facebook, we have some great advice.

The networking site released its annual list of overused buzzwords, as it has for the past four years. As usual, the words are boring, clichéd, and pretty much meaningless in the context of a job application.

Take it from us (we have jobs and you don’t): it’s always better to use specific examples and full sentences than to rely on unimpressive adjectives. Here are LinkedIn’s top 10 most ubiquitous words of 2014, with our advice for improving upon them: Read More

Visiting Dignitaries

Wait Til Kanye Finds Out There’s a Job Posting for His Clothing Line on LinkedIn

That dress will be on clearance. (Photo by Karwai Tang/FilmMagic)

Kanye West is a pretty tech-savvy gent–his most recent music video was available only on his website and tied in to Instagram, and his mysterious startup, Donda, is populated by tech guys and app guys. And on the rare occasion that he lets us into his creative process, it most often comes through a stream of artfully-caps-locked tweets.

That’s why we’re a little skeptical about this LinkedIn help-wanted ad purporting to be advertising the missing career link between you and Yeezus: Read More