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Update: Whisper reached out to remind us and our readers that they continue to deny the Guardian’s accusations, and have set the record straight in Michael Heyward’s “Setting the Record Straight,” which can be read in full here.
Since the Guardian published their tell-all of how Whisper employees allegedly bragged to them about stalking and exploiting their users’ private information, the team behind the anonymous dishing app has had one public relations nightmare after another.
On Tuesday, Whisper’s Chief
Irony Executive Officer Michael Heyward took to the stage at a Wall Street Journal conference to bemoan how rapidly lies spread.
When we think of something “going viral,” usually the first association is videos of pandas sneezing and clicky BuzzFeed listicles, not office management software. But a program called Slack is sweeping through media and tech companies, mostly because people who leave Hipchat and Gmail to try it out become major converts, and can barely shut up about it.
In only one year, Slack has become the go-to for teams at the Wall Street Journal, Airbnb, HBO, eBay, Gawker Media, Medium, BuzzFeed, PayPal, and dozens of other companies that are just as impressive.
It doesn’t look like a lot of you are going to update your status celebrating Facebook’s birthday. A new survey from Pew Research discovered that only ten percent of its 1.2 billion users change their status daily while just four percent do it more than once a day.
With only a few Faebook users sharing their annoying life announcements, it means that the social network is a one-way conversation “buoyed by Internet voyeurs who relish the ability to document their lives with their friends or the public,” writes the WSJ.
Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tom Perkins might have just written the most insulting and insensitive article of all time, and the Wall Street Journal actually published it. Set aside your breakfasts, folks, because this might literally be difficult to stomach.
Remember back in December when Target caused us to have a collective breakdown because the credit card information of 70 million shoppers was stolen? The government said yesterday it found who you should direct your anger toward: the Russians.
Netflix could soon land on your television, without involving a rat’s nest of dongles, boxes and remotes. The streaming service is reportedly in talks with Comcast to make its service directly available on its set-top boxes. The Wall Street Journal cautioned that the talks are early and “no deal is imminent.”
If you think tapping away on your smartphone is making you look cool and popular, you are wrong, science says.
Per some researchers at Harvard Business School, people tend to hunch when they’re using small devices, which increases stress and decreases testosterone levels — affecting the way they act even after the devices have been put away and “causing [users] to be less likely to take risks immediately afterward,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
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Who Doesn’t Want To Meet A Real-Life Astronaut? We’ve already covered the upcoming 2013 International Space Apps Challenge, the NASA-sponsored space app development challenge, but the event just got even better with the announcement that U.S. astronaut Ron Garan will be in attendance as NASA’s official ambassador. Attendees will have the chance to meet Mr. Garan, who Read More
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Facebook was hacked last month, according to a statement posted online today, after company employees visited an infected website.
According to the statement, Facebook was victimized by the same zero-day Java vulnerability that has affected other companies. Although Facebook is framing it as a “sophisticated attack,” AllThingsD wonders whether the malware found on employee’s laptops was related into a recent hack on Twitter.
With cyber attacks whistling by at an ever-increasing clip, it’s not surprising that the Obama administration is hard at work nailing down how to respond. The policies will remain hush-hush once they’re finalized, but the New York Times (which previously connected the president to the deployment of Stuxnet) has one juicy tidbit: A classified legal review has found that the president has “broad power to order a pre-emptive strike if the United States detects credible evidence of a major digital attack looming from abroad.”
That’ll sound familiar to anyone who hasn’t entirely repressed the memory of the Bush administration! (Mr. President, a very agitated Colin Powell is on line two. Something about enriched uranium and the U.N.?)