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Tech Sightings, November 18, 2014

Posted November 18th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Executives Say Digital India Needs Broadband Access Like Water and Electricity Participants at the  Indo-U.S. Technology Summit in New Delhi say India’s plans to improve governance by enhancing Internet access are behind schedule as the government grapples with the costs of fiber optic networks and spectrum challenges. Uber Exec Suggests Spying on Journalists Critical of […]

Social Media Combats Ebola With Facts and Dancing

Posted November 14th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Social media has the power to do good or cause harm: It can raise public awareness and galvanize the masses, or spread rumors and mask abusers and scammers. Using common sense and a dance challenge, Los Angeles-based non-profit End Ebola Now is fighting Ebola on all of these fronts. The latest in the group’s efforts […]

Tech Sightings, November 11, 2014

Posted November 11th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Canadian Researchers: China Hackers Target Rights Groups Canadian technology research group, Citizen Lab, says Chinese hackers are targeting journalists and human rights activists with the same methods they use to steal data from state and corporate entities. The difference, according to the group, is that the new victims lack the tools and resources to protect […]

Q&A: The Ello Difference: Is It Real?

Posted October 17th, 2014 at 1:51 pm (UTC-5)
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Social media newcomer Ello is looking to carve out a niche as a socially-conscious, independent, ad-free alternative to giants like Facebook, which recently angered gay and lesbian members by requiring transgender individuals, drag queens and other members of the LGBT community to use “real” names on their accounts. Ello’s manifesto complains that users are the […]

Indonesia’s Young Test Social Media Limits

Posted September 26th, 2014 at 2:09 pm (UTC-5)
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Social media has become an integral part of people’s lives; and nowhere is this more true than in Indonesia, where some of the world’s most prolific Twitter and Facebook users have found new ways to harness the power of social media. Despite “low and slow” Internet penetration, journalist Uni Lubis, who served as commissioner of […]

Tech Sightings, September 17, 2014

Posted September 17th, 2014 at 2:33 pm (UTC-5)
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Middle-School Dropout Codes Clever Chat Program That Foils NSA Spying John Brooks, a coder who dropped out of school at the age of 13, first created Ricochet, an encrypted instant messaging program, as a hobby. After the Snowden leaks about U.S. intelligence spying came to light, Brooks realized that he has the solution that can […]

Tech Sightings, August 26, 2014

Posted August 26th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Nine Incredible Science Projects by Brilliant Kids You won’t believe some of the innovations these kids have come up with – from flashlights that run on heat from a human hand, to a device for the hearing impaired to listen to music. Austin Nonprofit Builds ‘Microhouses’ for Homeless A Texas non-profit, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, […]

Tech Sightings, August 21, 2014

Posted August 21st, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Two Contracts Dispute Whether 18-Year-Old Zuckerberg Sold Half of Facebook to Scammer Criminal proceedings into Facebook ownership are focused on the legitimacy of a contract between an 18-year-old Mark Zuckerberg and a New York man who is facing charges of criminal fraud. The document, which is either forged and de facto useless, or worth billions of […]

Tech Sightings, August 12, 2014

Posted August 12th, 2014 at 2:05 pm (UTC-5)
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African Women Begin to Break Down Tech Barriers Across Africa, more women are getting into the tech industry with the help of several non-profit groups that are equipping them with the necessary skills and means to get a foot in the door. But the male-dominated tech sector still makes it hard for these women to […]

Despite Controversy, Facebook Still Rules

Posted July 4th, 2014 at 2:00 pm (UTC-5)
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Facebook is under fire again, this time for dipping into the News Feed content of up to 700,000 users in an eerie experiment to gauge their emotional states.  The revelation left many users and observers furious and looking for ways to erase Facebook from their lives. And yet the social media behemoth, which launched in […]