Chromecast, the Wonder Device, Ties Together the Little A/V System That Can

My dog is named Little. My living room is little. And my audio-video set-up is little. But my dog and my A/V setup are awesome. The awesomeness of the latter is in no small part thanks to a really nice boost from Google Chromecast. For those unfamiliar, it’s a nifty little device that plugs into your […]

Posted on: 14 August 2013 | 1:35 am

Leaving Wired to Spend More Time with Startup Contextly

Ten years of writing and editing at Wired, covering everything from the NSA to Y Combinator, has taught me many things: that privacy and transparency matter, that journalism is hard and fascinating, and that, while the future of news and publishing is the Web, the tools for online journalism remain frustrating. Writers must move faster […]

Posted on: 2 November 2012 | 9:18 am

Founders and Funders: Stop Screwing Users on Privacy

Michael Arrington comes to the defense Sunday of one of his Crunchfund portfolio companies, Path, arguing that the New York Times‘s Nick Bilton is just piling on after Path “showed its belly” by apologizing for secretly copying and storing its users’ contacts in a company database. But Arrington’s just wrong – it’s not piling on […]

Posted on: 12 February 2012 | 6:36 pm

Facebook Gets Caught Going After Google

Facebook recently got caught hiring a PR firm to push stories about a Google social feature that Facebook thought was too deep an invasion of privacy. The ploy backfired on the social networking giant and its PR firm. Catch a flavor of the story with these posts (Getting Caught, Getting Caught Covering Up) from my […]

Posted on: 27 May 2011 | 5:22 pm

Teens See Facebook Differently

Parents often think their teenage children will post anything to the web, and that it’s fair game for them to comment on their kid’s status messages. But teens have a different idea of what kind of public space Facebook actually is, according to new research from Microsoft. In restaurants, people often dine close enough to […]

Posted on: 11 May 2011 | 12:13 am

Thanks BoingBoing!

I love Creative Commons-licensed content. At, we rely heavily on photographers who license their photos on Flickr for re-use with credit. And now, I’m launching a data-mining project at the site using 10 years of posts from, which they license under a liberal Creative Commons license, allowing re-publishing for non-commercial ventures. Thank […]

Posted on: 3 April 2011 | 3:33 pm

Bloomberg Game Changers Tackles Twitter

A month or so ago, the crew that makes the Bloomberg Game Changers documentaries about entrepreneurs who have transformed our lives stopped by the Wired offices to ask me a bit about Twitter. The 25-minute show is now online and being show on Bloomberg TV. Check out the trailer below, and you can watch the […]

Posted on: 12 March 2011 | 5:57 pm

Facebook, Faux Dating and Fox

A few weeks ago, I wrote a story for about how two performance artists had scraped 1 million Facebook profiles to create a fake dating site — the story took off quickly, as did the cease-and-desist letters from Facebook’s lawyers. The site — — is shut down now, but the duo explains their […]

Posted on: 21 February 2011 | 9:50 pm

Mark Zuckerberg Does SNL (Thrice)

This week’s Saturday Night Live had three versions of Mark Zuckerberg kicking the show off. Not knee-slapping, but actually quite funny.

Posted on: 31 January 2011 | 12:03 am

In Praise of Twitter

In December, Twitter received a court order from the Justice Department seeking details on users connected to Wikileaks, an order that came with a gag order forbidding the site from revealing the existence of the order. Twitter fought that gag order and won the right to tell the account holders about the order, giving them […]

Posted on: 11 January 2011 | 12:46 am