Love in the Time of Algorithms
A few months ago, this Betabeat reporter jokingly created an OKCupid account on a whim with the username “ilovebitcoin” to solicit amusing messages from people who were shocked–shocked–to discover that ladies know about cryptocurrency, too. (“Think of all the randos who will want to message me!” she thought to herself one evening, feverishly pecking away on her keyboard all by her lonesome. “My life is awesome.”)
Indeed, the messages we received were oftentimes hilarious, so we’d occasionally forward them on to friends. What we didn’t realize, however, was that every time we forwarded an OKCupid email to someone, it gave that person direct access to our account–every silly message, chat and photo could be seen and even edited.
Mitt Romney will be addressing the VFW Convention in Nevada this afternoon and, based on a prepared excerpt of his speech distributed by his campaign, he plans to demand President Obama conduct a “full and prompt investigation” of leaks of classified information that may have come from the White House.
“This conduct is contemptible. It betrays our national interest. It compromises our men and women in the field. And it demands a full and prompt investigation, with explanation and consequence,” Mr. Romney’s speech says. “Whoever provided classified information to the media, seeking political advantage for the administration, must be exposed, dismissed, and punished. The time for stonewalling is over.”
The Neverending Story
It’s been a site of scorn from residents and politicians for a series of violent episodes that have rocked the neighborhood. Police have said it needs as much security as a rowdy bar. Except its not a rowdy bar, it’s Greenwich Village’s local Mickey D’s.
The fast-food chain, which is located on West 3rd Street, has been the site of three violent incidents in the past year, compelling City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to launch a boycott of the restaurant until they buff up security on Monday.Quinn — along with support from Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Community Board 2 and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer — are calling for the chain to hire an off-duty cop to police the restaurant at times when there is a potential for trouble.
“The first thing this McDonald’s needs to do is engage better security through the paid detail option that our police department offers,” Quinn said outside the restaurant Monday. “Those are off-duty police offcers trained in how to do this type of security. This will be a huge step forward, make a difference and a show of good faith.”
Occupy Wall Street
One of the most exciting features of Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the World Trade Center was not the soaring towers he had designed, with their cascading arrangement and “Wedge of Light.” What really thrilled New Yorkers was the simple fact that he was going to restore Greenwich and Fulton streets to the Manhattn grid, obliterated decades prior by David Rockefeller and the original Trade Center.
But rather than a grand boulevard, if the NYPD has its way, the street will be a wasteland, realizing the police state many had feared the World Trade Center would become.
With snow in the forecast for this weekend, the protesters at Occupy Wall Street in Zuccotti Park started to batten down the hatches in preparation. Realistically? It doesn’t look good.
The Neverending Story
Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page has been hacked several times in the past couple days, so its fitting that Facebook is rolling out a several new security measures.
And this being Facebook, the new measures are in part social. One new feature, social authentication, works kind of like the standard CAPTCHA, which asks users Read More
The future of the city rests downtown–we told you so–thanks in large part to the redevelopment of Ground Zero and the millions of square feet popping up in and around the World Trade Center site. But now Post real estate dean Steve Cuozzo is reporting that an NYPD security plan is in Read More
Blackberries, once the ne plus ultra of business phones, have been taking a beating in the modern smartphone era.
Today Dell announced that it will be moving its 25,000 employees from Blackberries to its own Dell Venue Pro – a phone running the new Windows Phone 7 operating system.
(The move by Dell Read More
Stop into almost any coffee shop in New York and you’ll see dozens of strangers sharing the same unsecured WiFi network.
If you had Firesheep, you could see every time one of these folks signs onto an unsecured site like Facebook or Twitter, than grab their username and password for yourself.
Diaspora was supposed to be the anti-Facebook. Back in May, when the public fury against Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg was frothing over in the mainstream media, a group of four idealistic nerds from NYU decided to build an alternative social network, one that gave users total control over their information. Power Read More