Paul McNamara

News Editor

In addition to my editing duties, I have written Buzzblog since January, 2006 and wrote the 'Net Buzz column in Network World's dearly departed print edition for 13 years. Feel free to e-mail me at pmcnamara@nww.com.


26% start holiday shopping before Halloween?

Google reports that 26% of us start Christmas shopping before Halloween. They also familiarize us with the term "haul video."

Twitter’s timestamp bug, Alec Baldwin and me

Twitter’s timestamp bug, Alec Baldwin and me

This morning I had my own encounter with a supposedly eradicated Twitter timestamp bug that once was responsible for sending the notoriously boorish actor Alec Baldwin into a homophobic rant.

Last ‘celebrity’ joins Twitter: Monica Lewinsky

Last ‘celebrity’ joins Twitter: Monica Lewinsky

Self-described as a “social activist, public speaker, contributor to Vanity Fair (and) knitter of things without sleeves,” she is in fact best known as the last of the world’s pseudo-celebrities to get around to opening an account on...

Namifying has gotten out of controlify

Namifying has gotten out of controlify

Chris Johnson, a Seattle-based branding consultant operating as The Name Inspector, has been watching a company name trend for several years now that is likely attributable to the success of Spotify: slapping “ify” on the end of...

Microsoft's Nadella finally apologizes

Last Thursday Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella stuck his foot in his mouth by saying that women should be seen but not heard asking for raises. On Friday he attempted to walk those comments back and was rather oddly credited by many media...

A Halloween warning for air travelers

A Halloween warning for air travelers

I read this from a TSA blog post and ask myself: Really? People really need to be told this stuff?

Dorothy Gale on recent spate of data breaches

Dorothy Gale on recent spate of data breaches

The email pitch hits my inbox carrying this subject line: “Snapchat, and Kmart, and Chase…Oh My!” Cringe-worthy, but you get it.

Why are so many reporting that Nadella apologized when he did no such thing?

Why are so many reporting that Nadella apologized when he did no such thing?

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hasn’t come within a mea or a culpa of apologizing for his assertion Thursday that women should avoid asking for a raise, yet countless media outlets are reporting that he has in fact done so.

First Nadella: Women shouldn’t ask for raises. Second Nadella: Yes they should

First Nadella: Women shouldn’t ask for raises. Second Nadella: Yes they should

Bottom line: I can’t help but believe that what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella first said about women asking for pay raises – that they shouldn’t do it – is what Nadella actually believes and that his attempts to take it back are simply...

FTC slams maker of WordSmart -- touted by Alex Trebek -- for ripping off parents

FTC slams maker of WordSmart -- touted by Alex Trebek -- for ripping off parents

The maker of educational software -- touted in a 30-minute infomercial by Jeopardy host Alex Trebek -- has reached a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over charges of deceptive marketing and abuse of the national Do Not...

The Onion’s 9 best bits about Microsoft

The Onion’s 9 best bits about Microsoft

Poking fun at the software giant and founder Bill Gates since 1996

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