The idea for this slideshow - Twitter's 10 most antisocial celebrities - was born when I noticed that Stephen Colbert has almost 5 million followers but followed absolutely no one. (He has since started following former President Bill Clinton after Clinton appeared on Colbert's show.) Read more
While many of the rest of us simply question the worth of LinkedIn "endorsements," lawyer/blogger Robert Ambrogi is asking whether indiscriminate use of the feature violates legal ethics ... and he's not the first to do so.
This will be must-see TV for me (and that's rare outside of sporting events). NOVA and PBS have announced that they will air an hour-long special May 29 dedicated to examining the roles played by technology and science in the investigation that led to the capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
From a NOVA/PBS press release: Read more
No wonder so many developers want to attend Google's annual I/O conference: the swag can't be beat.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation yesterday filed a brief urging the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit "to stop a copyright troll's shakedown scheme in a case linked to the notorious Prenda Law firm."
This comes in the wake of last week's decision by a federal judge in California to level sanctions totaling $81,000 against Prenda and refer the matter to criminal prosecutors. Read more
The ever-vigilant IT department here at Network World just issued a warning to be on the lookout for phishing email purporting to be from Western Union.
Western Union? What? I'm going to fall for the old "You've got a telegram" ruse? (The email was indeed in my inbox.)
I kid, of course, because we all remember that Western Union transacted its final telegram back in 2006. From an Associated Press story: Read more
Before escaping his captors on foot, the man who was carjacked by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was forced at gunpoint to withdraw money from an ATM. Had he possessed the knowledge and presence of mind to enter his PIN in reverse, some believe, the machine would have automatically notified the police that he was doing so under duress and officers would have been dispatched.
Faced with the choice of saving serious money or buying a load of FUD, the City of Boston has become the latest enterprise customer to dump Microsoft Exchange in favor of Google Apps.
And the city's 20,000 employees won't be the last to make this move until Microsoft either closes the cost chasm or comes up with a scarier story. Read more
The technical team that runs The Onion's online operation has issued a detailed explanation of how the Syrian Electronic Army managed to gain control of the satirical website's Twitter account earlier this week by first coaxing Google Apps credentials out of a few employees. Read more
As the EMC World customer conference continues this week in Las Vegas, news emerges that the host company will be shedding an additional 1,004 employees as part of its latest round of cost-cutting.
Sure, the headline gives away the answer, but if you had been asked to guess which state has the highest rate of reported identity theft you'd likely have chosen Florida: A large population of vulnerable retirees and a generally high crime rate all but guarantee the distinction.
What might surprise you, however - and what shocked me -- is the magnitude of Florida's "lead" over the other 49 states. It's mind-boggling. Read more
Add another one to the man's list of prudent business decisions.
As relates to his previously documented loathing of Fox News, it's now known that the late Steve Jobs backed up his harsh words by wisely withholding Apple's advertising dollars, according to an upcoming book about the 2012 presidential campaign. Read more
Nuance Communications, maker of Dragon Naturally Speaking and a silent partner behind Apple's Siri, today announced that Geico is offering its own "interactive voice assistant" - named Lily -- based on Nuance technology. It's an iPhone app now, with an Android version promised for later in the year. Read more
Longtime readers know that I am a bit of an anti-UFO buff, meaning that while I accept the noncontroversial notion that there is likely alien life out there somewhere, there exists no compelling evidence that such life has dropped by Earth for a visit. Read more
This post is for serious Twitter users, so others should feel free to check their Facebook pages.
The NFL Players Association announced on Tuesday that its members - past, present and those chosen in tonight's National Football League draft - will now have as a union benefit free access to an electronic-signature service.
The news raised an intriguing question: Would this technology have prevented last month's contract-deadline fiasco that cost the Denver Broncos the services of star defensive end Elvis Dumervil? Read more
All's well that ends well, right? I mean especially when, as here, that ending comes complete with a bottle of wine and a box of Twix candy bars.
Longtime readers know that the Laptop Drive of Shame (LDoS) occurs when you leave your laptop at home, don't realize the oversight until you arrive at the office, and then have to retrace your route to retrieve the thing. Read more
Reddit, the Internet's hottest social networking site and a beehive of activity surrounding the Boston Marathon bombings, reports this morning that it is under a "malicious DDoS attack.'
While the site and its contents are accessible to me at the moment, I have been unable to log into my Reddit account. Read more
No one seems to know for certain at the moment whether an arrest has or has not been made in the Boston Marathon bombing, so the Boston Globe appears to have opted for the route of reporting both possibilities as fact.
They've got to be at least half right.