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Mission SF, CA
Writer — TechCrunch
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Explorer, Writer @TechCrunch, Stanford M.A. in Cybersociology, culture omnivore, meme whisperer. My articles:

Citizens Grab Your Cameras, We Are Little Brother — Dystopian futures have always imagined governments oppressing us with surveillance. Under the all-seeing, all-hearing eyes and ears of Big Brother, free will is curtailed and only "approved" behavior is allowed. Edward Snowden revealed this was no conspiracy theory, and we wouldn't have to wait for the future.

Snapchat’s Newest Money Maker Is A Sponsored Our Story For Samsung And The AMAs — Snapchat took its first shot at monetizing its Our Stories collaborative Livestream feature tonight with a Samsung-branded look at The American Music Awards. We were tipped off to the AMA Our Story, and Snapchat confirms to me that it was paid by Samsung to show it.

Ears-On With Spotify In Uber: Fast, Fun, And Data-Free DJing — Uber now lets you play backseat DJ for your car's sound system via Spotify in 10 cities, and on my demo ride-along, I was impressed by how easy and seamless it works. Music selections made on your phone quickly start playing through the driver's app connected to the stereo, and there's no data cost to the passenger or driver beyond the premium Spotify subscription.

Dropbox Drags Its Expensive, Forgotten Photo App Carousel To Web And Tablets — Last year Dropbox threw a glitzy launch event for its new photo storage and viewing app Carousel, and people went right on using the dozen other ways to keep and comb through memories.

Eric Schmidt’s Farm2050 Collective Will Back Agriculture Tech To Feed Our Growing Population — We'll need to produce 70% more food by 2050 to sustain a world population expected to grow to 10 billion. Yet agriculture startups struggle to get the funding, manufacturing, and test facilities needed to build the tech needed to boost food production.

Jaunt VR Releases Its First Content With App That Puts You On Stage With Paul McCartney — Jaunt wants to give you something to watch on make-shift virtual reality headsets like Google Cardboard, Dodocase, and Mirage. So today the 360-degree camera and VR production software maker launches its free Android app featuring the first of many planned VR content releases: on-stage and front row views of Paul McCartney playing "Live And Let Die" at San Francisco's Candlestick Park.

Nest’s CEO Calls Its Tech The “Conscious Home” Because “It’s Not Smarter Than You” — The leader of the "smart home" industry doesn't want to call it that any more. Nest CEO Tony Fadell says his company calls it the "Conscious Home" because its connected thermostat and smoke alarm, create a two-way relationship with users where both help and teach each other. "We call it the conscious home.

Airware’s Drone Operating System Gets Strategic Investment, Tech, Clients From GE Ventures — Dull, dirty, and dangerous. Those are the tasks robots are best for, but it also describes jobs with General Electric's Field Services division, inspecting wind turbines and oil pipelines. So today GE Ventures made its first major investment in robotics with a strategic partnership with drone hardware, software, and cloud services platform startup Airware.

Uber CEO Says Exec’s Threats To Journalists “Showed A Lack Of Humanity” But Doesn’t Fire Him — Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has responded to the controversy caused by Uber Exec Emil Michael suggesting the company should dig up dirt on journalists who criticize it, including PandoDaily's Sarah Lacy.

Facebook Launches Standalone Groups App — 700 million people use Facebook Groups every month, but it's second-class experience on mobile, slow and buried in the social network's main app. So today Facebook is releasing a standalone Groups app with powerful notifications controls and a Groups discovery section.
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Nov 28, 2014

How do you feel about cybervigilantism? like Racists Getting Fired dot tumblr ( Is it ok to dox and bully bullies?

Nov 28, 2014

@tommaxwelll @jyarow and to disrupt the most network effected service around, you need exponential innovation. A little better won't cut it

Nov 28, 2014

@jyarow @tommaxwelll I also hear the horse-drawn carriage is in danger of being disrupted by the "automobile"

Nov 28, 2014

@sbermo there were a dozen options that weren't "pull up next to armed suspect and shoot him" but with such low conviction rates for cops...

Nov 28, 2014

Why the hell don't cops bullhorn from 40 feet away when they think somone is armed, and instead get close enough to get scared & shoot them?

Nov 28, 2014

In Cleveland, witness report guy with possibly fake gun, 911 doesn't relay to cops gun might be fake, they pull up next to him & shoot him

Nov 28, 2014

Are you kidding me? Pot doesn't make people into bulletproof rhinos, and suggesting that to the Grand Jury with no counterpoint is sick

Nov 28, 2014

Ugh. Prosecutors implied Brown "charged" Wilson after being shot bc he was high, & the toxicologist said pot COULD cause that hallucination

Nov 28, 2014

So i guess in the future, soccer balls with be robots

Nov 28, 2014

You could watch the Star Wars trailer anywhere, but @drizzled lays out why the medieval sword lightsaber needs a fix…

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