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Technology Policy Reporter and Blogger — Washington Post

Covering tech policy for @WashingtonPost via @TheSwitch. Opinions here mine, but feel free to borrow them. Tips? andrea.peterson[at]washpost[dot]com

E-mail is incredibly insecure. Here’s why the president should still use it. — Russian hackers swept up some of President Obama's e-mails in a breach of unclassified systems at the White House last year, the New York Times reports. The attackers don't seem to have penetrated the servers supporting his BlackBerry.

FTC goes after company that uses smartphones to track shoppers — By Andrea Peterson The Washington Post Posted: 04/27/2015 12:01:00 AM MDT WASHINGTON - The Federal Trade Commission announced a consent order last week with Nomi Technologies, which it said did not abide by its own promises to allow consumers to opt out of being tracked while they shop.

Google’s sorry that this crudely offensive image of the Apple logo turned up in Maps — Google Map users scoping out Pakistan on Friday may have stumbled on something pretty rude: The mascot for Google's mobile operating system, Android, urinating on the Apple logo. Apple's iOS and Android are bitter rivals in the mobile space -- but Google didn't include this particular image, versions of which are popular with Android fan boys, in their map product on purpose.

Here’s where the presidential candidates stand on the NSA scooping up Americans’ phone records — Jeb Bush is a big fan of government spying programs started under his brother, President George W. Bush. In fact, he called support of National Security Agency powers "the best part of the Obama administration" in a recent interview on a conservative radio talk show.

FTC goes after company that uses smartphones to track shoppers

Scientists have figured out how to tell when someone is an online troll — Spotting an online troll is pretty easy for your average Internet user: They're the jerk hijacking otherwise earnest online conversations for their own amusement, often with the help of straw man arguments and profanities.

Hillary Clinton’s history with video games and the rise of political geek cred — Oh, how the times have changed: On Monday, the Clinton Presidential Library's Instagram shared a picture of Hillary Clinton playing a Nintendo Game Boy in 1993. The image was quickly picked up by the media and interpreted by some writers as an effortto humanize the former first lady.

Just how hackable is your plane? — Chris Roberts knows a lot about hacking planes. But not because he's trying to make them fall out of the sky. In fact, his job as a security researcher is to figure out how bad guys could hack computer systems so that companies can fix them.

Even Elon Musk knows he’s a good supervillain candidate — Almost no entrepreneur is closer to being a rock star than Elon Musk: The PayPal co-founder could even whip up a frenzy over a theoretical transportation system based on pneumatic tubes.

The FTC wants to talk about the ‘sharing economy’ — The Internet and mobile apps have made it easier than ever to convert underused assets into extra cash via the so-called "sharing economy." And tech companies that provide the infrastructure for these markets including Airbnb and Uber have expanded dramatically in recent years.
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Apr 24, 2015

@ericgeller So what I'm hearing is my new excuse is it's all part of a carefully crafted space designed to inspire better reporting.

Apr 24, 2015

@emptywheel I thought I remembered reading about your gloriously organized bookshelves somewhere?

Apr 24, 2015

"Pay no attention to the empty tupperware, piles of papers. and toppled stacks of books, young writers -- it is all an illusion!"

Apr 24, 2015

Whenever a group of impressionable journalism youths visits the office I get very self-conscious about the state of my desk.

Apr 24, 2015

RT @alexismadrigal: I'm excited to say: I'm the new editor-in-chief of @ThisIsFusion, working w/ @hilella and @AnnaHolmes to build this wonderful place.

Apr 24, 2015

I think doing lengthy transcriptions is a special reporter version of hell.

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