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Senior Technology Reporter, Politico Pro — Politico
As seen in:  Politico, Adweek

Veteran media journalist covering advertising, media & tech issues

FTC sees privacy threats in the 'Internet of Things'

politico.com — As consumers buy up fitness trackers, Internet-connected thermostats and even Web-enabled cars and toothbrushes, the Federal Trade Commission has a message: It’s watching. The agency is warning that as millions of new smart devices make people’s daily lives more convenient, they’re also collecting reams of personal information that...

Barack Obama presses privacy, data breach agenda post-Sony

politico.com — Taking advantage of growing consumer fears about identity theft and data breaches in the wake of the high-profile Sony hack, President Barack Obama on Monday rolled out a slew of cybersecurity and privacy initiatives, previewing proposals he’ll make in his Jan. 20 State of the Union address.

Geeky trade deal could boost global tech

politico.com — It could be the best thing to happen to tech geeks around the world in years. Video game consoles, GPS devices, loudspeakers, medical devices and even printer ink cartridges look likely to gain more access to international markets as a result of breakthrough between the U.S.

Political prediction market puts money in play

politico.com — There’s nothing a politician loves more than a poll. Now throw in some political wagering with cold, hard cash. That is the concept behind PredictIt, an online political stock market that the operators say will go live Friday after clearing regulatory hurdles and receiving a no-action letter from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which...

Mark Zuckerberg donates $25M to CDC for Ebola

politico.com — Mark Zuckerberg is getting into the fight against Ebola. The Facebook CEO and his wife, Priscilla, are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight the outbreak, he said Tuesday. In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg noted that Ebola has infected 8,400 people so far, with projections that it could infect one...

Getting There: A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc

politico.com — Few have ascended to the top of their profession as fast as Nancy Dubuc. In the space of one year, she was promoted twice at A&E Networks, the second time to head up the entire company. Under Dubuc’s leadership, A&E has transformed a sleepy collection of niche cable channels like History, A&E and Lifetime into a home for reality shows...

Privacy in spotlight as Apple unveils new products

politico.com — Apple hopes that customers are clamoring to buy iPhones with bigger screens and a new product called the iWatch, which works like a health monitor , after its splashy new launch on Tuesday. But buyers beware: there are real questions about how valuable streams of information about your personal health are stored, say privacy experts.

Apple in crossfire of celebrity nude photo hack

politico.com — Non-stop buzz behind Apple’s new, larger iPhone to be introduced next week may have just hit a dark cloud of sorts with a high-profile celebrity photo breach over the weekend that has thrust iCloud into the news. A scandal is the last thing any company needs before a major product announcement.

White House launches Fed website fixer

politico.com — Hoping to prevent another HealthCare.gov disaster, the White House today launched the U.S. Digital Service, a small team of digital experts that will work with other government agencies to “make websites more consumer friendly, to identify and fix problems, and to help upgrade the government’s technology infrastructure.” Mikey Dickerson,...

Another Nixon reminder: Media ownership rules

politico.com — Journalists have been writing nonstop this week about how the resignation of President Richard Nixon - 40 years ago Friday - changed Washington and the American landscape. Add the media landscape to his legacy list. The Federal Communications Commission’s media ownership rules, which were shaped during the Watergate scandal, are currently...
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Jan 29, 2015

.@Google declines to comment on impact of Mozilla-Yahoo browser deal or status of Apple Safari deal

Jan 29, 2015

.@Google's Pichette used Glass as an example of a project "that didn't have the impact we hoped for."

Jan 29, 2015

Moving the goalpost: Under #FCC's new def'n, 17% of Americans, 53% rural lack "advanced broadband"

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