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San Francisco (sort of)
Freelance Writer and Editor — Freelance
Covers:  satire, security, iphone apps, politics, gadgets, privacy, education, family, internet, technology, facebook, social media, twitter
Doesn't Cover: feminine hygiene products, yankees, gluten, the large hadron collider

Former corporate lackey, now free to fully express myself. Buckle your seat belts, it's about to get bumpy. Also: I write for $$ - hire me!

Dan Tynan has been writing about technology since Steve Ballmer had hair. He has published literally thousands of stories, most of which neither he nor anyone else can remember. Thank God for Google.

Most recently, Tynan was Editor in Chief of Yahoo Tech, David Pogue's technology news site. Prior to that Tynan was a contributing editor for Family Circle magazine, where he wrote about the intersection of parenting and ...

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How to Pitch Dan Tynan

Gratuities and bribes gratefully accepted. But please don't call me to verify that I received your email; I will send a high frequency electromagnetic pulse back through the phone wires that will make your brain explode.

National Magazine Award

1999 - Single Topic Series, Best Single Issue
OK, I didn't win. But I was a finalist twice -- once for a series on Internet Privacy that ran in PC World in 1998 (I was special issue editor), one for the September 2002 issue of Popular Science (I wrote one of the features for that one, which was nominated for best single issue). Does that count? The good news: I got to sit right behind Martha Stewart at the 1999 awards ceremony. You wouldn't know it to look at her on TV, but she has a caboose the size of Montana.

What was your first job as a journalist?

You mean one that paid in actual currency, not just coffee and snacks? That would be copyeditor at Infoworld, back in the previous century.

Have you ever used a typewriter?

Yes, I am that friggin' old. Hell, I used a *manual* typewriter. Smith Corona. I still remember how Wite-Out smells (and get a little woozy).

How is social media changing news?

It's much faster & far less accurate. Also much more temporary. News cycles approaching near zero. And if it can't fit inside a tweet, well..

Revenge porn: the industry profiting from online abuse

theguardian.com — Six years ago, Rebekah Wells Googled her name to see what turned up. The results horrified her: nude photos of herself taken by her ex-boyfriend, along with her name and address, on commercial porn sites such as ImageFlea, ImageEarn and PinkMeth.

Thank You, Porn! 12 Ways the Sex Trade Has Changed the Web

pcworld.com — For an industry that many people won't admit they've ever patronized, pornography has had an amazing impact on virtually every new medium, from cave painting to photography. Dirty pictures have been credited with ensuring the future of the VCR, boosting cable TV subscriptions, helping to kill off the Betamax and HD DVD formats, and (perhaps most important) driving the growth of the Internet.

Software audits: How high tech plays hardball

infoworld.com — When the software audit request came from Adobe two years ago, Margaret Smith (not her real name) thought it was business as usual. As a governance risk and compliance specialist for a Fortune 500 company, she was used to getting audited several times each year. "Usually these things start out friendly," she says.

Utah: Online Porn Capital of America?

pcworld.com — For most of my life I have lived in the cauldrons of sin - first New York, then California. These Bluer than Blue states are the source of most of our society's ills, or so we are constantly told. When it comes to online smut, though, it appears I've been living in the wrong places.

Whose website is it, anyway?

the-parallax.com — "FFS really?" replies a member of the virtual peanut gallery. "News Genius is an intriguing idea, but my fear is with anonymity you're going to find an awful lot of abuse." - Stephen Balkam, CEO, Family Online Safety Institute Publications like the Washington have embraced News Genius, allowing readers to annotate documents like Apple CEO Tim Cook's letter to the FBI over the recent encryption controversy.

The terror of swatting: how the law is tracking down high-tech prank callers

theguardian.com — The first 911 call came at 4.30pm. The caller told dispatchers that a man, woman, and boy had been shot and another child was being held hostage. Police responded in force, sending more than half a dozen cruisers and emergency vehicles to a sprawling house in the affluent Atlanta suburb of Johns Creek.

Parallax Primer: Who's tracking your location? Just about everybody

the-parallax.com — That pricey device in your pocket knows exactly where you are. And it's sharing your location with more people than you realize. Your smartphone is equipped with antennas that send signals to cell towers, GPS satellites, Wi-Fi access points, and Bluetooth and NFC transceivers.

Who's tracking your location? Just about everybody

the-parallax.com — That pricey device in your pocket knows exactly where you are. And it's sharing your location with more people than you realize. Your smartphone is equipped with antennas that send signals to cell towers, GPS satellites, Wi-Fi access points, and Bluetooth and NFC transceivers.

Twitter, I love you. Please don't go changing

theguardian.com — Dear Twitter, I have to admit that it was not love at first sight when we first met a decade ago. Frankly, I couldn't figure out what you were about. You were like some nerd hippie who only spoke in Zen koans. Intriguing? Sure, for maybe 15 minutes. I didn't stick around.

Apple Ransomware Case: What It Means

consumerreports.org — Ransomware affects hundreds of thousands of Windows PCs each year. And now Macs have been hit. Consumer Reports has the details-and tips on staying safe.
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Apr 28, 2016

@annfriedman @gilbertjasono true. but it does kinda make you wonder just how much free time that boy has on his hands....

Apr 27, 2016

an interesting take on the whole @ProfJeffJarvis vs @jeffjarvis mishegas. not one I entirely agree with but still... twitter.com/baekdal/status…

Apr 27, 2016

@baekdal sure. I wouldn't attribute that to satire, though. I'd blame political polarization, shrinking independent media, & 24/7 cable news

Apr 27, 2016

@baekdal I think we agree. esquire did not clearly differntiate @ProfJeffJarvis from THE jeff jarvis. but satire works better w/o labels.

Apr 27, 2016

@baekdal I appreciate your well reasoned arguments. but the logical extension is that no satire passes yr test. someone will always be duped


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