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Dan Tynan

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

Freelance writer, editor & content strategerizer. No job too small, no payment too large; no shoes, no shirt, no service. Mazel tov.

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..

WhatsApp privacy backlash: Facebook angers users by harvesting their data

theguardian.com — Stop us if you've heard this one: Facebook rolls out a new feature and/or acquires a new company, vowing to protect the privacy of its users' personal information with its last dying breath. A year or two later, it backtracks and decides it wants spin your data into gold after all - and if users don't like it, they can delete their accounts.

Apple issues global iOS update after attempt to use spyware activist's iPhone

theguardian.com — A botched attempt to break into the iPhone of an Arab activist using hitherto unknown espionage software has triggered a global upgrade of Apple's mobile operating system, researchers said Thursday. The spyware took advantage of three previously undisclosed weaknesses in Apple's iPhone to take complete control of the devices, according to reports published Thursday by the San Francisco-based Lookout smartphone security company and internet watchdog group Citizen Lab.

How Facebook powers money machines for obscure political 'news' sites

theguardian.com — Donald Trump may be struggling to capture a majority of voters in the heartland of America, but there is one eastern European precinct he would likely carry in a landslide - if only they were allowed to vote in US elections.

Facebook v Adblock: the anti-ad empire strikes back

theguardian.com — Two days ago, Facebook announced it had implemented changes to its site that would thwart ad blockers. Users who wanted to enjoy the world's largest social network would continue to pay by seeing ads keyed to their Likes and web-browsing habits.

The state of cyber security: we’re all screwed

theguardian.com — When cyber security professionals converged in Las Vegas last week to expose vulnerabilities and swap hacking techniques at Black Hat and Defcon, a consistent theme emerged: the internet is broken, and if we don't do something soon, we risk permanent damage to our economy.

Will the US elections be hacked? It's doubtful, but machines could be 'rigged'

theguardian.com — It's been a topic of debate ever since hackers - presumably working for Russia - stole thousands of private emails from the Democratic National Committee and leaked them on the net. Could a nation state or other adversary hack our elections and determine the next president of the United States?

Hackers for Hillary: event attendance 'through the roof' after Trump remarks

theguardian.com — When Donald Trump called on Vladimir Putin to help find Hillary Clinton's "missing" emails late last month, he pissed off the wrong group of people. On Wednesday night night, at the Black Hat hackers conference in Las Vegas, the first gathering of Hackers for Hillary was convened.

Cyberwar is not coming to the US - it’s already here

theguardian.com — As the recent hacks of the Democratic National Committee and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's campaign have shown, cyberwarfare has reached US shores - and it's likely to get much worse, says Kenneth Geers, a senior research scientist with cyber security firm Comodo.

Melania no more: why did Donald Trump take down his wife's website?

theguardian.com — Donald Trump is notorious for making controversial statements that set the internet on fire. But the relatively mild kerfuffle about whether his wife actually received a college degree appears to be something the Trumps would rather not see broadcast across the web. Melania Trump's personal and professional site, the Huffington Post reported on Wednesday, has disappeared.

Facebook exceeds revenue estimates on blistering ad sales growth

theguardian.com — Facebook's quarterly profit and revenue blew past Wall Street estimates as the company's hugely popular mobile app and a push into video attracted new advertisers and encouraged existing ones to spend more. Facebook shares rose 6.7% in after-hours trading on Wednesday. Mobile advertising revenue accounted for 84% of the company's total advertising revenue, compared with 76% a year earlier.
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Sep 24, 2016

RT @officialKeef: I cry quite often actually. I look at a picture of my grandfather sometimes, listening to the music that he loved. #BBCKeef

Sep 24, 2016

RT @maggieNYT: Via @alexburnsNYT and me, we looked at a week of Trump's untruths and falsehoods. They form a pattern. https://t.co/Yige0vXmTO

Sep 23, 2016

well if you had to pick one reason to sue Yahoo for gross negligence, this is as good as any of the other 397 #yahoobreach #yaHO https://t.co/nBoguZ2jXp

Sep 23, 2016

Who said it: tech CEO or communist leader? Take our quiz  https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/sep/23/quiz-who-said-it-a-techie-or-a-communist?CMP=share_btn_tw  - I got 9 out of 14 right; re-education camp for me I guess

Sep 23, 2016

@thehill well, if he's talking about intellectual capital, then he's totally right. #skittlesforbrains

Sep 23, 2016

@juliacarriew technically, I believe it is part of his Gandalf the Gray costume.

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