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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..

Inside the malware name game - The Parallax

the-parallax.com — Every day, security researchers and machines identify myriad new malware strains and name the most dangerous ones. Hummingbad and Heartbleed , Stagefright and , and -the names of these computer viruses and other digital nasties are often as exotic as they are inscrutable. What's behind them?

Virtual Reality Reshapes Thrill Rides, Sports Training and Architectural Design

biztechmagazine.com — You're piloting a fighter jet through a futuristic cityscape, ­darting between buildings, ducking enemy fire and blasting alien spacecraft. And while you may be wearing a virtual reality headset, this is no ordinary VR experience - you really are rocketing at more than 50 miles an hour and pulling G forces nearly five times your weight.

How to tell Google Street View to sod off

itworld.com — Once again, Google has been caught with its pants down - or, more accurately, it's been caught pulling down other peoples' pants. It turns out that when Google Street View vans "accidentally" slurped up 600GB of personal information off WiFi networks for three years, it wasn't really an accident.

Quick guide: Digital Transformation and the Agile Enterprise | InfoWorld

infoworld.com — Hi! Here are the latest Insider stories. Enterprise transformation is hard. But when you build a platform for continuous change, putting new ideas into production becomes a lot easier Transformation usually implies moving from one fixed state to another. Yet digital transformation has come to mean a journey from inflexible platforms, products, and workflows to a "permanently agile" condition.

Online behind bars: if internet access is a human right, should prisoners have it?

theguardian.com — For most of the developed world, internet access is a given. Google, Amazon, Facebook offer a privileged world of communication, entertainment, shopping and education that many of us take for granted. Unless, that is, you happen to be incarcerated.

Wheeling and Dealing

familycircle.com — Many years back my wife and I went shopping for our first "family car": something big enough to hold our infant son, 100-pound dog and the second child we assumed we'd eventually spawn.

EXCLUSIVE: Top 10 Signs the Apocalypse Is Upon Us

10 Gadget Flops We Can Learn From

fastcompany.com — The first personal computer with a windows-and-icons-style graphical user interface, Steve Jobs's visionary Lisa had one disastrous flaw: a staggering $10,000 retail price. Redeeming factor: Many Lisa features resurfaced with the more affordable and successful Macintosh.

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.
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Oct 23, 2016

willie nelson on stage at #BridgeSchoolBenefit kicking ass and taking names. he must be at least 107 years old.

Oct 23, 2016

at #BridgeSchoolBenefit on a beautiful day. Nils Lofgren just finished; no idea who is next. https://t.co/tzaNrhYnOm

Oct 22, 2016

RT @brittanylstone: tfw u accidentally make eye contact with the idiot picking his nose.

Oct 21, 2016

RT @JakeSherman: If you hear a member of congress praise Wikileaks for transparency, pls remind them congress has exempted itself from FOIA laws.

Oct 21, 2016

@Lib_Librarian @revmagdalen not just any guy -- a 400 pound guy laying in bed. totally different.

Oct 21, 2016

RT @mattblaze: Today's DNS DDoS attacks are a reminder of how vulnerable even little pockets of semi-centralization can make us. Hard problem to fix.

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