There’s an App for That – But be Careful Using it!

WSJ: Do Your Apps Respect Your Privacy? Probably Not, New Report Says – “Amid widespread consumer anxiety about risks to privacy, here’s some disheartening news: A new report from a prominent intergovernmental group found that mobile apps are failing to provide users with basic privacy protections. The report, based on a review of 1,211 different apps over the course of a week in May, was conducted by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network, a coalition of privacy officials from 19 countries, including the U.S. Federal Trade Commission. This is the second time government officials have reviewed app privacy on an international …read more

Open Source Bureaucracy: Working Together in the Land of Code

Over the past few month, stories of harassment, assault, and discrimination have peppered national news outlets, and the tech industry has not been immune. Back in March, programmer Julie Horvath announced her resignation from GitHub, advising that encouragement to join in rampant “boys’ culture” made her wish that she had quit sooner. Soon after, The New Republic ran a piece about age discrimination in Silicon Valley, which describes the permeation of young male culture – ping-pong tables, “Whiskey Fridays,” and constant references to male genitalia – in everyday life at an average tech startup.

Unfortunately, sexism, ageism, and racism permeate …read more

The Hacker Congress is in Session

Dave Cole, Democratic candidate for Congress in New Jersey, recently received some love from a self-labeled conservative.

“Just wanted to say that this is an awesome idea, and you deserve major kudos for doing it. I would go through and make some changes to the issues, but seeing as I am very conservative, I doubt that you would like many of them.”

How is he bridging this political divide? And who promised a random guy that he could “make some changes” to Dave’s campaign, anyway?

Every publicly-consumed moment of a modern political campaign is carefully vetted, honed, and packaged with …read more

Where Have All the Keywords Gone? – Online Marketing Tips

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You may have noticed that the online marketing strategist in your life has been sweating a little more than usual these days. It’s not because the heat inside your building is set to unnaturally high temperatures to combat the cold. Thanks to recent changes in search engine security, online marketing has just gotten a bit more challenging.

Major search engines – including Google, Yahoo, and little brother Bing – are looking to find that sweet spot between customer privacy and satisfaction. As Christopher Soghoian, technology researcher and Principal Technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union, stated during his …read more

Tech News Roundup

No time to catch up on the latest tech and social media news? No worries! All Things E has you covered. Here’s your weekly dose of what’s happening across the web.

HowTo.gov: 65% of All Email Gets Opened First on a Mobile Device – While composing email on mobile phones is still a tricky feat, email reading is quickly shifting away from the desktop. According to data from the US Consumer Device Preference Report: Q4 2013 from Movable Ink, way more than half of all email — a full 65 percent — is now being accessed via mobile devices in …read more

All Things E Weekly Roundup

Here’s what you may have missed…

TechPresident: World Bank’s New Website Lets Countries Compare Data on Education – The World Bank launched last week an open data portal called the Systems Approach for Better Education Results or SABER, which has so far collected data from 100 countries on education policies and institutions. Officials can use the tool to gather and analyze information on their own education systems and compare them with those of other countries.

Nextgov.com: Have Presidential Speeches Gotten More ‘Tweetable’? – The White House regularly tweets sentences from key speeches on its various feeds. Which made Yahoo’s News …read more

We’re Not Stupid, Just Social: The Comeback of Long-Form Media

Be honest – when was the last time you read a newspaper? I mean, really read a newspaper, perhaps over your morning coffee at the breakfast table or during the train ride to work? Keep in mind that flipping through pages during a ten-minute lunch break does not count, nor does scanning headlines on The New York Times’ website in an effort to use your ten free articles wisely.

More than likely, you logged into Twitter and did a quick scan of your favorite news organizations’ tweets. You may have opened your favorite blog (All Things E, of course!) on …read more

Who is Tweeting and WHAT are They Tweeting About?

There have been several studies that attempt to pinpoint the demographic makeup of Twitter users. “An Exhaustive Study of Twitter Users Across the World,” a detailed report from social media firm Beevolve looked at more than 36 million Twitter accounts and 28 billion tweets to answer the question: Who’s tweeting? Here’s what a few media outlets had to say about the report:

Fast Company / Fast Feed – So, this is what social marketing media firm Beevolve has to say about the average Twitter user. She’s an American of indeterminate age, uses an iPhone, likes the color purple …read more

The War on Obesity?

It’s no secret that Americans are experiencing higher rates of obesity than ever before. According to the CDC, 35.7% of American adults are currently obese. There have been numerous efforts to take on this obesity issue, for example the ‘Let’s Move’ initiative championed by Mrs. Obama, and New York City Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial 16-ounce cap on sweetened beverages.

Last week the obesity story was that of news anchor, Jennifer Livingston, who fired back at a viewer who sent her an e-mail chastising her for being overweight and not a “suitable example for this community’s young people, girls in particular.” Ms. …read more

Can YouTube Change How We View Elections?

The newly launched YouTube Elections Hub wants to be your go-to source for coverage of key political moments throughout the election cycle. The channel will offer election-related video clips, a live streams of the days events, and Google+ Hangouts with “power brokers” who are behind the scenes from now through November 6.

Along with videos from politicians and the political parties, original content will be provided by network heavy hitters such as ABC News, Larry King, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and an Al Jazeera English Live Stream. You can watch what is going on live, follow …read more