What??? Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants

Leahy's rewritten bill would allow more than 22 agencies -- including the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Communications Commission -- to access Americans' e-mail, Google Docs files, Facebook wall posts, and Twitter direct messages without a search warrant. It also would give the FBI and Homeland Security more authority, in some circumstances, to gain full access to Internet accounts without notifying either the owner or a judge.


Simplicity Is The New Premium @Forbes on @thehipmunk + @uber

Bringing a unique and simplified approach to how information is consumed has contributed to Hipmunk’s success in the saturated and largely undifferentiated travel booking industry. The hot new travel startup believes that when it comes to booking flights, people don’t necessarily need more choices, but fewer. What makes Hipmunk unique is the way it displays flight search results. The result screen helps you visualize a lot of data at once and make your decisions in minutes as opposed to hours.

All comes down to giving a damn about your users.

Not only did @AlGore stop by my website, but he even thanked redditors for fighting off #SOPA #PIPA

Our national information infrastructure is no longer competitive. We need to invest in more bandwidth, easier access, and the rapid transition of our democratic institutions to the internet. And we need to protect the freedom of the internet against corporate control by legacy businesses that see it as a threat, and against the obscene invasions of privacy and threats to security from government and corporations alike. Please think about this: almost everytime there has been a choice between privacy/security on the one hand and convenience on the other, the mass of folks have chosen convenience. I for one believe the "stalker economy" on the internet is undemocratic and anti- American. Are folks at the gag point on this yet? Thanks, btw, to the Reddit community for fighting off Sopa and PIPA. Keep your powder dry; more big struggles ahead.


    On the importance of gestures in public speaking

    Some people believe that public speaking is an ability that only a few "chosen ones" can execute well. While I personally don't consider myself to be a great public speaker, I do think that anyone can become one. While the ability of being charming, engaging and persuasive comes naturally to some people (think Steve Jobs), I strongly believe that these are traits that can be learned and, more importantly, perfected over time - case in point, Mark Zuckerberg. His first talks were, for a lack of a better term, utterly pathetic, and he seemed to be unprepared and very nervous all the time. Over time he became more confident and his last talks were just brilliant.

    One of my favorite hobbies is watching talks or speeches of people that are extremely passionate about the topic that they are talking about, specially in the realm of technology. However, I have noticed that many of my collegues in software development lack one very important trait: Most of them, almost never use gestures.

    So so true.

    Wiring a Generator to Your House - @Wattvision couldn't be more timely w this guide #SandyNJ #proudinvestor

    We're going on day 5 without utility power at my house in Pennington, New Jersey.  Thanks to Wattvision, we know our home's exact load profile, so we were able to match our generator to our needs, saving tens-of-thousands of dollars in the process.  I'd like to share how we did it, so you can do it, too.  Let's first take a look at the typical load presented by our house on a given day, as recorded by our Wattvision system last Thursday, October 25, 2012, in the pre-Sandy world:

    Great job, Savraj & team!

    #Sandy, don't get in the way of one of my founders, @OlgaVidisheva

    Olga Vidisheva, the founder of Shoptiques, lives about two blocks from the fashion e-commerce site's swank new offices in SoHo, but couldn't work there today.

    "That part of town is completely shut down with no electricity, Internet, or power," Vidisheva said via an email exchange. So the twentysomething founder of the fashion e-commerce website hoofed it uptown 40 blocks to the home of her operations director, who lives in the Theater District near Times Square, where the two women were expecting other staffers to also converge.

    "We're now reunited and working away," Vidisheva explained via email. "We have some big news this week, so need to work 24/7. I also have people in Australia and France, who are luckily not affected, so we're able to move forward full speed."

    ... or the rest of my 8 million + fellow New Yorkers and beyond!

    Haiku for @thehipmunk sticker

    The de-icing spray shimmers as it settles on the wing
    Frozen snow swirls.
    Bone weary travelers dream of warm beds and sleep.
    I bid them farewell.
    My journey at end. A grateful song to the glory of the Hipmunk in my heart.

    A fan of hipmunk, Mike, asked me for stickers because his wife is a huge fan. I asked for a haiku in exchange, which he graciously delivered (although I don't think it's technically a haiku, it's super poetic. Thank you Mike and may you and your wife enjoy the swag!