The NSA's Own Guide To Google Hacking and Other Internet Research
Wired has published a book review of sorts of a freely downloadable book called Untangling the Web: A Guide to Internet Research. If that title came from O'Reilly, Apress, or other big name in tech-publishing, it might be perfectly nice but less interesting. Instead, it was prepared as an internal guide for the NSA, and came to public attention through a FOIA request by MuckRock. (See this video interview with MuckRock's Michael Morisy at this year's SXSW.) The version that's been released is several years old. From Wired's report: "Although the author's name is redacted in the version released by the NSA, Muckrock's FOIA indicates it was written by Robyn Winder and Charlie Speight. A note the NSA added to the book before releasing it under FOIA says that the opinions expressed in it are the authors', and not the agency's. ... Lest you think that none of this is new, that Johnny Long has been talking about this for years at hacker conferences and in his book Google Hacking, you’d be right. ...
Microsoft: Google Doesn't Get Business Productivity Tools
When it comes to productivity apps, Office is still clearly the market leader, and Microsoft is now also quickly iterating on its online apps for Office. When it comes to its competition with Google's online productivity apps, though, it's hard to figure out if Microsoft is feeling superior or threatened (or a bit of both). Earlier today, I talked to Michael Atalla, the director of product marketing for Office 365 at Microsoft. In his view, Google doesn't really get how businesses use productivity apps.
Warby Parker's Dave Gilboa On Selling Frames From His Apartment, Partnerships, And A Big “No Comment” On Those Google Glass Rumors
Dave Gilboa, co-founder at Warby Parker, one of the e-commerce startups that has “made it” so to speak, shared some stories from the startup’s early days on an afternoon panel at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2013, where he was joined by Everlane’s Michael Preysman, Nasty Gal’s Deborah Benton, Wanelo’s Deena Varshavkaya and moderated by TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis. Even though Warby Parker is now moving into physical retail stores, running TV ads, and raising large rounds of funding from American Express and J. Crew chief executive Millard S. Drexler, it hasn’t always been that easy for them, as it turns out. In an amusing story which could go a long way to make other founders feel better about their own disastrous launches, Gilboa talked about an incident that took place after the company debuted its try on at home program. “We launched with these features in GQ and Vogue, and within 48 hours we were stocked out of all our home try on inventory,” says Gilboa. “We ...
Twitter Is Exploring New Ways For Android Users To Discover Tweets, Says Product VP Michael Sippey
Facebook boldly moved to expand its presence in the mobile space with its Android-only replacement last week (with mixed results), but it’s far from the only company who has shown interest in Google’s mobile OS as a springboard for better social connection. Speaking at the D: Dive Into Mobile, recently installed Twitter VP of product Michael Sippey seemed intrigued by the sorts of experiences others have been able to build on top of Android and confirmed that the company has been mulling over how to improve the process of using Twitter on Android. “There are a lot of things we’re looking at on Android to make it easier to discover tweets,” Sippey remarked in response to an audience question. He went on to mention that he finds Facebook Home to be “a very interesting product,” and that he “would like to see tweets there.” As you might expect, Sippey wouldn’t say anything further about what sorts of Android-centric Twitter experiences employees have been fiddling with behind ...
Want Better Personal Video? Think Underwater Tech And Free Cloud Storage
Editor's note: Michael Chang is CEO of YesVideo, a video-transfer and sharing service. There are three trends in the world of personal video, and they have one common theme: answering the call of the consumer. Here’s how personal video tech is being affected by consumer demand and what companies like Apple and Google are doing about it.