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Submission + - A Customer Driven Business Model for Twitter (

reifman writes: As revolving door of Twitter executives makes headlines and its $100+ million quarterly losses continue, it's not clear the company will survive the year without being acquired for a quarter of its offering price. The solution for Twitter's business challenges could be to adopt an engaging feature rich subscriber model that reaffirms its status as the platform of a global democratic communication hub. Here are fifteen ideas for Twitter to transform into a profitable user-centered business including integration of open source Signal for secure phone calls and direct messaging, Stellar for payments and domain mapping and blog hosting with your feed front and center.

Submission + - New Aaron Swartz Documentary: From DeadDrop to SecureDrop ( 1

reifman writes: Lisa Rein, is raising funds on KickStarter for a an important documentary about supporting whistleblowers with technology: From DeadDrop to SecureDrop tells the story of how 'SecureDrop' was created to help protect sources — individuals who might not come forward otherwise due the prospect of relentless government persecution and being penalized for telling the truth. Through the film's simplified format, the intent of this film is both to educate and to inspire potential whistleblowers to take action the next time they encounter corruption they don't wish to condone and be a part of. The film suggests that SecureDrop could potentially usher in a new generation of whistleblower: One that won't necessarily have to put their whole life at risk, in order to 'do the right thing.' This is such a no brainer for the tech community to fund.

Submission + - Take a Visual Tour of CyberKnife Radiosurgery (

reifman writes: On June 3rd, I had brain surgery to treat a benign tumor called a meningioma. I knew ahead of time that the surgeon wouldn’t be able to remove the entire tumor – its geography extended from my cavernous sinus to the pituitary gland to the left hemisphere of the brain and to my brain stem. I also needed CyberKnife radiation therapy to attempt to mutate the remaining tumor’s DNA to stop its growth. Come meet Lenore, my robotic radiosurgeon.

Submission + - Amazon reveals new delivery drone design with range of 15 miles (

reifman writes: Amazon released new video of its futuristic drones (honestly the though of them buzzing around is the only thing that makes me want to join the NRA) but there's some hopefulness here. Prime Air vehicles will take advantage of sophisticated 'sense and avoid' technology, as well as a high degree of automation, to safely operate beyond the line of sight to distances of 10 miles or more. 'It looks like science fiction, but it's real: One day, seeing Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road. ' Amazon said its drones fly under 400 feet and weigh less than 55 pounds.

Submission + - Seven Ways CEO Jeff Bezos Can Encourage Women to Join Amazon (

reifman writes: All of the former Amazon employees who spoke to the New York Times on the record placed their future careers at risk. The stories from some of the women brave enough to speak out were chilling and reflect evidence of misogyny within Amazon. Bezos had asked Amazon employees to immediately report any such behavior and suggested that there would be zero tolerance for it. Yet, shortly after, his spokesman Jay Carney publicly attacked those brave enough to speak to reporters, which only underscored their point. One commentator wrote that Carney's actual intent was to intimidate remaining employees from speaking up, an echo of the initial attacks on Bill Cosby's accusers. Here are seven ways Bezos can encourage women to join Amazon.

Submission + - Amazon warns employees about 'Million Mask March' on Seattle HQ today (

reifman writes: Amazon is warning employees not to wear clothing with company logos, and telling them to keep their badges out of sight as hundreds of people loyal to the hacktivist group Anonymous plan to march on the tech giant’s Seattle headquarters this afternoon. A Facebook message from the Seattle-based group reads, “On November 5th, we will be rallying at Westlake Park in Seattle at 2pm, and then marching to the Federal Courthouse at 3pm, and from there, we shall march to Amazon for some serious lulz!. Teach-ins and rallies will continue throughout the remainder of the day.”

Submission + - Capital One Fraud Detection Shuts Down Cards Inappropriately (

reifman writes: On Sunday, Capital One declined a $280 travel reservation I charged at India-based and immediately shut off my card for all transactions until I contacted them by phone. It wasn’t the first time that CapitalOne had shut off my card after a single suspect transaction. But, I’d actually purchased from using my CapitalOne card on two prior occasions. It was an example of very poor fraud detection and led me on a tour of their pathetic customer service. The banks want to cut their losses regardless of how it impacts their customers.

Submission + - Personal Data of 15M T-Mobile Credit Applicants Hacked (

reifman writes: T-Mobile said today that the data of about 15 million credit applicants was stolen from credit reporting agency Experian. Applicants who had their credit checked for T-Mobile phone plans and financing between Sept. 1, 2013 through Sept. 16, 2015 may have had their sensitive personal data revealed in the hack. While data like Social Security numbers and ID numbers were encrypted, Experian said that the encryption may have been broken. T-Mobile is offering customers two years of identity theft protection through ... Experian ... If you're willing to give your e-mail, social security number and security questions to the company yet again in your identity theft protection application.

Submission + - Aerial Photos of Amazon's Epic Biospheres (

reifman writes: I spent Saturday taking panoramas and photos of Seattle's massive array of construction cranes. GeekWire just hired pilots to shoot images of Amazon's coming biodomes from the sky: 'The ornate spheres will sit in the shadow the Space Needle and will almost certainly become some of the city’s most recognizable structures. The largest of the three spheres will sit 95 feet tall and 130 feet in diameter. That’s about the equivalent of an eight-story building.' The first floor and neighboring dog park will allow local women a place to meet busy Amazon men.

Submission + - Tech overkill destroyed the loveliest city on the West Coast (

reifman writes: I've been trying to explain to Seattle residents how Amazon's rapid growth is driving out artists and homogenizing the culture but have not been able to anywhere near as well as Adrian Weckler describes the death of San Francisco by tech firms: 'Gone are many artists, artisans and tradespeople. Instead, the lofts, townhouses and studios are being populated with content curators, engineers and infrastructure architects. They're young, they're rich and they're dull as dishwater. The city that once identified with The Grateful Dead now hums along to Hootie and the Blowfish.'

Submission + - Amazon Men Facing Gridlock in Company Restrooms (

reifman writes: Washington State's been investigating complaints by Amazon men about long waits for the restroom in company offices. Public records requests revealed floors with 150 men and as few as four toilets. Amazon refuses to release diversity numbers for its Seattle workforce but soon most of these will be able to walk to their nearby apartment units for bathroom breaks.

Submission + - Amazon's Diversity Problem: Too Many Men, Not Enough Toilets (

reifman writes: Washington State's investigating ongoing complaints by Amazon men about overcrowded restrooms: 'if you were a female worker on the 9th floor of Amazon's Varzea building in 2013, you would have been surrounded by 60 men, and just two other women. That meant there was one female worker for every women's bathroom stall, compared to about 15 men to every fixture up one floor, 100 men and 13 women. Up one more 77 men and nine women. ' One female employee complained on Twitter of always having to turn the light on in the bathroom. Amazon continues to refuse to release gender, race and income statistics for its Seattle workforce.

Submission + - Engaging Newbies in Email Encryption and Network Privacy (

reifman writes: All six parts of my series introducing beginners to PGP encryption and network privacy are now freely available. I hope it's useful for Slashdot readers to share with their less-technical acquaintances. There's an introduction to PGP, a guide to email encryption on the desktop, smartphone and in the browser, an introduction to the emerging key sharing and authentication startup,, and an intro to VPNs. There's a lot more work for us to do in the ease of use of communications privacy but this helps people get started more with what's available today.

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