Notorious online collective Anonymous ("hacktivists") have vowed to destroy Facebook this November 5. Is Google Plus partly to blame?
Violet Blue unapologetically covers the intersection of tech trends and media stories about corruption, hypocrisy and redemption from tech's fault line, San Francisco.
Ms. Violet Blue (tinynibbles.com, @violetblue) is a freelance investigative reporter on hacking and cybercrime at Zero Day/ZDNet, CNET and CBS News, as well as a noted sex columnist. She has made regular appearances on CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show and is regularly interviewed, quoted, and featured in a variety of publications that includes ABC News and the Wall Street Journal. She has authored and edited award-winning, best selling books in eight translations and has been a sex columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has given keynote talks at such conferences as ETech, LeWeb, and the Forbes Brand Leadership Conference, and has given two Tech Talks at Google. In 2010, the London Times named Blue one of “40 bloggers who really count.” Ms. Blue is the author of The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. Violet Blue bio courtesy of TTI Vanguard.
A bill now makes the online activity of every American available to authorities upon request under the guise of protecting children from pornography.
Saturday's Google Plus user account deletion purge plunged the new social network into a crisis of user trust: the community wants it fixed.
A number of Google+ accounts have been deleted in the last 24 hours as the new social network struggles with real name policy.
Google's fun new social network Google Plus is growing fast and its Achilles' Heel is NSFW content. Will Google+ be safe for adults?
California's internet tax battle reveals a clash of retail titans Amazon.com and Wal-Mart, making pawns out of American booksellers and consumers.
Porn industry leaders held an expert/legal summit with .XXX's rep as the new TLD readies for launch. The Q&A to form adult's business plans for .XXX did not go well.
Open source software package Pantyshot sparked censorship and gender upheaval in the FOSS community: more that its original author is a woman resigning FOSS, and its current author is remorseless.
California joined other states in passing its own e-commerce affiliate tax law; Amazon.com responded by dropping all CA affiliates. Scrambling for tax money, states are trying to redefine 'physical presence' - and Amazon thinks it's unconstitutional.
Leading adult Android app creators and distributors MiKandi released the first app to combine game mechanics and explicit content. Violet Blue was happy to find out that the Femjoy Android App also happens to be tasteful and smart.
Adafruit Industries has released their first in a line of original, open-source jewelry: iCufflinks.
WWDC 2011 lacked innovation and exemplified a monoculture that casts the closing of Apple's Jobs-era legacy in a light of exclusivity, hostility, and heartfelt angst among those who felt that Apple's core strength was in its embrace of outsiders.
With the announcement at Apple's WWDC 2011 regarding iCloud music service (for a fee), those who get to play with Google's Music (Beta) - and general music lovers - are distinctly unimpressed.
A 58-year-old grandmother is sentenced to three years' probation and must attend cognitive behavioral therapy sessions as part of her criminal file-sharing sentence. Violet Blue asks psychologist Dr. Keely Kolmes, PsyD, if file-sharing is now considered a disorder.
First proposed as a free social media dating simulator, Cloud Girlfriend offers a faux “girlfriend experience” while Violet Blue wonders why they didn't take their dating sim lessons from Japan.