October 22, 2014 |
Monica Lewinsky has been called a lot of names since her affair with President Bill Clinton became public in 1998 - many of them unfit for publication. She has a different way of describing herself: "I was Patient Zero - the first person ever to have her reputation instantaneously destroyed worldwide via the Internet. " The former White House intern made her comments in an address Monday at the inaugural Forbes Under 30 Summit at the Convention Center, what she called her first major public speaking engagement.
October 6, 2014 |
Sundance Vacations had a problem. Unhappy customers weren't just complaining to consumer agencies or regulators, where it was used to quietly settling or pushing back. Instead, many were connecting on Facebook - finding a "Boycott Sundance Vacations" page whose 2,200 thumbs-ups might as well be thumbs-downs. Today, a prospective customer who types "Sundance Vacations" into a search engine such as Google is likely to find the boycott page, managed by a group of activist critics, near the top of the results.
September 26, 2014 |
IT'S GETTING to the point where Tattle will need to run with a disclaimer: Every juicy item, tidbit or rumor you read in today's column may be taken back in tomorrow's column. Yesterday, we wrote that the three-breasted woman was a two-breasted hoax. Today, it's the group who threatened to release hacked Emma Watson nude photos. Oh, there was a threat. But it wasn't from the hackers. According to the website Business Insider, the threat source was Rantic Marketing, which pretended to be a viral marketing agency, but which was really a social experiment run by Internet pranksters.
September 16, 2014
Internet freedom activists are holding a rally Monday outside the Comcast Center in Philadelphia to protest Comcast's proposed merger with Time Warner Cable. The rally, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at 1701 John F. Kennedy Blvd, is organized by Free Press, a nonpartisan group that advocates to preserve open Internet communication and free speech. The group is demanding protections for net neutrality, and the rally will urge the Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that prevent broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon from discriminating against online content and services.
August 18, 2014 |
On the wall next to her desk in the North Philadelphia nonprofit advocacy group Action United, Dawn Hawkins has posted the saying "Be the kind of woman that when your feet hit the floor each morning, the devil says, 'Oh, crap, she's up.' " It was Hawkins, a 42-year-old single mother from Strawberry Mansion, who was among the first to bring attention to the restrictions in Comcast Corp.'s discounted Internet Essentials program for low-income families...
August 12, 2014 |
For someone famous for sharing his depression with the world, Eric Jarosinski is in an extremely good mood. It is 10:30 a.m. on a sunny morning in Philadelphia, and Jarosinski is late but content. "Sorry," he says. "The bus. " He settles into his seat at the Melrose Diner, and orders coffee and an omelet with cheddar cheese and extra peppers. He will hardly touch his food over the next two hours. Instead, he talks a lot, laughs even. That might surprise the 85,000 people who follow him on Twitter.
July 21, 2014 |
More than 8,000 union letter carriers - members of the National Association of Letter Carriers, or NALC - will arrive in Philadelphia on Sunday for one of the city's largest conventions this year. They, and their families, 12,000 in all, will be everywhere. They will show up at the Convention Center in a sea of colors, with carriers wearing vests color-coded by region. On Tuesday, 4,500 of them will occupy Citizens Bank Park to watch the Phillies take on the San Francisco Giants.
July 17, 2014 |
Comcast Corp.'s David L. Cohen will testify in Washington on Wednesday for the third time regarding the cable-TV giant's proposed $45.2 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable Inc., this time before the Senate Commerce Committee. The hearing, titled "At a Tipping Point: Consumer Choice, Consolidation and the Future Video Marketplace," is to include testimony by AT&T Inc. executive John Stankey. AT&T operates one of the nation's largest wireless phone networks and offers U-Verse TV and Internet.
July 7, 2014 |
Can't believe Facebook might have been manipulating your news feed to play with your mood? That was last month's little bombshell on how the social network allowed researchers to tweak what nearly 700,000 Facebook members saw for one week in 2012 to test psychological theories on mood contagion. If you were truly shocked, it's fair to say you weren't really paying attention. Even if a chagrined Facebook pulls back on its openness to research, and ethicists warn of the dangers of "human experimentation," the fact is that we've all been part of a giant social and economic experiment since 1991, when the first website went online.