October 2010

Is Facebook subject to breach notification laws for revealing phone numbers?

Security warning: If you don’t intend to share your phone number on Facebook, ask a friend to check their Phonebookand see if it’s there.  And it’s a good time to check to your privacy settings — my brother Greg has instructions on The Happy Accident.

Update, October 7: See the Twitter discussion in the first comment.

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A celebration of disruptive women (“Techcrunch, disrupted” part 4)

TechCrunch Disrupt wasn’t the only conference happening this week. The tenth Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing is currently going on in Atlanta, and this year’s theme is Collaborating across Boundaries. There’s no streaming video, alas, but things have been hopping on Twitter.

Since it’s Follow Friday on Twitter, I figured I’d mirror the theme of celebration and devote this post to recognizing and paying homage* to some of the women involved with the Disrupt conference this week.

Let’s start with the three female CEOs who pitched in the Startup Battlefield: Tara Hunt of Shwowp, Melanie Moore of ToVieFor, and Sumaya Kazi of Sumazi.   They all did excellent jobs, and if I had been judging would have put all three of their companies in the finals.**  Kudos as well to the other female founders who were part of other pitches.  It’s really great to see this.

Update, October 4: oops, Women 2.0’s list of female founders to watch points out that I had missed Julia Hu of Lark.  Sorry about that!

It was also great to see J’aime Ohm win the Hackathon with WiseDame.  In a short video below, she describes the concept and also gives a brilliant description of how to do iterative, human-focused, software development.   Is it just me, or does WiseDame seem far more disruptive than most of the startups pitching location-based ideas?

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A showcase as a social media opportunity: thoughts for First Look Forum participants and others (DRAFT)

DRAFT! Work in progress, feedback welcome!
Revised version to appear on the NWEN blog

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