Paying for things in the Amazon Appstore may be just the first step for the online retailer’s new virtual currency.
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IT Editor, Web & Social Media
As MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for Web and social media, I cover a wide variety of startups and write gadget reviews out of our San Francisco office. I’m curious about tech innovation, and I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing. Before arriving at MIT Technology Review in early 2012, I spent five years as a technology reporter at the Associated Press, covering companies including Apple, Amazon, and eBay, and penning reviews. I’ve also worked as a freelancer, covering both technology and crime for the New York Times.
I grew up mostly in Palo Alto, California, where companies like Hewlett-Packard and Google were simply a part of everyday life. But I didn’t discover my love for tech coverage until 2003. That’s when I accidentally discovered a major security lapse in Palo Alto Unified School District’s wireless network, which allowed anyone with Wi-Fi to view sensitive student information, including psychological profiles identified with full names. When not hard at work on a TR story, I can be found riding around the Bay Area on my road bike or my Vespa.
Rachel Metz's Stories
SkyPhrase hopes to make it easier to find answers to complex questions.
With new software, smartphones, and apps, the BlackBerry maker may still have a chance.
It’s going to take time and user buy-in for Graph Search to be truly worthwhile.
The success of the social network’s new search tool will depend on how much information its users are willing to share.
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android rule the fast-growing smartphone market, but upcoming operating systems want to muscle in on their turf.
Swype’s Living Language feature adds slang to its auto-complete dictionary by watching what users type.
E-mail is a mess. Mailbox, Inky, and AOL’s Alto all say they can help clean it up.
A startup uses the Facebook Connect feature to help people share Wi-Fi networks among friends.
This year, the Web was dominated by online education, shifting social networks, and the continued march toward mobile.