A month after the release of Home, Facebook is working to answer criticisms with improvements.
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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
Twitter #music, EQuala, and Piki help you share and discover new music with friends, but they’re not all winners.
Zoomboard—a miniscule keyboard that zooms when you tap it—could make it easier to type on smart watches.
Electromagnetic interference can turn a plain LCD into a touch screen on the cheap.
CrashAlert, created by University of Manitoba researchers, could make it easier to walk and text without smacking into things.
The HTC First, which features Facebook’s new Home interface, will appeal only to the most devoted of Facebook users.
The appeal of Facebook’s new phone software may be limited to hardcore users.
Smartphone apps that send disappearing messages are gaining in popularity.
Nuance hopes its voice-recognition tech can produce mobile ads that you actually want to have a conversation with.
Google’s Keep app copies key Evernote functions, but there’s plenty of room for both note-taking apps.