By purchasing crowd-powered navigation app Waze, Google keeps it out of Apple's clutches
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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
With its new mobile OS, Apple looks to longtime design head Jonathan Ive, and takes a few cues from competitors.
Facebook is simplifying its ad formats, which could mean less annoying targeted ads are in the offing.
Researchers work to develop passwords so secret that only your unconscious mind knows them.
Thad Starner thinks people will soon crave the ultrafast communication that Google Glass makes possible.
Happy? Sad? A startup called Beyond Verbal has developed technology that can understand how you’re feeling just by listening to your voice.
Researchers have created a model to quickly predict how many times a tweet will be retweeted.
A techie’s San Francisco home has its own Twitter feed. Will yours be next?
Otherfab's Kickstarter project offers an easy way to make custom circuit boards at home.
Micro-display LED tech could light up the next generation of face-wearable gadgets.