Social-networking apps that eschew real names are gaining ground.
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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
On its tenth birthday, Facebook offers users a data-driven trip down memory lane.
Facebook’s new Paper app for iPhone shows that the company can offer more than just a place to keep up with friends.
Facebook's latest app may convince me to spend more time using Facebook on my iPhone.
Friend-finding app SocialRadar is starting on the iPhone but has its sights set on Google Glass.
The Glyph headset is weird-looking and expensive, but amazingly immersive.
Zimperium believes its machine-learning approach to mobile security can outwit hackers.
Efforts are underway to make your smart toilet—and other connected devices—less vulnerable to hackers.
Google's purchase of smart-thermostat maker Nest makes a lot of sense, and could help it compete against Apple.
A new smartphone app from a Twitter cofounder makes it easy and fun to get your friends’ advice on everything from shopping to Chopin.