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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
There are wildly successful apps for mapping, sending e-mail, and catapulting birds. Why aren’t there any for health care?
The PayPal cofounder has a new mobile app to help couples get pregnant.
Tony Hsieh believes the formula for innovation is more “collisions” and, occasionally, llamas.
The first of the low-cost smartphones running the Firefox OS will start selling on Tuesday in Spain.
In Google’s backyard, a startup has its eyes on glasses that offer more ways to interact with the digital world.
Y Combinator founder Paul Graham says venture capitalists should listen to entrepreneurs’ complaints.
The man responsible for Amazon’s mobile shopping strategy talks about app design, shopping habits, and how to make it easier to act on your impulses.
Thousands of startup companies see mobile computing as their chance to strike it big. We picked five.
With Microchip’s BodyCom technology, the human body is the medium for short-range authentication.