A modified version of Android puts social networking, and Facebook, at the heart of a device.
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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
Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated a search service that taps into the information shared by a Facebook user's friends.
The software looks cool, but will need handset maker support to succeed.
Location-based app Field Trip looks fun, and possibly lucrative for Google.
The CEO of Betaworks, which bought content aggregator Digg, explains why the site had to be retooled so quickly.
Google shows off improvements to its Voice Search, and adds Gmail to Web search results.
Yahoo hopes Marissa Mayer will be the key to revitalization.
Offering app recommendations through its new App Center could be a clever move.
With Apple expected to unveil its own 3-D mapping technology next week, Google seems a little nervous.
Co-founder Sergey Brin takes Project Glass for a test walk.