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Nathaniel Mott

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Nathaniel Mott is a staff writer for PandoDaily, covering startups and technology from New York.

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  • Got Slack

    Slack reveals February data breach

    Slack has announced that its customers’ usernames, passwords, and email addresses were compromised by hackers who broke into the company’s internal servers. In response, Slack has added two-factor authentication along with a feature that allows team leaders to force employees to reset their passwords and log back into the service. The company said it detected suspicious activity on “a very small number of Slack accounts” and it “notified the individual users and team owners who we believe were impacted and are…
  • showmethemoney

    Meet the apps hoping to be the Fitbit for your financial fitness

    Everyone wants something different from the quantified self movement. Some delight in learning more about themselves; others want to use all that data to improve their lives. Members of the latter group are often disappointed. But that doesn’t mean the quantified self movement can’t lead to self improvement. Just ask the people behind Level, a finance app, and Digit, a text message-based service that aims to help consumers build their savings. Level makes it easier for people to…
  • hack

    Why aren’t law firms required to disclose when they’ve been hacked?

    Citigroup has warned against trusting sensitive information to law firms, which aren’t required to reveal data breaches and often cover them up. The New York Times viewed a copy of the report published by Citigroup’s cyber-intelligence center, which works to identify threats before they can affect financial institutions and their customers. Key among its findings was: Due to the reluctance of most law firms to publicly discuss cyberintrusions and the lack of data breach reporting requirements in general…
  • facebook-drone

    As Facebook successfully tests its first drone, privacy questions loom

    Facebook has successfully tested one of its solar-powered, Internet-delivering drones in the United Kingdom, according to a blog post from Mark Zuckerberg. The drones are said to have the same wingspan as a commercial airplane, but are only expected to weigh about as much as a small car. This lightweight build should allow the aircraft to remain in the skies for extended periods of time. Facebook plans to use the drones to deliver Internet connectivity to millions of…
  • nypd-viral-marketing

    Unfazed by #myNYPD disaster, the NYPD turns to social media to hear public complaints

    No matter how many times the New York Police Department is burned when it tries to reach the public on social media, it still seems to believe the disconnect between officers and the public can be bridged with a hashtag or status update. The New York Times reports that the NYPD wants to provide the public with a platform through which they can air their concerns — so long as those concerns are centered on abandoned bikes, traffic congestion, and other minor issues.…
  • amazongif

    Amazon demands employees sign 18-month non-compete agreement to get a three-month-long job

    Amazon’s warehouse workers have it rough. The positions are often seasonal, pay little more than minimum wage, and require workers to be searched before leaving the warehouse, a sometimes-lengthy process for which they aren’t paid. And that’s forgetting the exhausting labor and long shifts these jobs require. Yet the problems don’t end there. The Verge reports that these workers must sign non-compete agreements, even if they’re only employed for the season, and permanent workers must agree to honor…
  • periscope

    Twitter releases Periscope to put Meerkat back in its hole

    Twitter has released Periscope, the live-streaming iPhone app it acquired before Meerkat captured the attention of a million tech bloggers. There’s a lot to like about Periscope. It has a more attractive design than Meerkat, it allows users to communicate with each other via comments and “hearts,” and videos remain available for later viewing instead of vanishing when the stream ends. Periscope also has access to Twitter’s social graph, which makes it easy to find the people you already follow on…
  • smart-gun-igun-nra-gunshow

    The NYPD’s commissioner doesn’t understand why people are upset about his new gunshot-tracking system

    Earlier this month, the New York Police Department started using a tool called ShotSpotter in Brooklyn and the Bronx to determine where gunshots are fired. The system was turned on as part of a pilot program “to make the city safer, to make our neighborhoods safer, to keep our officers safer,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said when he announced that the ShotSpotter system was going to be tested. Critics are worried that ShotSpotter will record more than gunshots. It’s not…
  • facebook_knife

    Facebook Messenger puts the final nail in Path’s coffin

    Facebook Messenger has been updated to make it easier for people to find new software, share content from inside those apps, and have conversations with businesses. That last feature might be considered the final nail in Path’s coffin. You remember Path. It started as a social network where you stayed in touch with your closest friends, then became a mysterious life-logging service before eventually pivoting with the goal of making it easy for users to communicate (via a Path-run call center) with restaurants,…
  • onthisday

    As Facebook releases On This Day, do millennials prefer ephemerality or nostalgia?

    Facebook has officially launched a new feature that allows its users to view old photos and status updates without scrolling through their profiles. It’s called On This Day, and it sifts through old content, collects the best moments, and sends a notification to make sure Facebook users relive their digital pasts. The feature is an obvious imitation of Timehop, another service that lets people see what they posted online in years past, but it might also…

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