Come on, Ted Cruz and Rob Maness even wear the same Ostrich Skin's a sign.

Both men went to Harvard--Cruz to Harvard Law and Maness to the Kennedy School of Government. Maness even wears black ostrich-skin cowboy boots, just like Cruz’s. And he decries political ambition. “Actually, I don’t want to be a senator,” he told me when we met for coffee recently near Capitol Hill. Read more.

Fundraising programmes – direct mail to digital

As far as the public is concerned, donating to charity is simply a transaction from one party to another. Behind the scenes, however, lie a multitude of fundraising channels, ranging from direct mail to major gifts to digital. Read more.

US fears back-door routes into the net because it's building them too

At a remarkable conference held at the Aspen Institute in 2011, General Michael Hayden, a former head of both the NSA and the CIA, said something very interesting. In a discussion of how to secure the "critical infrastructure" of the United States he described the phenomenon of compromised computer hardware – namely, chips that have hidden "back doors" inserted into them at the design or manufacturing stage – as "the problem from hell". Read more.

Skype under investigation in Luxembourg over link to NSA

Skype is being investigated by Luxembourg's data protection commissioner over concerns about its secret involvement with the US National Security Agency (NSA) spy programme Prism, the Guardian has learned. Read more.

Google pays coders to improve open-source security

"Quite a few vulnerabilities trace back to preventable coding mistakes, or are made easier to exploit due to the absence of simple mitigation techniques. We are hoping to address this to some extent," Google said in an FAQ about the program. Read more.

Iran To Mull Unblocking Social-Media Sites

Iran's Ministry of Information and Communications Technology is to set up a working group to consider a decision on unblocking Facebook and Twitter. Read more.

How to Know What To Write About: The Key to Successful Content Marketing

Are you looking for ways to achieve success with content marketing? Do you struggle to come up with ideas for things to write about? Read more.

IT Experts: Obamacare Website Is Designed To Attack Itself

Days after the launch of the federal government's Obamacare website, millions of Americans looking for information on new health insurance plans were still locked out of the system even though its designers scrambled to add capacity. Read more.

Symantec takes on one of largest botnets in history

Symantec has seized part of the 1.9 million-computer strong ZeroAccess, one of the largest botnets in existence. In a blog post Monday, the security firm said the ZeroAccess botnet is primarily used to deliver payloads to infected computers, which is aimed at two illegal, revenue-generating activities: click fraud and bitcoin mining Read more.

NSA stores metadata of millions of web users for up to a year, secret files show

The National Security Agency is storing the online metadata of millions of internet users for up to a year, regardless of whether or not they are persons of interest to the agency, top secret documents reveal. Read more.

Companies to spend an average $19 million on social media in 2013

Companies across the globe, including India, will spend an average $ 19 million (Rs 119 crore) on social media this year, a global study by IT services major TCS said today. Read more.

John McAfee reveals details on gadget to thwart NSA

John McAfee lived up to his reputation Saturday as tech's most popular wild child, electrifying an audience with new details of his plan to thwart the NSA's surveillance of ordinary Americans with an inexpensive, pocket-size gadget. Read more.

Millennial Media CEO Says Mobile Will Supplant Digital Ad Spending And Become The 'Real' Digital

In a speech to kick off the Smarter Mobile Marketing conference this morning, Millennial Media CEO Paul Palmieri trumpeted mobile advertising's rise in the marketing ecosystem and suggested it might be the pre-eminent place for brands to spend their digital advertising budgets — supplanting traditional digital budgets. - See more at: Read more.

Astroturf: 2,000,000 (37%) of Michelle Obama’s Twitter Followers are NOT Real Twitter Users

According to the Twitter analytics application Status People, 37 percent of Michelle Obama’s 5,290, 506 Twitter followers — or approximately 1,957,487 followers — are considered fake. Thirty-five percent of her followers are inactive, and 28 percent are considered “good,” or real. Read more.

Is being addicted to social media such a bad thing?

There's a good chance you'll not read the end of this article. Nothing to do with your staying power or because it's dull enough to euthanise an ox (I hope it won't be). No, chances are there simply won't be an end because, before I get there, I'll have seen some funny link on the internet and will have waddled off after it like a gleeful child chasing some bubbles. Read more.

The Political Media Report

An Army of Ted Cruzes: Louisiana candidate takes a page from a tea party hero
| Chris Moody | Yahoo News
While Maness is not as brazen as Stockman, who mysteriously vanished for several weeks last month and who has called for the impeachment of President Obama, Maness’ own tactics can be raw. His website features a not-so-subtle graphic calling Cassidy a “Mary” – at once an obvious attempt to tie him to Mary Landrieu, but also a suggestion that he’s not a real man. (Both Maness and Stockman rely on the same political consulting firm, Political Media to aide their campaigns in outreach and website design.)  Read More...
Google eyes password-free authentication in Chrome OS
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 | Stephen Shankland |
If a Chromebook is near trusted hardware like a phone or watch, an app could wake up the machine. Easier screen unlocking could encourage people to lock them in the first place. Read More...
Saving the Net from the surveillance state: Glenn Greenwald speaks up
Friday, December 6, 2013 | Edward Moyer |
The man to whom Edward Snowden entrusted his NSA documents isn't content just to save the Bill of Rights and reinvent journalism. He also wants to stop the Internet from becoming history's most dangerous spy tool. Read More...
Twitter upping security to thwart government hacking
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | Donna Tam |
The microblogging site adds a new security measure designed to make it harder for organizations like the National Security Agency to uncover its data. Read More...
Tim Berners-Lee: UK and US must do more to protect internet users' privacy
Friday, November 22, 2013 | Charles Arthur |
The UK and US must do more to protect internet users' privacy, the inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has warned as a survey of online freedoms is released. Read More...
Google launches Newsstand on Android to bring together all your subscriptions
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Casey Newton |
Google has consolidated its Currents and Magazines apps for Android into a single place. Today, Google Magazines will transform into a new app called Google Play Newsstand, which combines subscriptions to newspapers and magazines with content from blogs, RSS feeds, and other sources. Newsstand is the first app in which you can subscribe to newspapers through Google Play, years after Apple and Amazon signed similar deals. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and Los Angeles Times are among the titles available for purchase at launch; it’s a small but important step toward making Android’s ecosystem more complete. Read More...
Vint Cerf: 'Privacy may be an anomaly'
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 | Lance Whitney |
Could online privacy one day be a thing of the past as we share more and more details about ourselves through social networks? Vint Cerf certainly believes that privacy will become much harder to ensure.  Read More...
NSA surveillance hinders Iceland's attempts to be a haven for free speech
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 | Alex Hern |
Iceland’s attempts to become a free-speech haven risk floundering in the wake of revelations regarding the extent of internet monitoring by the US and UK intelligence agencies.  Read More...
NSA foe Greenwald whips his new media venture into shapes
Saturday, November 16, 2013 | Edward Moyer |
Glenn Greenwald -- the journalist who got the scoop on the NSA's mass surveillance programs courtesy of whistle-blower Edward Snowden -- has been busily assembling the team for the new online publication he's co-creating with $250 million in backing from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Read More...
Battle brews as tech companies attempt to fend off NSA hacking
Friday, November 15, 2013 | Don Reisinger |
The NSA allegedly gathered millions of records from Google and Yahoo data centers around the world, but soon, the agency might have a much harder time trying to collect this type of data. Read More...

Political Media Tweets

Share This