I spent Saturday night at a Washington Post reunion that featured a few old friends from the Weekend section whom I hadn’t seen in maybe 10 years. I really was lucky to have my first home in the paper be among such a cheerful contingent.
4/9/2018: New study finds 66% of shared links on Twitter came from bots, Yahoo Finance
I got an advance look at a new study of Twitter bots by the Pew Research Center. My writeup voiced some skepticism about the tool the Pew researchers relied on to judge whether an account was automated or human.
4/9/2018: Should you still use Facebook login, given all we know?, USA Today
My continuing coverage of Facebook privacy turned to the social network’s widely-used option to sign into other sites with your Facebook credentials. I advised using a password-manager service instead.
4/11/2018: With all we know about Facebook, should you still ‘sign in with Facebook’?, This Morning With Gordon Deal
Host Gordon Deal quizzed me about my Facebook Login column.
4/12/2018: The Best Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wirecutter
This guide was sorely overdue for an update, having last been revised last March. Although two of the four carriers hadn’t introduced any new hotspots, I did shift my endorsement to a newer Verizon model. Our second-place AT&T pick–the newest hotspot on the market–was going to be more enthusiastic until we learned that the carrier had closed a loophole that allowed unlimited data on its hotspots when added to a phone’s unlimited-data plan. (T-Mobile continues to offer a comparable option, courtesy of its T-Mobile One Plus International add-on.)
4/12/2018: Scenarios, Al Jazeera
This hour-long program had me joining an information-security expert from Doha (Google Translate renders his name as Mohammed Al-Durrani, which Google search results indicate isn’t the right English spelling of the gentleman’s name) and the Oxford Internet Institute’s Mariarosaria Taddeo to discuss Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony and what Facebook should do next. As ever, feedback from Arabic speakers about how the translator made me sound in Arabic is welcome.