From tech reporter to elephant birth documentarian?

I love tech. I love animals. I love traveling.

So imagine my surprise when I received an email from the Wildlife Alliance looking for a digital/social media producer to work full time out of their Phnom Penh, Cambodia office.

They’re looking for someone to document and “follow the Wildlife Rapid Rescue team as they chase animal traffickers through the Cardamom Mountain Range. Perhaps you can broadcast the days leading up to the birth of an elephant, rare Indochinese tiger, or silvered langur via live streaming video!”

Chase animal traffickers through the Cardamom Mountain Range? Live tweet the birth of a baby elephant in Cambodia? Yes, yes, yes!!!

That’s tempting. Really tempting. But alas, I love my job. I love CNNMoney. And although I love elephants and a bit of danger, this sadly isn’t the job for me. 

But it could be for you… -Laurie

Sex, lies and unfriending: more tales of Facebook betrayal


photo: Charis Tsevis

"Mark’s contributions were frequently broken, late, or non-existent, and in the end our final project didn’t function largely thanks to him. Of course, to Mark none of that mattered." —Aaron Greenspan, in a HuffPo article posted today titled “The Legend of Mark Zuckerberg.

It’s an interesting read, as Greenspan is a former Harvard classmate of Facebook CEO Zuckerberg. Greenspan claimed he had a hand in developing the social networking giant, and the case was settled last year.

Greenspan emailed me the link this morning; he and I had chatted last month about a court filing he’d made, asking for an extension of time to file an opposition to Facebook’s attempt to trademark the word “face.”

The piece is long but compelling, and Greenspan doesn’t pull any punches. He calls out everyone from Zuckerberg to Harvard administrators to the creators of the upcoming biopic The Social Network.

“By replacing his awkward, stilted speech pattern with an unending stream of Aaron Sorkin’s intellectual zingers, Mark’s legend will benefit in a way that Bill Gates’s never did,” Greenspan writes.

He also skewers what he calls “Facebook’s doublespeak, redefining ‘friend’ as ‘someone you barely know’ and ‘utility’ as ‘something that sucks up your free time’ … These linguistic gymnastics are non-trivial and should frighten us all given how significant they have become in the daily lives of many.”

It’ll leave you with a chill. -Julianne

Twitter’s Black Death problem

What was up with Twitter this morning? CNN’s tech team has the scoop here. But in a nutshell, it looks like hackers may have exploited a flaw in the system. When I tried using Twitter this morning, I was met with a black blob of text that obscured my page. It reminded me of the nefarious Death from that video game Gauntlet my brother and I used to play when we were kids. (Elf needs food. Badly.)

The good news is that Twitter fixed the problem pretty quickly. But the bad news is that as Twitter becomes more popular, there may be more issues like this in the future unless the company invests more in infrastructure and beefs up security. Needless to say, those growing pains may make Twitter less alluring as an investment if and when it ever files to go public. - Paul