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Writing and Photo Freelancer, Agence France-Presse (2005-Present)

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Reported, photographed and wrote stories, which included features on the launch of Twitter, the Olympic Torch relay, technology and music trends, Avian Flu, bio-terrorism, virtual worlds and international interest stories.

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Clarence Jones, who was among the homeless people turned into roving Wi-Fi hotspots (AFP, Kara Andrade)

US homeless turned into Wi-Fi hotspots at tech event

A global advertising firm used homeless people as roving Wi-Fi hotspots, sparking controversy among technology trendsetters at an interactive festival in the United States.

Debate over whether the stunt by Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) was helping or misusing the homeless spread from the streets of Austin onto the Internet by the time the South By Southwest (SXSW) conference ended on Tuesday.

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The “She’s Geeky” conference held in Mountain View, California. Photo credit: Kara Andrade/AFP/Getty Images

Geek chic’ gatherings for technology-loving women

Leather-clad, spike-heeled women with boldly colored hair and beefed-up laptop computers are getting their geek on at supportive gatherings in Silicon Valley. A recent “She’s Geeky 3” conference in the city of Mountain View in northern California was just such an oasis for technology-loving women in a profession blatantly dominated by men. “There are only so many women you can convince not to drop out of science,” said Kaliya Hamlin, who runs the conferences she launched in 2007.

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Photo credit: Kara Andrade/AFP/Getty Images

‘Tweet-tweet’ latest fad in Internet sharing

Internet and mobile phone message boards are atwitter with Twitter, the raging online trend to share one’s every move with friends Haiku-style every moment of the day. Twitter users get a maximum of 140 characters a shot to answer the question “What are you doing?” A relentless flood of “tweets” as seemingly mundane as “I’m boiling water” or “Walking the dog” relentlessly flood members’ emails, instant message boards and a public timeline on the twitter.com website. “The first reaction is to hate it because it’s seen as the most useless thing in the world and no one would ever want to know about boiling water,” Twitter founder and chief executive Jack Dorsey told AFP.    Read PDF

 

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