The so-silly-it's-not-worth-mocking app Yo was hacked by some college students. Caveat downloader. The texting app does nothing but ping your friends with the word "Yo." It has reportedly netted $1 million in funding already, from high-profile investors, and has about a quarter million users as of today.
A Georgia Tech student told TechCrunch it was very easy to hack: he and two bros claim to have accessed and spammed Yo user phone numbers, sent push notifications, and swapped other words for "Yo."
Or Arbel, Yo's creator, confirms that Yo was, yes, having "security issues."
I asked Amy Parness, the co-founder of Sparkle Labs, maker of fantastic educational electronics kits, to write a Medium post about gender and the business of being a maker business person. Her terrific essay calls out the problems with “pink girly engineering kits.” From Medium:
Zero UI is the new term for “invisible interfaces”—what happens in the future when all the clicking and tapping and typing is history: “If you look at the history of computing, starting with the jacquard loom in 1801, humans have always had to interact with machines in a really abstract, complex way.” [Fast Company]
CEO Dick Costolo will resign, to be replaced in the interim by Jack Dorsey
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