According to SFGate News Editor Vlae Kershner, the stories below were the most popular ones we had on our web site this week. As we're all painfully aware, the ways of the internet can be mysterious, and while the popularity of some articles seems obvious, others seem like UFOs. Here's the list, with some conjecture on why these pieces might have engaged readers more than any others. What do you think?
"Locational privacy." We're all for that, I think. And I suspect so were a lot of other people who clicked on this story about a Northeastern University secret study tracking the travel habits of 100,000 people in some unmentioned country outside the US. The snitches were cell phones that gave up the data. Your phone is your enemy. That's spooky. The results -- people don't travel much -- weren't that interesting. Maybe the one guy who flings himself 150 miles every weekend to visit his girlfriend raised some brows. But people don't like the government snooping into their lives, especially residents of the Bay Area, so some Ivy League university doing it is also likely to get people's attention and agitate them. The big traffic came, though, because we got linked by Matt Drudge, still a popular fellow on the Web.
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Causes Phil Bronstein Supports
Good Ones; anything involving the possibility of redemption.