Liz Gannes

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Is That a Vibrating Pack of Proximity-Aware Electronic Cigarettes In Your Pocket, Or Are You Just Happy to See Me?

Bet your analog cancer stick can’t do this: Electronic cigarette maker Blu Cigs will next month release an edition of its nicotine-vapor pack that vibrates and flashes a blue light when 50 feet or less away from another pack. The $80 product will give would-be smokers a buzz, help them meet people, and then automatically exchange social networking profiles. Though the New York Times seemed to have trouble finding people who think this is a good idea, I’d love to see what Don Draper would do with it.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik